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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Spring 2005

LAS 370S • SPAIN OF THREE CULTURES

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38100 MWF
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
BEN 1.102
SUTHERLAND-MEIER

Course Description

This course is required for students enrolled in the Tracking Cultures Program. In the thirteenth century, King Alfonso X of Castile referred to himself as “The King of the Three Cultures” or “The King of the Three Religions.” In this course, our focus will be on the three cultures that co-existed in medieval Spain-the Islamic, the Jewish and the Christian-and the concept known as convivencia. Readings will be taken from literary and historical texts. The visual arts (especially architecture) of medieval Spain will also be of interest to us. Topics to be studied include the following:

Literary Texts: Selected Mozarabic jarchas (11th century) Poem of the Cid (12th century) Selections from Berceo's Miracles of Our Lady (13th century) Selections from writings of Alfonso X Selections from Santob de Carrión's Moral Proverbs (14th century) Ballads (romances fronterizos) Lope de Vega, Fuenteovejuna Art and Architecture: Hispanoroman architecture Visigothic architecture and votive crowns Islamic architecture: the Alhambra, the Mezquita, Romanesque, Gothic and Mudéjar architecture Isabelline and Plateresque architecture Historical readings will also be included.

Grading Policy

Two exams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40% Two papers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40% Oral reports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10% Attendance and participation . . . . . . 10%

Texts

A packet of readings

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