Module Identifier SP31110  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Professor Robert G Havard  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
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   Salvador Dali (Taschen) + slides
   5-8   Luis Bunuel, Un perro andaluz + Las Hurdes (films)
   9-12   Rafael Alberti, Sobre los angeles (+ Maruja Mallo)

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

Reading Lists

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


This module is at CQFW Level 6