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SPAN 720 01 (23256)  
Aesthetics of Youth in the Spanish Silver Age
Leslie Harkema
T 1.30-3.20 LC 318
Spring 2014 
 
An examination of the literature of the Edad de Plata—the period of the greatest cultural florescence in Spain since the Golden Age of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries—that takes its point of departure from the fascination with youth that arose throughout Europe around the turn of the twentieth century. As changes in society allowed for the creation of a youth culture, youth itself, uncorrupted by the institutions of the past, represented a source of national and artistic regeneration and appeared repeatedly in literature as a theme and guiding aesthetic principle. The development of this trope of youth in the Spanish context is examined in texts dating from the late nineteenth century to the 1930s. Topics to be considered include the cultural debates of the fin de siglo; literary response to military conflict and defeat; the concept of the literary generation; Ultraísmo and the avant-garde manifesto; the aesthetic impact of new technologies, sport, and film; and the politicization of youth. Possible texts include essays and prose works by Miguel de Unamuno, Pío Baroja, Luis de Zulueta, José Ortega y Gasset, Ernesto Giménez Caballero, José Bergamín, and Rosa Chacel; and poetry by Unamuno, Antonio Machado, José Moreno Villa, Gerardo Diego, and Luis Cernuda.
In Spanish.