RCLANG 324 - Readings in Spanish
Winter 2022, Section 001 - Narratives of Memory, Oblivion and National Identity in Spain
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: RC Languages (RCLANG)
Department: LSA Residential College
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With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Proficiency test.
May be repeated for credit.
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How do societies deal with the trauma of civil war, dictatorships and terrorism? How do they attain political and emotional closure? How do they remember and forget? In this seminar we will use the 2007 Historical Memory Law and the 2021 Law of Democratic Memory to explore some of the most significant social and cultural processes in Spain as it contends with the memory of the divisive past rooted in the Civil War and Franco’s dictatorial regime and contests the official narrative of a successful political transition to democracy. We will also delve in the terrorist violence perpetrated afterwards in the democratic years by the Basque group ETA and the peace process initiated in 2011 with its cessation of violence. We will focus on how the negotiations between the national desire to forget a painful history and the need to preserve its memory manifest themselves in music, films and other artistic expressions. Special emphasis will be given to the experience of exile, silence and displacement of the older generations, and the controversial burial sites of victims and perpetrators; the interplay of fear and power counterbalanced by movements of peaceful resistance. We will debate the role of monuments, memorials and public spaces as sites to preserve, forget or write alternative narratives that shed light on the contradictory experiences of collective trauma as well as the possible paths to reconciliation. Students will collaborate in a group presentation, write three essays and maintain active participation in class discussions.

Course Requirements:

Daily class attendance is required. Students write three academic essays and weekly entries in journals or blogs, and prepare at least one formal presentation. Active participation in daily discussion is expected.

Intended Audience:

RCLANG 324 is open to all UM students. RC students must have successfully passed the Spanish Proficiency Exam the previous term or taken another Readings seminar.. LSA Students must have completed SPANISH 277.

Class Format:

The course meets two times a week and is structured as a seminar with ample discussion among its participants.


RCLANG 324 - Readings in Spanish
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (SEM)
 In Person
WF 11:30AM - 1:00PM
003 (SEM)
 In Person
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
004 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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