Spring 2011 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course will focus on the profound impact of the Fall of the Empire on the culture and history of Spain as analyzed and explained in the works of a group of brilliant thinkers and writers known as the Generation of 98. The Generation of 98 became obsessed with the cultural "essence of Spain," and its decline and eventual desintegration. In works of universal, literary value, they struggled to explain the death of Imperial Spain and to proclaim their faith and hope in a national rebirth and renewal. The course,after engaging in an intensive reading and discussion of some of these works, will turn its attention to the authors of the Generation of 1927, among whom were counted two winners of the Noble Prize in literature and the inmortal Federico Garcia Lorca assesinated at the beginning of the Civil War. A consideration of the clash of ideologies that brought Spain to the bloody Civil War of 1936 will bring the course to a close.
John Crow, Spain:The Root and the Flower. Ortega y Gasset, The Revolt of the Masses and Invertebrate Spain. Miguel de Unamuno, The Tragic Sense of Life and Our Lord Don Quixote. Geoge Orwell, Homage to Catalonia
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
1 One hour private meeting with the Instructor
2 A critical book review
3 A final research paper