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Modern Spain: Literature, Painting, and the Arts in Their Historical Context
SPAN 223
Fall 2011
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: IBST 223, COL 219

In this course we study the so-called "masterpieces" of modern and contemporary Spanish literature, painting, and film (18th century to the present). The works chosen represent the major literary and cultural movements of the past three centuries: the Enlightenment, Romanticism, realism, and naturalism, the generations of 98 and 27, the avant-garde, neorealism and postmodernism. As masterpieces, they have achieved canonical status through either the influence they have come to exercise over successive generations or their popular reception at the time of their production. In our close analysis of these works, we will interrogate the processes and conditions of canonicity. We will emphasize as well the relationship between cultural production and historical context, seeking to draw analogies at all times between the short stories, novels, poems, plays, paintings, and movies under consideration and the social, political, and economic milieu from which they emerge.

Essential Capabilities: Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
INTERPRETATION: Students will be challenged daily to develop their skills in interpreting works of Spanish literature and painting as an expression of Spanish culture and in relation to Spanish history.
INTERCULTURAL LITERACY: Students will be encouraged to deepen their understanding of the concept of a national literary tradition and of nationhood itself in relation to the events and cultural patterns serve to shape it.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA RLAN
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(HISP)(RMST)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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