If I were to do a freshman seminar like that, we’d read plays we aren’t reading in other classes, and do dramatic readings. We’d learn to write abstracts, summaries, and annotated bibliographies; we’d learn how to seriously look things up in the library. I’ll have to keep working on this.
The classic play to read, in this course, would be the Casa de Bernarda Alba. We could contrast it with Da. Rosita la soltera. I’m interested in Mariana Pineda, and there are also the Zapatera prodigiosa and the Amores de D. Perimplín con Belisa en su jardín. I’m also interested in the Maleficio de la mariposa, even, and I’m very interested in the puppet theatre: Los títeres de cachiporra, the Retablillo de D. Cristóbal. And then, for odder things I also don’t teach a great deal, we could look at the Comedia sin título and El sueño de la vida. Así que pasen cinco años I am saving for my other class.
But I was thinking about this as a course about Lorca and flamenco and dance, so there is that to think about, too.
It is in August, then, that I will create the reserve list for that class and construct Moodle sites for all my classes. In July I will still read for them. Today I was supposed to start writing — write for an hour, not read — that article. There are all these tantalizing ways to start. One would be a reference to the caged children: we have them in camps (and may start “euthanizing” for all I know) because they are foreign … so racial categorization is not passé regardless of anything anyone says. (I need to stop writing prefaces and write the text, though.)
Also in August, of course, I will visit the ASUC Store and REI.
For my other piece, Max Alvarez has an interesting podcast, that I will listen to. And for class, I am going to retrieve this book from Dad.
Right now, though, it is time to get rid of a few very old notes. These are from a file that had been started on race, hybridity, and coloniality, and they are old.
One of the points they make is that Blackness is not the same thing everywhere, is not experienced the same way everywhere, and so on. Correct, diasporas are hybrid, to refer to “home” is essentializing, and so on. But where I am still uncomfortable is that these points do NOT mean there isn’t such a thing as white supremacy, even when WHITENESS isn’t uniform.
Gilroy’s idea of a Black Atlantic would be a kind of middle ground, say Gordon and Anderson (1999). This might be a good piece to cite as something from the past … but all the other articles in the folder are too passé.
Summer reading: Stainton, Leslie. Lorca: a dream of life, Bloomsbury Books 2013, 978-0747544456; Graham, Helen. The Spanish Civil War. A very short introduction. OUP 2006. Butler, Christopher. Modernism. A very short introduction. OUP 2010. 9780192804419. Winkiel, Laura. Modernism. The basics. Routledge 2017. 978-0–415-71370-2.
Complete works, for students: García Lorca, Obra completa, Ediciones de Bolsillo 2018, 978-0747544456.
Complete works, for library: García Lorca, Obra completa, Akal 2008, 9788476004135.