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The World of Federico García Lorca: Tradition and Modernity in the Spanish Avant-Garde
SPAN 254
Fall 2011
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: COL 237, IBST 254, THEA 254

Our focus will be the Spanish avant-garde as mirrored in the poetry and plays of Federico García Lorca, one of Europe's most celebrated authors. A substantial portion of the syllabus includes the poetry and plays of writers who represent the literary traditions (classical, medieval, Golden Age) and contemporary intellectual context (1900-1936) that influenced Lorca. These readings will help us to understand how the modern and the popular interact in the literature and visual arts (Picasso, Dalí, Buñuel) of this period of intense intellectual ferment. Since intellectual and ideological ferment run parallel during these years, we will also study the relationship between the arts and ideology, concentrating on the portrayal of Lorca as a modern bard--his theories of the "people's playwright" and the activities of his wandering theater troupe LA BARRACA--in the context of the Second Republic (1931-1939), Spain's first important experiment with a progressive democracy.

Essential Capabilities: Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
INTERPRETATION: Students will be challenged daily to exercise and assess their tools for interpreting both literary (poetry, plays) and visual (art, performance) modes of expression.
INTERCULTURAL LITERACY: Students will be encouraged to deepen their understanding of the unique ways in which Spanish writers and artists confront 20th century modernism with working within their own cultural paradigms and national tradition.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA RLAN
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(HISP)(IBST)(RMST)(SPAN)(THEA)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

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