The Generation of 1898 and Beyond
Preference for graduate students, majors are welcome. Course will focus on six major authors (Unamuno, Baroja, A. Machado, J. R. Jiménez, Valle-Inclán, García Lorca) and representative works, written between 1898 and 1930, dealing with an historical period of crisis and transition, and displaying major aesthetic innovations in both poetry and theater. Fundamental themes include the decline of feudal Galicia, the Spanish-Amrican War of 1898, the emergence and social activism of new social forces, and the struggle for and betrayal of democracy, expressed through the various genres of the novel, poetry, and theater. Major works of Antonio Machado, Juan Ramón Jiménez, and Federico García Lorca will be examined, with special emphasis on the historical context of the first three decades of the 20th century and their contributions to the development of 20th century Spanish lyric poetry. Taught in either English or Spanish, depending on course enrollment.