Families on Stage: Individual, Society, and the Nation in Spanish Theater from 1600 to the Present|
Spring 2014 not offered
IBST 253, COL 263, THEA 253|
Theater showcases conflict, and conflict tends to be experienced most acutely within the intimate confines of the family. This is why the family and its spatial correlate, the home, have been treated as the privileged scenario for dramatic literature since the days of Oedipus and Hamlet. The parallel between the stage and the family and the allegorical implications that derive therefrom are a key incentive for much of the writing for the stage in Spain, from the Golden Age (1600s) to the present. In this course we will evaluate these implications at different stages of Spanish history to see how the portrayal on stage of family conflict evolves over time and is adapted to highlight social trends and questions of nationhood and collective identity within an evolving national domain.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(RMST)
Primarily 20th century Spanish theater, except for three plays from the classical period.
ANCIENT GREECE: Sophocles, ANTÍGONA (in Spanish);
GOLDEN AGE SPAIN: Lope de Vega, FUENTEOVEJUNA; Calderón de la Barca, LA VIDA ES SUEÑO;
MODERN SPAIN: Jacinto Benavente, LA MALQUERIDA; Ramón María del Valle-Inclán, ROMANCE DE LOBOS; Federico García Lorca, LA CASA DE BERNARDA ALBA; Fernando Fernán Gómez, LAS BICICLETAS SON PARA EL VERANO; Antonio Buero Vallejo, EL TRAGALUZ; Lauro Olmo, LA CAMISA; José Luis Alonso de Santos, EL ALBUM FAMILIAR; Agustín Gómez Arcos, LOS GATOS;
CONTEMPORARY SPAIN: Angélica Liddell, EL MATRIMONIO PALAVRAKIS; Juan Mayorga, HAMELIN; Fernando León de Aranoa, LA FAMILIA (película)
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Written: five response papers (2 pages each) and a final essay (8 pages minimum).
All readings, discussions and assignments are conducted exclusively in Spanish.
Audiovisual assignments include video recordings of performances and Spanish movies, available over the Internet or in the Language Resource Center.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
SPAN253 is intended primarily for students who have completed SPAN221 or any other advanced course in Spanish. Students believing that they are otherwise prepared are encouraged to consult with the professor before preregistering. For a more detailed presentation of this course go to:
http://agonzalez.web.wesleyan.edu/span253/span253.htm Note: web site requires authentication with Wesleyan username/password.
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