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Course Overview

 In this course we will examine different novels written by new authors in twenty-first century Spain. We will focus on theme of belonging in a country whose recent history was dominated by autarky and the imposition of cultural homogeneity. Spain has made a rapid transition to postmodern global society, with a similarly rapid influx of immigrants from Northern Africa and other parts. Many recent novels by the generation to come of age in a democratic Spain focus on the subject's sense of belonging (or not belonging) to specific spaces, historical contexts or communities.

Course Details

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

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Course Description

Through the study of contemporary novels, the course will acquaint students with theories of globalization, digital communications, intercultural migrations and contemporary consumer culture. It will focus on the usefulness of these concepts for literary and cultural analysis. It also offers a broad overview of historical and cultural contexts of contemporary Spain, as it relates to topics like the memory of the dictatorship, the transition to democracy, postmodern consumer culture and globalization. 

Further Information & Notes

Required Books

-Soldados de Salamina, Javier Cercas

-El último patriarca, Najat El Hachmi

-La nueva taxidermia, Mercedes Cebrián

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

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 2-hour exam (45%), 1800-2000 word essay (45%), presentation (10%). Resit: One 2-hour exam (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.

Course Learning Outcomes


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