History of Spain: From the Middle Ages to the Present|
COL 250, IBST 233|
|Certificates: International Relations|
This course is an introduction to the history of Spain from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. We will cover the Islamic period, the Christian expansion, the imperial age, the liberal and republican regimes, the 20th-century dictatorships, and the late democratic period. Through the analysis of historical sources, literature and poetry, art and film, students will learn not only about the past, but also about the way in which history affects and has affected the collective identities of the Spaniards, and therefore the way in which the past shapes the future.
Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
The study of the past is always an exploration of a distant culture whose parameters we need to learn (even when that culture, or that past, is not that distant: paraphrasing Lowenthal, "the past is a foreign country.") In order to learn that culture, we need to master the art of interpreting documents and expressions from the past: literature, art, political writings, etc.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-History)(COL)(SISP-Hist Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Bernard F. Reilly. THE MEDIEVAL SPAINS. (Cambridge University Press, 1993) ISBN: 9780521397414
José Álvarez Junco and Adrian Schubert, eds. SPANISH HISTORY SINCE 1808. (Arnold, 2000) ISBN: 9780340662298
John Cowans, ed. MODERN SPAIN: A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY. (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003) ISBN: 9780812218466
Peter Cole, ed. and trans. THE DREAM OF THE POEM: HEBREW POETRY FROM MUSLIM AND CHRISTIAN SPAIN, 950-1492. (Princeton University Press, 2007) ISBN: 9780691121956
Burton Raffel, trans. THE SONG OF THE CID. (Penguin, 2009) ISBN: 9780143105657
Luis Vaz de Camões. THE LUSIADS. (Trans. by Landeg White. Oxford University Press, 2008) ISBN: 9780199539963
W. S. Mervin, trans. THE LIFE OF LAZARILLO DE TORMES. (The New York Review of Books, 2005) ISBN: 9781590171325
George Orwell. HOMAGE TO CATALONIA. (Harcourt, 1980) ISBN: 9780156421171
|Examination and Assignments: |
Final grade will be based on three short papers, several response papers, one final exam, and overall class participation.
|Instructor(s): Castro-Ibaseta,Javier Times: .M.W.F. 10:00AM-10:50AM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 45||SR major: 5||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: 27||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 5||JR non-major: 10||SO: 10||FR: 10|