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Rebels and Rebellions in Early Modern Spain

SPAN 239
Spring 2022
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: COL 239
Course Cluster and Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Certificate

What does it mean to be a rebel? This course examines literary, visual, and historiographical representations of rebels and rebellions in early modern Spain. Students will examine the uprisings of aggrieved comuneros (proto-bourgeois revolutionaries) in Castile and of outraged moriscos (Muslims converts to Christianity) in Granada and Aragon, the covert spiritual rebellions of crypto-Jewish conversas (Jewish converts to Christianity) and crypto-Muslim moriscas, as well as texts composed by women writers who rebelled against gender norms and Spain's most famous playwright's classic rebellion play. We will analyze the scathing testimonies of expelled moriscos and paintings that reimagine the pre-expulsion revolts of Valencian moriscos alongside gripping examples of local resistance to the moriscos' banishment, an astonishing and unprecedented tragedy in Spanish history. The seminar will introduce students to a critical framework for analyzing visual and multilingual texts. Close readings of "rebellious" texts will acquaint students with both known and nameless rebels of Spain, as well as with the unresolved legacies they left behind.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA RLAN
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

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