CARY NELSON

SYLLABUS: Spanish civil war

Cary Nelson

ENGLISH 481: Cultural Studies, Poststructuralism, and the Spanish Civil War

Fall 2003--Tuesday 3-6pm

TEXTS (Illini Union Bookstore):

Frances Lannon, The Spanish Civil War (BACKGROUND READING).
Peter Carroll, The Odyssey of the Abraham Lincoln Brigage.
George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia.
Cary Nelson, ed. The Wound and the Dream.
Helen Graham, The Spanish Republic at War.
Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls.

web sites:
http://orpheus.ucsd.edu/speccoll/visfront/index.html (SCW posters)
http://orpheus.ucsd.edu/speccoll/collects/southw.html (600 children's drawings)
http://www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/scw/scw.htm [Nelson--MAPS]
http://library.brandeis.edu/spoecialcollections/SpanishCivilWar/posters.html

The 1936-39 Spanish Civil War offers an extraordinary opportunity to test and apply some of cultural studies' most ambitious claims. It was a moment when art and politics came together with exceptional force and thus a moment when cultural studies arguments about the necessity of contextualizing cultural production become not merely useful but essential. It was also a decisive instance of common purpose across cultural domains, with music, painting, photography, literature, reportage, political intrigue, and military planning interacting and feeding off one another. Cultural studies and poststructuralism have both pressed the relationality and interdependence of cultural domains; here is an opportunity to test that claim. Finally, like many military conflicts the Spanish Civil War challenges one to work despite the radical undecidability of events and the political volatility of meanings. These will be matters for our extended reflection during the seminar.

We will study the military and political course of the war, along with its literature, graphic art, and political rhetoric. Course assignments will be in English, though students with skills in other relevant languages are welcome to take up special projects that make use of their skills. The class will include group interpretive projects focused on SCW posters and photographs. The U of I library's Rare Book Room has extraordinary SCW holdings, including 100 original SCW posters and many hundreds of original unpublished SCW letters.

Feel free to email me with questions: crnelson@uiuc.edu

September 2 INTRODUCTION, with "The Spanish Earth" (film, 1937)

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Sep 9 AMERICANS IN THE INTERNATIONAL BRIGADES

Peter Carroll, The Odyssey of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.
from C. Nelson and Jefferson Hendricks, eds. Madrid 1937: Letters of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade from the Spanish Civil War. [MAPS]
Bernard Knox, "Premature Anti-Fascist." [MAPS]
Herbert Romerstein, "Conclusion," from Heroic Victims.
Stéphane Courtois and Jean-Louis Panné, "The Shadow of the NKVD in Spain," in Cortois et al, The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression pp. 333-52.
Ronald Radosh, et. al, from Spain Betrayed, "Preface," "Introduction," "Historical Background," pp. 103-105, 433-469.
Cecil Eby, Between the Bullet and the Lie: American Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War ("Preface").

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Sep 16 HEMINGWAY AND SPAIN:

Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls.

English library reserve:

from Carlos Baker, Ernest Hemingway: A Life Story, (Chapters 41-50) pp. 299-357.

from Kenneth S. Lynn, Hemingway, "Chapter 20," pp. 475-497.

William Branch Watson, "Hemingway's Attacks on the Soviet and the Communists in For Whom the Bell Tolls, North Dakota Quarterly (Spring 1992), 103-18.

Robert Fleming, "Communism vs. Community in For Whom the Bell Tolls, NDQ (Spring 1992), 144-50.

E. San Juan, Jr,, "Ideological Form, Symbolic Exchange, Textual Production: A Symptomatic Reading of For Whom the Bell Tolls, NDQ (Spring 1992), 119-143.

Wolfgang E. H. Rudat, "Hamlet in Spain: Oedipal Dilemnas in For Whom the Bell Tolls, NDQ (Sp. 1992), 83-101.

Cary Nelson, Remembering Spain: Hemingway's Civil War Eulogy and the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.

 

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Sep 23 WOMEN IN THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR

Martha Millet, "Women of Spain" (poem), in Nelson, ed. The Wound and the Dream: Sixty Years of American Poems about the Spanish Civil War.


