SPN 362K • Spanish Drama and Poetry
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
The Romantic aesthetics explored extreme states of consciousness through the use of fantastic elements. Although the presence of the fantastic had its roots in legends and religious topics, Romanticism found new ways to represent and negotiate relationships between the human logic and the supernatural. Presence of demonic forces that influence human beings, dreary dreams, graveyards where spirits manifest themselves, magical beings and, finally, existential angst are some of the facets that writers used to articulate these relations. On the one hand, these elements were conceived as a way to fascinate and seduce the reader through the presence of the marvelous; on the other, they had the effect of shocking the consciousness trying to reach further below the ordinary limits of the perception. This class will explore these ideas within the selected readings. Since Spanish Romanticism expressed its poetics using mainly drama and poetry, we will be focusing on examples pertaining to these two genres.
1 Final Exam 20% 1 Mid-semester paper (3 pages) 15% 1 Final paper (5 pages) 30% Homework 10% Oral presentations 15% Attendance & Participation 10%
Ángel de Saavedra, Duque de Rivas. Don Álvaro o la fuerza del sino. Antonio Garcëa Gutiérrez. El trovador José de Espronceda. El estudiante de Salamanca. José Zorrilla. Don Juan Tenorio. Manuel José Quintana. "La fuente de la mora encantada." Rosalëa de Castro. Selection of En las orillas del Sar.