Survey of Peninsular Literature and Culture from the Origins to 1700

This course introduces students to the literature of Spain from the Middle Ages to the 17th century through fundamental literary authors, genres and trends. We will explore the classic works and characters (El Cid, Libro del buen amor, La Celestina, Lazarillo de Tormes, Don Quijote, Don Juan, La vida es sueño) that have shaped Spain’s literary genius, influenced Universal literature and continue to impact current popular culture. In addition to refining methods of textual analysis and critical skills, students will gain knowledge of the historical, social, intellectual and religious contexts that have shaped the literature of this period, and are essential to understanding the character and ideological foundations of the Hispanic World.

Required texts:
Sanchez-Romeralo, A. E Ibarra, F. Antología de autores españoles antiguos y modernos, Vol. 1., Macmillan.
Pedro Calderón de la Barca, ed. Vincent Martin. La vida es sueño. Juan de la Cuesta

SPAN 221 and SPAN 302.
SPAN 302 may be taken as a co-requisite, with the permission of the instructor or the Spanish Major Advisor.

Language of Instruction: Spanish

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