SPANISH 296 - Special Topics in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures
Section: 001 Hombres necios, mujeres varoniles y autoras atrevidas
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Spanish (SPANISH)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Enforced Prerequisites:
SPANISH 275, 276, or SPANISH 277; or SPANISH 278 (or 290) or AMCULT 224 or LATINOAM 224; or RCLANG 324.
May not be repeated for credit.
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When, in the late 1600s, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz wrote a poem about double standards surrounding women’s sexuality, she may not have suspected that her words would resonate with readers centuries later. Her works, and those of her contemporaries, pose a series of questions for twenty-first century readers. How does a scene from Cervantes’ Don Quijote foresee today’s discussions of rape culture? How might we approach gender-bending historical figures from a time with a different conceptualization of gender? How do early modern Spanish depictions of women, men, and others anticipate conversations today about gender and sexuality?

In this class, we will use the study of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spanish texts to increase our understanding of literature more broadly. We will explore both historical and literary sources, considering the rhetorical and literary devices employed by their authors. Students are encouraged to connect the readings to contemporary issues.

This class will prepare students for further studies of Spanish literature. While the class has a gender studies focus and all texts will fit into that theme, we will explore questions of genre, discover the appropriate terminology to discuss literature, and learn how to analyze literary works. Spanish 295 is not a prerequisite for this class; both classes cover similar theoretical material through different approaches.

This course counts as literature credit for the Spanish minor.

SPANISH 296 - Special Topics in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures
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001 (REC)
MWF 12:00PM - 1:00PM
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