SPN 326L • Introduction to Spanish Literature before 1700
10:00 AM-11:30 AM
This course is a survey of Spanish literature from its earliest manifestations in the Middle Ages through the Golden Age. Some works are read in their entirety while others are selections. Supplementary information will be provided in the lectures and will concentrate on essential points of literary analysis and appreciation. In addition emphasis will be placed on distinguishing the traditional elements of Spanish literature from the Renaissance-inspired expression and themes.
There will be a number of writing exercises, each one involving an analysis of a text or literary topic, as well at least one partial exam and a final. Grading will emphasize the correct use of grammar and the coherent expression and organization of ideas, as well as the overall persuasiveness of the thesis. In determining the final grade, consideration will be given to student participation, writing assignments, and exams.
David William Foster, ed., Literatura española, Tomo 1: De los orígenes hasta 1700, New York: Garland, 1995.