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New Undergraduate Course Supplement 2020

SPAN 40.12 ‘Cosas de ninos:’ Representations of Children in Modern Spanish Culture

Children have always been a constant in literary and visual representations of all times, from the picaresque novel to court paintings where infants occupy a central role. However, it is in the 18th century, with the formation of the modern state, that infancy begins to be approached as an autonomous category and as a cultural concern. Since then, it has been widely studied by different disciplines, from philosophy to sociology, medicine, psychology and the arts. Along with readings by Freud and Rousseau that will help us shape the modern concept of infancy, this course will explore the representation of children in modern Spanish literature and culture as a way to address a number of controversial issues that are brought to our attention by way of the children’s universe: war and revolution; the failures of the education system; nature vs. nurture; the crisis of traditional political institutions; the shortcomings of medicine, the challenges of modernity, the emergence of a popular consciousness; or the role of women.

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Dist:LIT; WCult:W

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