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Introduction to Spanish Literature [electronic resource]

Characterized by expressions of individuality, popularismo, criticism, stoicism, humor, piety, and dignity, the literature of Spain spans ten centuries, includes some of history's most significant writers, and contains landmark works of every major literary genre. This program provides an overview of Iberian history as it relates to Spanish literature. The formation of regional tongues and their importance in the cultural life of Spain are discussed, with an emphasis on the three languages that, apart from Castilian, are most in evidence today: Catalan, Gallego, and Basque, or Euskera. Dramatic readings include excerpts from Rosalia de Castro's Cantares Gallegos, Miguel de Unamuno's "Alma Vasca," Salvador Espriu's La Piel de Toro, and Eduardo Pondal's "Yo Naci en la Pequena Ponteceso.
Online
2005; 2002
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The Middle Ages [electronic resource]: From Anonymity to Authorship

The 13th and 14th centuries saw a remarkable cultural flowering under Alfonso X and the appearance of Spain's first important literary achievements. In this program, leading scholars compare and contrast the writings of the masters of the late Middle Ages, whose works gave rise to some of Spain's most memorable heroes. Dramatic readings include excerpts from the anonymously written Cantar de Mio Cid, Alfonso el Sabio's Cantigas de Santa Maria and Siete Partidas, Gonzalo de Berceo's Milagros de Nuestra Senora, Rabbi Sem Tob's Proverbios Morales, and Juan Manuel's El Libro de los Estados and El Conde Lucanor.
Online
2005; 2002
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The Renaissance [electronic resource]: From Courtly Tradition to Loco Amor

Despite the dampening effects of the Inquisition and the Counter-Reformation, the Renaissance gave a powerful impetus to learning and experimentation-and in the process ensconced Castilian as the language of choice for both poetry and prose. In this program, renowned experts place the masters of the Renaissance within the context of their times. Dramatic readings include excerpts from Fernando de Rojas's La Celestina, Juan Alfonso de Baena's Cancionero de Baena, the Marques de Santillana's Dialogo de Bias Contra Fortuna, Jorge Manrique's Coplas a la Muerte del Maestre Don Rodrigo, and selected romanceros.
Online
2006; 2002
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The Siglo de Oro Begins [electronic resource]: Picaros and Mystics

At the onset of Spain's Golden Age, the genres of pastoral fiction and mystic poetry attained their fullest expression while the picaresque story made its bracing debut. In this program, respected authorities scrutinize the lives and works of those who paved the way for Cervantes, Vega, and Gongora. Dramatic readings include excerpts from the anonymously written Lazarillo de Tormes, Mateo Aleman's Guzman de Alfarache, Jorge Montemayor's Los Siete Libros de la Diana, and poems from Fray Luis de Leon and San Juan de la Cruz.
Online
2005; 2002
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Apogee of the Golden Age [electronic resource]

During the 17th century, Spain witnessed a flowering of letters that was nourished by religious zeal, epic adventures, and a new sense of realism. In this program, leading scholars provide insights into the writings and personalities of Miguel de Cervantes, Lope de Vega, and other giants of Spanish literature. Dramatic readings include excerpts from Cervantes' Don Quijote and Los Trabajos de Persiles y Sigismunda, Vega's Fuenteovejuna, Tirso de Molina's El Burlador de Sevilla, Calderon de la Barca's La Vida Es Sueno, and Francisco de Quevedo's "Poderoso Caballero Es Don Dinero.
Online
2005; 2002
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The Enlightenment [electronic resource]: Keeping the Fire Burning

The 18th century in Spain was less a period of literary achievement than a time of intellectual ferment, as the Bourbon monarchs attempted sweeping social and cultural reforms. In this program, renowned experts put into perspective the writings of those who kept the flame of literature alight during the Age of Reason. Dramatic readings include excerpts from Torres Villarroel's El Censor, Benito Jeronimo Feijoo's "Fabula de las Batuecas y Paises Imaginarios," Padre Isla's Fray Gerundio, Jose Cadalso's Noches Lugubres and Cartas Marruecas, and Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos's Memoria para el Arreglo de la Policia de los Espectaculos y Diversiones Publicas y Sobre Su Origen en Espana.
Online
2006; 2002
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The 19th Century [electronic resource]: Romanticism and Realism

