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

Fall 2006

SPN 326L • Introduction to Spanish Literature since 1700

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
48975 TTh
8:00 AM-9:30 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 present. 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. Main course objectives will be: 1. Read and understand texts in their historical and artistic context 2. Foster and develop an individual critical point of view 3. Analyze and compare different literary texts 4. Familiarize ourselves with the techniques of literary analysis

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

Grading Policy

2 Exams (Mid-semester and Final) 40% 1 Mid-semester paper (3 pages) 10% 1 Final paper (5 pages) 20% Homework 10% Oral presentations 10% Attendance & Participation 10%


Paredes Méndez, Francisca, Mark Harpring y José Ballesteros. Voces de Espaïa: Antologëa literaria. Boston: Thomson Heinle, 2005. ISBN: 0-7593-9666-3. In addition, supplementary material will be facilitated through different means: copies, handouts.


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