Module Identifier SP10910  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Professor Robert Havard  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr Rob Stone  
Course delivery Lecture   11 Hours 1 weekly.  
  Seminars / Tutorials   4 Hours Occasional.  
Assessment Essay   1 essay (1,500-2,000 words).   30%  
  Exam   2 Hours written exam.   70%  

Brief description

Hispanic Civilization provides a foundation knowledge and enriches the context in which the language is learnt. It concentrates on key phases in Spanish history: The Reconquest of Spain, The Hapsburg Kings, The Defeat of the Spanish Armada, the rise of Liberalism 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: Bernardo Atxaga's 'The Lone Woman' and Ken Loach's film on the Spanish Civil War, Land and Freedom.

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 Spanish works (studied in English)

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. (1988) 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 Paintings.
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
F.D. Klingender. (1948) Goya in the Democratic Tradition. New York
R.J. Sender. ed. P. McDermott. (1991) Requiem por un campesino espanol. Manchester
R Havard. The romance in Ramon Sender' 'Requiem por un campesino espanol'. The Modern Language Review, 79 (1984), 88-96