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? How can we talk about one “Spain”, when the country a complex composite of ancient and diverse cultural remnants mixed with recent influxes of immigrants and separatist movements? 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, and 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.
The Class: Type: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: active participation in class discussions, oral presentations, short writing assignments, and a final essay
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 Williams College Placement Exam, or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: Spanish majors and certificate candidates
Distributions: Division I;