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

Spring 2008

SPN 387 • Trastámara Spain

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
48480 MW
10:30 AM-12:00 PM
BEN 1.118

Course Description

The House of Trastámara came to power in Spain in 1369, when Enrique de Trastámara, an illegitimate son of Alfonso XI of Castile and León, killed his half-brother Pedro I and became king. The reign of the Trastámaras ended with the death of Fernando el Católico in 1516. It is this enormously rich period in Spanish history that will be our focus over the course of the semester.

Grading Policy

Students will give regular informes based on critical readings. They will also write three discussion notes (4-5 pages each) during the semester. A longer paper (10-12 pages) will be due at the end of the semester. The writing will account for 80% of the final grade; informes will account for 10% and class participation will account for 10%.


1. The Struggle for the Throne Readings: " Selections from various chronicles including Pedro López de Ayala, Coronica del rey don Pedro " Fernán Pérez de Guzmán, Generaciones y semblanzas (selections) " Romances: Various romances del rey don Pedro, including "Entre la gente su suena . . ." and La muerte del Maestre de Santiago " Leonor López de Córdoba, Memorias 2. The Works of Teresa de Cartagena Readings: Arboleda de los enfermos and Admiraçion Operum Dey 3. The Marqués de Santillana Readings: Serranillas 4. Jorge Manrique Readings: Coplas por la muerte de su padre and possibly some cancionero poetry 5. The Romancero Readings: Various historical and fronterizo ballads, including Abenámar, El rey moro que perdió Alhama, La mora Moraima, La muerte del príncipe don Juan 6. Fernando de Rojas, Celestina 7. Poems by Florencia Pinar


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