Module Identifier SP10610  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Mrs Maria D Blanco  
Semester Semester 2  
Course delivery Lecture   1 per week  
  Seminars / Tutorials   4 per semester  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours Written exam.  70%
Semester Assessment Essay: Assessed essay (1,500-2,000 words)  30%
Supplementary Exam2/3 Hours 1 x 2 hour examination if continuous assessment submitted. 1 x 3 hour 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 provides a survey of the key events and topics of Spanish and Latin American history and literature. You will study a list of five general historical and cultural topics: Medieval Spain, discovery and conquest of the Americas, Golden Age Spain, modern and contemporary Spain and modern and contemporary Latin America. You will also study four literary texts in depth: the Romancero viejo, a collection of medieval ballads; La vida del Lazarillo de Tormes y de sus fortunas y adversidades, a Spanish Golden-Age picaresque novel; Campos de Castilla, a collection of twentieth-century poems by the Spanish poet Antonio Machado; and 'Los pichiciegos', a contemporary short story by the Argentine Rodolfo Fogwill.


1. Introduction: Bibliography and Study Techniques
2. Medieval Spain: History and Culture
3. The Medieval Ballad: Romancero Viejo
4. Essay writing
5. Golden Age Spain: History and Culture
6. The Picaresque Novel: La vida del Lazarillo de Tormes y de sus fortunas y adversidades
7. Modern and Contemporary Spain: History and Culture
8. The Generation of 1898: Antonio Machado's Campos de Castilla
9. Modern and Contemporary Latin America: History and Culture
10. Contemporary Latin American Narrative: Rodolfo Fogwill's 'Los pichiciegos'


This module is at CQFW Level 4