RLSP 201 Fall 2014 The Spanish Labyrinth

Do Spaniards really dance flamenco and have dinner at 10:00 pm? Does everyone in Barcelona speak Catalan? How can you learn to separate the stereotypical images of Spain from reality? Is there really one "Spain", or is the country a complex composite of ancient and diverse cultural remnants mixed with recent influxes? How has the vulnerable peninsula survived centuries of violent upheavals and divisiveness; dramatic economic rises and collapses? In this course we will approach Spain by studying examples of its literary and artistic production, from periods of brilliant cultural exchange, as well as in times of censorship and repression. Some topics of focus will be the Inquisition, the Civil War and contemporary Spain's obsession with its own recent past. Secondary texts will also be provided for historical and socio-political background and reference. Conducted in Spanish.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: active participation in class discussions, oral presentations, short writing assignments, a midterm and a final essay
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Prerequisites: RLSP 105, permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: Spanish majors and certificate candidates
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
Other Attributes: INST Borders, Exiles + Diaspora Studies Electives
Enrollment Limit: 18
Expected Enrollment: 18
Class Number: 1900
RLSP 201 - 01 (F) SEM The Spanish Labyrinth Division 1: Languages and the Arts Soledad Fox
W 1:10 PM-3:50 PM Stetson 501 1900
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