Module Identifier SP20720  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Professor Robert G Havard  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Mr Jose M Goni Perez  
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.


   1-2   Introduction to Romanticism: Goya's Black Paintings (slides, Taschen) and Riva's 'Don Alvaro'
   3-4   Becquer, Rimas y leyendas
   5-7   Rosalia de Castro, En las orillas del Sar
   8-10   Introduction to Realism and Juan Valera's 'Pepita Jimenez'
   11-12   Blasco Ibanez, 'La barraca'

Reading Lists

Duque de Rivas Don Alvaro Austral editorial
Becquer, Gustavo Adolfo Rimas y leyendas Austral editorial
de Castro, Rosalia (1992) En las orillas del Sar Castalia, Plaza y Janes, Barcelona
Valera, Juan (2001) Pepita Jimenez Catedra, Madrid
Blasco Ibanez, Vicente (2000) 'La barraca' Plaza y Janes, Barcelona
** Recommended Text
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
Peers, E A (1964) A History of the Romantic Movement in Spain, 2 vols
Whiston, James (1977) Valera: Pepita Jimenez Grant and Cutler, Tamesis, London
Fernandez Montesinos, J (1957) Valera o la ficcion libre
Costa Clavel, Javier (1967) Rosalia de Castro Barcelona
Diaz, J P (1958) Becquer, Gustavo Adolfo Vida y poesai, Madrid
Urrutia, J (1973) 'Becquer, poeta materialista?', Boletin de la Real Academia Espanola, 399-410
Gil, I - M (1970) Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos - 248-9, 350-9
Bousono, C (1963) 'Los conjuntos paralelisticos de Becquer' in Seis calas en la expresion literaria espanola Madrid - 179-218
Azorin, Martinez Ruiz (1916) Rivas y Larra Madrid
Shaw, D L (1963) 'Towards the Understanding of Spanish Romanticism MLR, 58
Heldman, Edith (1963) Trasmundo de Goya Madrid
Havard, Robert (1988) From Romanticism to Surrealism. Seven Spanish Poets - includes studies of Becquer and Rosalia de Castro Cardiff
Davies, Catherine (1984) Rosalia de Castro's Late Poetry Modern Language Review
Davies, Catherine (1987) Rosalia de Castro no seu tempo Vigo
Azana, Manuel (1963) Prologo y edicion de 'Pepita Jimenez' Madrid
Bermejo Marcos, Manuel (1968) Don Juan Valera, critico literario Gredos, Madrid
Shaw, D L (1972) A Literary History of Spain: The Nineteenth Century London
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


This module is at CQFW Level 5