Module Identifier SP20920  
Module Title MODERN SPAIN (1930-2000)  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Dr Jose M Goni Perez  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Course delivery Lecture   2 per week (lectures/seminars/tutorials)  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours written examination.60%
Semester Assessment 2 Essays of 1500 to 2000 words. Only the better of the two marks will be taken for the continuous assessment element. This is to allow some assessment to be formative as well as (or instead of) summative. If a student fails to submit one piece of the two required, and does not supply the tutor concerned with valid reasons/evidence in writing, the mark for the one piece of work submitted will be carried forward as a continuous assessment mark, but divided by two. If no assessed work is submitted, the mark for the continuous assessment element (which will be fed into the overall module assessment) will be zero. 40%
Supplementary Exam 1 x 2 hour examination if continuous assessment submitted. 1 x 3 examination if no continuous assessment submitted.100%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students should have:

Brief description

A study of the making of modern Spain from the turmoil of the Second Republic and the trauma of the Spanish Civil War 1936-39, through to the Franco Dictatorship and the transition to democracy after Franco's death. Against this sociopolitical background, students explore through major representative works (of novel, film and poetry) the experience of living in twentieth-century Spain.

In their assignments students may choose to emphasise either literary/cultural or sociopolitical issues, or the way the latter are treated by writers.


Weeks 1-6: the Second Republic and the Spanish Civil War: two crucial phases illustrated by Alberti's depiction of Madrid under siege in De un momento a otro (poesia) and by Cela's tremendista novel, La familia de Pascual Duarte.

Weeks 7-12: The two novels by Atxaga and Grandes are read against the background of the political changes which took place in Spain following the Franco regime and Spain's transition to a democratic, pluralist nation.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Balcells, J.M. (1993) Introduction to Rafael Alberti, De un momento a otro Barcelona
Bowra, C M Poetry and Politics, p 124 etc - The Creative Experiment Lonsdon 1949, 220-253 (on Alberti)
Carr, Raymond (1985) Modern Spain 1875-1980 Oxford
Gilmour, David (1985) The Transformation of Spain London
Havard, Robert (2001) The Crucified Mind Tamesis London
Hoyle, Alan (1994) Cela: La familia de Pascual Duarte, critical guide Grant & Cutler
Nantell, J A (1987) 'Ordering the Chaos: Rafael Alberti's Elegia civica' Hispanofila 57-80
Preston, Paul Franco
Preston, Paul (1986) The Triumph of Democracy in Spain London
Rose, Alan (1991) Surrealism and Communism New York
Thomas, Hugh (1977) The Spanish Civil War Harmondsworth
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


This module is at CQFW Level 5