Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 9 Hours.
Seminars / Tutorials 6 Hours. (3 seminars; 3 tutorials)


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: 2 essays of 1,500 words each and one presentation.  100%
Supplementary Exam 1 x 2-hour examination if continuous assessment submitted. 1 x 3-hour examination if no continuous assessment submitted.  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students will have a knowledge of the way the Surrealist movement evolved in Spain through several phases, from the Freudian to the Marxist. They will be familiar with major works by three of its foremost practitioners in three separate genres, namely Luis Bunuel (film), Salvador Dali (painting) and Rafael Alberti (poetry). They should know what is meant by such challenging concepts as 'psychic dictation', oneiric symbolism and the 'surrealist object', and they should be able to elucidate these and other concepts in relation to the specific works studied.

Brief description

How was it that such a traditional country as Spain produced some of the most avant-garde figures of the twentieth century? This module inquires into the fascinating world of Surrealism, a revolutionary movement born of Freudian theory and stimulated by the anti-bourgeois ethos of Marxism. Major creative figures are studied in four separate genres, Bunuel as film director, Alberti as poet, Dali as painter and, briefly, Maruja Malla (Alberti's lover) as a painter. This variety illustrates the different facets of Surrealism and its distinctiveness in the Spanish context.


weeks 1-4 Salvador Dali (Taschen) and slides
5-8 Luis Bunuel, 'Un perro andaluz', and Las Hurdes (films)
9-12 Rafael Alberti, 'Sobre los angeles' (+ Maruja Mallo)

The module will be assessed entirely on the basis of two essays of 1,500 words each.

Reading List

Recommended Text
Ades, Dawn (1982) Dali, London Thames and Hudson Primo search Aranda Francisco (1969) Biografia critica Barcelona Primo search Aranda Luis (1981) El surrealismo espanol Barcelona Primo search Bodini V (1971) Los poetas surrealistas espanoles Barcelona Primo search Bowra C.M. (1949) The Creative Experiment London Primo search Breton A (1972) The Dali Case in Surrealism and Painting London Primo search Breton Andre Manifestos of Surrealism Primo search Buache, Freddy (1970) Luis Bunuel Lausanne Primo search Bunuel L (1985) My Last Breath London Primo search Connell G W (1963) 'The Autobiographical Element in Sobre los angeles, BHS Primo search Dali S (1977) The Unspeakable Confessions Of S D London Primo search Duran M (1975) Rafael Alberti, El escritor y la critica Madrid Primo search Durgnat Raymond (1964) Luis Bunuel London Primo search Edwards G (1982) The Discreet Charm of Luis Bunuel London: Marion Boyars, London Primo search Garcia Sarria F (1978) 'Sobre los angeles de R Alberti y el surrealismo', Papeles de Son Armadans Primo search Gibson Ian The Shameful Life of Salvador Dali Primo search Havard Robert (1988) From Romanticism to Surrealism Seven Spanish Poets - Cardiff, includes chapters on Lorca, Guillen, Machado, Salinas. Primo search Havard Robert (2001) The Crucified Mind Tamesis, London Primo search Higginbotham V (1979) Luis Bunuel Boston Primo search Ilie Paul (1968) The Surrealist Mode in Spanish Literature Ann Arbor Primo search Mellen J (1978) The World of Luis Bunuel New York Primo search Morris C B (1972) Surrealism and Spain Cambridge Primo search Proll E (1941) 'The Surrealist Element in Rafael Alberti' BHS Primo search Salinas de Marichal (1975) El Mundo poetico de Rafael Alberti Madrid Primo search Sanchez Vidal A (1984) Luis Bunuel Madrid Primo search Sanchez Vidal, A (1988) Bunuel, Lorca, Dali: El enigma sin fin Barcelona Primo search Santos Torroella R (1984) La miel es mas dulce que la sangre Barcelona Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5