SPANISH 337 - Poetry Workshop
Section: 002 The Poet in the City: Lorca in New York, Borges in Buenos Aires
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Spanish (SPANISH)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
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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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This course will approach the urban poems of Federico García Lorca and Jorge Luis Borges as fragments of "lived history." We will first consider how Lorca's New York poems (written in 1929-1930) respond to the great metropolis — to the immensity of the skyscrapers, the cacophony of traffic, the frenetic commerce, the cultural diversity. As we read and discuss these poems, we will study the historical circumstances that prompt Lorca's poetic reflections as he walks the streets of Harlem, loses himself the crowds at Coney Island, and witnesses the Great Crash on Wall Street. When we turn to the poems of Borges (also from the 1920s), we will take a similar approach, by tracing his poetic explorations of Buenos Aires. As Borges's poetic "I" roams the city's neighborhoods, he reflects on how its past haunts its present, how its outskirts open towards the vast pampa, and how his attempts to encapsulate the urban experience remain insufficient in his eyes. "The city is in me like a poem," he writes, "which I have not managed to detain in words." At intervals in the course, we will consider present-day urban poetry in Spanish and English, and view the recent film, Patterson, directed by Jim Jarmusch.

This course counts as literature credit toward the Spanish minor.

Course Requirements:

Readings will consist of poems, letters, essays, and stories available on Canvas. Assignments include two exams and two critical essays (4–5 pages). Students will also engage in "poetic practice" (broadly defined) by choosing from a menu of creative responses to the poetry.

SPANISH 337 - Poetry Workshop
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002 (REC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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