This course explores poetry and fiction from contemporary Spain starting with the literary movements of the 1920s until today. A critical reading of representative texts and authors of this period will shape our view of the cultural and literary world of this period.
Basic knowledge of twentieth century European history and literature; analytical skills and critical commentary of literary texts.
This course will provide a comprehensive understanding of Spain’s literature and history. We will read a selection of texts from the Hispanic Modernismo movement to present-day narratives, including a novel by Catalan writer Najat El Hachmi. Students should demonstrate knowledge of elements of literary analysis.
i. Hispanic Modernismo. Rubén Darío, Antonio Machado and Juan Ramón Jiménez, Ramón del Valle-Inclán.
ii. Avant-garde Movements and the Generación del ’27. Federico García Lorca, Pedro Salinas, Luis Cernuda.
iii. Post-Spanish Civil War to Present Day. Selection of poems (Dámaso Alonso, Blas de Otero, Jaime Gil de Biedma), short stories (Jesús Fernández Santos, Carmen Martín Gaite, Carme Riera) and a novel by Najat El Hachmi.
a. Reading packet prepared by professor
b. Najat El Hachmi , El último patriarca, Madrid, Booket, 2010.
1. Remo Ceserami, Guida breve allo studio della letteratura, Roma-Bari, Laterza, u.e. (pp. 22-42; 100-129; 149-178).
2. Gabrielle Morelli, Danilo Manera, Letteratura spagnola del Novecento. Dal modernismo al postmoderno, Milano, Bruno Mondadori, pp. 1-279.
The exam is done through a written test (in Italian or Spanish according to student's choice) and it will verify the knowledge of literary history of the twentieth century and significant works, the ability to understand a literary text and use critical and methodological tools to analyze it, written communication skills, self-reflection on the themes and texts discussed during the course.
-3 Short questions about the history, and books of Ceserani and Morelli-Manera (3x2 = 6 points).
-4 Questions about the texts: dues on Anthology, two on the novel Najat el Hachmi, El último patriarch (4x6 = 24)
During the written exam it is not allowed the use of books, notes, electronic media.
Active participation in lessons and two cultural activities indicated by the teacher will award a bonus of up to 3 points on the final grade.
Class meetings will consist of lectures and group discussions. There will also be use of audiovisual materials such as film clips, documentaries, and other resources to complement the readings for the course
Course Materials and Assignments
• All course materials and assignments will be made available online with the exception of the novel which should be purchased in book form