SPAN233: Power and Resistance in Spain and Spanish America: From the Spanish Empire to the 21st Century

Year 2

This core module is usually divided into three topic areas usually comprising of the following:

(1) Power and Resistance in Spanish America from the Colony to the 21st Century;

(2) War, Dictatorship and Transition in Spain in the 20th and 21st Century;

(3) Culture and Resistance in Catalunya in the 20th and 21st Century.

You will study texts which both encourage an engaged reading of Spanish and open up alternative avenues towards traditional fields of study in Hispanism (empire and colonialism, nineteenth-century nation-building, revolution, dictatorship, Francoism, regionalism, neo-liberalism, and globalisation.) Firstly, you will examine the theme of power and resistance which and how this concerns you in various ways. Secondly, we divide the module by geographical region and study varying cultures and histories in the Spanish speaking world. We will examine texts associated with the main theme and throughout, you will be encouraged to interrogate the meanings of terms such as colony, revolution, rebellion, republic, empire, dictatorship, and democracy. You will have the opportunity to examine close readings of cultural texts which themselves question the assumptions which underpin these terms.