Lovers and Heroes
This course explores the theme of love and heroism in Spanish culture, through its literary, dramatic and filmic manifestations. A special attention is given to the Don Juan theme, one of the most intriguing creations of Western culture. Don Juan is a literary figure with a legendary dimension that transcended the borders of Spain and asserted his presence in other cultures, from Russia to England. Much has been written about the Don Juan phenomenon, and the different versions of the main story reflect the evolution of attitudes toward personal freedom, crime and punishment, male and female sexuality, religion, and society. The course format includes lectures and discussions, small group work, film viewing and written assignments. There will be a special focus, throughout the course, on reading comprehension, vocabulary and oral communication skills.