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lyric poetry
20th century
19th century

Michael Predmore

Professor of Iberian and Latin American Cultures

A recipient of the Fulbright, Guggenheim, ACLS, and NEH fellowships, as well as fellowships from the Wisconsin and Stanford Humanities Centers, Michael P. Predmore has published several books and numerous articles on twentieth-century Spanish and Latin American literature. Among his best known books are: La obra en prosa de Juan Ramón Jiménez (1966, 1975), La poesía hermética de Juan Ramón Jiménez (1973), Una España joven en la poesía de Antonio Machado (1981), and scholarly editions of Platero y yo and Diario de un poeta reciencasado, both published by Cátedra.


ILAC 130 Introduction to Iberia: Cultural Perspectives

The purpose of this course is to study major figures and historical trends in modern Iberia against the background of the linguistic plurality and social and cultural complexity of the Iberian world. We will study the fundamental issues of empire, the Napoleonic occupation of Spain, Latin American independence, recurring civil wars, federal republicanism, and the historic nationalisms (Galician, Basque, and Catalan), all leading up to the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), which is a defining moment in modern Spanish and European history, with ongoing consequences still felt and debated painfully today in contemporary Spain. This course is designed to help prepare students for their participation in the Stanford overseas study programs in Barcelona and Madrid. Taught in Spanish.

ILAC 114N Introduction to Lyric Poetry

A basic introduction to the elements of lyric poetry--image, metaphor, symbol, connotation, denotation, irony, rhyme and meter - drawing upon a selection of poems from major poets of the Hispanic World, including, G. A. Bécquer, Rosalía de Castro, Rubén Darío, Miguel de Unamuno, Antonio Machado, Juan Ramón Jiménez, Garcia Lorca, Pablo Neruda, and Gabriela Mistral. This is a bilingual course, taught both in English, and Spanish, with an emphasis on Spanish.

ILAC 224 Literature Inspired by the Spanish Republic and the Spanish Civil War

This course will deal with the significance of the Spanish Civil War in Iberian, European, and world history, through the literary works (poetry, theater, and novel) of major Spanish and Latin American writers. The war is anticipated in the poetry of Antonio Machado and in the theater of Garcia Lorca, dealt with directly in the poetry of Alberti and Hernandez, of Neruda (Chile), Vallejo (Peru), and N. Guillen (Cuba), and treated in the aftermath during the Franco dictatorship in the novels of Cela and Sender. Taught in English.

ILAC 136 Modern Iberian Literatures

1800 to the mid 20th century. Topics include: romanticism; realism and its variants; the turn of the century; modernism and the avant garde; the Civil War; and the first half of the 20th century. Authors may include Mariano Jose de Larra, Gustavo Adolfo Becquer, Rosalia de Castro, Benito Perez Galdos, Jacint Verdaguer, Eca de Queiros, Miguel de Unamuno, Ramon de Valle-Inclan, Antonio Machado, and Federico García Lorca. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisites: SPANLANG 13 or equivalent.

ILAC 278 Senior Seminar: Early 20th Century Lyric Poetry (Machado, Jimenez, Lorca)

This course will study the development of the donimant trends of early Iberian 20th-century lyric poetry, against the background of Restoration Spain (1875-1930), and the forces of resistance and opposition to its oligarchical and archaic social and political structure. We will concentrate on the major works of the three most important poets: Antonio Machado, Juan Ramon Jimenez, and Federico Garcia Lopez. Symbolist-modernist poetry, the creation of symbolic systems, and the brief appearance of surrealism all define key aspects of this avant-garde during the first two decades. Special attention will be given to close stylistic analysis and to the historical and social conditions out of which arose the progressive intellectual and educational movement that gave rise to this renaissance of brilliant lyric poetry. Taught in English.