Special problems Spanish literature: the golden age

Course Code :2007FLWTLS
Study domain:Literature
Location:Not at UA, but at UGent
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:45
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:Spanish
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Elizabeth Amann

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.
Some examples:

• Narrative discourse in the historical documents Crónicas de Indias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).