Salamanca as a literary metaphor

July 7, 2017

Salamanca is a city where you can breathe literature: in the old part of the city it is impossible to visit a street, monument or square that does not remind us of some character in the world of literature. If we walk along the Roman Bridge we will see the famous headless bull against which the blind man hit Lazarillo de Tormes.

A little further to the left of the road, we find the sculpture of the old Celestina at the entrance of the Garden of Calisto and Melibea. If we walk to the south we can see the house of Torres Villarroel, the famous teacher of the eighteenth century to which we owe, among other works, the funniest story of a Salmantino of the time. And so on until the twentieth century, almost all of the important figures in Spanish literature, for one reason or another, have tinged with the city or the University.

The purpose of teacher María Elisa Núñez’s cultural exploration class “Salamanca as a Literary Metaphor” is to invite students to discover how the city of Salamanca has been narrated and fictionalized in different genres: poetry, short story, novel, myths and legends.

To achieve this goal the class has visited different areas of the city where students have related the artistic and architectural motifs to the literary motifs of the authors or selected works, for example the Love Well in Huerto de Calitxo y Melibea and the Salamanca Cave. The students also write a small work of micro theater set in Salamanca, inspired (or not) by the stories that they get to know during the week. Today, students honored Miguel de Unamuno in a session called “Poetry, Chocolate, and Churros!”

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