How do you teach the modern Peninsular survey?
I do not know modern Peninsular literature well enough to be comfortable with an anthology. I could teach with an anthology up through the 17th century, but an anthology + me from the 18th century forward would make for a thin course; I usually just teach
five representative works and their contexts, show a film or two, and refer students to anthologies and manuals for “coverage.”
For Spring 2013 I was thinking of working with just three representative authors, not representative works; GALDOS, LORCA, and PEDRERO were my ideas. Last night
though, thinking about VALLE INCLAN and the fascinating assignments I have made
in the past on him (i.e. rewrite this esperpento as a newspaper, with articles of different types on the characters and events), I started to wonder if I should not do more.
For the eighteenth century, we could study Spanish Louisiana and look at some of the
original documents we have about this. We could discuss Spanish Louisiana’s role in
the American Revolution and Napoleon’s activities here and in Spain.
Then we could do GALDOS and 1898 and LORCA and the Civil War and the movida.
What indispensable things would we be missing, according to you?