Between Word and World: Major Spanish Poets of the 20th Century
Fall 2011 not offered
COL 260, IBST 260
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.
INTERPRETATION: Students will be challenged daily to exercise and assess their tools for interpreting poetry. Those tools can be divided generally into two categories. On the formal plane, students will be introduced to the linguistic and rhetorical conventions of the Spanish lyrical tradition and they will be taught to account for these conventions in their interpretations of Spanish verse. They will also be encouraged to contextualize their interpretations by exploring what correlations may be made between poetry, history and culture in 20th century Spain.
SPEAKING: Through regular oral exercises students will be challenged to perform their interpretations of poetry by reciting in class. They will be taught to seek new levels of understanding through such recitations and they will speak about this process of discovery in class. These exercises are intended to help student make great strides in improving their speaking ability in Spanish.
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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:
Assessment is based on:
- Numerous short papers (1 - 2 pages) and oral assignments
- A term paper involving a comparative analysis of three 20th century poets (10 pages)
- An oral final exam
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments:
SPAN 260 is intended for students who have completed Spanish 221 or the equivalent with a grade of B or better. Students who have not done so should consult with the professor before pre-registering.
In addition to the essential capabilities indicated, students will regularly exercise skills WRITING 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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