Senior Seminar: The Iberian Pastoral
What does pastoral literature, with its lovesick shepherds, acts of self-immolation, and aquatic nymphs, have to teach us? For early modern Portugal and Spain, it formed a surprisingly indispensable foundation for the social. From the earliest lyric traditions to the rise of the modern novel, the pastoral is everywhere. Through a close analysis and discussion of early modern texts in Spanish and Portuguese, as well as some theoretical/philosophical texts in English, we will explore the place of the pastoral in early modern Iberia and reckon with its impact on our own sense of the past. Authors include: Bernardim Ribeiro, Francisco de Sá de Miranda, Garcilaso de la Vega, Joan Boscà, Jorge de Montemayor, Luís de Camões, Diogo Bernardes, Luis de Góngora, and Violante do Céu.