Module Identifier SP10510  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Professor Robert Havard  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr Rob Stone  
Pre-Requisite A level Spanish or equivalent  
Mutually Exclusive SP10740  
Course delivery Lecture   11 Hours (1 weekly)  
  Seminars / Tutorials   4 Hours (occasional)  
Assessment Essay   Assessed essay (1,500-2,000 words)   30%  
  Exam   2 Hours Written exam.   70%  

Brief description

This module is for students with 'A' level Spanish and is complemented by the course in Hispanic Literature which may be taken in the second semester, thus providing the opportunity to accelerate language acquisition and to enrich the context in which Spanish is studied. Part one advanced students may also take the module in Journadas espanolas which complements both courses and also has a strong contemporary focus.

Hispanic Civilization provides students with a cultural foundation in Spanish by concentrating on key moments in Spanish history: The Reconquest of Spain, The Hapsburg Kings, The Defeat of the Spanish Armada, the rise of Liberalism, the Generation of 98, the origins of the Spanish Civil War, the Franco period.

The course also studies the work of three major painters (with slides): El Greco, Velazquez and Goya.

It also studies two major works in more detail by way of seminars: the renowned evocation of Spain by Antonio Machado, Campos de Castilla, and Ken Loach's film on the Spanish Civil War, Land and Freedom.

The class meets for one weekly lecture and for occasional seminars. Assessment is by one term essay (on Machado) and a 2 hour examination consisting of two essays, one of which must be on the Sender novel.

Learning outcomes

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 major Spanish works.

Reading Lists

** 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. (1998) The Spanish Armada. 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 Painting.
Richard Herr. (1958) The Eighteenth-Century Revolution in Spain.
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
Arthur Terry. (1973) A Machado: Campos de Castilla, (critical guide). London
Bernard, Sese. (1980) Antonio Machado 1875-1939. Madrid
J. M. Aguirre. (1961) Antonio Machado, poeta simbolista. Madrid
Robert Havard, Antonio Machado. (1997) Campos de Castilla. Duckworth/ Bristol Classical Press
George Orwell. Homage to Catalonia.