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Course Overview

This course takes a broad look at different texts spanning from the late 15th century to the present day. We will study these texts in the original language but with the help of English translations, providing a smooth introduction into reading Spanish language literature. The first half of the course concentrates on the late medieval and early modern eras, through two highly entertaining texts: Celestina and Life Is Dream. The second half concentrates on the 20th century through a combination of poetry, short fiction and film.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Jesse Barker

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

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

  • One of SP1028 Spanish Language 2 (Passed) or SP1528 Spanish Language 2 (Passed) or SP2025 Spanish Language 3 (Passed) or SP2525 Spanish Language 3 (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course explores questions raised by written and visual texts from Spain from the early modern to the contemporary period. The texts will be related to their local and international contexts of production and consumption. The course aims to equip students with analytical skills in preparation for more advanced study of literary and visual texts at Honours level, but is also suitable, and useful for students not intending to proceed to Honours.

Further Information & Notes

Students intending to proceed to honours are advised to take Latin America: Texts and Contexts as well as this course.


Required Books:

-Fernando de Rojas, La Celestina (Cátedra)


-Pedro Calderón de la Barca, La vida es sueño (Cátedra)

-Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Life is a Dream (John Clifford Translation, Penguin or Nick Hern Books)


-Ramón J. Sender, Réquiem por un campesino español/Requiem for a Spanish Peasant (Bilingual edition, Graham Whittaker Translation, Avis and Phillips)



Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed


Contact Teaching Time

60 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: One 2,000 word essay (50%); Tutorial Assessment (10%); 1 two-hour written examination (40%)

Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment



The above assessments are given CAS marks, and additional written or verbal feedback is also given.

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