SPN 362 • Spanish Drama & Poetry
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Although Spanish history of the 20th century is distressing, the most important event in it is undoubtedly the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). The fratricidal war acts as an axis that divides the century into two distinct historical periods before the death of the dictatorship of General Francisco Franco in 1975. This class focuses on the development of two literary genres before and after the war: poetry and drama. The former, being the most appropriate genre for the expression of the private experience and the subjectivity; and, the latter, the most suitable to represent and address the experience of the collectivity, raise many issues related to the presence and effect of the literary work of art in society. Our view will argue that the traumatic experience of war obliges to modify the basic tenets of both genres in order to shorten the breach between that which belongs to the individual and that which belongs to the social.
40% 2 Exams 20% Final Paper 20% Research Project & Oral Presentation 10% Daily Preparation & Participation 10% Attendance
Antología de la poesía española del siglo XX. Vol. I: 1900-1939. (ISBN 84-7039-738-9) Antología de la poesía española del siglo XX. Vol. II: 1940-1980 (ISBN 84-7039-739-7) Valle-Inclán, Ramón María del. Luces de Bohemia. García Lorca, Federico. La casa de Bernarda Alba. Sastre, Alfonso. Escuadra hacia la muerte. Buero Vallejo, Antonio. Historia de una escalera.