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

Spring 2007

SPN 352 • Topics in Spanish and Spanish American Literature

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
47870 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
BEN 1.104

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 (the latter more to the center), and on the right, political conservatives, both republican and monarchist, traditional Catholic moral and social values, the Falange, the 'alta burguesëa,' and the landed gentry. 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. All aspects of the course will be conducted in Spanish.

Grading Policy

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


Gabriel Jackson, La Repþblica espaïola y la Guerra Civil (¿fotocopia?) Javier Cercas, Soldados de Salamina Agustën de Foxá, Madrid de Corte a Cheka (fotocopia) Ramñn Sender, Requiem por un campesino espaïol Fernando Fernán Gñmez, Las bicicletas son para el verano Rafael Alberti, Noche de guerra en el Museo del Prado (fotocopia) José Sánchez Sinisterra, ÿAy Carmela! A course reader will include short stories and poetry by José Marëa Pemán, Max Aub, Franciso Ayala, Antonio Machado, Rafael Alberti and Miguel Hernández (Available at Jenn's Copy Service, 2200 Guadalupe). There will be four feature film presentations: Jaime Chavarris Las bicicletas son para el verano (1984) Carlos Sauras ÿAy Carmela! (1990) José Luis Cuerdas Butterfly (2000) David Truebas Soldados de Salamina (2003) The Spanish Civil War (Princeton, 1993) Tierra sin pan (1933), by Luis Buïuel, will be seen in class. In-class exams will include material on all films 'individually available, but not on Las bicis (film) or Soldados (film).


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