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Este curso graduado estudia desde una perspectiva feminista la obra de las mujeres escritoras de la Península Ibérica desde la Edad Media hasta el presente, con un énfasis en las autoras de la etapa moderna y contemporánea tanto canónicas como no canónicas. Estudiaremos, entre otras, a Florencia Pinar, Teresa de Jesús, Josefa Amar y Borbón, Carolina Coronado, Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, Concepción Arenal, Emilia Pardo Bazán, María Lejárraga, María Zambrano, Carmen de Burgos, Marga Gil-Roësset, Ana María Matute, Gloria Fuertes, Ana Rossetti, Aurora Luque, Patricia Esteban Erlés, Tina Escaja, Gracia Morales, María Mencía, Raquel Lanseros y Elena Medel.  Habrá presentaciones de especialistas invitadas. La/os estudiantes tendrán que ‘sacar a la luz’ la obra de una mujer poco estudiada en su proyecto final del curso, que podrá tener un componente creativo/multimedia. Requisitos: proyecto/trabajo final, una reseña de una obra crítica reciente escrita por una mujer, y una presentación oral.

This graduate seminar dedicates an entire semester to a close reading and analysis of the two parts of Cervantes’ masterpiece, along with key historical and critical readings. We will attend to the historical and cultural contexts from which the work emerged. On the one hand, our reading of the Quixote will address how the novel incorporates, parodies, and transforms signature literary topoi and models of the time. On the other hand, the interplays between literary creations and different cultural events (e.g. philosophical, religious and sociopolitical) will also be explored to enrich discussion and to encourage a more in-depth engagement with the text. Topics include: personal (including gender) identities as heroic quests, social reality as artifact or fiction, the idea of duality/multiplicity of reality, or two or more realities existing at once, the paradoxical nature of madness, the counterintuitive or paradoxical nature of truths, and the irreducible diversity of taste and perception, the call for consent in politics and love.

The course is conducted entirely in Spanish, with great emphasis on class discussion.

Required Texts

Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de. Don Quijote de la Mancha. 2 volumes. [The Castalia edition is preferred. Other recommended editions include those published by Crítica/Instituto Cervantes, Real Academia Española, Cátedra, or Alfaguara.]

Previously Offered:

Fall 2019, Spring 2021