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

Fall 2004

SPN 378H • Honors Seminar

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46755 MWF
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
UTC 4.120

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, slew his half-brother Pedro I, variously referred to as el Cruel and el Justiciero, and became king. The reign of the Trastámaras ended with the death of Fernando el Católico and the proclamation of Carlos I, the first Habsburg monarch, as King of Spain in 1516. It is this enormously rich period in Spanish history that will be our focus over the course of the semester. Our goal will be two-fold: to study and gain an understanding of certain literary works written during this period, and to learn how to do scholarly research.

We will also learn about important aspects of research such as how to consult and build bibliographies. To this end, we will spend some class periods in PCL meeting with bibliographers and learning to use research tools such as the MLA Bibliography. We may also spend a couple of class periods learning about the Benson Collection and the HRC as well. By the end of the semester, I would like students to feel confident about their abilities to work in libraries and archives.

Grading Policy

Two short papers (3-5 pages each) due during the first half of the semester . . . 30% One long paper (10 pages) due at the end of the semester . . . 30% Oral presentation on the topic of the long paper . . . 10% Prospectus and bibliography of the long paper . . . 10% Weekly homework, in-class exercises, and quizzes . . . 20%

There is neither a midterm nor a final exam in this course, however, there will be weekly homework, in-class exercises and/or pop quizzes to ensure everyone keeps up with and understands the reading.


Texts we will read include the following: Romances del Rey don Pedro Leonor López de Córdoba, Memorias Teresa de Cartagena, Arboleda de los enfermos and Admiraçion Operum Dey (selections) Romances Fronterizos Jorge Manrique, Coplas por la muerte de su padre Fernando de Rojas, Tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea o Celestina


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