1. Prerequisites *
At the start of this course the student should have acquired the following competences:
specific prerequisites for this course
A fluent written and oral mastering of the Spanish language; knowledge of the most important Spanish and Spanish-American Golden Age authors and of the main literature paradigms in Spain and Spanish-America.
2. Learning outcomes *
The student has a critical insight in the way in which the themes identity ad historical memory are treated in the Spanish and Spanish-American Golden Age literature. He/she is capable to describe accurately and discuss thoroughly the rhetorical techniques and elements of intertextuality in a corpus built around the above themes. He/she is able to use adequately the historical references applied to the literature.
He/she is able to make connections between the different areas and epochs of the Spanish and Spanish American literature.
3. Course contents *
Can vary from year to year but always consists of a thorough methodology-based study of special topics from the Spanish and Spanish-American Golden Age literature. As a guide, the concept ‘identity and history’ is used, whereby theories and techniques of argumentation, narratology, intertextuality and the use of both formal as well as thematic models are prominent. Special attention is devoted to the relation between the creation of identity, the historical memory and fiction.Connections are made between the Spanish and the Spanish-American literature, and between thecolonial and the modern period.
• Narrative discourse in the historical documents Crónicas de Indias
• The story of Don Quijote as a historical testimony concerning the sociopolitical situation during Spain’s Golden Age.
• The transposition of classic Greek and Latin motives in the Spanish literature of the baroque period (Garcilaso, Lope de Vega, Quevedo, Góngora, Calderón).
• The recuperation of writing techniques and genres of the colonial period (such as letters and reports about the voyages of discovery and conquests, texts of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz) in the testimonial novel (or novel of memory) in Spanish-America (1980-’90).
• The transposition of Golden Age motives (Don Quijote, Don Juan) in the essay of redefinition of the national Spanish identity around the turn of the century (19th – 20th century).
4 International dimension*
The lecturer teaches in a language other than Dutch li >
The course has an international dimension.
5. Teaching method and planned learning activities
Class contact teachingLecturesSeminars/Tutorials
Personal workAssignments Individually
6. Assessment method and criteria
ExaminationWritten examination without oral presentationOral with written preparation
7. Study material *
7.1 Required readingStudy material can be found on Minerva (digital learning environment of the Ghent University).
7.2 Optional readingThe following study material can be studied voluntarily :