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

Fall 2006

SPN 385M • Survey of Twentieth Century "Canonical" Literature

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
49260 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
BEN 1.118

Course Description

This is a survey course designed to prepare students for the MA Comprehensive/Doctoral Qualifying Examination in the area of twentieth century Spanish literature, and hence, all of the textual selections come from the required reading list for that exam. In addition to studying the contributions of the authors in the context of their own corpus of works, we will discuss several "isms": existentialism (Unamuno); neo-traditionalism (Machado, Garcëa Lorca); liberalism (Machado); 'vanguardismo' and surrealism (Ortega y Gasset, Garcëa Lorca, Alberti, Valle-Inclán, Goytisolo); tremendismo (Cela); postmodernism (Martën Gaite, Mendoza, Pere Gimferrer). Several readings have a pronounced social, historical, political dimension, or some combination thereof, which is also essential to contextualize these canonical readings. Luces de Bohemia and La verdad sobre el caso Savolta satirize dominant values of the teens and twenties. Hernández, Alberti and Goytisolo reflect consequences of the Spanish civil war. La colmena, El cuarto de atrás, Seïas de identidad, and Hierros and Gonzálezs early poetry reflect on the decades of postwar dictatorship. Gimferrers poetry points to one direction beyond it. This course will include two in-class essay exams designed to help prepare students for the Hispanic Literature program examinations. Critical readings and a short paper, which may be on one of the texts or authors listed, or on a text by another twenty to twenty-first century peninsular writer, are also intended to help in overall preparation for program requirements.

Grading Policy

One textual explication in class (8%) Two 75 minute essay exams (32%) One article presentation in class (10%) One final presentation (10%) Short term paper, 10-12 pp. & annotated bibliography (32%) Class Participation (8%)


Miguel de Unamuno, Niebla. Ramñn del Valle Inclán, Luces de Bohemia. Federico Garcëa Lorca, Bodas de sangre. José Ortega y Gasset, La deshumanizaciñn del arte. Camilo José Cela, La colmena. Juan Goytisolo, Seïas de identidad. Eduardo Mendoza, La verdad sobre el caso Savolta. Carmen Martën Gaite, El cuarto de Atrás Una selecciñn de poesëa de: Antonio Machado; Federico Garcëa Lorca; Rafael Alberti; Miguel Hernández; José Hierro; Ángel González; Pere Gimferrer


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