Spain and 1898: from Disaster to Modernity (MLS3065)

15 credits

On this module you will study three novels that reflect social and cultural changes in Spain at the turn of the twentieth century. You will begin by considering an example of Picasso’s Cubist paintings, before going on to study three works of fiction in the context of contemporary debates about gender, degeneration and social change in early-twentieth-century Spain. You will also look at the ways in which the novels reflect literary modes such as Naturalism and the development of Modernism in the early twentieth century. From best-sellers to canonical fiction, you will consider new research on how the novels were received at the time.

Dr Katharine Murphy is author of Re-reading Pío Baroja and English literature (Peter Lang, 2004) and Bodies of Disorder: Gender and Degeneration in Baroja and Blasco Ibáñez (Legenda / MHRA, 2017).

Students should have MLS2001 Spanish Language or equivalent to take this module.