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Jill Robbins, Chair 150 W 21st Street, Stop B3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4936

Spring 2006

SPN 385M • Spanish Orientalism in the Literature of the 18th and 19th centuries

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
47255 W
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
BEN 1.118

Course Description

The idea of the Orient has been described by Edward Said in his classic, Orientalism (1979), as the Imperialistic look upon the other from a Eurocentric point of view. Interestingly, in his groundbreaking essay, Spain is grouped with other colonial empires without paying a lot of attention to the fact that the Peninsula was conceived as "Orient" for many European intellectuals, while, within the country, there was a split found between the Oriental heritage and the European tendencies. This situation is especially evident during the 18th and 19th centuries. On the one hand, while struggling to define the relationship between nation and state, Spanish official culture had to expel the rich and strong Jewish and Muslim heritage. On the other, Romantic European ideals underscored Spain precisely for this rich influence.

This graduate seminar will explore this cultural conflict as can be documented in the Spanish literature of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Grading Policy

40% Research paper 20% Mid semester paper 20% Presentation 10% Attendance 10% Participation


1. Said, Edward W. Orientalism. New York: Vintage Books, 1979. 2. Melchor Gaspar de Jovellanos (1744-1811). Pelayo (1769). 3. Vicente Garcëa de la Huerta (1734-1787). Raquel (1772). 4. José Cadalso y Vázquez (1741-1782). Cartas marruecas (1789). 5. Juan Pablo Forner (1756-1797). Los gramáticos, historia chinesca (1970). 6. Marëa Rosa Gálvez de Cabrera (1768-1806). Ali-Bek (1801). 7. Selections of: Alberto Lista (1775-1848). Manuel José Quintana (1772-1857). Alberto Lista (1775-1848). 8. Francisco Martënez de la Rosa (1787-1862). Aben Humeya o La rebeliñn de los moriscos (1830). 9. Ángel de Saavedra, Duque de Rivas (1791-1865). El moro expñsito (1833). 10. Selections of: Juan Eugenio Hatzenbusch (1806-1880). Padre Juan Arolas (1805-1849). 11. Selections of: Antonio Ros de Olano (1808-1887). Nicomedes Pastor Dëaz (1811- 1863). José Zorrilla (1817-1893). 12. Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer. Leyendas. 13. Benito Pérez Galdñs (1843-1920). Misericordia (1897). 14. Juan Valera (1824-1905). Morsamor (1899).


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