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Synopsis 336 Literature and Culture of Spain
Pre-requisites: 215 or permission of department


This course is designed to explore main cultural themes and historical issues that have shaped contemporary Spain. Topics of discussion will include but not limited to the question of modernity, the Spanish Civil War, nationalisms, terrorism, globalization and immigration. By looking at representative literary works, film and other visual media from the end of the nineteenth century to the present, we seek to develop an intellectual insight into the contemporary Spanish society and culture and examine how the European way of thinking resembles and differs from our own.


Learning Goals:

  1. Students will enhance linguistic competence in the target language through intense class discussion and essay writing.
  2. Students will learn to improve research and presentation skills by researching and preparing an oral report.
  3. Students will develop reading strategies for contextualized comprehension by comparing and contrasting different cultural practices and historical particularities.
  4. Students will acquire a critical knowledge of how Spain has envisioned itself and what challenges it faces in the era of globalization.

For departmental learning goals, please see the link below:


Required Texts:
Sender, Ramón J. Réquiem por un campesino muerto.
Marsé, Juan. El amante bilingüe.

Texts in Sakai:
Spanish Cultural Studies: The Struggle for Modernity. Eds. J. Labanyi and H. Graham.
Hooper, John. The New Spaniards.
Extracts from Cadalso’s Cartas marruecas, Larra’s “Vuelva Ud. Mañana” and Clarín’s “Adiós, Cordera”
Extracts from Unamuno’s En torno al casticismo, Azorín’s “España invisible” and Ortega y Gasset’s España invertebrada
Extracts from Carmen Martín Gaite’s Los usos amorosos de la postguerra española  and Manuel Vázquez Montalbán’s Crónica sentimental de España
Extracts from Manuel Rivas’s La mano del emigrante
Extracts from Esteve Soler´s Contra la democracia

Bollaín, Iciar. Las flores de otro mundo.
Courtois, Mikel. Lobo.
Trueba, David. Los soldados de Salamina.

Please note that the selection of reading and viewing materials may change each semester.

Upcoming Events

07 May 2020;
08:00AM - 05:00PM
Course 435: 19th Century Spanish Literature
01 Sep 2020;
Face the Music: Fall 2020 Portuguese Course
01 Sep 2020;
Portuguese FALL 2020 Courses


Translation and Web Localization - Miguel A. Jiménez-Crespo (2013)
Disorientations: Spanish Colonialism in Africa and the Performance of Identity - Susan Martin-Márquez
The Structure of Coordination: Conjunction and Agreement Phenomena in Spanish and Other Languages - José Camacho (2003)
Romance Linguistics 2006 - J. Camacho, N. Flores, L. Sánchez, V. Déprez and M. Cabrera (eds) (2007)
Information Structure in Languages of the Americas. J. Camacho, R. Gutiérrez-Bravo and L. Sánchez (eds) (2010)
The Family Album: Histories, Subjectivities and Immigration in Contemporary Spanish Culture.  Yeon-Soo Kim (2005)
La oralidad escrita. Sobre la reivindicación y re-inscripción del discurso oral. Jorge Marcone (1997)
Vientre, manos y espíritu: hacia la construcción del sujeto femenino en el Siglo de Oro. Dámaris Otero-Torres (2000)
Quechua-Spanish Bilingualism. Interference and Convergence in Functional Categories. Liliana Sánchez (2003)
The Morphology and Syntax of Topic and Focus: Minimalist Inquiries in the Quechua Periphery. Liliana Sánchez (2010)
Photography and Writing in Latin America: Double Exposures. Marcy Schwartz (Co-edited with Mary Beth Tierney-Tello, 2006)
Invenciones urbanas: Ficción y ciudad latinoamericanas. Marcy Schwartz  (2010)
A Game of Mirrors: The Changing Face of Ethno-racial Constructs and Language in the Americas. Thomas M. Stephens (2003)
Dictionary of Latin American Racial and Ethnic Terminology. Thomas M. Stephens (1999)
Family and Identity in Contemporary Cuban and Puerto Rican Drama. Camilla Stevens (2004)

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