Spanish 115: Spanish Poetry

TuTh 12:30-2P, BARROWS 122 | Instructor: Navarrete | CCN: 32188

Units: 4

Prerequisites: Span 25

This course has two parts. In the first, we will trace the evolution of Spanish poetry during a broadly-defined Renaissance, beginning with the Marqués de Santillana, who theorizes the distinction between poetry and prose, and continuing with Garcilaso de la Vega, who exemplifies a notion of clarity in which poetry is like prose is like speech. With a look at semitic poetics as exemplified by the 16th century mystic (and converso) poets Fray Luis de León and San Juan de la Cruz, we will arrive at the complex Baroque poetics of Góngora and Quevedo. In the second part of the course we will examine the legacy of Spanish Renaissance poetics in the 19th-century poet Bécquer and in the poets of the generation of 1927. The emphasis throughout will be on poetics and on the use of language as a medium. A short essay and a larger project, which could be another essay, a translation, or a hypertext project. There will also be a final exam. In addition to a class reader or selections on bCourses, you should count on buying the following books:

Garcilaso de la Vega, Poesías castellanas completas. Castalia. ISBN 84-7039- 743-5
Leon, Fray Luis. El cantar de los cantares de Salomón. Cátedra. ISBN 84-376- 2043-5
Bécquer, Rimas. Cátedra. ISBN 978-84- 376-1343- 7
Gaos, Vicente (ed). Antología del grupo poético de 1927. Cátedra. ISBN 978-84- 376-0053- 6