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SPA3: Introduction to Hispanic Literature (ab initio)

The ab initio course in Hispanic Literature covers a selection of four carefully graded literary texts, two from Spain and two from Latin America.

Aims and objectives: 

SPA3 is designed to develop your reading skills in Spanish, to introduce you to the wealth of creative writing in the Spanish-speaking world, and to give you a taster of texts you can study in more depth in Part IB and subsequently.  The aims are reflected in the examination, which has three sections: a commentary of a passage taken from one of the texts; a translation into English of a passage from one of the texts; an essay question on any one of the three texts not used as the commentary.


Course materials: 

The set texts, in the order they will be covered in Lent Term are:

  • Doña Berta by Leopoldo Alas ("Clarín")  [Spain] Lecturer: Dr Bryan Cameron​. 
  • Carlos Fuentes, Aura [Mexico] Lecturer: Prof Steven Boldy
  • Miguel de Unamuno, San Manuel Bueno, mártir [Spain] Lecturer: Dr Bryan Cameron​.
  • Gabriel García Márquez, Crónica de una muerte anunciada [Colombia] Lecturer: Prof Steven Boldy

It is essential that you read these texts in Spanish.


Teaching and learning: 

Teaching will take the form of weekly classes in Lent Term (presented by Dr Bryan Cameron and Prof Steven Boldy) and fortnightly supervisions in Lent and Easter Term.

The SPA3 Moodle site can be found here. Please collect the enrolment password from the paper coordinator.


Please note: information on Doña Bertaand on San Manuel Bueno, mártir will be uploaded in due course.

Some of the resources listed on the SP1 and SP5 sites may be useful for students taking SPA3, too.


The paper is assessed by a three-hour examination in the Easter Term.


Course Contacts: 
Dr Bryan Cameron