Module Identifier SP20720  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Mr Jose M Goni Perez  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Other staff Mr Jose M Goni Perez  
Pre-Requisite (Normally) Eligibility for entry to Level 2 Spanish  
Course delivery Lecture   2 weekly classes (lectures/seminars/tutorials)  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours  60%
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: 2 essays of 1500 - 2,000 words40%
Supplementary Exam 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) 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: Riva's Don Alvaro
3-6   Becquer, Rimas y leyendas and Rosalia de Castro, En las orillas del sar
7-12   Realism and Natualism: Juan Valera's Pepita Jimenez and Blasco Ibanez's La barraca

Reading Lists

** Should Be Purchased
Bécquer, Gustavo Adolfo Rimas y leyendas Austral editorial
Blasco Ibañez, Vicente (2000) 'La barraca'
Duque de Rivas Don Alvaro Austral editorial
Rosalia de Castro (1992) En las orillas del Sar Castalia
Valera, Juan (2001 or 1988) Pepita Jiménez Cátedra, Madrid OR Castália Didáctica
** Recommended Text
Azaña, Manuel (1963) Prólogo y edición de 'Pepita Jiménez' Madrid
Azorín, Martínez Ruíz (1916) Rivas y Larra Madrid
Bermejo Marcos, Manuel (1968) Don Juan Valera, crítico literario Gredos, Madrid
Bousono, C (1963) 'Los conjuntos paralelísticos de Becquer' in Seis calas en la expresión literaria española Madrid - 179-218
Costa Clavel, Javier (1967) Rosalía de Castro Barcelona
Davies, Catherine (1987) Rosalia de Castro no seu tempo Vigo
Diaz, J P (1958) Bécquer, Gustavo Adolfo Vida y poesia, Madrid
Fernández Montesinos, J (1957) Valera o la ficción libre
Havard, Robert (1988) From Romanticism to Surrealism. Seven Spanish Poets - includes studies of Bécquer and Rosalià de Castro Cardiff
Kulp-Hill, Kathleen (1977) Rosalía de Castro Boston
Mayoral, Marina (1974) La poesía de Rosalia de Castro Madrid
Peers, E A (1964) A History of the Romantic Movement in Spain, 2 vols
Shaw, D L (1972) A Literary History of Spain: The Nineteenth Century London
Stevens, Shelley (1986) Rosalía de Castro and the Galicia Revival London
Tirrel, P (1955) La mística de la saudade Madrid
Whiston, James (1977) Valera: Pepita Jiménez Grant and Cutler, Tamesis, London

Davies, Catherine (1984) Rosalía de Castro's Late Poetry Modern Language Review
Gil, I - M (1970) Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos - 248-9, 350-9
Havard, Robert (1974) 'Image and Perona in Rosalía de Castro's En las orillas del Sar, Hispanic Review
Machado da Rosa A (1954) 'Rosalía de Castro, poeta incomprendido' Revista Hispanica Moderna
Shaw, D L (1963) 'Towards the Understanding of Spanish Romanticism MLR, 58
Urrutia, J (1973) 'Becquer, poeta materialista?', Boletín de la Real Academia Española, 399-410


This module is at CQFW Level 5