Urban Fantasies: The City, Sexuality, and National Identity in the Modern Spanish Novel|
Fall 2008 not offered
COL 248, IBST 307|
The novel as we know it today reached 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.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HISP)(RMST)
Benito Pérez Galdós, FORTUNATA Y JACINTA
Leopoldo Alas, Clarín, LA REGENTA
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Six response papers (2 pages each), 2 oral reports and one final essay (8 pages).
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
The requirement for this course is SPAN 221 or any other upper level Spanish literature course. Readings, written assignments and class discussions will be in Spanish. Only COL students may take this course for credit. All other must take it for a letter grade.
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