Spanish 107B: Survey of Modern Spanish Literature

MWF 11A-12P, Wheeler 126 | Instructor: Navarrete | CCN: 26204

Units: 4

Prerequisites: Spanish 25

This course is a continuation of Spanish 107A, and focuses on the developments in Spanish literature from the late 18th through the 20th centuries. The course will focus on the rise of liberalism and the problem of modernity in a Spanish context, but we also examine, in a more formalist way, crucial developments in drama, lyric poetry, and the novel. Taking as our point of departure two 18th century works (the Cartas Marruecas and the poetry of Juan Meléndez Valdés), we then examine the nature of Spanish romanticism (Espronceda, Larra, Moratín), the poetry of Bécquer and Rosalía de Castro, Pérez Galdós’s novel Miau, the so-called “generations” of 1898 (Antonio Machado, Unamuno) and 1927 (Lorca, Alberti, Salinas), and the experimental novel after the Spanish Civil War. Two midterms, two short (4-5 page) papers, and a final exam.