SPAN 397: Representaciones de la Guerra civil española

Prof. Mayock


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Course Description

Winter 2021, SPAN 397A-01: Literature of Spain Seminar: Representaciones de la Guerra civil española (3). Prerequisites: SPAN 220 and SPAN 275. This course examines the fundamental importance of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) in literary and visual texts of the Franco and contemporary periods of Spain. Through readings and viewings of these texts, we will come to understand the evolution of often conflicting histories, ideologies, obsessions, and artistic notions surrounding the war itself and its consequences. After a review of the events leading up to the Spanish Civil War and of the prelude to the Second World War, we will observe how the themes and issues of the war manifest in fiction, poetry, film, and other visual texts. We will pay particular attention to the Franco regime, the pact of silence, historical memory, and the desire to uncover the past in myriad ways. Literature includes works by Federico García Lorca, Jaime Gil de Biedma, Carmen Laforet, Alberto Méndez, and Mercè Rodoreda. Visual texts include posters, newspapers, letters, government documents, documentaries, fictional and documentary films, and NO-DO reels from the Franco era. (HL) Mayock