2008 Summer Institute

The Center for the Liberal Arts and the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation will be offering a 3 credit summer session in Spanish this summer. The institute will run from June 22 through July 5, 2008 and will be limited to 15 participants.

The first week will be presented by Professor Fernando Opere

The Second Spanish Republic, Art and Literature

There is not another period more dramatically interesting in the 20th Century History of Spain than the Second Republic. After 500 years of Monarchy, the Second Republic brought a political system that lasted from April 14, 1931 (when King Alfonso XIII left the country) until April 1, 1939, when the forces of the Republic surrendered to Nationalist rebels led by General Franco, after the three years of Spanish Civil War. It was a period of dramatic changes and confrontations, but also of effervescent creativity, a sort of second Golden Age of arts and literature. This summer Institute will study the history, society, and culture of this period that is fundamental to understand the rest of the century and Spain today.


The second week will be presented by Professor Andrew Anderson on

The Spanish Civil War in Literature and Film

Almost seventy years after its end, the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) continues to be a fundamental historical point of reference in contemporary Spain and, arguably, all the more so since the return to power in April 2004 of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and the PSOE. Since 1939, hundreds of works of literature have been published inside and outside Spain that take as their theme some aspect of the Civil War. For this summer institute, we will be focusing on literary works that have also been made into successful films, and we will be considering both book and film intrinsically as well as analyzing the process of adaptation. The works to be studied will also be selected to provide a varied range of viewpoints, from Republican to Nationalist and from adult to child.