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SP40JK: NARRATIVES OF BELONGING: TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY SPANISH FICTION B (2017-2018)

Last modified: 01 Sep 2017 11:38


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 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Jesse Barker

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Literature In A World Context (LW) or Hispanic Studies (SP) (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

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 may not be taken as part of a graduating curriculum with SP35JG Narratives of Belonging: Twenty-First Century Spanish Fiction A.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

None.

Contact Teaching Time

Sorry, we don't have that information available.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt: 2500-2800 word essay (70%), Presentation (10%), Seminar Assessment Mark (20%).

Formative Assessment

Class performance can be discussed both in class or by appointment. Feedback from written work also gives a sense of formative assessment.

Feedback

Written feedback.

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