Special problems Spanish literature: contemporary period

Course Code :2008FLWTLS
Study domain:Literature
Location:Not at UA, but at UGent
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:1st semester
Contact hours:45
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:Spanish
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Ilse Logie

3. Course contents *

May vary from year to year, but always comprises a thorough methodology-based study of topics in contemporary Spanish and Spanish-American literature. The antagonism `civilization-barbarism' as well as the way in which these ideology-permeated concepts were and are treated in the Spanish and Spanish-American literature (conceived as a continuum) serve as guiding principles for this course. The relation utopia-dystopia, the representation of violence, and the creation of a literary space are the focal points. The main angles are the narratology, the history of ideas and cultural studies, albeit always applied to concrete texts.
Some examples:
• Thorough analysis of the apocalyptic component in the literature of the boom (La guerra del fin del mundo by Mario Vargas Llosa and `Apocalipsis de Solentiname' by Julio Cortázar)
• Violence and post-utopic concepts of space with Roberto Bolaño, Marcelo Cohen and Fernando Vallejo
• The dictator-novel of Ramón del Valle-Inclán to Alejo Carpentier.
• The representation of the Spanish Civil war in the literature of the exile.