Courses of Study 2017-2018 
    Sep 28, 2020  
Courses of Study 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SPAN 4750 - [Between Landscapes and Loss: Visualizing Contemporary Spain]

Spring. Not offered 2017-2018. 4 credits. Student option grading.

P. Keller.

This course offers a survey of 20th-century Spanish culture by exploring texts centered on the theme of landscape and loss.  The main aim of the class will be to think about representations of collective and individual experiences of loss through different literary genres and visual mediums.  Some of the topics to be discussed will be loss of empire, exile, homecoming, nostalgia, mourning, existentialism, failure and hope.  Another aim of the course will be to discuss the landscape as visual narratives that portray certain struggles for loss and recovery by examining texts that depict wounded or scarred spaces, uninhabitable homes, abandoned towns, and desolute, ghostly cities.  An additional focus of the course will be to consider how trauma and memory are linked to the concept of “place,” and thus to question the relationship between the poetics of place and the politics of loss.  The course includes both canonical and non-canonical works and spans a range of genres (painting, documentary, short narrative, novel, essay, film, photography) dating from the early 1900s to the present.  Among the artists we will look at are Unamuno, Salinas, Dalí, Buñuel, García Lorca, Cela, Llamazares, Erice, Saura, Suso de Toro, and Fontcuberta.  Supplemental readings in Spanish history and introductory theory and criticism will be assigned to complement primary texts.

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