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2017/18 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SPPO2690 Spanish Literature and Theatre

20 creditsClass Size: 15

Module manager: Duncan Wheeler

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

Pre-requisite qualifications

SPPO1010 or equivalent level of Spanish language

This module is mutually exclusive with

SPPO2691Spanish Literature and Theatre

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module is designed to provide an overview of Spanish prose fiction and theatre from the Early-Modern period, the so-called Golden Age of Spanish letters, to the present day through the study of a range of emblematic and representative texts. Students will examine theoretical questions such as the different methodological challenges posed by studying novels as opposed to, say, play-texts originally designed to be performed rather than read; and, more generally, will consider why and how literary production is both constituted by and constitutive of the broader culture from which it emerges.


On completion of this module, students should:
1. Possess a wide-ranging knowledge of Spanish prose fiction and theatre from the seventeenth century to the present day.
2. Understand the various ways in which cultural production is shaped by, and engages with, the socio-historical context in which it is produced, and how material factors specific to each medium affect literary and theatrical creation.
3. Possess a comprehensive knowledge of a variety of literary terms and conceptual frameworks associated with the disciplines, and be able to apply these critically in the analysis of prose fiction and theatre.
4. Demonstrate an advanced capacity for independent critical thought and the skills necessary to exercise this in seminar debate concerning particular primary sources, secondary materials and more general issues broached in class.
5. Be able to produce sophisticated and well-organised essays, using knowledge acquired in class and through independent reading, and addressing issues with reference to their specific historical and discursive contexts.
6. Feel more confident speaking Spanish in public, demonstrating an awareness of the importance of pronunciation and intonation in the production of meaning.

Learning outcomes
This module will enable students to explore a variety of literary and theatrical writings in Spain of the last four hundred years. Students will contextualise these with respect to issues common to Hispanic cultural studies as a discipline (power and resistance, nation, and identity politics) and learn about the specific scholarly debates which surround the chosen titles, their authors, and generic trends of the time period concerned.


1. Golden Age
2. Nineteenth Century
3. 1900-1939
4. 1939-1975
5. 1975-present day

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Language Class101.0010.00
Private study hours170.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Reading for each fortnightly slot: 10 x 9 = 90 hours

Preparation and writing of 2000-word essay = 40 hours

Preparation of 20-minute group seminar presentation or 15-minute performance of scene from play = 20 hours (both in Spanish)

Preparation and writing of 1000-word project = 20 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Informal and formal feedback on seminar presentation / performance

Informal feedback on seminar contributions

Formal feedback on essay

Formal feedback on project

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,000-word essay50.00
Oral Presentation20 minutes25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 02/03/2018 17:22:57


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