SPANISH 829 - Literature and Politics in Latin America/Spain
Section: 001 Spanish Republic, 1936-1939
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Spanish (SPANISH)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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This seminar will focus on the politics, society, and cultural production of the 2nd Spanish Republic, 1936-1939. Our aim will be to examine the social and ideological forces underlying this intensely politicized period that preceded the civil war. We will rely extensively on the digitized press in order to gain a granular sense of everyday life in an aspirational democracy. We will consider as well the afterlife of the Republic as it persisted as a catastrophic wound, an emblem of lost promise.

Questions to address:

  • the turn from avant-garde to compromiso in the literary-artistic field
  • the political ideologies at play (liberalism, socialism, communism, anarchism, fascism) considered within an geopolitical frame
  • the theory and practice of the Pedagogical Missions
  • the development of mass society and spectatorship, focusing on the changing articulations of "the popular" in literature, art, film, and political theory;

A preliminary list of materials:

  • Literary texts by Sender, Obregón, Carranque de los Ríos, Arconada, Arderíus, León.
  • Contemporary political theory by Ortega y Gasset, Zambrano, Azaña, Marañon, Giménez Caballero, Primo de Rivera, Benjamin
  • Recent political thought on democracy: Nancy, Lezra, Derrida
  • Films: Las Hurdes, Esencia de verbena, The Pedagogical Missions, La hija de Juan Simón, Don Quintín el amargao, El bailarín y el trabajador, Aurora de esperanza

SPANISH 829 - Literature and Politics in Latin America/Spain
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
6Graduate Standing
W 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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