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

Spring 2006

SPN 352 • Topics in Spanish and Spanish-American Literature

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
47110 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
ben 1.126

Course Description

This course will explore the complex circumstances that determined the character of the Spanish Civil War, taking a historical and literary-cultural approach. We will survey the major ideological factors involved in the Spanish Republic, 1931-36, and the following war, 1936-39, including, towards the political left, anarchists, communists, socialists, and liberal republicans (more to the center), and on the right, political conservatives, both republican and monarchist, traditional Catholic moral and social values, the Falange, the 'alta burguesða,' and wealthy land-owners. Modern Spains articulation of issues involving social classes, personal relations, private property, the State, freedom, equality, and economic system, transcendent and absolute values versus relativist ones, were forged during this period. These aspects of modernity continue to evolve and conflict, in Spain and internationally, to the present.

Our course readings are necessarily limited, and chosen in part for their aesthetic value, and hence they will not strive for a right/left balance, although they will encompass a broad range of the ideological spectrum. On the other hand, they will convey a vivid representation of a profoundly ravaging social crisis in which perhaps two-thirds of a million people died, and many more were imprisioned or exiled.

Grading Policy

Three in-class examinations: 20% each = 60% A course journal 10% Participation 10% One research paper 15% Oral presentation of research 5%

The University of Texas at Austin provides upon request appropriate academic accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 471-6529, 471-4641 TTY. Attendance and participation: 1% of the course grade will be subtracted for each unexecused absence beyond three, up to 10% (in the category of "class participation"). Tardy arrivals will be considered as 25% of an absence. Evidence of consistent preparation of the materials and active verbal participation will determine the remaining portion of the participatory grade. Make-up examinations: Rarely given. In exceptional circumstances, a student should inquire with the instructor to determine if an early exam would be possible. Late paper: The research paper will be due on Thursday, May 12. Papers turned in on Friday will be penalized by 10%, on the following Monday by an additional 10% and not accepted thereafter. The related in-class presentation must be given when scheduled. There are no make-ups. Both the presentation and the paper are to be about some aspect of the Spanish Republic and/or Civil War, not assigned as a class reading. The majority of the source material must not be from the World Wide Web. Course Journal: A paragraph of at least six lines, in Spanish, 1 inch margins, 12 pt. font, dated, for every class day except test days and presentation days near the end of the semester. Alternatively entries may be hand written and of an equivalent (i.e., longer) length. These journals will be collected and inspected three times, on test days. Purpose: some written preparation/dialogue with the material on an on-going basis, to facilitate understanding and class discussion participation. An example of a journal entry: 7 de enero de 2005 -Jackson - Antecedentes de la Segunda Republica Las tensiones sociales se agravaban en Espana a lo largo del siglo XIX. La derrota espanola contra los EEUU demoralizaba a los patriotas. Se mantenia el estatus quo bajo el Turno Pacifico en la legislatura. Se empeoraba la desigualdad, justo cuando crecia la militancia socialista y anarquista de los trabajadores. La presion de las industrias crecientes y la militancia de los obreros durante la Primera Guerra Mundial se contesto con la dictadura de la derecha 1924-1930, con aun más fuerte opresion. Finalmente, en 1931, las elecciones populares rechazaron tanto el rey como el dictador y la politica se inclinaba hacia la izquierda.


Gabriel Jackson, La Republica espanola y la Guerra Civil Javier Cercas, Los soldados de Salamina Agustin de Foxá, Madrid de Corte a Cheka (fotocopia) Ramon Sender, Requiem por un campesino espanol Fernando Fernán Gomez, Las bicicletas son para el verano Rafael Alberti, Noche de guerra en el Museo del Prado (fotocopia) José Sánchez Sinisterra, !Ay Carmela! A course reader will include short stories and poetry by José Maria Pemán, Max Aub, Franciso Ayala, Antonio Machado, Rafael Alberti and Miguel Hernández (Available at Jenn's Copy Service, 2200 Guadalupe). There will be three or four film presentations: Carlos Saura's !Ay Carmela!, Jaime Chavarri's Las bicicletas son para el verano, The Spanish Civil War (Princeton, 1993), and José Luis Cuerda's Butterfly (2000). At least two of these films will be shown outside of class.


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