Module Information

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

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: One essay (2000-2500 words)  30%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Written Exam.  70%
Supplementary Exam 1 x 2 hour examination if continuous assessment submitted. 1 x 3 hour examination if no continuous assessment submitted.  100%

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students will:

1) be able to describe the major trends of Mexican history from independence to the period after the Mexican Revolution;
2) be able to relate key literary texts to thier historical background;
3) be able to read and analyse literary texts with greater critical awareness
4) have had further training in

a) oral presentations
b) writing essays

Brief description

An introduction to Mexican society through a brief study of the Mexican Revolution, its origins and aftermath, followed by the detailed study of literary texts inspired by the revolution.

The year 1910 saw the outbreak of a major revolution in Mexico which was to plunge the country into nearly a decade of civil wars and to exercise an influence until the present day. The module offers a brief introduction to Mexican society through a study of the Mexican Revolution, its origins and aftermath. The remainder of the module is devoted to the so-called 'novel of the Mexican Revolution' and the study of individual texts inspired, in part at least, by the Revolution and its consequences.


Weeks 1-3 - Study of the Mexican Revolution
Weeks 4-6 - Azuela, Los de abajo
Weeks 7-11 - Rulfo, Pedro Paramo

Reading List

Essential Reading
Azuela, Mariano Los de abajo Catedra Primo search Rulfo, Juan Pedro Páramo Coleccion popular Primo search
Supplementary Text
Aguilar Camin, Hector, and Lorenzo Meyer (1993 (2001 prin) In the shadow of the Mexican revolution :contemporary Mexican history, 1910-1989 Brotherston, Gordon. (1977.) The emergence of the Latin American novel /[by] Gordon Brotherston. Primo search Fuentes, Carlos. (1968 (various p) La muerte de Artemio Cruz Primo search Giacoman, Helmy F. (1974.) Homenaje a Juan Rulfo Primo search Gonzalez Boixo, Jose C. (1980.) Claves narrativas de Juan Rulfo Primo search Knight, Alan. (1986.) The Mexican revolution Primo search Kristal, Efrain (2005.) The Cambridge companion to the Latin American novel Primo search Leal, Luis ([1971]) Mariano Azuela Primo search Meyer, Michael C., and William L. Sherman (1983.) The course of Mexican history Primo search Peralta, Violeta and Liliana Befumo Boschi (1975.) Rulfo :la soledad creadora Primo search Swanson, Philip (ed.) (1990.) Landmarks in modern Latin American fiction Primo search Tannenbaum, Frank (1965.) Mexico: the struggle for peace and bread Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5