Andalucia: A Merging of Tradition and Modernity A May Term travel seminar to southern Spain

Andalucia: A Merging of Tradition and Modernity

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2017 May Term Travel Seminar to Southern Spain – “Andalucía: A Merging of Tradition and Modernity”:

Profs. Adriana Ponce and Carmela Ferradáns

HUM 270/SPA 305 (ARTS GenEd):

This travel seminar to the South of Spain (Granada, Sevilla and Córdoba) will explore several musical and poetic traditions that arose in the late 19th and early 20th century in the region, from a number of cultural cross-currents (e.g., tradition and modernity; nationalism, modernism and neo-classicism; and Moorish, European and Gypsy legacies, among others). It will focus on a number of works by Federico García Lorca (from Granada), and Manuel de Falla (from Cádiz) as windows into the rich cultural artistic heritage of Andalucía and, to an extent, its identity. In the process of studying these works, students will and learn about some forms of flamenco music (e.g., cante jondo, seguidillas), classic Arab poetry (e.g., mwashshahat), Castilian medieval literature (e.g., ballads or romances), and the dominant European artistic currents of impressionism and neo-classicism, all of which lay at the core of the work of several Andalusian artists at the time. We will visit a number of sites in Granada (e.g., the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens, Albayzin and Sacromonte, the Arab Baths, the Huerta de San Vicente, Viznar-Alfacar, Manuel de Falla’s House-Museum, and García Lorca’s House/Museum); Seville (e.g., the Alcazar, the Cathedral, the old minaret and the medieval Jewish quarter); Córdoba (e.g., the old mosque and the House of Sefarad); and Nerja (a small traditional Andalucian town/village by the sea).


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