Module Identifier SP10610  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Professor Robert G Havard  
Semester Semester 2  
Course delivery Lecture   12 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   3 Hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours Written exam.  70%
Semester Assessment Essay: Assessed essay (1,500-2,000 words)  30%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students should have:

1) a knowledge of key Spanish literary movements from the traditional ballads ro modern times
2) specific knowledge of three key Spanish texts

Brief description

This module offers an introduction to the key themes and perennial topics of Spain as found in her literature, history and art. Material for much of the module is provided in a bi-lingual booklet (obtainable from the European Languages Office) while three artists - El Greco, Velazquez and Goya - are studied via slides. One text, Garcia Lorca's play about the liberal heroine of Granada, Mariana Pineda, is studied in a bi-lingual edition (ed. and trans. by R.Havard, Aris & Phillips, Warminster, 1987), which must be obtained either from the Campus Bookstore or Galloways, Pier Street. The class meets for a weekly lecture on Fridays and for seminars as indicated below (15 meetings in all).

1.   Ballads of the Reconquest
2.   The Rise of the Castille: Manrique's Coplas por la muerte de su padre
3.   Poesia de tipo tradicional: introduction to traditional Spanish symbols
   ii) seminar on the ballads and Manrique
4.   The Picaresque: Lazarillo and the Origins of the Novel
5.   The Mystics of Spain: Granada, Leon, Sta Teresa, San Juan de la Cruz
   ii) seminar on traditional poetry and Lazarillo
6.   El Greco and Velazquez (slides)
7.   18th Century Spain and the rise of Liberalism
8.   Goya (slides)
9.   Lorca's Mariana Pineda:the historical context of 1820's Spain
10. Mariana Pineda as a poetic drama
11. Mariana Pineda: triumph or failure?
   ii) seminar on Mariana Pineda

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Roger Wright (1987) Spanish Ballads Warminster
D Alonso y J M Blecua (1969) Antologia de la poesia, tipo tradicional
S Reckert Lyra Minima, Structure and Symbol in Iberian Traditional Verse
A Deyermond Lazarillo de Tormes critical guides to Spanish texts
AA Parker (1967) Literature and the Delinquent Edingburgh
CP Thomson The Strife of Tongues: Fray Luis de Leon and the Golden Age of Spain
Edward Sarmiento (1953) Luis de Leon
D L Shaw (1972) A Literary History of Spain: The 19th Century London
H Ramsden (1991) Lorca's Romancero gitano
Derek Harris (ed.), (1991) F G Lorca: Romancero gitano
Robert Havard (translation and commentary), (1988) F G Lorca: Gypsy Ballads/Romancero gitano Warminster
R J Sender, ed P. McDermott (1991) Requiem por un campesino espanol Manchester
Robert Havard (1984) 'The Romance in Ramon Sender's Requiem por un campesino espanol' The Modern Language review, 79, 88-96
M I Millington (1987) 'The Unsung Heroine: Power and Marginality in Cronica de una muerte anunciada' in Gabriel Garcia Marquez: new readings, McGuirk and caldwell, eds. Cambridge
CC Smith (1964) Spanish Ballads Oxford
W. C. Atkinson The History of Spain and Portugal Pelican
Wyatt, W A History of Islamic Spain
R. Trevor Davies (1939) The Golden Century of Spain London
Richard Herr (1958) The Eighteenth-century Revolution in Spain
(1954) El Greco: paintings, drawings and sculptures
Goldsheider (1949) El Greco
Gudiol Ricart (1983) Velazquez, the Complete Painting
Harris, Enriqueta (1982) Velazquez
Edward Sarmiento (1953) Luis de Leon
P. Gassier (1955) Goya New York
Gwyn A Williams (1976) Goya and the Impossible Revolution London
A. Hull (1980) Goya New York
Havard, Robert (2004) Goya's House Revisited BHS
Havard, Robert (1987) For Mariana Pineda, see bibliography in F.G. Lorca Mariana Pineda (ed. Robert Havard, Aris & Phillips, 1987), Aris & Phillips


This module is at CQFW Level 4