Module Identifier SP31110  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Professor Robert G Havard  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite (Normally) eligibility for entry to Level 3 Spanish.  
Course delivery Lecture   9 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   6 Hours (3 seminars; 3 tutorials)  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: 2 essays of 2000 words each and one presentation.  100%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students will have a knowledge of the way the Surrealist movement evolved in Spain through several phases, from the Freudian to the Marxist. They will be familiar with major works by three of its foremost practitioners in three separate genres, namely Luis Bunuel (film), Salvador Dali (painting) and Rafael Alberti (poetry). They should know what is meant by such challenging concepts as ''psychic dictation'', oneiric symbolism and the ''surrealist object'', and they should be able to elucidate these and other concepts in relation to the specific works studied.

Brief description

How was it that such a traditional country as Spain produced some of the most avant-garde figures of the twentieth century? This module inquires into the fascinating world of Surrealism, a revolutionary movement born of Freudian theory and stimulated by the anti-bourgeois ethos of Marxism. Major creative figures are studied in four separate genres, Bunuel as film director, Alberti as poet, Dali as painter and , briefly, Maruja Mallo (Alberti's lover) as a painter. This variety illustrates the different facets of Surrealism and its distinctiveness in the Spanish context.


Weeks   1-4   Garcia Lorca, Asi que pasen cinco anos
   5-8   Luis Bunuel, Un perro andaluz, Salvador Dali (slides)
   9-12   Rafael Alberti, Sobre los angeles (+ Maruja Mallo)

The module will be assessed entirely on the basis of two essay of 2000 words each and one presentation.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Bodini V (1971) Los poetas surrealistas espanoles Barcelona
Morris C B (1972) Surrealism and Spain Cambridge
Havard R G (1988) From romanticism to Surrealism University of Wales
Ilie Paul (1968) The Surrealist Mode in Spanish Literature Ann Arbor
Aranda Luis (1981) El surrealismo espanol Barcelona
Havard Robert (2001) The Crucified Mind Tamesis, London
Breton Andre Manifestos of Surrealism
Bowra, C.M. (1949) The Creative Experiment London
Duran M (1975) Rafael Alberti, El escritor y la critica Madrid
Aranda,Franscisco (1969) Biografia Critica Barcelona
Gibson Ian The Shameful Life of Salvador Dali
Santos Toroella R (1984) La miel es mas dulce que la sangre Barcelona
Ades, Dawn (1982) Dali, London Thames and Hudson
Breton A (1972) The Dali Case in Surrealism and Painting London
Dali S The Unspeakable Confessions Of S D London 1977
Salinas de Marichal (1975) El mundo poetico de Rafael Alberti Madrid
Proll E (1941) 'The Surrealist Element in Rafael Alberti' BHS
Garcia Sarria F (1978) 'Sobre los angeles de R Alberti y el surrealismo', Papeles de Son Armadans
Sanchez Vidal A (1984) Luis Bunuel Madrid
Mellen J (1978) The World of Luis Bunuel New York
Higginbotham V (1979) Luis Bunuel Boston
Edwards G (1982) The Discreet Charm of Luis Bunuel London
Durgnat, Raymond (1964) Luis Bunuel London
Bunuel L (1985) My Last Breath London
Buache Freddy (1970) Luis Bunuel Lausanne
Connell G W (1963) 'The Autobiographical Element in Sobre los angeles, BHS
Sanchez Vidal, A (1988) Bunuel, Lorca, Dali: El enigma sin fin Barcelona
Rafael Alberti Sobre los angeles Catedra
Salvador Dali Salvador Dali Tate Gallery Publications
Maruja Mallo (paintings, no text)
Garcia Lorca Asi que pasen cinco anos Any.
Luis Bunuel Un perro andaluz (film, no text)


This module is at CQFW Level 6