The Spanish Professor has wanted to give the introduction to literary studies as a course in narrative theory, but if I cut down the number of genres covered I would do poetry and the essay. My colleagues say this would never work since these are the least interesting genres to students, the ones that will ahuyentar them from us and from the major.
I skipped the introduction to literary studies, which was taken in the sixth quarter, because I felt I had learned enough in the fifth quarter. We read a great deal of poetry, from the Romancero to Machado and Lorca; several short stories by Cortázar; a novela ejemplar by Cervantes; and El burlador de Sevilla. I wrote a five page explicación de texto on “Amor constante más allá de la muerte,” a sonnet by Francisco de Quevedo, and decided that poetry ruled.
I find that narrative is not easier for the students to handle than poetry. I could focus on narrative and theatre some years, and poetry and the essay others. Qu’est-ce que vous en pensez, avez-vous lu Char (I always liked that as a book title), and have you noticed that I changed my name? No name is definitive and this one may be transitory, but I have changed completely and nobody has said a thing.