Module Identifier SP20720  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Professor Robert G Havard  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Other staff Professor Gwynne Edwards, Dr Rob Stone, Roger S Mills  
Pre-Requisite (Normally) Eligibility for entry to Level 2 Spanish  
Course delivery Lecture   20  
  Seminars / Tutorials   4  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours  60%
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: 2 essays of 1500 - 2,000 words40%

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

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 political and cultural context (The Napoleonic Wars; the 'decada ominosa' of the 1820s). Romanticism's distinctive ethos is traced in specific works of theatre and poetry which highlight the anguished concerns of the time. Following the political changes of 1868, the last third of the 19th century saw a revival of the Spanish novel, and this module continues by focussing on two major examples of the genre.


Weeks 1-2   Introduction to Romanticism and Riva'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

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Shaw D L (1972) A Literary History of Spain: The Nineteenth Century London
Peers E A A History of the Romantic Movement in Spain, 2 vols
Havard Robert (1988) From Romanticism to Surrealism. Seven Spanish Poets - includes studies of Becquer and Rosalia de Castro Cardiff
Heldman Edith (1963) Trasmundo de Goya Madrid
Shaw D L (1963) 'Towards the Understanding of Spanish Romanticism MLR, 58
Azorin (Martinez Ruiz) (1916) Rivas y Larra Madrid
Bousono C (1963) 'Los conjuntos paralelisticos de Becquer' in Seis calas en la expresion literaria espanola Madrid - 179-218
Gil I - M (1970) "Dualismo" y estructuras bimembres en la poesia de G A Becquer, Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos - 248-9, 350-9
Urrutia, J (1973) 'Becquer, poeta materialista?', Boletin de la Real Academia Espanola, 399-410
Diaz J P (1958) Gustavo Adolfo Becquer Vida y poesai, Madrid
Costa Clavel, Javier (1967) Rosalia de Castro Barcelona
Davies, Catherine (1987) Rosalia de CAstro no seu tempo, Vigo
Davies, Catherine (1984) Rosalia de Castro's Late Poetry Modern Language Review
Havard Robert (1974) 'Image and Perona in Rosalia de Castro's En las orillas del Sar, Hispanic Review
Kulp-Hill Kathleen (1977) Rosalisa de Castro Boston
Machado da Rosa A (1954) 'Rosalia de Castro, poeta incompreendido' Revista Hispanica Moderna
Mayoral Marina (1974) La poesia de Rosalia de Castro Madrid
Stevens Shelley (1986) Rosalia de Castro and the Galicia Revival London
Tirrel P (1955) La mistica de la saudade Madrid
** Essential Reading
Duque de Rivas Don Alvaro Austral editorial
Gustavo Adolfo Becquer Rimas y leyendas Austral editorial
Rosalia de Castro En las orillas del Sar Castalia
Perez Galdos La de Bringas Catedra
Pardo Bazan Los pazos de Ulloa Castalia
Benito Perez Galdos (1999) Misericordia (from 2001) Biblioteca Perez Galdos, Alianza
Vicente Blasco Ibanez (1992) La barraca (from 2000) Plaza y Janes, Barcelona


This module is at CQFW Level 5