SPN 326K • Introduction to Spanish Literature before 1700
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
This course is a survey of literature in Spain from its earliest manifestations in the Middle Ages through the Golden Age. Some works are read in their entirety while others are selections. Most of the texts are presented in the language of the period, which requires attentive reading and a concerted effort to learn new vocabulary and differences in meaning and pronunciation from modern Spanish. Supplementary information will be provided in the lectures and will focus on contextual considerations and essential points of literary analysis. In addition emphasis will be placed on distinguishing the traditional elements of Spanish literature from Renaissance-inspired expression and themes.
Regular class attendance and participation are required for the successful completion of this course. Student participation will be encouraged in a variety of active formats (20%); there will be a series of writing assignments (20%), a mid-term exam (30%), and a final exam (30%). Readings, class discussions, all exercises and exams are in Spanish.
David William Foster, ed., Literatura española, Tomo 1: De los orígenes hasta 1700, New York: Garland, 1995.