First-Year Studies: Spain in the Making: A Literary and Cultural Counter-History


This seminar traces the literary history of Spain from the Medieval period forward in order to think anew about Spanish history and cultural politics today. Students will analyze a wide range of controversial fiction, nonfiction, and visual works that have marked the ideological development of a country characterized since its origins by a diverse and pluralist identity, with its intercultural fictions and global frictions between East/West, Muslim/Jew and Christian, and the impossible charge to maintain the appearance of “civilization” under internal and external “threat” and decline. Special attention will be given to the practice of counter-historical literary and critical analysis, discussion skills, and academic writing.