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Last modified: 11 Jul 2018 10:29

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
  • 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?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • SP30JK 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 may not be taken as part of a graduating curriculum with SP35JG Narratives of Belonging: Twenty-First Century Spanish Fiction A.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

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 second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

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.


Written feedback.

Course Learning Outcomes


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