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

Fall 2007

SPN 366K • 19th Century Spanish Literature: Romanticism and Realism

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
49405 TTh
8:00 AM-9:30 AM
BEN 1.106
PEREIRO-OTERO

Course Description

This class is an overview of the Spanish literature written in the 19th century. It will be focused mainly in the two aesthetic proposals that tried to represent the ever-changing representations of the human being and his/her environment. Thus, the syllabus will be structured around the Romanticism and the Realism and their ideas of the role of art in society. Spanish 19th century is one of the most intense and complex periods of transformation in the History of the country. Several wars will devastate it, being the French invasion and the carlistas wars some of the conflicts with more impact in the psyche of Spanish conscience. To these, we have to add the independence of Latin-American countries, a new royal dynasty that will only be in power for three years and the short experiment of the 1st Republic. Moreover, the technological advancesrailroads, vapor machines, factories brought with Modernity will be arriving late to Spain. Nonetheless, their impact will be extreme in the structure of a society caught between the respect to the traditions and the embrace of the contradictions of Modernity.

Within all this turmoil, artists see themselves caught between the individual and the collective. Some of them will try to defend the idea of the old Spain, its values and images; while others will embrace the idea of progress and novelty associated with modern life. Between ones and the others, the emergence of the voices of women, who are claiming their right to participate in all arenas of social life, will be other of the important factors to which the class will be paying close attention.

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%

Texts

Mariano José de Larra, "El casarse pronto y mal"; La nochebuena de 1836 Ramón de Mesonero Romanos, El romanticismo y los románticos José de Espronceda, El estudiante de Salamanca Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, Al partir, Al destino, Mi mal, RomanceContestando a otro de una señorita, Cuartetos escritos en un cementerio Carolina Coronado, A Larra, El marido verdugo, En el castillo de Salvatierra, La poetisa en un pueblo. Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, El miserere; Selection of Rimas: Yo sé un himno gigante y extraño, Sacudimiento extraño, No digáis que agotado su tesoro, Yo soy ardiente, yo soy morena, ¿Qué es poesía?, Nuestra pasión fue un trágico sainete, Los suspiros son aire y van al aire, Tú eras el huracán, Olas gigantes que os rompéis bramando, Volverán las oscuras golondrinas, Mi vida es un erial, No sé lo que he soñado, Cerraron sus ojos Rosalía de Castro, Selection of poems from En las orillas del Sar: Era apacible el día, Cuando sopla el Norte duro, De la noche en el vago silencio, Dicen que no hablan las plantas, ni las fuentes, ni los pájaros, Santa Escolástica, La palabra y la idea& Hay un abismo, Aunque mi cuerpo se hiela, A las rubias envidias, De este mundo en la comedia, Justicia de los hombres, yo te busco, Sintiéndose acabar con el estío. Fernán Caballero, La hija del sol Leopoldo Alas, Clarín, ¡Adiós, cordera!, El Quin Emilia Pardo Bazán, Un destripador de antaño

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