Undergraduate Course: The Spanish Baroque: Theatre, Literature and Visual Arts in the Golden Age (ELCH10001)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course studies a selection of Spain's most influential and original writers and artists. The seventeenth century saw the emergence of a distinctly modern mentality as old ideas and beliefs were challenged and overturned. Intense political and intellectual turmoil, social unrest and religious uncertainty forced authors and artists to confront, in startling and often disturbing ways, the paradoxes at the heart of their society: extreme doubt and religious fanaticism, sexual violence and idealized love, rigid order and hierarchy and overwhelming chaos.
Students will develop the ability to appreciate the various social, intellectual and aesthetic factors which led to the creation of the distinctive and highly influential art and literature (prose, poetry, and theatre) of Spain's Golden Age and will be able to consider whether there are common thematic and stylistic traits between the art and literature of this period sufficient to group both under a common descriptive term, the Baroque.
No prior knowledge of art is required or assumed.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| Entry to Spanish Hons required.
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Gain an historically-informed understanding of the key period of the Baroque as a distinct period and style.
- Demonstrate close knowledge of the works studied and be able to critically synthesise their similarities and differences.
- Demonstrate familiarity with key critical ideas and terms and apply these critically.
- Recognise and acknowledge the complexity of the subject.
- Offer alternative perspectives and show awareness of contrasting viewpoints.
|Quevedo, El mundo por de dentro, in Sueños, ed. I. Arellano (Cátedra)|
Gracián, Oráculo manual (Castalia)
Calderón, El gran teatro del mundo; La fiera, la piedra y el rayo, ed. A. Egido (Cátedra)
Diego Saavedra Fajardo, Empresas políticas (Cátedra)
Góngora, Fábula de Polifemo y Galatea (Cátedra, ed. Parker)
María de Zayas, Desengaños amorosos (Cátedra, ed. Yllera)
Selected works of Velázquez, Zurbarán, Murillo (if possible, try and see any paintings by these artists before you return.)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||DELC Spanish Baroque
|Course organiser||Prof Jeremy Robbins
Tel: (0131 6)50 3675
|Course secretary||Miss Fiona Jack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3635