Hispanic Literature: Texts & Contexts II (20 cr)

Languages & Cultures, School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music

College of Arts and Law


Code 17593

Level of study Second Year

Credit value 20

Semester 1 and 2

Module description

The module will continue and conclude the core introduction to Hispanic literature studied by all post-A level honours students in Year 1. The core lectures on Hispanic verse in Semester 1 will complement the earlier focus on drama and narrative. In Semester 2, the lectures will deal with Cervantes' renovation of the novel, concentrating on Pt 1 of his Hispanic masterpiece, Don Quijote. Poetry lectures, taught by a range of members of staff, will consider works belonging to both Spain and Spanish America from the medieval period to the present day, inscribing these canonical works with identifiable thematic or other patterns representative of the broader Hispanic cultural tradition. Accompanying seminar-group classes will identify further short texts as examples of more specific trends within this aspect of Hispanic cultural history, in the fields not just of literature but of visual arts also, and will lead to the practical application of broad historical and thematic knowledge and interpretative skills fostered by the core lectures. Study of Cervantes in Year II will involve detailed analysis of that work which enshrines and inspires many of the core themes and values of Hispanic literature before and after.