Spanish & Portuguese | Topics in Spanish Golden Age Literature
S620 | 1590 | Larson


Topic: Golden Age Poetry

Catherine Larson  (e-mail: LARSON)
Daily 10:20 am - 11:35 am     3 cr.
Ballantine Hall 142

This course is designed to explore Spanish Golden Age poetry by means of an
examination of the following topics:
The Spanish Golden Age: Ideas and attitudes
The Spanish Renaissance and the reform and renovation of poetry
Petrarch's influence in Spain
Garcilaso (and Boscán)
16th century poetry after Garcilaso
Salamanca and Seville–Luis de León, Herrera
Mystics–Santa Teresa and San Juan de la Cruz
17th Century Poetry
Góngora
Lope de Vega
Quevedo
The great themes of lyric poetry: time, love, nature, myth, religion
El ingenio burlesco: la sátira
Poesía de justas y academias
La poesía popular
The Romancero nuevo
Epic poetry (and the mock epic)
Plenitude and decline: the second half of the 17th century

Texts will probably include:
Alonso, Dámaso. Poesía española: ensayo de
métodos y límites estilísticos
Rivers, Elias, Renaissance and Baroque Poetry of Spain
Góngora, Luis de. Fábula de Polifemo y Galatea. Ed. A. A. Parker
Quevedo, Francisco de. Poesía varia. Ed. James O. Crosby
Packet of additional poetry
Balbín Núñez de Prado, La renovación poética
del Renacimiento/Barroco

Evaluation: Midterm exam   20%                                     Class
participation and attendance   20%
Original sonnet project   10%
Article outlines (4 at 1 page @)  10%
1 longer paper (10 pp.) or final exam   20%   Oral
presentations (1 teaching poetry, 1 on a topic from list)   20%
Note: Faithful attendance and active participation are essential
elements of the course