Spain's Fin de Siglo and the Crisis of Ideas
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In this class we will read the works of some of modern Spain’s influential writers from the late part of the nineteenth century and the first three decades of the twentieth. Our aim is to understand how fiction and philosophy represented this significant time in Spain’s history. The loss of the war with the U.S. in 1898, the turbulent shifts of power within the country, Spanish regional identities, and the cultural and intellectual movements that shaped Spain on the eve of the Civil War are among the key issues we will address. Our primary sources–largely fiction and poetry by artists such as Miguel de Unamuno, Azorín, Antonio Machado, Pío Baroja–will be complemented with a rigorous study of the cultural landscape of Spain at that time. Our principal engagement with philosophy will be through José Ortega y Gasset, in particular his output from the 1920s.
The Class: Type: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: 2 short papers, one long research paper, and oral presentations
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: RLSP 105 or RLSP 200, or results of the placement test, or permission of instructor
Distributions: Division I;