Despite the political and economic chaos of the 19th century-or perhaps because of it-this period produced brilliant literature while setting the stage for the Generation of '98. In this program, respected authorities elaborate on the lives and works of the masters of Romanticism and Realism. Dramatic readings include excerpts from Jose Espronceda's Cancion del Pirata, Jose Zorrilla's Romances Historicos, and Gustavo Adolfo Becquer's Rimas as well as from the writings of the Duque de Rivas, Rosalia de Castro, Leopoldo "Clarin" Alas, and Benito Perez Galdos.
Online
2005; 2002
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The Generation of '98 [electronic resource]

A passionate dissatisfaction with Spain's immediate past and a keen awareness of the need for a rebirth of spirit and letters was a mindset held in common by a disparate group of writers later renowned as the Generation of '98. They also enjoyed a shared love of old towns and the countryside and early poets such as Berceo and Juan Ruiz. This program seeks to understand the icons of that Generation through dramatic readings from Antonio Machado's El Manana Efimero and Campos de Castilla, Miguel Unamuno's La Soledad de la Hispana Castellana and El Sepulcro de Don Quijote, Pia Baroja's El Arbol de la Ciencia, Jose "Azorin" Martinez Ruiz's Castilla, and other works.
Online
2005; 2002
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The Generation of '27 [electronic resource]

At the heart of the Generation of '27 lies experimentation with a host of popular artistic as well as political "isms" including neo-Gongorism, Ultraism, Creationism, Surrealism, socialism, and communism. In this program, renowned experts profile key members of this post-World War I group. Dramatic readings include excerpts from Luis Cernuda's Donde Habite el Olvido, Rafael Alberti's "Cita Triste de Charlot," Ramon Gomez de la Serna's Flor de Greguerias, Pedro Salinas's La Voz a Ti Debida, and Federico Garcia Lorca's Romancero Gitano, Bodas de Sangre, Poeta en Nueva York, and "Romance Sonambulo.
Online
2005; 2002
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The Spanish Civil War [electronic resource]: Blood and Ink

When Spain's army mutinied against the Second Republic in 1936, it marked the beginning of a bitter civil war that lasted three years and cost one million Spanish lives. In this program, respected authorities elaborate on the writings and personalities of those who captured this devastating period in poetry and prose. Dramatic readings include excerpts from Rafael Alberti's "Romancero General de la Guerra," Antonio Machado's "Muerte de un Nino Herido," Jose Maria Peman's "De Ellos Es el Mundo" and "Poema de la Bestia y el Angel," and Miguel Hernandez' Viento del Pueblo.
Online
2005; 2002
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Spanish Writers in Exile [electronic resource]

After the Spanish Civil War, the defeated Republicans had only two options: to stay in Spain and accept the rule of Franco's authoritarian regime or to leave their homeland and go into exile. In this program, leading scholars talk about the lives and works of Spain's dispossessed literary elite, whose voices refused to be silenced. Dramatic readings include excerpts from Rafael Alberti's "A Traves de la Niebla," Leon Felipe's Espanol del Exodo y del Llanto, Luis Cernuda's "Un Espanol Habla de Su Tierra," Rosa Chacel's "Cultura y Pueblo," and Ramon Sender's Requiem por un Campesino Espanol.
Online
2006; 2002
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Spanish Literature Under Dictatorship [electronic resource]: 1940 to 1975

How did life in post-civil war Spain-a time of uncertainty and oppression-influence the writings of the period? In this program, renowned experts explore the literature of the Franco era through the experiences of Ana Maria Matute and other writers who chose to stay in Spain after the Nationalist victory in 1939. Dramatic readings include excerpts from Camilo Jose Cela's La Colmena, Luis Martin-Santos's Tiempo de Silencio, Carmen Martin Gaite's Entre Visillos, Miguel Delibes' Cinco Horas con Mario, and Gonzalo Torrente Ballester's Don Juan, as well as from the works of Matute, Jaime Gil de Biedma, and Jose Angel Valente.
Online
2006; 2002
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The Literature of Spain [electronic resource]: 1975 to the Present

With the death of Franco came a loosening of political restrictions and a restoration of many civil liberties. In this program, respected authorities look at the past 25 years of literature in post-Franco Spain and the literary inclinations of the next up-and-coming generation of poets, authors, and playwrights. Dramatic readings include excerpts from Manuel Vazquez Montalban's "Sin Memoria," Francisco Umbral's Mortal y Rosa, Juan Goytisolo's Senas de Identidad, Rosa Regas' Fabula Moralista, and Antonio Gala's Poemas de Amor.
Online
2005; 2002