SPANISH 485 - Case Studies in Peninsular Spanish and Latin American Literature
Section: 001 Transitions to post-modernity in Spanish Culture (1950-2010)
Term: SP 2010
Subject: Spanish (SPANISH)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
Course Note:
A student who misses either of the first two meetings of any course offered by the Department of Romance Languages may be dropped from the course for non-attendance.
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Class Misc Info:
This course counts as a literature requirement for Spanish.
Enforced Prerequisites:
Three courses in SPANISH 300 or above (excluding 308); or two RCLANG 324 courses and two courses in SPANISH 300 or above (excluding 308).
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

The course will explore different filmic and literary narratives (approx. 50% of each) in order to analyze the terms in which the cultural representations address the main social and political changes in Spain in the last decades (1950–2010). We will focus on different narratives to find out how they could propose alternative ways of understanding social and political changes that Spain has undertaken during the last sixty years. On one hand we will focus on the main political and social changes that took place in Spain after the civil war (long-lasting dictatorship, transition to democracy and the consolidation of this democracy) as an important historical reference to understand the texts in their context; on the other, we will be focusing on how these texts and films deal and address, encourage or criticize those changes. Similarly, we will keep in mind how these historical events are considered from the present, stressing the question of how Spain is nowadays looking back at its past through literary and film tradition. At the end of the course we would be able to synthesize several continuities and discontinuities in contemporary Spanish culture in regard to these main historical changes. In doing so we will be identifying several main topics to guide the discussions. Some suggestions are:

  • the violent past (war and post-war) and its remaining presence, the relationship with globalized culture and economy,
  • the issues of the recent past (immigration, economical crisis),
  • the peripheral nationalisms and their roots in the past, etc.

The mechanics of the course will be the screening of approximately a movie per week and the reading of different literary and critical texts in order to engage in discussion in the classroom. There will be two exams and a final essay as requirements for the course. Participation will be totally necessary since the discussion is the essential core of the class.

SPANISH 485 - Case Studies in Peninsular Spanish and Latin American Literature
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001 (REC)
1LSA Span & RLL Maj, Span Min
6LSA Span & RLL Maj
MWTh 10:00AM - 12:00PM
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