Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Romanticism and Realism
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
(Normally) Eligibility for entry to Level 2 Spanish

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 2 essays of 1500 - 2,000 words  Continuous Assessment:  40%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   60%
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 should have:

1) acquired a sound knowledge of the Romantic movement in Spain and a similar knowledge of the main features relating to the realist novel

Brief description

Why did attitudes change so radically in the Romantic period, now generally considered the start of modern times? This module begins by considering Spanish Romanticism in relation to its political and cultural context (The Napoleonic Wars; the 'decada ominosa' of the 1820s). Romanticism's distinctive ethos is traced in specific works of theatre and poetry which highlight the anguished concerns of the time. Following the political changes of 1868, the last third of the 19th century saw a revival of the Spanish novel, and this module continues by focussing on two major examples of the genre.


1-2 Introduction to Romanticism: Riva's Don Alvaro
3-6 Becquer, Rimas y leyendas and Rosalia de Castro, En las orillas del sar
7-12 Realism and Natualism: Juan Valera's Pepita Jimenez and Blasco Ibanez's La barraca


This module is at CQFW Level 5