SPAN 352: Spanish Literature: In the Golden Age
MW 2:45-4:00, Lawrence Hall 206
Fernando Plata, Professor of Spanish
Course description: With an emphasis on the Renaissance and Baroque readings of the “Golden Age” of Spanish literature, this course aims to examine love and honor as interconnected themes appearing in theater, poetry, and prose. Students analyze the overarching themes in the assigned readings via discussion and reflection along the way, enhancing their ability to both speak and write in Spanish.
On the reading list: E.L. Rivers, Renaissance and Baroque Poetry of Spain; Miguel de Cervantes, “El celoso extremeño”; María de Zayas, “El prevenido engañado”; Francisco de Rojas Zorrilla, “Del rey abajo, ninguno”; Tirso de Molina, “El burlador de Sevilla”; and a Spanish-English dictionary
Key assignments/ activities: Frequent discussion periods for which students are asked to prepare and participate in conversations conducted completely in Spanish regarding the assigned texts. Group and individual oral presentations. Three comprehensive essays and exams.
The professor says: “Students acquire the tools to analyze narrative, poetry, and drama of the period. In that sense, the class will equip them with tools more normally acquired in an English literature class, with the added advantage of learning them in a foreign language and context. Students also learn how to read complex texts critically. Moreover, in examining questions of gender, race, love, and religion, students come face to face with a world chronologically and geographically different from their own. This forces them to understand, appreciate, and embrace different ways of understanding the world, thus challenging their own preconceived notions and prejudices.”