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

Fall 2008

SPN 378H • Honors Seminar-Spanish Women writers of the 18th and 19th centuries: Modernity, Subjectivity and Feminism

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Course Description

During the 18th and 19th centuries the foundations of Modernity were laid out and solidified throughout Europe. One of the most important developments of this process of modernization is the increasing consciousness of the need to induce change and explicitly address women rights in the social and cultural environment. Having as chronological frame these roughly two centuries, this Honors Seminar will explore the birth and development of this feminist consciousness through readings pertaining to the Spanish literary and cultural milieu. A special attention will be devoted to the birth and development of a modern subjectivity in connection to the literary expression of women writers.

Grading Policy

Mid-semester paper (3 pages) 10 % Participation on the Internet Forum (5 participations) 10 % (3 Before mid-term, 2 Before final, 2 Peer Review) 1 Assessment of mid-term, 1 Assessment of final 10 % Prospectus and bibliography of the Research Paper 10 % Final research paper (10 pages) 30 % Presentation 20 % Participation & Attendance 10 %


Benito Jerónimo Feijoo, "Defensa de las mujeres" María Gertrudis de Hore, selection of poems María Rosa de Gálvez, Safo Leandro Fernández de Moratín, El sí de las niñas Carolina Coronado, selection of poems Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, Baltasar Cecilia Bohl de Faber, Fernán Caballero, La hija del sol Rosalía de Castro, Las literatas and selection of poems from En las orillas del Sar. Concepción Arenal, selection from La educación de la mujer Emilia Pardo Bazán, La santa de Karnar y El encaje roto


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