Module Identifier SPM0230  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator To Be Arranged  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students will have a sound grasp of surrealist ideas (corresponding to Andr Breton's First and especially his Second Manifesto of Surrealism) as these are applied and refined in the works of the listed Spanish poets and painters.


A study of the development of surrealist ideas in Spain, from its cathartic (Freudian) beginnings to its metaphysical (Hegelian)
quest for the surrealist object and its final flourishing in materialism or (Marxist) political commitment. Special attention is paid
to Andre Breton's Manifestoes and to the cross-fertilization of ideas between art and poetry.

Federico Garcia Lorca, Poeta en Nueva York; Rafael Alberti, Sobre los angeles/Sermones y moradas/De un momento a otro (poesia e historia); Salvador Dali; Maruja Mallo.

Tutor: Professor Robert Havard.

Reading Lists

Ades, Dawn (1982) Dali, London Thames and Hudson
Allen, Rupert C (1966) Una explicacion simbolica de "Iglesia abandonada" de Lorca Hispanofila, and A commentary on Lorca's El paeso de Buster Keaton, Hispanofila, 26
Aranda Luis (1981) El surrealismo espanol Barcelona
Balcells J M (1993) Introduction to Rafael Alberti, De un momento a otro Barcelona - See Bibliography, pp84-99
Bodini V (1971) Los poetas surrealistas espanoles Barcelona
Bowra C M Poetry and Politics, p 124 etc - The Creative Experiment Lonsdon 1949, 220253 ( on Alberti)
Breton A (1972) The Dali Case in Surrealism and Painting London
Breton Andre Manifestos of Surrealism
Connell G W (1963) 'The Autobiographical Element in Sobre los angeles, BHS
Connell G W (1965) The End of a Quest: Alberti's Sermones y moradas HR
Dali S The Unspeakable Confessions Of S D London 1977
Duran M Rafael Alberti, El escritor y la critica Madrid 1975
Duran, Manuel (1962) Lorca A Collection of Critical Essays Englewood
Garcia Sarria F (1978) 'Sobre los angeles de R Alberti y el surrealismo', Papeles de Son Armadans
Gibson Ian (1985) Federico Garcia Lorca, I De Fuentevaqueros a Nueva York 1898-1929 Barcelona
Harris Derek (1978) Garcia Lorca: Poeta en Nueva York London
Havard R G (1988) From romanticism to Surrealism University of Wales
Havard Robert 'Dream and Nightmare in Lorca's Poeta an Nueva York M A Rees
Havard Robert (1977) 'Lorca's Buster Keaton, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 54,
Havard Robert (1996) 'Rafael Alberti's De un momento a otro: The Matter of Poetry, Politics and War' BHS 73 (Glasgow) 81-103
Havard Robert (1998) 'Rafael Alberti, Maruja Mallo and Gimenez Caballero: Materialist Imagery in Sermones y Moradas and the Issue of Surrealism MLR 93, 1007-1020
Havard Robert (1998) 'The Sins of the Fathers: Jesuit Exhoes in Rafael Albert's Sobre los angles and Sermones y moradas', Romance Studies,31, 33-44
Havard Robert (1987) Catholic Tastes and Times Leeds and in Neophilologus 1993
Ilie Paul (1968) The Surrealist Mode in Spanish Literature Ann Arbor
Morris C B (1992) 'Fat Body, Thin Soul Lorca's Landscape of Coney Island', in Lorca Poet and Playwright, ed. R Havard, Cardiff
Morris C B (1972) Surrealism and Spain Cambridge
Nantell J A (1987) 'Ordering the Chaos: Rafael Alberti's Elegia civica, Hispanofila 57-80
Proll E (1941) 'The Surrealist Element in Rafael Alberti' BHS
Rose Alan (1991) Surrealism and Communism New York
Salinas de Marchal (1975) El mundo poetico de Rafael Alberti 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
Wesseling P (1977) 'Violence in Counterpoint: Alberti's Poems of 1935' - Also Revolution and Tradition,The Poetry of R Alberti, Chapel Hill 1981 Hispanofila 220-26
See also commentaries by Ann Balakian, J T Soby, Simon Wilson, Gomez de Liano


This module is at CQFW Level 7