Module Identifier SP30920  
Module Title MODERN SPAIN (1930 - 2000)  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Professor Robert G Havard  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Helen E Jones  
Pre-Requisite (Normally) eligibility for entry to Level 3 Spanish.  
Course delivery Lecture   20 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   4 Hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours Written exam - 2 essays in 2 hours  60%
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: 2 essays of 1,500 - 2,000 words.  40%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students should have:

1) a good knowledge of the Spanish Civil War, the Franco dictatorship and the transition to democracy
2) specific knowledge of four texts that reflect they key issues of these years

Brief description

A study of the making of modern Spain from the turmoil of the Second Republic and the trauma of the Spanish Civil War 1936-39, through to the Franco Dictatorship and the transition to democracy after Franco's death. Against this sociopolitical background, students explore through major representative works (of novel, film and poetry) the experience of living in twentieth-century Spain.

In their assignments students may choose to emphasise either literary/cultural or sociopolitical issues, or the way the latter are treated by writers.


Weeks 1-6   the Second Republic and the Spanish Civil War: two crucial phases illustrated by Alberti's depiction of Madrid under siege in De un momento a otro (poesia) and by Cela's tremendista novel, La familia de Pascual Duarte.

Weeks 7-12   The two novels by Delibes and Goytisolo are read against the background of the political changes which took place in Spain under the Franco regime.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Consultation
Carr, Raymond (1985) Modern Spain 1875-1980 Oxford
** Consult For Futher Information
Alberti, Rafael (1993) De un momento a otro (poesia y historia) (NB. This is not the play by the same title) Promociones y Publicaciones Universitarias
Cela, Camilo Jose La familia de Pascual Duarte Prentice-Hall or other
Atxaga, Bernardo El hombre solo Ediciones B or other
Grandes, Almudena Modelos de mujer Tusquets coleccion Andanzas
** Recommended Text
Thomas, Hugh the Spanish Civil War Penguin
Preston, Paul Franco
David Gilmour (1985) The Transformation of Spain London
Paul Preston (1986) The Triumph of Democracy in Spain London
Balcells J.M. (1993) Introduction to Rafael Alberti, De un momento a otro Barcelona
Nantell J A (1987) 'Ordering the Chaos: Rafael Alberti's Elegia civica, Hispanofila 57-80
Wesseling P (1977) 'Violence in Counterpoint: Alberti's Poems of 1935' - Also Revolution and Tradition,The Poetry of R Alberti, Chapel Hill 1981 Hispanofila 220-26
Bowra C M Poetry and Politics, p 124 etc - The Creative Experiment Lonsdon 1949, 220253 ( on Alberti)
Rose Alan (1991) Surrealism and Communism New York
Havard, Robert (2001) The Crucified Mind Tamesis, London
Hoyle Alan (1994) Cela: La familia de Pascual Duarte, critical guide Grant & Cutler


This module is at CQFW Level 6