SPN 326K • Introduction to Spanish Literature Before 1700
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
This survey course will provide an introduction to medieval and Golden Age Spanish literature, starting with the jarchas and progressing chronologically into the seventeenth century. Texts will include some works in their entirety and selections from others, and will be discussed in the context of the literary, cultural, and political history of Spain. Basic elements of literary criticism will also be introduced in order to increase the student's awareness and comprehension of literary strategies and theories. Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to recognize and identify major literary figures, genres, and works of early Spain; place these within the context of Spanish society and culture; understand prominent literary trends; differentiate between medieval, Renaissance, and baroque literature; and contrast, compare, and analyze individual literary texts, utilizing theoretical approaches that go beyond the simple discussion of plot situations.
2 Exams 50% 2 Reports (4-5 pp. each, 20% each) 40% Class Work 10%
Antologia de autores espanoles antiguos y modernos, vol. 1, antiguos, ed. Sánchez-Romeralo Course reading packet.