Urban Fantasies: The City, Sexuality, and National Identity in the Modern Spanish Novel|
Spring 2016 not offered
The novel as we know it today reached maturity in Europe in the 19th century against the backdrop of a rapidly changing social and economic context and the emergence of the metropolis as a "capital" coordinate (literally and figuratively) on 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 acutely reflected by two novelists, Benito Pérez Galdós and Leopoldo Alas ("Clarín"). Through a close reading of what are widely regarded as masterpieces of the modern Spanish novel, FORTUNATA Y JACINTA (Galdós) and LA REGENTA ("Clarín"), we will seek to evaluate how narrative and the cityscape form interlocking textualities within each of which the family is protagonist and 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: |
Five response papers (2 pages each), 2 oral reports and one final essay (8 pages minimum).
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students interested in SPANISH 251 are expected to have completed SPANISH 221 or any other upper level Spanish literature course. Readings, written assignments and class discussions are conducted exclusively in Spanish. For a more detailed presentation of this course --readings, assignments, objectives-- go to: http://agonzalez.web.wesleyan.edu/span251/span251.htm. Note: This web site requires authentication with Wes username & password.
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