Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Hispanic Civilization
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 2 x Assessed essays (1,500-2,000 words each)  100%
Supplementary Assessment Re-submit and/or resit all failed or missed elements  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should have:

1) knowledge of the ways culture and history intersect in the Hispanic world;
2) familiarity with key texts that are representative of various movements and historical periods in the Hispanic world;
3) a transatlantic understanding of the movements of Hispanic culture from the 19th to the 21st centuries.

Brief description

As an introductory module, this programme of study seeks to expose students to a transatlantic understanding of the flows and contours of Spanish language, history and arts during the period 1800-2000. It allows students to view this cultural and historical interconnection through a series of literary and cinematic counterpoints, which reconsiders Spanish and Latin American relations, past and present. This module provides a survey of the key movements and authors in Spanish and Spanish American history and literature. Students will be exposed to selected readings and cinematic texts ranging from Jose Marti's accounts of the relationship of Spain with the Americas, to critical Spanish texts of the period, to films from both Spain and Spanish America.

Films and Literature to be studied:

Spanish America

1. Marti, Jose (1892) 'Nuestra America', in La Revista Ilustrada de Nueva York, 10 de enero de
1891 and El Partido Liberal, Mexico, 30 de enero de 1891 (photocopied handout)

2. Rulfo, Juan (1953), Pedro Paramo, Catedra, Letras Hispanicas, ISBN 978-84-376-0418-3

3. La historia oficial (Dir: Luis Puenzo's, 1982, Argentina)


1. Key text from 19th century newspapers and text from Unamuno, Valera, Azorin, Maeztu, Machado. (photocopied handout)

2. Jose Luis Garci's Historia de un beso (2002)
This film is digitized in the LRC. The film has to be seen in the LRC premises (Hugh
Owen building) also available at the Library: classmark DVD PN1997.2.H57

3. Historical and cultural documents. (photocopied handout)


This module is at CQFW Level 4