82050 - Spanish Culture and Literature

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

The student - knows the core features (contents, methods and instruments) necessary for the in-depth analysis of Spanish culture and literature - is able to apply this knowledge when tackling a range of semiotically challenging texts - is able to acquire higher-level cultural and literary knowledge and competences independently, and to apply them to a wide range of novel texts

Course contents

The aim of the course is to present some fundamental aspects of Spanish literary history from its origins to the seventeenth century and to contribute to the knowledge of the major movements and literary genres in the historical and linguistic context of the time.
In particular, the following topics will be discussed:
1. The birth of the Castilian literary language and the role of Alfonso X.
2. The Middle Ages and the Renaissance: La Celestina.
3. Narrative in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, with particular reference to Lazarillo.
4. Cervantes and Don Quixote.


Compulsory readings

AA. VV. Introducción a la literatura española a través de los textos, vol. 1, Madrid, Istmo.

C. Alvar, J.C. Mainer, R. Navarro, Breve historia de la literatura española, Madrid, Alianza.

F. Rico, Breve biblioteca de autores españoles, Barcelona, Seix Barral.


Fernando de Rojas, La Celestina, Madrid, Cátedra.

Anónimo, Vida del Lazarillo de Tormes, Madrid, Cátedra.

Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quijote de la Mancha, ed. Francisco Rico, Madrid, Aguilar.

Recommended readings

S. Gilman, “La Celestina”: arte y estructura, Madrid, Taurus.

C. Guillén, El primer Siglo de Oro, Barcelona, Crítica.

J.A. Maravall, Teatro y literatura en la sociedad barroca, Barcelona, Crítica.

M.G. Profeti (ed.) Raccontare nella Spagna dei Secoli d'Oro, Firenze, Alinea.

F. Rico (ed.), Historia y crítica de la literatura española, Barcelona, Crítica, Vol. I, II e III (y suplementos).

A.Valbuena Prat (ed.), La novela picaresca española, Madrid, Aguilar.

Teaching methods


Assessment methods

The exam will be in the form of a written essay in which the candidate must demonstrate the successful acquisition of the course content.

Teaching tools

Multimedia PC and OHP

Office hours

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