The module will provide a core introduction to Hispanic literature. The lectures will consider a range of narrative, poetic and dramatic texts belonging to both Spain and Spanish America from the medieval period to the present day, inscribing these works within literary and historical context, and drawing out identifiable thematic or other patterns representative of the broader Hispanic cultural tradition. There will be weekly seminars to support the lectures, focusing on key reading, writing and independent learning skills necessary to the study of Hispanic literature.
In Part A: Students will study aspects of Medieval, Golden Age and Romantic literature, learning about the society, literature and history of each of the periods, and studying representative texts in context. In the seminar hours they will focus on developing reading and writing skills through task-based activities, including commentary work, bibliographical tasks and graded writing tasks.
In Part B: Students will study aspects of Modern and Contemporary Spanish and Spanish-American literature, learning about the society, literature and history of each of the areas, and studying representative texts in context. In the seminar hours they will focus on key concepts and approaches to the study of literature, including genre, authorship, reader response, and balancing formalist and instrumentalist criticism.