Issues of race, religion and gender-and their bearing on the myths and realities of empire in the writing of both history and fiction serve as the focus for discussion of texts and ideas that have had a remarkable impact on the Old World and the New. Influential thinkers such as Christine Buci-Glucksmann, Anthony Pagden, Mary Louise Pratt, J.H. Elliott, Hayden White and Paul Ricoeur offer points of departure for our exploration of cultural issues in the writings of such authors as, el Miguel de Cervantes, Pedro de Corral, Inca Garcilaso, Antonio de Guevara, Lope de Vega, Miguel de Luna and María de Zayas.
Spanish Graduate Courses
Seminar in Medieval Spanish Literature: National Myths/Imperial Realities
Instructors: Marina S. Brownlee
Seminar in Modern Spanish-American Literature: Architecture and Literature: Perverse Spaces
A study of the role of heterotopic architectural spaces in 20th-century literature, with special emphasis on "perverse spaces" (brothels, hotels, arcades, chambers, cells, voyeuristic and exhibitionistic configurations). We will read novels by Marcel Proust, Thomas Mann, Salvador Novo, Reinaldo Arenas, Roberto Bolaño, Michel Houellebecq, and theories of space and sexuality by Sigmund Freud, Michel Foucault, Jacques Lacan, Beatriz Colomina, Beatriz Preciado, Anthony Vidler, Mark Wigley, and Rem Koolhaas.
Instructors: Rubén Gallo