Module Identifier SP10610  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
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%
Supplementary Exam 1 x 2 hour examination if continuous assessment submitted. 1 x 3 examination if no continuous assessment submitted.100%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students should have:

1) a knowledge of key Spanish literary movements from the traditional ballads to 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 is studied in detail : Ramon Sender, Requiem por un campesino espa?ol (Destinolibro), 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.   Ramon Sender, Requiem por un campesino espa?ol and the Spanish Civil War

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
CC Smith (1964) Spanish Ballads Oxford
W. C. Atkinson The History of Spain and Portugal Pelican
Wyatt, W A History of Islamic Spain
Roger Wright (1987) Spanish Ballads Warminster
Richard Herr (1958) The Eighteenth-century Revolution in Spain Princeton University Press
L Goldsheider (1949) El Greco Phaidon, London
Harris, Enriqueta (1982) Velazquez
P. Gassier (1955) Goya New York
A. Hull (1980) Goya New York
R J Sender, ed P. McDermott (1991) Requiem por un campesino espanol Manchester
D L Shaw (1972) A Literary History of Spain: The 19th Century London
Edward Sarmiento (1953) Luis de Leon
CP Thomson The Strife of Tongues: Fray Luis de Leon and the Golden Age of Spain
AA Parker (1967) Literature and the Delinquent Edingburgh
A Deyermond Lazarillo de Tormes critical guides to Spanish texts
S Reckert Lyra Minima, Structure and Symbol in Iberian Traditional Verse
Havard, Robert (2004) Goya's House Revisited BHS
Gwyn A Williams (1976) Goya and the Impossible Revolution London
Robert Havard (1984) 'The Romance in Ramon Sender's Requiem por un campesino espanol' The Modern Language review, 79, 88-96
Edward Sarmiento (1953) Luis de Leon
Gudiol Ricart (1983) Velazquez, the Complete Painting
L Goldsheider (1954) El Greco: paintings, drawings and sculptures Phaidon Publishers, New York
D Alonso y J M Blecua (1969) Antologia de la poesia, tipo tradicional
R. Trevor Davies (1939) The Golden Century of Spain London


This module is at CQFW Level 4