Pla Y Beltran, "Girl Fighter of Spain" (poem)

Nelson, Revolutionary Memory: Recovering the Poetry of the American Left, p. 199.

Ave Bruzzichezi, [Letters] in Cary Nelson and Jefferson Hendricks, eds., Madrid 1937: Letters of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade from the Spanish Civil War.

Helen Graham, "Women and Social Change," from Spanish Cultural Studies, eds. Graham and Jo Labanyi.

Sim (Rey Vila), from Estampas de la Revolución 19 Julio
de 1936.

from Jordi and Arnau Carulla, La Guerra Civil en 2000 Carteles, 2 vols. [Art Library AND RARE BOOK ROOM]

Francis Lannon, "Women" and "Women and War: Two Memoirs," from Lannon, The Spanish Civil War, pp. 70-2, 80-3.

Paul Preston, "La Pasionaria," from Comrades and "Nan Green" from Doves of War: Four Women of Spain.

from Mary Nash, Defying Male Civilization: Women in the Spanish Civil War.

Caroline Brothers, "Women at Arms," in Brothers, War and Photography: A Cultural History, pp. 76-98.

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Sep 30 THE EVENTS OF MAY 1937

Raymond Carr, "Spain and the Communists," New York Review of Books (April 10, 2003), 62-67.

George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia.

Orwell, "Spilling the Spanish Beans." [MAPS]

Jean Rous, "Spain 1936-39: The Murdered Revolution," in Revolutionary History (The Spanish Civil War: The View from the Left) 4:1-2 (1992).

Helen Graham, "The Barcelona May Days and Their Consequences," from The Spanish Republic at War.

George Esenwein and Adrian Shubert, from Spain at War, pp. 217-31.

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Oct 7 POETRY AND THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR

from Peter Monteath, Writing the Good Fight.

from Carlos Bauer, ed., Cries from a Wounded Madrid.

from Ted Genoways, ed., The Selected Poems of Miguel Hernandez.

from Marilyn Rosenthal, Poetry of the Spanish Civil War.

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Oct 14 POETRY AND THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR II

Cary Nelson, ed. The Wound and the Dream: Sixty Years of American Poems About the Spanish Civil War.

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Oct 21 POETRY AND THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR III

from Valentine Cunningham, ed. The Penguin Book of Spanish Civil War Verse.

selected poems from Latin America and Europe

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Oct 28 PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR

1. ROBERT CAPA'S FALLING MILITIAMAN:

Caroline Brothers, [On Capa's "Death of a Republican Soldier"], from Brothers, War and Photography: A Cultural History, pp. 178-85.

Cary Nelson, [On Capa's "Falling Militiaman'], from Nelson, The Aura of the Cause: A Photo Album for North American Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War, pp. 28-33.

Richard Whelan, "Robert Capa's Falling Soldier: A Detective Story," Aperture 166 (Spring 2002), 48-55.

2. Spanish Civil War Photographs [MAPS]

English Library Reserve

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Nov 4 FILM, MEMORY, AND REPRESENTATION

1. KEN LOACH [film] "Land and Freedom," supplemented by a number of reviews, including Paul Preston (New Times, September 1995), Andy Durgan (Socialist Review, July 1996), Martine Vidal (New Politics, Summer 1996), Roy Quickenden (abanderado, 1996), Richard Porton (Cineaste, Winter 1996), Anonymous ("World Socialist Web Site), Martha Gellhorn.

2. JOSé LOUIS CUERDA [film] "Butterfly"

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Nov. 11 SPANISH CIVIL WAR POSTERS

John Tisa, The Pallette and the Flame (English library
reserve).

Alexander Vegara, "The Visual Front" (online--UCSD)

Cary Nelson, "Nightmares of Dead Children, Dreams of Utopia: Posters of the 1936-39 Spanish Civil War" (http://culturalstudies.gmu.edu/cultural_matters/issue1/nelson.html).

Jordi and Arnau Carulla, LA GUERRA CIVIL EN 2000 CARTELES (2 vols) (Art & Architecture Library, Rare Book Room).

