Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
SP10740 or SP19930

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 20 hours


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Seminar debates  20%
Semester Assessment 2 X 1500 word essay  80%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit or resit failed elements and/or make good any missing elements  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the relation between the literary text and wider social, political and cultural contexts, of the second half of twentieth-century Spain;
2. Demonstrate an awareness of the impact of the texts in the development of Spanish literature and show understanding of the reuse of literary genres and the development of the modern Spanish novel;
3. Participate in critical debates concerning the works considered in the course;
4. Show familiarity with the key methods and critical tools employed by scholars to study modern Spanish literature and engage critically with a wide variety of scholarly material including monographs and specialised articles;
5. Present their findings in a logical, organised and scholarly fashion both orally - through debates and presentations - and in written form - through essays and text commentaries;
6. Compare texts and analyse the differences and parallels between them.


This module explores the intellectual and narrative responses of those writers who actively expressed their social visions during Franco's regime and those who faced the intellectual challenges that emerged with the establishment of the Democracy in Spain. The study of different passages taken from intellectual essays and five main literary pieces since the second half of the 20th century will provide a foundation to analyse critically the new insights of Spanish narratives. This is an optional module.

Brief description

This module will deal with the intellectual debate created by the political and social insights expressed by two groups of writers. The three aims of this module are:
i) to analyse critically a literary text (immanent analysis),
ii) to comment critically on the use of language in literature,
iii) to be able to interpret historically and socially a literary text (transcendent analysis).


This course has three different topics:
A. Representations of Franco's Spain through key literary texts. Understanding wider social movements. (6 hours lectures)
B. The novel of democracy (1975-2005): broken themes and broken minds. Reading Neoposmodernismo. Key texts. (4 hours lectures)
C. Spaces and times (1975-2007): the anti hortus conclusus and the cityscape. Key texts. (6 hours lectures)

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number n/a
Communication Students will be expected to use linguistic and literary terminology in seminars and to write at an appropriate level for assignments.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be able to observe the improvement in their own competence by critically and linguistically analysing literary and essay texts, both in the seminars and in the written essays.
Information Technology Students will be expected to use on-line articles and to learn not to use some unreliable sources. The students are expected to adapt rapidly to using the 'Real Academia Espanola' dictionaries and its on-line linguistic resources. Students also need to use the official on-line archive of Spanish literature.
Personal Development and Career planning Students will be able to gain skills in analysing and commenting on the stylistic features in 'poiesis' which will help them to develop their linguistic competence in Spanish.
Problem solving Students face analytical problems which arise when analysing the content and linguistic elements of the selected literary texts.
Research skills Students will be required to compare, analyse and select various research materials (primary and secondary).
Subject Specific Skills Students will gain understanding in linguistic competence, critical literary analysis and intertextuality.
Team work Students will engage in a debate where each individual member will discuss literary questions during the seminars with his/her peers.

Reading List

Should Be Purchased
A compulsory reading list will be submitted by the coordinator at the beginning of the course. Primo search
Recommended Text
Insula-Revista de Letras y Ciencias humanas Vol. 54, no. 634. Primo search África Vidal, Mo. Carmen (1989) ¿Qué es posmodernismo? Alicante, Universidad de Alicante Primo search Amell, S (1996) The Contemporary Spanish Novel. An Annotated Critical Bibliography 1936-1994 Greenwood Press, Westport, Connecticut; London Primo search Chambers, Ross (1984) Story and situation: Narrative Seduction and the Power of Fiction Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press Primo search Chatman, Seymour (1978) Story and Discourse: Narrative Structure in Fiction and Film Ithaca, Cornell University Press Primo search Martínez Cachero, J. Ma. (1997) La novela española entre 1936 y el fin de siglo Madrid, Castalia Primo search Moreiro, Julián (1996) Cómo leer textos literarios. El equipaje del lector. Madrid, EDAF Primo search Navajas, Gónzalo (1996) Más allá de la Postmodernidad Barcelona Primo search Navajas, Gónzalo (1987) Teoría y práctica de la novela española posmoderna Barcelona, Ediciones de Mall Primo search Pico, Josep (1988) Modernidad y posmodernidad Madrid, Alianza Primo search Smyth, Edmund J. (1991) Postmodernism and Contemporary Fiction B.T. Batsford Ltd., London Primo search Tono Martínez, José (1986) La polémica de la posmodernidad Madrid, Ediciones Libertarias Primo search Umbral, Francisco (1987) Guía de la posmodernidad Madrid, Ediciones Temas de Hoy Primo search Villanueva, Darío y otros (1992) Los nuevos nombres, 1975-1990 Barcelona, Crítica Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5