Galdos and Hispanic Cinema (MLS2062)

StaffProfessor Sally Faulkner - Lecturer
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level5
Duration of Module

Module aims

In terms of literary analysis, we will explore the celebrated characteristics of Galdós’s prose, including his equivocal narrators, richly suggestive characterization, and engineering of ambiguity. We will place these in relation to the nineteenth-century context, paying particular attention to the ‘Woman Question’ and portrayal of gender, and the description of the city. In terms of film analysis, we will similarly explore how genre, casting and film form are deployed to create similar, yet different, narrative worlds. Our comparisons will be guided by adaptation theory, including questions of ‘re-reading’, ‘re-creation’ and adaptation as an ideological act.

Dr Sally Faulkner is the author of Literary Adaptations in Spanish Cinema (2004), A Cinema of Contradiction: Spanish Film in the 1960s (2006) and Spanish Cinema (2013).

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate a sound general understanding of the chosen texts, including reference to their place in the historical and cultural contexts of their time.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 2. With some guidance from the course tutor, evaluate and apply a range of critical approaches to the material covered.
  • 3. Mount a detailed argument in the appropriate register of English, mustering a range of textual or other evidence in its support.
  • 4. Understand and use, in written and oral contexts, a range of literary and film-critical terms.
  • 5. Access and use critically printed and, where appropriate, electronic learning resources identified as useful by the course tutor, and, to a limited extent, discover other useful materials independently.
  • 6. Analyse selected texts, relating them to significant elements in their historical and cultural contexts.
  • 7. Demonstrate skills of literary analysis appropriate to the level, e.g. an ability to analyse narrators, descriptions and characters and relate these to meanings beyond the text itself; understand the text as a combination of authorial intention and cultural contexts.
  • 8. Demonstrate visual literacy skills appropriate to the level, e.g. an ability to relate images to meanings beyond the images themselves and an understanding that the cinematic image is the product of a combination of personal values, technological practices and cultural and industrial contexts.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 9. Undertake defined learning activities with a measure of autonomy, asking for guidance where necessary.
  • 10. Adopt a critical approach to the selection and organisation of material in order to produce, to a deadline, an oral and a written argument.
  • 11. Present information and arguments on a defined topic to a group of listeners.
  • 12. Present a cogent and sustained argument orally and in writing, in English, on a topic chosen from a range of options provided, following broad guidelines but selecting and adapting them as required.
  • 13. Contribute to a group presentation.

Syllabus plan

One week will be devoted to an Introduction in week 1; one week to Study Group tasks, formative assessment and tutorials with the lecturer in week 6; one week to a module review and revision in week 11. We will study 2 of the following:

Nazarín (novel Pérez Galdós 1895) (film Buñuel, Mexico, 1958)

Tormento (novel Pérez Galdós 1884) (film Olea, Spain, 1974)

Doña Perfecta (novel Pérez Galdós 1876) (film Galindo, Mexico, 1951)

Fortunata y Jacinta (selected passages of novel Pérez Galdós 1886-87) (selected episodes of the television serial Camus, Spain, 1980)

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Lectures10Lectures will be used to provide a framework within which key ideas, events and selected films will be studied, and to outline the main themes and techniques employed by directors
Seminars5Seminars will give students the opportunity to explore the points raised in the lectures and develop their own ideas about them through group presentations and close textual analysis.
Tutorial1Small-group session with tutor.
Group Presentation10Group presentations will be based on specific topics and tasks, the latter ranging from analyses of critical material to interpretations of selected scenes from the films. These will be followed by question and answer sessions leading to discussions in which all students will be expected to participate.
Study Group work10Students will be assigned a Study Group (of approx. 5 students). Presentation topics will be assigned to each Study Group, and students will attend tutorials with the other members of their Study Group.
Private Study114This is the majority of a student's time: private viewing of the films; reading; planning and writing essays and presentations; revising, where relevant.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay7501-10Written comments from convenor; meeting with convenor.

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Coursework1002,500 Words1-10, 12Essay Feedback Sheet

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Faulkner, S (2004) Literary Adaptations in Spanish Cinema London: Tamesis.

Navarrete, R (2003) Galdós en el cine español Madrid: T&B

Stam, R and A Raengo, (eds.) Literature and Film: A Guide to the Theory and Practice of Film Adaptation. Oxford: Blackwell

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Benito Pérez Galdós; Hispanic cinema; film adaptations; television adapatations; intermediality