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

Fall 2008

SPN 376 • Prose and Drama of Golden Age Spain

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Course Description

This course will examine the major short prose and dramatic works of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Spain. The course will follow a chronological trajectory, beginning with La Celestina, the work that ushered in the Golden Age of Spanish literature, and Lazarillo de Tormes, which initiated the picaresque tradition, continuing on to the drama of Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina, and Calderón, and ending with baroque prose and the complexity of Cervantes's novelas. Throughout, the course will focus on the development of prose fiction as a potentially subversive form of literature, the interplay of the prose fiction and drama of the time, and the effects of the picaresque and Celestinesque traditions on both prose and drama.

Grading Policy

2 in-class exams (30% each) 60% Term Paper (8-10 pp.) 30% Class participation 10%


Rojas, La Celestina Lazarillo de Tormes, ed. Blecua (Madrid: Castalia) Lope de Vega, Fuente Ovejuna Tirso de Molina, El burlador de Sevilla Calderón, La vida es sueño Cervantes, Novelas ejemplares and Entremeses (selections)


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