Representations of the Spanish Civil War in Narrative and Film|
This course will study the Spanish Civil War through some of its representations in narrative and film. If the Spanish Civil War pitted Spaniard against Spaniard in the fight over fascism, it was also international, serving Hitler as a battleground on which to experiment with new military weaponry as well as a site on which to confront and defeat him. The course will focus on the representation of this historical event through novels and short stories dating from the end of the war to the present. Some in-class time will be devoted to the depiction of the war in a number of famous films and documentaries. Special attention will be given to the many different approaches taken by writers and artists over time and, in particular, to changes in perception that have occurred as a result of Spain's transition to democracy in 1975.
Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
The course stresses the importance of INTERPRETATION of texts on the Spanish civil war to the acquisition of knowledge and understanding of Spanish culture and history. Since the theories of myth and trauma inform this course, students engage in a critical and practical way with these analytical tools. Also, since these are competing interpretations on the legacy of the Spanish civil war, students are encouraged to explore these theories together with their own interpretive skills. The course includes training in effective presentation of interpretations especially in writing.
Students are taught how to develop INTERCULTURAL LITERACY through the critical reflection on what constitutes Spanish culture. The study of the past or historical memory through literary and film narratives is a key component of the course.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|SECTION 01 In-person only|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Ana Maria Matute, PRIMERA MEMORIA
Manual Vazquez Montalban, EL PIANISTA
Julio Llamazares, LUNA DE LOBOS
Antonio Munoz Molina, EL JINETE POLACO
Javier Cercas, SOLDADOS DE SALAMINA
And also a selection of short stories by Esther Tusquets, Ignacio Aldecoa, Max Aub, Javier Marias, etc.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
The students will write four take-home exams, in which they are expected to provide a throrough understanding of the ideas developed through the close reading of texts in class. In order to help the students think about some controversial issues, the professor will provide them with a list of questions somehow related to the content of each exam. As a final project, the students are expected to write an essay relating most of the material under a new creative light.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
SPAN257 is intended for students who have completed at least SPAN 221 or the equivalent with a B or better. Students who have not done so should consult with the professor before pre-registering. Readings, written assignments, and class discussion will be in Spanish. Only COL students may take this course CR/U.
|Instructor(s): Moreno-Nuņo,Carmen Times: .M...F. 11:00AM-12:20PM; Location: DWNY113; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 18||SR major: 9||JR major: 2|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 1||SO: 2||FR: 1|
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