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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Spanish Literature and Film
Module Code SP290
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Julián Guzmán
Semester 2: Julián Guzmán
Autumn: Julián Guzmán
Module TeachersAlicia Castillo Villanueva
Julián Guzmán
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

In this module students will work with contemporary texts and films. Students will first study these according to their literary/cinematic genre and the background in which the texts and films were produced. Both texts and films will be critically analysed as artistic expressions of social and cultural movements in Spanish or Latin American societies -identifying the key narrative features and how they function in the texts/films. The module is delivered through Spanish/English.

Learning Outcomes

1. Recognise and interpret the significance of key social and cultural events in the twentieth and twenty-first century Spanish or Latin American texts and films.
2. Identify and describe selected narrative features and recognize how they function in literature and film.
3. Analyse the value of literature and film in offering insight into some of the major social and cultural events in twentieth century Spain or Latin America.
4. Enhance reading, comprehension and listening skills in Spanish.
5. Critically analyse literary texts and films, and topics within them.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Lecture combined with discussion groups
Independent Study61Reading texts and related material and viewing films
Group work40Student-organised study groups
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Review of socio-historical and cultural background
This section revises and expands on key twentieth and twenty-first century events that influenced cultural production during the period in which the text or film was produced.

Narrative discourse
How do narrative features function in text and film? In relation to the texts and films studied, students will examine the "mechanics" behind the text: e.g. role of author/director, types of narrators and focalization.

Literary texts and films
The literary texts and film read/viewed and analysed will be considered both as literary/artistic works but also as documenting essential aspects of the society in which they were produced

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Written Examn/a100%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Labanyi, Jo: 2002, Constructing identity in contemporary Spain : theoretical debates and cultural practice, Oxford University Press, Oxford,
  • Herman, David: 2007, The Cambridge companion to narrative, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge,
  • Davies, Catherine: 2002, The companion to Hispanic studies, Arnold, London,
  • Bonaddio, Federico: 2007, A Companion to Federico García Lorca, Tamesis, London,
  • Martín Gaite, Carmen.: 1958, Entre visillos, 2004, Destino, Barcelona,
  • Ferraín, Ofelia and Glenn, Kathleen (editors): 2002, Women's narrative and film in twentieth-century Spain : a world of difference(s), Routledge, New York,
  • Ortega, José: 1989, Conciencia estética y social en la obra de García Lorca, Universidad de Granada, Granada,
  • Perriam, Chris et al: 2000, A New History of Spanish Writing 1939 to the 1990s., Oxford UP, Oxford,
  • Turner, Harriet & López de Martínez, Adelaida: 2003, The Cambridge Companion to the Spanish Novel, Cambridge UP, Cambridge,
  • García Lorca, Federico: 1982, Antología poética, Ediciones Orbis, S.A, Barcelona,
  • García Lorca, Federico and Havard, Robert.: 1990, Romancero gitano, Aris & Phillips,, Warminster, England,
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