Summer 2012 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Granada, the storied city has inspired composers, writers, thinkers, and dreamers for over a millennium. We will study the cultural confluence of Granada, which from ancient times nurtured a pluralisitc society of great learning and artistic sophistication. This truth was evident to the American writer Washington Irving, who in 1826, in fact, lived for several months in the Alhambra.From this experince we have his Tales of the Alhambra, and the Siege of Granada. Today Washington Irving is an icon to the Spanish people.
A century later the Andalucian poet and musician Federico Garcia Lorca spreads his wings and transmits the musical and poetic beauty of his homeland throughout Spain and to America. Garcia Lorca along with his composer colleague Manuel de Falla, and guitarist Andres Segovia work to elevate the status of the regional culture of Andalucia to the universal status at the esteemed level which it enjoys today. These three poets and musicians were sons of Granada.
Tales of the Alhambra: Washington Irving
Other readings and electronic files TBA
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
A paper based the on music and culture of Granada.