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This seminar is an in-depth study of arguably the most remarkable Spanish novel of the nineteenth century: La Regenta (1885) by Leopoldo Alas (alias Clarín, 1852-1901). We will spend the semester living with the most eccentric, repressed, confused, sometimes arrogant, and sometimes humble inhabitants of the fictional city of Vetusta (based on the real city of Oviedo) and immerse ourselves in Spanish history and culture through a story of adultery. In the grand tradition of nineteenth-century novels about fallen women, La Regenta in fact reveals the seamy underside of society, the profound anxieties of masculinity and identity formation, as well as where our biases and assumptions about both successful and failed relationships come from today.
Format: seminar; This class will be taught remotely but synchronously.
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
Active and meaningful participation, short assignments, one final project.
Any Spanish 200-level class taken at Williams, or results of the Williams Placement Test, or permission of Instructor.
Spanish and Comparative Literature Majors