SPAN-350 Contemporary Spanish Women Writers
Spring for 2015-2016
Course Goals & Description

Contemporary narratives by women offer us a remarkable lens for studying the radical and rapid changes in Spanish society and politics from the mid-twentieth century to the present day. These changes, from democracy to dictatorship and back, have had a particular effect on the public and private lives of women. In this course we will study novels produced during the authoritarian Franco regime (1939-75), the transition to democracy (1975-78), and the turn of the twenty-first century, focusing our discussions on the historical contexts, thematic perspectives, style, and form. A series of parallel critical readings on the development of feminist theory and literary criticism will allow us to explore how the authors studied respond and contribute to critical currents. Further, since the novels studied did not emerge independently of popular culture, we will examine images of women in film and the media.

Texts & Readings

Required
1. Martín Gaite, C. Entre visillos.
· ISBN: 8423309177
2. Martín Gaite, C. El cuarto de atrás.
• ISBN 8423311015
3. Tusquets, Ester. El mismo mar que todos los veranos.
· ISBN: 8433920197
4. Montero, Rosa. La hija del cannibal
• ISBN: 8467004991
5. Diaz-Más, Paloma. Sueño de Venecia.
· ISBN: 8433909444
6. Sánchez, Clara. Ultimas noticias del paraíso.
· ISBN: 9681907116
7. Dulce Chacón. La voz dormida
ISBN-13: 978-8466325288
8. Moi, Torril. Teoría literaria feminista
ISBN: 9788437607634

Assignments & Expectations of Students

Taught in Spanish. Students maintain weekly reading logs/blogs, give oral presentations, write 3 short essays and a final essay that incorporates literary theory and criticism.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None

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