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

Spring 2010

SPN 391 • Encounters with the Other in Golden Age and Colonial Literature

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
47960 T
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
MEZ 1.104

Course Description

This course focuses on the subjective encounter with the other as expressed in literary texts of the Spanish Golden Age, and, by extension, Colonial texts directed toward or received by a transatlantic audience. The course is thematically monographic, although the works studied represent a diversity of genres and chronological moments. Through the study of drama, prose fiction, chronicle, and heroic verse, the course seeks to analyze topics such as authorial subjectivity, self and other, foreigners and outsiders, cultural hybridity, utopian and dystopian visions, the idea of America in Spanish literature, center and periphery, public performance and privatized entertainment, and the relationship between historiography and literature. These concepts will be analyzed in the transatlantic context of Imperial Spain's hegemonic discourse as well as in consideration of genre, audience, and authorship. Class meetings will be organized around active discussion and student participation. The first part of each meeting will concentrate on the dissemination of theory and background information through a brief lecture, leaving the remaining time for textual analysis and discussion. Every week, students will be responsible for textual readings as well as theoretical or critical works pertinent to that week's topic. Each student will prepare one oral report on a critical work during the semester and will follow-up with a brief written analysis. At the conclusion of the course, students will be required to write a paper of between 15 and 25 pages that analyzes one or more of the works studied or other related works.

Grading Policy

Final paper 60% Oral report 20% Class work/participation 20%


Cervantes, Numancia La gran sultana Novelas ejemplares: La española inglesa, El celoso extremeño Las Casas, Brevísima relación de la destrucción de las Indias Cortés, "Carta segunda" Bernal Díaz del Castillo, Historia verdadera de la conquista de la Nueva España (selection) Alvar Núnez Cabeza de Vaca, Naufragios Lope de Vega, El nuevo mundo descubierto por Cristóbal Colón Arauco domado Ercilla, La Araucana (selection) Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, El divino Narciso Ruiz de Alarcón, La verdad sospechosa Tirso de Molina, Amazonas en las Indias Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Comentarios reales (selection) Pertinent secondary readings will be assigned throughout the semester, including critical works by Rolena Adorno, Américo Castro, Antonio Cornejo Polar, José María Díez Borque, José Antonio Maravall, Walter Mignolo, Alexander Parker, Beatriz Pastor, Doris Sommer, Teresa Soufas, Hayden White, and others.


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