Module Identifier SP30410  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Professor Robert G Havard  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Professor Gwynne Edwards  
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 three classical texts from the Medieval and Golden Ages: the Celestina, the Quijote and Gongora's Polifemo.

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 two of the most fascinating and archetypal characters in world literature - the Celestina and Don Quijote - who come to life, comically or tragically, through the imagination of Spain's greatest writers whose influence on the modern period has been immense. We also study the most influential of all Spanish poets, Luis de Gongora, whose Baroque style is studied in relation to the art of Diego Velazquez.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Jones, R.O. (1966) Poems of Gongora Cambridge
Smith, C.C. (1965) An Approach to Gongora's Polifemo BHS
Lorca, F.G. La imagen poetica en Gongora
Damaso Alonso Estudios sobre Gongora
Brown, Jonathan/Garrido, Carmen (1998) Velazquez, The Technique of Genius/ Velazquez, la tecnica del genio Yale University Press, New Haven & London, Madrid
Brown, Jonathan (1986) Velazquez, Painter and Courtier Yale University Press, New Haven & London
Brown, Jonathan (1978) Images and Ideas in Seventeenth-Century Spanish Painting Princeton University Press
Jordan, William B. and Cherry Peter (1995) Spanish Still Life from Velazquez to Goya National Library Publications London
A Deyermond (1971) A Literary History of Spain. The Middle Ages London
Cohen J.M. The Spanish Bawd
Sebold P.E. Temas de la Celestina
Severin, D.S. Memory in La Celestina
Ayllon, Candido La vision pesimista de la Celestina
Maraval, J.A. El mundo socialde la Celestina
Lida de Malkiel, Rosa La originalidad artistica de la Celestina and Two Spanish Masterpieces
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
Moir D. & Wilson E.M. (1971) A Literary History of Spain. The Golden Age, Drama 1492-1700 London
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.
Madariaga S Guia al lector del Quijote
Casalduero, J (1966) Sentido y forma del Quijote Madrid
Castro, Americo (1960) Hacia Cervantes Madrid
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
** Essential Reading
de Rojas Fernando, ed. La Celestina Alianza
Jones R.O. ed. Luis de Gongora, Poems of Gongora Cambridge
de Cervantes Miguel Don Quijote Harrap or other
Fernando de Rojas La Celestina Alianza or other
Miguel de Cervantes Don Quijote Harrap
Havard, Robert (2005) Velazquez and Gongra : thhe Real and its Exaltation', Bulletin of Spanish Studies


This module is at CQFW Level 6