“In Spain, the dead are more alive than the dead of any other country in the world,” wrote Federico García Lorca (1898-1936), and indeed, Lorca’s own untimely death ensured his vibrant legacy as it came to represent the murder of intellectual and artistic freedoms. Lorca’s work and life provide a window into the rich artistic heritage of Andalucía and the twentieth century in Spain. This course will study Lorca as one of the most influential writers in Spanish, but also as an entrée into questions of religion, race, class, gender, aesthetics, politics, and power. Texts on offer will include Lorca’s poems, essays, and plays, along with critical articles, historical source material, and works influenced by Lorca in visual, musical, comics, and literary mediums. Explicit support for students’ linguistic development will be frequent and will depend on the needs of the class. Low-intermediate. In Spanish.
Corequisites: attendance at two Language Series events.