Special Course Descriptions

HPS 494 10/GEN 494 11
Course Title: I Am No Angel: Post-Franco Literature Written by Women
Professor Cristina Casado Presa

As M.J. Mayans Natal points out in her study "La mujer espanola: Imagen, realidad y leyenda" literary representations throughout the centuries reflect the belief that the aspirations of the Spanish women must be subordinated to the roles of "la madre, la santa, la virgen, la mujer recatada, la prudente." This course explores representative literary works written by women after General Franco's death. In this moment of political change a significant tendency is the emergent depiction of female characters that show a clear self-consciousness and express fully their thoughts, emotions and desires. Throughout the course we will examine poems, short stories and plays that allow us to consider the possibility of the production of new ideologies at a moment in which new models of "la mujer espanola" coexist and come into conflict with the old ones.