Detective Fiction: Procedure and Paranoia in Spanish Narrative|
Spring 2020 not offered
The detective genre is the point of departure for an investigation that will lead us to solve a mystery: How do fictions about the detective--a person who is generally outside the law and sometimes crazy or paranoid--help us to understand the social construction of Spain? We will follow this figure through time (from the 19th century to the present) and space (visiting many Spanish cities) to build a theory of the genre in Spain and a panorama of Spanish society and culture. Following the trail left by novellas, novels, and short stories, together with critical texts, our investigation will allow us to unravel the mysteries of a multidimensional society.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HISP)(RMST)
Pedro Antonio de Alarcón, El clavo (1853).
Emilia Pardo Bazán, "La gota de sangre" (1911).
Francisco García Pavón, "Se relata el robo de los once jamones, con la intervención del gran jefe Plinio y de su ayudante don Lotario para atrapar al ladrón" (1965).
Eduardo Mendoza, El misterio de la cripta embrujada (1979).
Alicia Giménez Bartlett, Nadie quiere saber (2013).
|Examination and Assignments: |
Weekly response papers and/or short critical analyses; oral presentations; a final term paper (8-10 pages)
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course is intended for students who have completed SPAN 221 with a B- or better. Students who have not done so should consult with the professor before pre-registering. Readings, written assignments, and class discussions will be in Spanish. Only COL students may take this course CR/U. Reading and writing are the best ways for adult learners to improve their spoken Spanish. You will therefore improve all of your language skills in this course.