Spanish 135: La Guerra Civil Española: Historia, Literatura, Arte, Fotografía y Cine

MWF 12-1P, Dwinelle 251 | Instructor: Perea | CCN: 26205

Units: 4

Prerequisites: Spanish 25

The objective of this course is to familiarize students with the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and to reflect critically on the various ways its legacies continue to come to us. We will consider history, literature, posters, pamphlets, photography and film (documentary and fiction) in order to reflect on how these various forms of representation contribute to an understanding the past, particularly a past as politically charged as the Spanish Civil War. We will also take up the question of historical memory in Spain during the country’s postwar years, its transition to democracy, and contemporary times. We will begin with fairly extensive historical material and then move on to other forms. By the end of the course, students should feel comfortable discussing the major social, political and economic dimensions of the war, its national and international consequences, and its continuing repercussions within Spanish culture today. Students will also develop critical frameworks for thinking about and discussing history, literature, the graphic arts, photography and film in Spanish.