Between Word and World: Major Spanish Poets of the 20th Century|
Spring 2011 not offered
COL 260, IBST 314|
Our goal in this course is to study how the leading poets in 20th-century Spain use the lyric mode to negotiate the relationship between themselves and their community at key junctures in the nation's history. In doing so, we will also identify and assess the various notions of community that arise in modern Spanish poetry, attempting to evaluate how those notions evolve or are affected by such events or movements as (1) the avant-garde and the 2nd Republic (1920-1936), (2) the Civil War and the Franco regime (1939-1975), and (3) sweeping political and social transformations of the past 30 years as signaled by the country's democratization, integration into the European Union, economic development, and by the massive influx of immigrants from Africa, Latin America, and Eastern Europe (1977-present). Key essays (critical and theoretical), some by the poets themselves, are included in the syllabus to provide critical tools for discussing how the public experience is lyricized through the intimate filter of the poet's own sensitivity. We will seek to understand the role played by context in conditioning the decisions poets make in adopting the epic, elegiac, didactic, or testimonial mode of expression, to name just a few. The image of the poet standing at the crossroads of lyrical creativity--word--and historical circumstance--world--will be central to our critical inquiry.
We will work primarily on the written analysis of modern Spanish poetry and on its aural interpretation.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(HISP)(RMST)
Selections of 20th century Spanish poetry from the following anthologies:
Arturo Ramoneda, ed., ANTOLOGIA POETICA DE LA GENERACION DEL 27, Madrid: Editorial Castalia
José Enrique Martínez, ed., ANTOLOGIA DE LA POESIA ESPANOLA (1939-1975), Madrid: Editorial Castalia
José Enrique Martínez, ed., ANTOLOGICA DE POESIA ESPANOLA (1975-1995), Madrid: Editorial Castalia
|Examinations and Assignments: |
3-4 informes orales y escritos
Un trabajo final de analisis comparativo
Examen final oral (_____)
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
The requirement for this course is SPAN221 or any other upper level Spanish literature course. Readings, written assignments and class discussions will be in Spanish. Students interested in SPAN260 are advised to visit the course website at: http://www.wesleyan.edu/agonzalez/span260/span260.htm.
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