Prerequisites: Span 25
This survey course in Medieval and Early Modern literature will cover the evolution of narrative, lyric, and dramatic genres from 11th-century jarchas to Calderón de la Barca in the 17th, and put them in the context of social transformations of their time, particularly the complex relationships between Christians, Jews and Muslims in Spain. Works to be studied include Medieval epic, Arabic-derived frame tales, La Celestina, Lazarillo de Tormes, short novels by María de Zayas and Miguel de Cervantes, as well as poetry from the oral ballad tradition, Marqués de Santillana, Garcilaso de la Vega, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Góngora and Quevedo, among others. Plays will include authors such as Lope de Vega, Calderón de La Barca, and Ana Caro. Students will write two short, 3-4 page papers, and take two midterms and a final.