SPN 387 • Thirteenth Century Spanish Narrative Poetry
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
This course in medieval literature seeks to provide an in-depth understanding of Spanish narrative poetry of the thirteenth century. In so doing the course establishes thematic and compositional links between a variety of narratives put into writing in Spain between 1200 and 1300, and examines their connections to narrative traditions both within and beyond Spain. The common element in these poetic texts is the representation of historical personages who have been transformed into mythic figures through the preservation and promulgation of their lives in narrative. Previous versions of some of these narratives are well documented and will be referenced as a way to appreciate their complexity, popularity and power as didactic or propagandistic tools.
For any students taking the course for Medieval Studies, other vernacular or Latin versions of these narratives, such as Apollonius of Tyre, Alexandreis, and Santa Marëa Egipciaca may serve as primary readings. Substitutions may also be made.
The class will be conducted in Spanish and/or English, as circumstances require. Lectures will provide a background and methodology designed to aid in approaching the assigned readings. Class discussion will provide a format for the assimilation and interpretation of the readings. Regular attendance and participation are required for the successful completion of the course. Reading exercises, written and oral, will be conducted regularly to check student progress on pronunciation and comprehension (25%). Students will present an oral report on an assigned reading (25%), prepare an annotated bibliography of criticism relevant to their research topic (25%), and write a final research paper (25%).
Readings of longer narratives: Cantar de mio Cid, Poema de Fernán González, Libro de Apolonio, Vida de Santa Oria, Vida de Santa Marëa Egipciaca. Brief narratives: Roncesvalles, Elena y Marëa, ÿAy Jherusalem!, El Dio alto que los çielos sostiene, Libro de la infancia y muerte de Jesþs, Razñn de amor, Disputa del alma y del cuerpo. Selected passages from: Libro de Alexandre, Vida de San Millán, Historia troyana polimétrica, Mocedades de Rodrigo.