SPN 326K • Introduction to Spanish Literature Before 1700
This course is a survey of literature written in Spanish from its earliest manifestations in the Middle Ages through the Golden Age. A few works are read in their entirety, but most are selections. Supplementary information and materials will be provided in class and will focus on historical context and appreciation for the unique qualities of early Spanish literature. Additional emphasis will focus on distinguishing between the elements of traditional Spanish literature and the themes and expression of works inspired by the Italian Renaissance.
The most universally significant literary works included in the course are the epic poem Cantar de Mio Cid, the narrative poem Libro de buen amor, the novel Don Quijote de la Mancha, the Renaissance poetry of Garcilaso de la Vega and Lope de Vega's drama Fuenteovejuna.
Regular class attendance and participation are required for the successful completion of this course. The focus of the class will be on the explanation and discussion of the assigned readings. Writing assignments will be given regularly, for completion in and out of class, involving the analysis of a single text, or of a literary topic covering various texts. Grading of writing assignments will emphasize the coherent expression and organization of ideas, as well as the overall persuasiveness of the argument.
In determining the final grade, consideration will be given to: student attendance & participation (20%) assignments (20%) two exams (30%) and a final exam (30%) Readings, class discussions, essays and exams are in Spanish.
Antonio Sánchez-Romeralo, Antología de autores antiguos y modernos, vol. 1, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1972.