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SPA3: Introduction to Hispanic Literature (ab initio)

PLEASE NOTE THAT FROM OCTOBER 2019 THE TEXTS STUDIED FOR THIS COURSE WILL CHANGE

The new texts for study are Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz's A Sor Juana Anthology (ed. Trueblood), Emilia Pardo Bazán's Cuentos, Federico García Lorca's Romancero gitano and Iciar Bollaín's También la lluvia (film).

These texts are also taught in Sp1.

Aims and objectives: 

SPA3 is designed to give you an introduction to the main areas of study in the Spanish Tripos, allowing you to sample literature and film from the early modern period to the present and from Spain to Latin America.

The paper allows you to work on a variety of texts and topics that will give you solid grounding in Hispanic Studies whilst making you aware of its richness and complexity. SPA3 runs in tandem with SP1, the Post-A level paper for Part IA students (Option B), and students enrolled in SPA3 are welcome to attend lectures for SP1 to bolster their knowledge of Hispanophone literature and linguistics. SPA3 is available to Part IA ab initio students (Option A) only.

 

Course materials: 

Set Texts:

Section A - The Pre-Modern Condition:

Baroque: Sor Juana, Obras​

Section B - The Consolidation of Modernity:

Realism:  Emilia Pardo Bazán, Cuentos​

Section C - Modernism and Beyond:

Avant-Garde: Federico García Lorca, Romancero gitano 

Contemporary Cinema: Icíar Bollaín, También la lluvia (film)

 

Teaching and learning: 

Teaching will take the form of weekly classes in Michaelmas and Lent Terms and fortnightly supervisions throughout the year.

 

 

Assessment: 

Assessment will be by end-of-year examination. In the examination you will be asked to answer three questions, each taken from a different section of the paper. Students will be asked to complete a commentary of a passage taken from one of the texts and two essay questions on two of the three texts not used in the commentary response.

Course Contacts: 
Dr Bryan Cameron