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

Spring 2009

SPN 385M • Space, Place, Gender and Sexuality in Spanish Literature

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
47450 W
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
BEN 1.118

Course Description

This goal of this course is to familiarize graduate students with current theoretical trends dealing with questions of location, gender and sexuality as they relate to contemporary Spanish literature. We will examine a selection of 20th century texts, many of them canonical, and some of them on the Master's reading list. While we will consider literary history and the extant critical studies on these texts, our primary focus will be on literary space itself and on the representation of urban space in the texts, particularly as they intersect with gender, class, race, and sexual identities. In the later texts, we will also consider the impact of globalization on those identities.

Grading Policy

Annotated Bibliography 15% Final paper, 18-25 pages 50% Oral presentation (20 minutes) 30% 250-word abstract of the paper 5%


Literature Texts: Rosa Chacel Memorias de Leticia Valle Carmen Laforet Nada Mercé Rodoreda La Plaza del Diamante Juan Goytisolo Señas de identidad Eduardo Mendicutti Una mala noche la tiene cualquiera Almudena Guzmán Usted Blanca Andreu De una niña de provincias que se vino a vivir en un Chagall Almudena Grandes Las edades de Lulú Ray Loriga Tokio ya no nos quiere Elvira Lindo Una palabra tuya María Felicitas Jaime Cenicienta en Chueca Theoretical Texts: Reader with selections from: De Certeau, Michel. The Practice of Everyday Life. Lefebvre, Henri. The Production of Space. Llamas, Ricardo. Homografías. Massey, Doreen. Space, Place and Gender. Soja, Edward. Postmodern Geographies. Ingram, Gordon Brent, Anne-Marie Bouthillette, and Yolanda Retter. Queers in Space: Communities/ Public Places/ Sites of Resistance. Villaamil, Fernando. La transformación de la identidad gay en España Brenner, Neil and Roger Kell. The Global Cities Reader. Franck, Karen and Quentin Stevens, eds. Loose Space: Possibility and Diversity in Urban Life.


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