|Module Title||HISPANIC CIVILIZATION (BEGINNERS)|
|Co-ordinator||Professor Robert Havard|
|Other staff||Professor Gwynne Edwards, Mr Roger Mills, Dr Rob Stone|
|Course delivery||Lecture||11 Hours 1 weekly.|
|Seminars / Tutorials||4 Hours Occasional.|
|Assessment||Exam||2 Hours written exam.||70%|
|Essay||1 essay (1,500-2,000 words).||30%|
Aims of the module
Hispanic Civilization provides a foundation knowledge and enriches the context in which the language is learnt. It concentrates on key phases in Spanish and Spanish-American history: The Reconquest of Spain, The Hapsburg Kings, The Conquest of Mexico, The Defeat of the Spanish Armada, Latin-American dictators and the origins of the Spanish Civil War.
The course also considers the work of three major painters (with slides): El Greco, Goya and Velazquez.
In addition, two modern works are considered in detail: the film Tristana (with subtitles) by the famous director Luis Bunuel, which is a mordant comment on the traditional role of women in Spanish society; and the film 'Land and Freedom' by the British director Ken Loach, which offers a powerful and emotive analysis of the Spanish Civil War.
On completion of this module students should have
1) a knowledge of key features in Spanish history from the Reconquest to the Civil War plus a knowledge of three Spanish painters.
2) specific knowledge of two Spanish films and their contexts.
** Recommended Consultation
W. C. Atkinson. The History of Spain and Portugal. Pelican
W. Wyatt. A History of Islamic Spain.
R. Trevor Davies. (1939) The Golden Century of Spain. London
C. Martin. (1988) The Spanish Armada. London
N. Davies. (1977) The Aztecs. London
G. C. Vaillant. (1975) The Aztecs of Mexico. London
P. Gassier. (1955) Goya. New York
Gwyn A Williams. (1976) Goya and the Impossible Revolution. London
A. Hull. (1980) Goya. New York
Goldsheider. (1949) El Greco. 2nd.
(1954) El Greco: paintings, drawings and sculptures. 3rd.
Herris Enriqueta. (1982) Velazquez.
Gudiol Ricart. (1983) Velazquez, the Complete Paintings.
Richard Herr. (1958) The Eighteenth-century Revolution in Spain.
G. Pendle. (1963) Argentina. London
D. Rock. (1986) Argentina 1516-1982 (chapter 3). London
G. Jackson. (1974) A Concise History of the Spanish Civil War. London
H. Thomas. (1977) The Spanish Civil War. Harmondsworth
R. Carr and J. P. Fusi. (1993) Spain, from Dictatorship to Democracy. London
G. Edwards. (1982) The Discreet Art of Luis Bunuel, Tristana, pp. 221-46. London, Marion Boyars
Robert Havard. (1982) The Seventh Art of Luis Bunuel: Tristana and the Rites of Freedom, in Quinquereme, 56-74.
George Orwell. Homage to Catalonia. Penguin