I teach both Spanish language as well as its associated literature, with a particular focus on the early modern period. In language work, we focus on literary translation of texts from Spanish to English and from English to Spanish. We work on building students’ vocabulary and grammar, as well as their abilities as textual analysts. Students have the chance to engage in a wide range of literary texts, across genres, registers, and styles, as well as the opportunity to explore their own creative writing skills as translators.
For the first year course, I teach two introductory papers in Spanish literature. One gives students an overview of literary production across the Hispanic world from the seventeenth-century to the present day. The other focusses on one particular genre: the ballad or romance. This style of poetry has held particular significance for Spanish poets, and they have used it across the centuries both to explore their place in Spanish literary tradition, as well as to engage with their own contemporary concerns.
For students in their second and final years, I teach two papers that focus on early modern Spanish literature. Paper VII allows students to explore a range of topics and authors in the literature of the period, including the writings of the Spanish mystics, satirical and burlesque poetry, the development of the love sonnet, and the world of the stage. In Paper X, students focus in-depth on two authors of the period, exploring a wide range of their works, their literary development, and their connection to the society in which they were written.