Gender/Genre: A Study of the Realist Novel

2250L [CRN: 26131]

This seminar will examine the emergence of the realist novel and its contribution to nation building during Spain’s transition to modernity. At the same time, we will trace the novel’s curious engagement with gender by examining realism’s obsession with troubled female protagonists. To what extend do these disturbed women allegorize the anxieties around progress and modernization? Throughout the class we will consider how gender is imagined, regulated, performed, and transformed in relation to nation, class, race and sexuality. Students will become familiarized with various approaches to the study of novel as well as theories of gender and sexuality.
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