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In this course we will study contemporary fictional representations of Spain, its present and past. We will focus on the theme of belonging in a country whose recent history was dominated by the imposition of cultural homogeneity. Spain has made a rapid transition to postmodern global society, immersed in the worldwide circuits of people, commerce and communications. Many recent fictions focus on the self's sense of belonging (or not belonging) to surrounding spaces, historical contexts and local communities.
|Session||First Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
In class we will discuss some of the major issues facing Spain today, such as historical memory, immigration, and the effects of economic, political and ecological crises. We will comment on how these issues are treated, either explicitly or implicitly, in the fictions we read. We will ask what sort of sense of belonging characters may or may not find in an environment dominated by flux and crisis.
-Soldados de Salamina, Javier Cercas
-El último patriarca, Najat El Hachmi
-Intemperie (graphic novel version), Javi Rey
This course may not be taken as part of a graduating curriculum with SP35JG Narratives of Belonging: Twenty-First Century Spanish Fiction A.
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1st Attempt: 2500-2800 word essay (70%), Presentation (10%), Seminar Assessment Mark (20%).
Class performance can be discussed both in class or by appointment. Feedback from written work also gives a sense of formative assessment.