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

Fall 2004

SPN 387 • THIRTEENTH CENTURY SPANISH NARRATIVE POETRY

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46830 F
12:00 PM-3:00 PM
BEN 1.118
Bailey

Course Description

This is a general course in medieval literature that seeks to provide an in-depth understanding of Spanish narrative poetry of the thirteenth century. In so doing the course establishes thematic and compositional links between a variety of narratives put into writing in Spain between 1200 and 1300, and examines their connections to narrative traditions both within and beyond Spain. One common element in these poetic texts is the representation of historical personages who are transformed into mythic figures through the preservation and promulgation of their lives in narrative. Previous versions of these tales are well documented for the most part, and will be referenced as a way to appreciate their complexity, popularity and power as didactic or propagandistic tools.

Grading Policy

Special emphasis will be placed on the explication of the course readings, the traditions that contributed to their development, and the peculiarities of each text. Grading will be based on participation in class discussion, at least one brief oral and written report, a mid term and final exams.

Texts

Roncesvalles Cantar de mio Cid Poema de Fernán González Vida de Santa María Egipciaca Vida de Santa Oria Duelo de la Virgen Elena y María Libro de Alexandre Libro de Apolonio Historia troyana polimétrica Mocedades de Rodrigo

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