Contemporary Spanish Culture

Prerequisite: SPAN-UA 200 OR APPROVAL OF DUS. This course will center on Spanish cultural production in a variety of aesthetic and intellectual contexts (journalism, essays, theatre, the novel, poetry, cinema, political propaganda, television, new media, etc.) from 1936 to the present. Over the course of the semester students will be asked to examine the evolution of Spain's cultural and political identities from the onset of the Spanish Civil War to current debates regarding Spain's position within the European Union. We will study themes related to Surrealism and the avant-garde movements of the 1930s, the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), repression and censorship under Francisco Franco's dictatorial regime (1939-1975), political dissidence and anti-fascist discourse (1955-1975), the Transition from dictatorship to democracy (1975-1982), the death of Franco and la movida madrileña, regional identities and Spanish nationalism(s), the recuperation of historical memory, Spanish identity within the European Union, and present-day issues such as migration from North Africa and the Movimiento 15-M (2011).

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4 Points

Term Section Instructor Schedule Location

Fall 2017

Carlos Varon Gonzalez
TR: 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM 194M 207