RLSP 208 Spring 2015 The Spanish Civil War in Literature and Film

The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) has generated a vast bibliography and filmography that to this day reflect widely antagonistic interpretations of the conflict itself, its roots, and its impact. From the Spanish perspective, the war is the most important single event in understanding modern Spain. The ideals, passions, and consequences of the Spanish Civil War still divide Spaniards and have been recreated and relived by writers, artists, and filmmakers, and debated by historians. The course will begin with a historical introduction to the origins, development, and outcome of the war. Was the Spanish war a national struggle or an international struggle played out on Spanish soil? Along with studying internal Spanish political divisions, we will also consider the impact of the foreign policy positions of other countries-including Germany, Italy, the United States, and Russia--vis-a-vis Spain, as well as the role of the thousands of foreign volunteers who formed the International Brigades and came from all over the world to fight against Franco. With this historical basis, we will see how the themes and issues of the war are reflected in Spanish poetry, short fiction, novels, and films from the time of the war up through the present day. Readings will include works by Ayala, Cernuda, Neruda, Goytisolo, Sender, Fernan-Gomez, and Matute. Films will include documentaries as well as classic and contemporary features. Conducted in Spanish.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluations will be based on lively class participation, an oral report, short written assignments, and two papers
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Prerequisites: RLSP 201, permission of instructor, or results of the Williams College Placement Exam
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
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Enrollment Limit: 20
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Class Number: 3792
RLSP 208 - 01 (S) SEM Spanish Civil War in Lit&Film Division 1: Languages and the Arts Soledad Fox
TR 09:55 AM-11:10 AM Hollander 241 3792
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