Over 100 original SCW posters are in our Rare Book Room collection.

Nov. 18 SPANISH CIVIL WAR POSTERS II

 

Dec. 2 THE REPUBLIC IN CRISIS AND AT WAR

Helen Graham, The Spanish Republic at War.

Cary Nelson--RESERVE LIST--ENGLISH LIBRARY (English 481) Fall 2003

Carlos Baker, ERNEST HEMINGWAY: A LIFE STORY

Carlos Bauer, CRIES FROM A WOUNDED MADRID

Alvah Bessie, ed. HEART OF SPAIN

Burnett Bolloten, THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR

ROBERT CAPA: PHOTOGRAPHS (Aperture)

HEART OF SPAIN: ROBERT CAPA'S PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR (Aperture)

Peter Carroll, THE ODYSSEY OF THE ABRAHAM LINCOLN BRIGADE

George Esenwein, SPAIN AT WAR

Valentine Cunningham, ed. THE PENGUIN BOOK OF SPANISH CIVIL WAR VERSE

Cecil Eby, BETWEEN THE BULLET AND THE LIE

Jim Fyrth, ed. WOMEN'S VOICES FROM THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR*

Ted Genoways, ed. THE SELECTED POEMS OF MIGUEL HERNANDEZ

Helen Graham, THE SPANISH REPUBLIC AT WAR, THE HEMINGWAY REVIEW Vol. VII: No. 2 (Spring 1988).

Gerald Howson, ARMS FOR SPAIN

Kenneth Lynn, HEMINGWAY

Andre Malraux, MAN'S HOPE

David Mitchell, THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR

Peter Monteath, WRITING THE GOOD FIGHT

Mary Nash, DEFYING MALE CIVILIZATION: WOMEN IN THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR

Cary Nelson, ed. MADRID 1937: LETTERS OF THE ABRAHAM LINCOLN BRIGADE...

Cary Nelson, THE AURA OF THE CAUSE

Cary Nelson, SHOUTS FROM THE WALL

Cary Nelson, THE WOUND AND THE DREAM

NORTH DAKOTA QUARTERLY (Spring 1992)

Paul Preston, FRANCO

Paul Preston: COMRADES

Paul Preston, DOVES OF WAR: FOUR WOMEN OF SPAIN*

Gabriel Ranzato, THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR

Hugh Thomas, THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR

John Tisa, THE PALETTE AND THE FLAME

Milt Wolff, ANOTHER HILL

*books on order
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RESERVE LIST--ART AND ARCHITECTURE LIBRARY

APERTURE No. 166 (Spring 2002)

Jordi and Arnau Carulla, LA GUERRA CIVIL EN 2000 CARTELES (2 vols) [also in RARE BOOK ROOM REFERENCE]

Caroline Brothers, WAR AND PHOTOGRAPHY: A CULTURAL HISTORY

SPANISH CIVIL WAR--FILM SHOWINGS--Mondays 7pm.--160 English Bldg.

SEPTEMBER 8--THE GOOD FIGHT (Sam Sills)

SEPTEMBER 15--FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS (Sam Wood, 1943)
with Ingrid Bergman & Gary Cooper

SEPTEMBER 22--INTO THE FIRE (Julia Newman, 2002)

SEPTEMBER 29--DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH (Palmer, 1937)

OCTOBER 20--LAND AND FREEDOM (Ken Loach)

OCTOBER 27--ROBERT CAPA (American Masters--PBS)

NOVEMBER 3--BUTTERFLY (José Luis Cuerda)


 

ASSIGNMENTS

1. Email analyses to all class members:

a. BEFORE October 7, one or two poems.
b. BEFORE October 14, one or two poems.
c. BEFORE October 28, one or two photographs.
d. BEFORE November 11, one group poster analysis.
e. BEFORE November 18, one group poster analysis.

f. ALL OTHER WEEKS--issues for discussion.

2. FINAL PAPER--on any element of the Spanish Civil War, narrowly
or broadly focused, but taking account of competing possible interpretations of political, cultural, theoretical issues. About 30 pages in length.