RLSP 403
Senior Seminar: Early Modern Love and Marriage
Last Offered Fall 2018
Division I
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

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We might think that love is a natural human feeling and marriage its happiest consequence, but in fact these two conditions are among the most carefully constructed phenomena in any society, highly dependent on time period and place. In this senior seminar we will focus on pre-modern Iberia to study the many manifestations and constructions of love (and marriage), several of which continue to influence definitions of both to this day. We will look at sacred, profane, family, and married love through treatises, medical writings, plays, short stories, poems. Our theoretical underpinnings will come from reflections on love from the time period under consideration as well as contemporary critiques of love and marriage. Primary sources will include early lyrical traditions, the poetry of King Alfonso X, the works of Santa Teresa, Lope de Vega, Calderón de la Barca, Cervantes, among others. Conducted in Spanish.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 1938
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: regular presentations, two to three short papers, one research paper preceded by class presentation, active participation and regular attendance required
Prerequisites: any 300-level RLSP course or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: senior Spanish majors and Comparative Literature seniors with Spanish focus
Distributions: Division I

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