SPN 391 • POETRY OF THE SPANISH GOLDEN AGE
12:00 PM-3:00 PM
The purpose of this course is to study the fundamental modalities of Spanish Renaissance and Baroque poetry: triumph of italianismo, petrarquismo, neoplatonismo and humanistic classicism in the first half of the 16th century; the nationalization of italianismo, the beginnings of cultismo as well as the religious mystic poetry of the subsequent epoch; culteranismo, conceptismo and naturalismo of the 17th century. Important aesthetic problems, like art and nature, imitation and invention will be, of course, closely examined. We shall read the poetry of the most significant representatives of each period and modality: Boscán, Garcilaso and some of their disciples: Gutierre de Cetina, Francisco de Aldana; Fernando de Herrera, Fray Luis de León, S. Juan de la Cruz and S. Teresa de Jesús, Góngora, Quevedo, Lope, R. Caro, F. de Rioja, Jáuregui, J. de Valdivieso. The first few weeks of classes will be spent in consideration of the exceptional nature of the Spanish Renaissance and of the historical and spiritual physiognomy of the Golden Age in general. Comparisons with contemporary literary and ideological currents elsewhere in Europe will be made with the aim of highlighting the peculiarity of the Spanish style. The course is panoramic in nature, suited for both Master and doctoral students.
Short lectures combined with close analysis of assigned tests -- theme, structure, style, etc. Students are always expected to participate actively in class discussions. Special assignments for individual students. Final exam or paper.
E.L. Rivers, Poesía lírica del Siglo de Oro Supplemented with copies of other selections. Extensive bibliography of critical studies, traditional and new, will be given in class.