City, Mobility, and Technology: Towards the Modern City in Spain|
Fall 2019 not offered
|Course Cluster: Urban Studies|
Movements, itineraries, encounters--these are some of the elements that have characterized modern literature. From the Baudelairean figure of the flâneur to the car chases of popular movies like Bullit, the city is described from a series of journeys that create a representation of urban space. However, these narratives reveal more than a personal account of the city: they show the urban architectures that allow the movement in those spaces (ie, paths, roads, lighting) and in doing so they portray the development of the modern city.
With this framework in mind, in this course we will analyze the construction of the modern city in Spain through literary and filmic texts. We will pay special attention to Barcelona and Madrid, but we will also look at how other international cities are perceived and represented in Spanish literature. In doing so, we will explore how these authors understand the modern city and the international connections and influences that shaped it at specific historical moments.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HISP)(RMST)
Leopolodo Alas "Clarín," "Doña Berta" (short story)
Emilia Pardo Bazán, "En tranvía" (short story)
Federico García Lorca, Poeta en Nueva York (selection of poems)
Carmen Laforet, Nada (novel)
Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, Los mares del sur (novel)
Jaime Gil de Biedma, Selection of poems.
Álex de la Iglesia, El día de la bestia (movie)
Àlex y David Pastor, Los últimos días (movie)
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Biutiful (movie)
Francesc Català¿Roca, Barcelona-Madrid (photography)
Martí Llorens, Poble Nou + Strata (photography)
Consuelo Bautista, Raval (photography)
Rosa Montero, "Como la vida misma" (short story)
Secondary readings: Walter Benjamin, Michel de Certeau, Franco Moretti, Michel Foucault, Jane Jacobs.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Quizzes, short papers (2), and a final project.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
SPAN 256 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 preregistering. 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.
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