Family Ties: Love, Incest, and Adultery in the 19th Century Spanish Novel

1260E [CRN: 26024]

Love, incest, adultery, prostitution, and betrayal are at the center of Benito Pérez Galdós's epic novel Fortunata y Jacinta. In this course we will examine these themes in relation to the formation of the bourgeois family in 19th-century Spain, as well as competing notions of masculinity and femininity. We will couple our study of narrative fiction with medical literature, religious texts, illustrated magazines, and domestic manuals contemporary to the novel.
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