SPA 401 / LAS 428 (LA)
Topics in Hispanic Culture (Europe and America) - Literature in 19th Century Hispanic America
This course studies public debates on the doctrine of natural rights of man that took place in nineteenth-century Spanish American literature. Special attention will be given to the fact that many of these debates preceded intellectual writings, and popular revolutions or civil wars, when the ideas were no longer the exclusive domain of literate elites. The reconstruction of these disputes between republicans and monarchists, liberalism and conservatism, and socialism and Catholicism will allow us to reread some of the canonical texts of Hispanic literature and thought of that century.
Sample reading list:
Andrés Bello, Antología
José Joaquín Olmedo, Poesía y prosa
Simón Bolívar, Escritos politicos
Anselmo Suárez y Romero, Francisco. El Ingenio o las Delicias del Campo
Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, Facundo. Civilización y barbarie
Juan Montalvo, Antología
Average of 20 pages reading per week and weekly oral presentations.
Paper in lieu of Final - 20%
Papers - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%
Open to Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students Only.
Prerequisites and Restrictions:
For undergraduates: a 300-level SPA course or instructor's permission..
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