Section Information for Spring 2024
This course examines Spanish artist and public intellectual Federico García Lorca’s works from today’s perspective, applying our contemporary views on identity and social justice. How can we read García Lorca’s works today? How can they be relevant for us? Using an interdisciplinary approach, we will study his major works, stage and film adaptations of some of his plays, films about his life and legacy, and music inspired by his texts. We will also cover his own ideas about the relationship between creativity and social justice within the context of his generation—the so-called Silver Age of Spanish Culture in 1920s and 1930s. You will learn how to analyze literary texts in connection with relevant sociohistorical contexts—Spain and Europe from the 1920s to the advent of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939. García Lorca was captured and executed by fascists in 1936). You will also learn how to apply current concepts and ideas about intersectionality, social justice, desire/love, queerness, gender equality and gender violence to the study of literature. Readings include poetry collections (Gypsy Ballads, Poet in New York, and Sonnets of Dark Love), plays (Mariana Pineda, Blood Wedding, Yerma, Doña Rosita the Spinster, and The House of Bernarda Alba) and selected essays. Main objectives of this course include connecting literary analysis to wider intellectual and societal concerns, and fostering comparative critical thinking, interdisciplinary research, and ethical commitment in the study of literature and cultural production.
This course is conducted in English, and all oral and written assignments must be in English.
Prerequisites: ENGH 101 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
MASON CORE: SPAN 325 satisfies the general education requirement in literature.
SPAN 325 DL1 is an online asynchronous section.