The Golden Age of Peninsular Literature and Culture

Love and Money in Golden Age Spain: This course offers an introduction to Medieval and Early Modern Spanish literature and culture, taking into consideration socio-economic and historical contexts. In particular, we will analyze the implications love and money have on social, affective, economic and literary dynamics. The course employs an interdisciplinary and intersectional set of tools to discuss representative texts of this time period across the genres of prose, poetry and drama. In addition to doing close-readings of canonical masterpieces, we will explore how writers then, and literary critics today, grapple with and challenge conceptions of economic, literary and amatory discourses, as well as their complex interrelationships.

Required readings:

  • Fernando de Rojas, La Celestina, ed. Patricia S. Finch (Newark: Juan de la Cuesta, 2003); or ed. Dorothy Sherman Severin (Madrid: Cátedra, 1998)
  • Anónimo, Vida de Lazarillo de Tormes y de sus fortunas y adversidades, ed. Cash and Murray (Newark: Juan de la Cuesta, 2002); or Lazarillo de Tormes, ed. Francisco Rico (Madrid: Cátedra, 2006)
  • Tirso de Molina, El burlador de Sevilla, ed. John MacCaw (Newark: Juan de la Cuesta, 2002); or ed. A. Rodríguez López-Vázquez (Madrid: Cátedra, 2003)
  • Canvas: Additional required readings will be posted on Canvas as PDF files.

Recommended readings:

(Great resources with detailed footnotes and introductions)

  • Cervantes, Novelas ejemplares (vol. 2), Cátedra – 9788437602219
  • Lope de Vega, El arte nuevo de hacer comedias, Cátedra – 9788437622866
  • El Abencerraje y la hermosa Jarifa, Cátedra – 9788437602387

Recommended resources:

  • Alan Deyermond, et al. A Literary History of Spain I-III: The Middle Ages and the Golden Age (Barcelona: Ariel, 2008).
  • Michael E. Gerli, et al. Medieval Iberia: An Encyclopedia (New York: Routledge, 2003). Online via the UBC Library.
  • Joseph Gibaldi, MLA Handbook Eighth Edition. 8th ed. (New York: MLA, 2016).
  • Manuel Gutiérrez Tuñón, Diccionario de castellano antiguo: Léxico español medieval y del Siglo de Oro (Madrid: Alderabán Ediciones, 2002).
  • Pablo Jauralde Pou, Diccionario filológico de Literatura del Siglo de Oro (Madrid: Castalia, 2012).

Prerequisite: SPAN 221

Corequisite: SPAN 302

Language of Instruction: Spanish

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