Hispanic Journeys (MLS1017)

StaffProfessor Derek Flitter - Convenor
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesA level or equivalent qualification in Spanish
Co-requisites
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks;

Module aims

Study of the texts will yield an appreciation of their contextual anchoring in their own society and politics and their representative entailments in intellectual history. Galdós’s novel dramatises the conflict between the ‘Two Spains’ in the nineteenth century, Valle-Inclán’s novella depicts the mind of an aesthete dissatisfied with what he sees as the mediocrity of early twentieth-century society, while Lorca’s collection of poetry uses the gipsy as a symbol of the liberating unconscious which allows glimpses of a world not bound by society’s typical conventions and limits.

The module will introduce students to a range of Hispanic texts united by their emphasis on the motif of the journey into the unknown: a journey from civilisation into barbarism, from modernity into retrenched tradition, or from enlightened liberalism into intolerance; in such cases the journey will be essentially regressive, a movement into a world of confinement and repression. The journey might, however, be construed as a form of liberation or emancipation, as the prescriptions of waking reality and rational analysis yield to the promptings of dream and the unconscious, a world of convention and routine gives way to a more anarchic but more instinctive and intuitive mode of life, or empirical judgements are challenged by superstition and magic. Study of the texts will yield an appreciation of their contextual anchoring in their own society and politics and their representative entailments in intellectual history. Galds's novel dramatises the conflict between the two Spains in the nineteenth century, Echeverra sets out the ubiquitous Latin-American motif of the struggle between barbaric or atavistic human nature and the attempts of the civilised world to contain and tame it, while Lorca's collection of poetry uses the gipsy as a symbol of the liberating unconscious which allows glimpses of a world not bound by society's typical conventions and limits.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate understanding of selected texts and key aspects of their historical and cultural context.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 2. Describe and evaluate, under guidance from the course tutors, key critical responses to the topic and
  • 3. Mount an argument in sound written English using basic textual or other evidence.
  • 4. Recognise and understand basic literary- / film- critical terminology and use some of this terminology
  • 5. Read and analyse passages from texts in the TL / scenes from films, relating them to specified
  • 6. Demonstrate basic visual literacy, i.e. an understanding that images are made, that they can be read,

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 7. Undertake structured learning activities with guidance from course tutors and with the help of written
  • 8. Assimilate, select and organise material in order to produce, to a deadline, a written or oral argument
  • 9. Plan and write to a specified length and deadline on a given theme.
  • 10. Explain and discuss personal conclusions with other members of the group.

Syllabus plan

Lectures (two separate hours each week) will introduce the following topics:

Week 1: Introduction: literary journeys and the quest motif

Week 2: The ‘Two Spains’

Week 3: The relationship between literature and life

Week 4: The avant-garde and the poetic unconscious

Week 5: Hispanic conformities


Seminars  (one hour each week) will work on the following:

Week 7: Irony and Conflict in Doña Perfecta

Week 8: Role play and literary meaning in Sonata de otoño

Week 9: The Alternative Gipsy World: Romancero gitano

Week 10: Archetypal Symbols

Week 11: History, fiction and the creation of legend

Week 12: Revision

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

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
161340

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities10Lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities5Seminars
Scheduled learning and teaching activities1Tutorial
Guided independent study134Private study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay Plan (Term 1) or Textual Commentary (Term 2)500 wordsWritten feedback plus debriefing in seminar.

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
10000

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay1002000 1-9Feedback sheet
0
0

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
EssayEssay 1-9referral/deferral period
ExamExam 1-9referral/deferral period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Indicative basic reading list:

Benito Pérez Galdós, Doña Perfecta

Ramón del Valle-Inclán, Sonata de otoño

Federico García Lorca, Romancero gitano

Module has an active ELE page?

No

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

2010

Last revision date

10/03/2011

Key words search

hispanic, journey