Module Identifier SP30720  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Professor Robert Havard  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr Rob Stone, Mr Roger Mills  
Pre-Requisite (Normally) eligibility for entry to Level 2 Spanish.  
Course delivery Lecture   22 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   4 Hours  
Assessment Continuous assessment   2 essays of 1500 - 2000 words each   40%  
  Exam   2 Hours Written exam.   60%  

Brief description

Why did attitudes change so radically in the Romantic period, now generally considered the start of modern times? This module begins by considering Spanish Romanticism in relation to its cultural and political context. Romanticism's distinctive ethos is traced in specific works of theatre and poetry which highlight the anguished concerns of the time.

Following the political of 1868, the last third of the 19th century saw a revival of the Spanish novel. The module continues by focusing on two major examples of the genre.

Weeks 1-2   Introduction to Romanticism and Rivas's Don Alvaro
   3-5   Becquer, Rimas y leyendas
   5-7   Rosalia de Castro, En las orillas del sar
   8-10   Introduction to Realism and Galdos's La de Bringas
   11-12   Blasco Ibanez, La barraca

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students should have:

1) acquired a sound knowledge of the Romantic movement in Spain and a similar knowledge of the main features relating to the realist novel

Reading Lists

Duque de Rivas. Don Alvaro. Austral
Gustavo Adolfo Becquer. Rimas y Lendas. Austral
Rosalia de Castro. En las orillas del Sar. Castalia
Benito Perez Galdos. La de Bringas. Catedra
(1992) Plaza y Janes, Barcelona
Benito Perez Galdos. (1999) Misericordia (from 2001). Biblioteca Perez Galdos, Alianza
Pardo Bazan. Los pazos de Ulloa. Castalia