Hispanic Journeys (MLS1017)

15 credits

The module will consider three modern Spanish texts united by their emphasis on the motif of the journey into the unknown. A journey from modernity into retrenched tradition, from enlightened liberalism into intolerance, will be regressive, a movement into a world of confinement and repression. The journey might be construed differently, as a form of liberation or emancipation, as waking reality and rational analysis yield to the promptings of dream and the unconscious, and as a world of convention and routine gives way to a more anarchic but more instinctive and intuitive mode of life, or empirical judgements are challenged by superstition and magic. The journey may be a return to an individual’s own past, a desire to relive and rework that past and turn life into self-conscious literature, as the narrator directs his younger self as the central figure of scenes that veer between personal memoir and invented fiction.

The module will introduce students to a range of Hispanic texts united by their emphasis on the motif of the journey into the unknown.