Module Identifier SP30410  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Professor Robert G Havard  
Semester Semester 1  
Pre-Requisite (Normally) eligibility for entry to Level 3 Spanish.  
Course delivery Lecture   Total of 15 contact hours - 11 lectures, 2 seminars, 2 tutorials  
  Seminars / Tutorials   Total of 15 contact hours - 11 lectures, 2 seminars, 2 tutorials  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours Written exam - 2 essays in 2 hours  70%
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: Essay of 1500 - 2000 words  30%

Learning outcomes

Students who follow the module should have a good grasp of three major texts of the Renaissance and Golden Age periods in Spain. They should be able to appreciate the significance of these texts both in terms of the age in which they were written and in the wider sense of their contribution to the development of Spanish literature.

Brief description

A study of four classical texts from the Medieval and Golden Ages: the Cid, the Celestina, the Quijote and La vida es sueno.

In this module students have the opportunity to read and familiarise themselves with three great 'classics' of the Renaissance and Golden Age periods. In them we find three of the most fascinating and archetypal characters in world literature - the Celestina, Don Quijote and Segismundo - who come to life, comically or tragically, through the imagination of Spain's greatest writers whose influence on the modern period has been immense.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
A Deyermond (1971) A Literary History of Spain. The Middle Ages London
Moir D. & Wilson E.M. (1971) A Literary History of Spain. The Golden Age, Drama 1492-1700 London
Aguirre J.M. Calisto y Melibea, amantes cortesanos
Gilman, Stephen 1. The Art of the Celestina/ La Celestina, Arte y estuctura; 2. The Spain of Fernando de Rojas
Lida de Malkiel, Rosa La originalidad artistica de la Celestina and Two Spanish Masterpieces
Ayllon, Candido La vision pesimista de la Celestina
Sebold P.E. Temas de la Celestina
Castro, Americo (1960) Hacia Cervantes Madrid
Madariaga S Guia al lector del Quijote
Brown, Jonathan (1986) Velazquez, Painter and Courtier Yale University Press, New Haven & London
Brown, Jonathan/Garrido, Carmen (1998) Velazquez, The Technique of Genius/ Velazquez, la tecnica del genio Yale University Press, New Haven & London, Madrid
Damaso Alonso Estudios sobre Gongora
Lorca, F.G. La imagen poetica en Gongora
Smith, C.C. (1965) An Approach to Gongora's Polifemo BHS
Jones, R.O. (1966) Poems of Gongora Cambridge
Russell P (1969) "Don Quijote as a Funny Book" Modern language review
Riley, E.C. (1962) Cervantes's Theory of the Novel Oxford
Predmore, R.L. (1967) The World of Don Quixote Cambridge, Mass.
Stratton-Pruitt, Suzanne L. (2002) The Cambridge Companion to velazquez Cambridge University Press
Ortega Y Gasset, Jose (1972) Velazquez, Goya, The Dehumanization of Art and Other Essays trans Alexis Brown with an Introduction by Philip Troutman Studio Vista, London
Maravall, Jose Antonio (1983) La Cultura del Barroco Third. Madrid
Jordan, William B. and Cherry Peter (1995) Spanish Still Life from Velazquez to Goya National Library Publications London
Brown, Jonathan (1978) Images and Ideas in Seventeenth-Century Spanish Painting Princeton University Press
Casalduero, J (1966) Sentido y forma del Quijote Madrid
Cohen J.M. The Spanish Bawd
Severin, D.S. Memory in La Celstina
Maraval, J.A. El mundo socialde la Celestina
Fernando de Rojas La Celestina Alianza or other
Miguel de Cervantes Don Quijote Harrap
Calderon La vida es sue?o Manchester University Press


This module is at CQFW Level 6