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Course Overview

In this course we will study contemporary fictional representations of Spain, its present and past. We will focus on the theme of belonging in a country whose recent history was dominated by the imposition of cultural homogeneity. Spain has made a rapid transition to postmodern global society, immersed in the worldwide circuits of people, commerce and communications. Many recent fictions focus on the self's sense of belonging (or not belonging) to surrounding spaces, historical contexts and local communities.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Jesse Barker

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Hispanic Studies (SP) (Studied) or MA European Studies
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • SP40JK Narratives of Belonging: Twenty-First Century Spanish Fiction A (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

In class we will discuss some of the major issues facing Spain today, such as historical memory, immigration, and the effects of economic, political and ecological crises. We will comment on how these issues are treated, either explicitly or implicitly, in the fictions we read. We will ask what sort of sense of belonging characters may or may not find in an environment dominated by flux and crisis.


Further Information & Notes

Required Books


-Soldados de Salamina, Javier Cercas


-El último patriarca, Najat El Hachmi


-Intemperie (graphic novel version), Javi Rey



This course cannot be included as part of a graduating curriculum with SP45JG Narratives of Belonging: Twenty-First Century Spanish Fiction B.


Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed


Contact Teaching Time

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Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: 2350-2500 word essay (70%), Presentation (10%), Seminar Assessment Mark (20%).

Resit: 2350-2500 word essay (100%).

Formative Assessment

Performance in class will be relayed to students in class or by appointment. Feedback on written work will also give a sense of formative assessment.


Written feedback; discussion individually and as groups.

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