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Urban Fantasies: The City, Sexuality and National Identity in the Modern Spanish Novel
SPAN 241
Fall 2006
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: COL 248

The novel as we know it today reaches maturity in Europe in the 19th-century, against the backdrop of social and economic transformations that are linked to the emergence of the metropolis as a "capital" coordinate (literally and figuratively) in the map of national cultures. The rapid growth of a powerful bourgeoisie is equally important within this cultural dynamic, manifesting itself as it does through demographic changes, urban expansion and the predominance of a bourgeois aesthetic in art and literature. In Spain these phenomena are perhaps best reflected by the novels of Benito Pérez Galdós and Leopoldo Alas, alias Clarín. Through a close reading of what are widely regarded as masterpieces of the modern Spanish novel, FORTUNADA Y JACINTA (Galdós) and LA REGENTA (Clarín), we will attempt to evaluate how narrative and the cityscape form interlocking textualities within each of which the family is protagonist, sexuality a central theme.

Essential Capabilities: Writing
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA RLAN
Course Format: Lecture/DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HISP)(RMST)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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