HST380.7 Religion and Culture in Early Modern Spain (at UAM)

Open only to students accepted to the special program Madrid Center & Liberal Arts in Spanish at UAM

Taught in Spanish. The course traces the cultural history of Spain’s Golden Age, between the Renaissance and Baroque periods, in which the pace of the hegemony came to match the political decline of the Spanish Empire. On the religious level, we will pass from the time of Erasmus, humanistic and tolerant, to the Counter Reformation that went on to create a closed society and accentuate ideological controls. In the world of culture, meanwhile, from philosophy to leisurely pursuits, our literature and arts achieved excellence, to the point of becoming our canon of “classics.”

The course covers the religious and cultural history of Modern Spain. We start with a reflection on the genre of cultural history, the spacial and temporal coordinates of the period, as well as knowledge in late Middle Ages of the Hispanic kingdoms. Then we enter the first Golden Age, the Renaissance, to see the impact of humanism in Spain, material life and stratified society. Next we move to the second Golden Age, the Baroque, where the Counter Reformation ignited a conservative culture and a climate of religious intolerance. Finally, we start the path to Enlightenment, making way for the birth of modernity.

Meets with SPA 480.7.

(16916, Religión y Cultura en la España Moderna)

Department: History

Location: Liberal Arts at UAM

Credits: 3