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

Spring 2006

SPN 326L • Introduction to Spanish Literature since 1700

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46960 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
ben 1.104

Course Description

This course offers a panoramic of the literature written in Spain between the end of the XVIIIth century and the historical period known as the Transition to Democracy (1975-1981). Through the reading of texts pertaining to these roughly two centuries, we will be able to achieve a general understanding of the literary periods which have been central in the forming of the Spanish literary canon.

The course is structured through readings that represent paradigmatic examples of literary trends during 19th and 20th centuries. Thus, we will be reading examples belonging to the Spanish canon that will serve as a source of our reflections on the whys, the "hows" and the whens of artistic periodization. Our texts will cover not only different forms sprung and developed during this time frame i.e., Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Modernism, Avant-garde, etc. but also different genres: theatre, poetry, novel, short narrations in order to acquire a general overview of this significant period of modern art.

Grading Policy

1st paper (3 pages) 15% 2nd paper (5 pages) 20% Reading diary 10% Mid-term 15% Final Exam 20% Oral presentation 10% Attendance & Class Participation 10%

Regular class attendance is required for the successful completion of this course (10%). Student participation will be encouraged in a variety of active formats (10%); there will be a number of writing assignments (20%), a mid-term exam (30%), and a final exam (30%). Readings, class discussions, all exercises and exams are in Spanish.


Moratèn, Leandro Fernández de. El si de las ninas (1806) - available in Blackboard Saavedra, Ángel de (Duque de Rivas). Don Álvaro o la fuerza del sino (1835) available in Blackboard Cela, Camilo José. La familia de Pascual Duarte (1942). Available in the Co-op. Martin Gaite, Carmen. El cuarto de atrás (1978). Available in the Co-op. In addition, supplementary material will be facilitated through different means: copies, handouts. This course has a Blackboard site associated with it. Here you can download texts that are required readings for the class, extra material (class notes, summaries, study guides) and also the paintings for your oral presentation.


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