Francisco Layna, from Spain,received his Licenciatura in Journalism (1976-1981) from the Universidad Complutense, and his Ph.D. in Hispanic Philology (1994) from the University Complutense. He has taught at Harvard University and Boston University, and United Sates university programs in Madrid (Boston University, New York University). He is currently a professor with Middlebury College's program in Madrid, where he teaches in both the graduate and undergraduate programs. Professor Layna has published a variety of research works on Spanish literature of the XV, XVI and XVII Centuries. He has published two books, La eficacia del fracaso. Representaciones culturales en la Segunda Parte del Quijote and La disputa burlesca as well as numerous articles in specialized journals At present he is finishing his third book in functions of the director, coordinator and editor USA Cervantes. 39 cervantistas en los Estados Unidos.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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SPAN 6560 - Literary Analysis
This course will introduce the graduate student to the techniques of literary analysis, critical thinking, reading, and interpreting Hispanic literary texts. It is divided into three segments, each of which is devoted to the analytic strategies pertinent to one major genre: narrative, poetry, and drama. Each student will write several papers and actively participate in class discussions. (1 unit)
Required texts: Calderón de la Barca, La vida es sueño (Cátedra, 1989) (ISBN 9788437600925); Antonio Sobejano-Morán & Paola Bianco, Prisma: Análisis crítico de textos en español (Panda Publications, 2008) (ISBN: 978-0-9818392-0-2); Juan Carlos Onetti, Los adioses (any edition) (available on Amazon ISBN 978-663-2011-5).Literature
SPAN 6662 - Quijote De La Mancha
Don Quixote is one of the most famous and widely read books in the whole world; therefore its capacity to generate critical literature seems to have no limits. Both the reading and the writing have undergone a revision that will inevitably transform the idea of literature and of the represented fiction. During the course we will focus on questions that belong to the critical canon, questions that will be discussed in the light of recent studies: The consideration that Don Quixote is the first modern novel; the fundamental idea that it breaks the inherited literary rules; its belonging to the category of playful and burlesque literature (the carnival, the parody of the classic paradigms, the ironic critique of the ideological structure, the mockery of its contemporary ones ...), etc... (1 unit)
Required texts: Miguel de Cervantes, El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de La Mancha, (Madrid: ClasicosCastalia) 2 vols. (ISBN 978-84-9740-372-6, ISBN 978-84-9740-373-6).Literature
Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013
SPAN 6742 - Classic Works of Spanish Lit
During the Middle Ages the world was a reflection of the will of God, a design of the Providence that did not admit the possibility of change. Each element of this social order had to humbly its place in the world. Rebelling against the financial, sexual, political status quo, was deemed a criticism of the perfection of the divine creation. Immobilism was, therefore, absolute. It wasn’t until the Renaissance that such a state of affairs was questioned. In Spain, in 1499, a converted Jew (converso) wrote a book that will open the door to a different view of human demeanor in society, its understanding and interpretation of the inherited world and prompted the debate of the relationship between knowledge and experience. It was an enormous change, with fundamental implications in order to understand the subsequent course of History. The book in called Celestina and its author, Fernando de Rojas. From this moment on, literature took a different path from the one it had followed until then, and blossomed into what has been called the Golden Age of Spanish literature. In the course, Obras clasicas de la literature española, we will read and discuss the most famous texts of Classical Spanish literature. This will be done through a reading of the text in depth, but nevertheless adapting the classical text to our present sensitivity. In addition this course will help to better understand the language and history of Spain. (1 unit).
Required texts: Fernando de Rojas, La Celestina, ed. Patricia S. Finch (Newark: Delaware: Cervantes&CO., Juan de la Cuesta) (ISBN 1-58977-011-0); Lazarillo de Tormes, ed. Francisco Rico (Madrid: Cátedra) (ISBN 978-84-376-0660-6); Calderon de la Barca, La vida es sueño, ed. Ciriaco Moron (Madrid: Catedra); also electronic material provided at Middlebury.Literature
Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013
SPAN 6805 - Independent Research Paper