Module Identifier SP21110  
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  
Course delivery Lecture   9 Hours.  
  Seminars / Tutorials   6 Hours. (3 seminars; 3 tutorials)  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: 2 essays of 1,500 words each and one presentation.  100%
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 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 Malla (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) and slides
   5-8 Luis Bunuel, 'Un perro andaluz', and 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 1,500 words each.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Ades, Dawn (1982) Dali, London Thames and Hudson
Aranda Francisco (1969) Biografia critica Barcelona
Aranda Luis (1981) El surrealismo espanol Barcelona
Bodini V (1971) Los poetas surrealistas espanoles Barcelona
Bowra C.M. (1949) The Creative Experiment London
Breton A (1972) The Dali Case in Surrealism and Painting London
Breton Andre Manifestos of Surrealism
Buache, Freddy (1970) Luis Bunuel Lausanne
Bunuel L (1985) My Last Breath London
Connell G W (1963) 'The Autobiographical Element in Sobre los angeles, BHS
Dali S (1977) The Unspeakable Confessions Of S D London
Duran M (1975) Rafael Alberti, El escritor y la critica Madrid
Durgnat Raymond (1964) Luis Bunuel London
Edwards G (1982) The Discreet Charm of Luis Bunuel London: Marion Boyars, London
Garcia Sarria F (1978) 'Sobre los angeles de R Alberti y el surrealismo', Papeles de Son Armadans
Gibson Ian The Shameful Life of Salvador Dali
Havard Robert (1988) From Romanticism to Surrealism Seven Spanish Poets - Cardiff, includes chapters on Lorca, Guillen, Machado, Salinas.
Havard Robert (2001) The Crucified Mind Tamesis, London
Higginbotham V (1979) Luis Bunuel Boston
Ilie Paul (1968) The Surrealist Mode in Spanish Literature Ann Arbor
Mellen J (1978) The World of Luis Bunuel New York
Morris C B (1972) Surrealism and Spain Cambridge
Proll E (1941) 'The Surrealist Element in Rafael Alberti' BHS
Salinas de Marichal (1975) El Mundo poetico de Rafael Alberti Madrid
Sanchez Vidal A (1984) Luis Bunuel Madrid
Sanchez Vidal, A (1988) Bunuel, Lorca, Dali: El enigma sin fin Barcelona
Santos Torroella R (1984) La miel es mas dulce que la sangre Barcelona


This module is at CQFW Level 5