SPN 385M • SPANISH ROMANTICISM
6:30 PM-9:30 PM
I will trace the historical and philosophical backdrop for the romantic phenomenon in Spain. Because of the peculiarities of Spanish Romanticism, I will on occasion compare other countries with Spain. My aim is to introduce a variety of literary genres--drama, poetry, narrative forms (including "costumbrismo")--and to show where esthetic theory (usually of the period, but sometimes contemporary) applies most helpfully to our topic of concern.
Students should, in the end, be able to discourse intelligently on works--both literary and theoretical--insofar as they fall within the general scheme of Spanish Romanticism. The concepts pre-romantic and post-romantic are admissible as aspects of the romantic phenomenon proper. So, key XVIII-century works and select works from immediately after 1868 (my rather arbitrary closing point) are fair game for concentrated study, as long as it can be demonstrated that they embrace or ostensibly reject Spanish Romanticism.
The grade will be based principally on a final paper, but in some part on class work and participation. Depending on the size of the seminar, there may be an in-class presentation on an assigned topic.
The course will focus upon the following works and topics of discussion: Pre-romantic background (incl. Feijoo and Luzan) Arteaga, LA BELLEZA IDEAL Cadalso, NOCHES LUGUBRES Jovellanos's "Memoria sobre los espectaculos..." and dramatic theory (Moratin hijo, Bohl von Faber, Duran, Monteggia, Alcala Galiano) Garcia Gutierrez, EL TROVADOR el Duque de Rivas, DON ALVARO O LA FUERZA DEL SINO Las llamadas escuelas poeticas (Jovellanos, Melendez Valdes, Quintana, Lista, et al.) Espronceda, EL DIABLO MUNDO Larra, Estebanez Calderon, Mesonero Romanos y EL SEMANARIO PINTORESCO ESPANOL, "Los peligros de Madrid", Antonio Flores Hartzenbusch, LOS AMANTES DE TERUEL Zorrilla, DON JUAN TENORIO Becquer, selection from "Rimas" and short prose works Theories of Spanish Romanticism in the latter XX-century