29893 - Spanish Literature 1 (LM)

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Gender equality

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The student possesses in-depth knowledge of the history of modern Spanish literature, with particular attention to the relationship between literary texts and the historical, artistic and linguistic context. He knows and knows how to use practical methodologies for the analysis and interpretation of the literary text

Course contents

A panorama of the cultural context in which Emilia Pardo Bazán's narrative writing was produced and of the dialogue that it establishes with contemporary European poetics will be offered. The ideological spaces frequented by short narrative models and novels will be analyzed, first in an isolated way and then comparatively.

The general program will be as follows:

1. Emilia Pardo Bazán and European poetics

2. Relations between non-fiction, journalism and fiction

3. Violence against women in short stories and novels

4. Pathways to women's emancipation in La Tribuna and Insolación

5. La mujer nueva en Memorias de un solterón y el diálogo with Tristana de Pérez Galdós



Testi giornalistici, critici e saggi:

Emilia Pardo Bazán, La mujer española y otros escritos, ed. Guadalupe Gómez-Ferrer Morant, Madrid, Cátedra, 2018. (a selection of texts specified on virtuale)

Emilia Pardo Bazán La vida contemporánea ; [edición al cuidado de Carlos Dorado] Madrid : Ayuntamiento ; Alicante : Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes 2014 http://www.cervantesvirtual.com/obra/la-vida-contemporanea/ (a selection of texts specified on virtuale)

Emilia Pardo Bazán, La cuestión palpitante, qualsiasi edizione (a selection of texts cited in the powerpoint of the 2nd lesson loaded on virtual)

Short Stories:

Il pizzo strappato. Racconti sulla violenza contro le donne, ed. Valentina Nider (bilingual edition), Venezia, Marsilio, 2021.


La Tribuna, ed.Benito Varela Jácome, Madrid, Cátedra, 1991.

Los Pazos de Ulloa, ed Ermitas Penas,  Darío Villanueva,

Barcelona, Crítica, 2000 or Cátedra.

Insolación, ed. Ermitas Penas Varela, Madrid, Cátedra, 2001.

Memorias de un solterón, ed. Mª. de los Ángeles Ayala, Madrid, Cátedra, 2004.

Pérez Galdós, Benito, Tristana, (bilingual edition), ed. Vito Galeota, Augusto Guarino, Venezia, Marsilio (a selection of texts specified on virtuale)


Reference bibliography of the teacher

It can also be used by students who want to propose a short in-depth study to the exam to be presented orally to the exam (max 5 minutes)


Isabel Burdiel, Emilia Pardo Bazán, Madrid, Taurus-Fundación Juan March, 2019.

Emilia Pardo Bazán. El reto de la modernidad ed. Isabel Burdiel, Comunidad de Madrid, 2021.


Joyce Tolliver, Cigar Smoke and Violet Water. Gendered Discourse in the Stories of Emilia Pardo Bazán, Lewisburg, Bucknell University Press, 1998.

Cristina Patiño Eirín, La teorización sobre el cuento en Pardo Bazán, Vigo, Universidade de Vigo, Servizo de Publicacións, 1999;

Susan McKenna, Crafting the Female Subject, Narrative Innovation in the Short Fiction of Emilia Pardo Bazán, Washington, The Catholic University of America Press, 2009.

Ángeles Quesada Novás, El amor en los cuentos de Emilia Pardo Bazán, Alicante, Publicaciones

de la Universidad de Alicante, 2005.

B su Pardo Bazán feminista

Adna Rosa Rodríguez, La cuestión feminista en los ensayos de Emilia Pardo Bazán, La Coruña, Ediciós do Castro, 1991;

Maryellen Bieder, Emilia Pardo Bazán y la emergencia del discurso feminista, in Breve historia

feminista de la literatura española (en lengua castellana). V. La literatura escrita por mujer (Del siglo XIX a la actualidad), a cura di Iris M. Zavala, Barcelona, Anthropos, 1998, pp. 75-110;

Coral Cuadrada Majó, Ginés Puente Pérez, A debate: Entre «feminismo» anarquista y el feminismo burgués, in «Feminismo/S», 28, 2016, pp. 25-47;

Rocío Charques Gámez, Los articulos feministas en el “Nuevo Teatro Crítico” de Emilia Pardo Bazán, Alicante, Universidad de Alicante, Centro de Estudios sobre la Mujer, 2003;

C) Su Pardo Bazán giornalista

Emilia Pardo Bazán, periodista, ed. Pilar Palomo Vázquez, Pilar Vega Rodríguez y Concepción Núñez Rey, Madrid, Arcos libros, 2015.

Emilia Pérez Romero, El periodismo de Emilia Pardo Bazán, Vigo, Editorial Academia del Hispanismo, 2016.

Emilia Pardo Bazán: El periodismo, ed. José Manuel González Herrán-Cristina Patiño Eirín, Fundación Caixa Galicia, 2007

D) Cristina Patiño Eirín, Poética de la novela en la obra de Emilia Pardo Bazán, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, 1998

Baquero Goyanes, Mariano. La novela naturalista española: Emilia Pardo Bazán, Universidad de Murcia, Murcia, 1986 (1954-1955)

Clemessy, Nelly. Emilia Pardo Bazán como novelista I y II, Fundación Universitaria Española, Madrid, 1981.

Sotelo Vázquez Marisa, Realismo y naturalismo en España: la novela, Barcelona : Universitat de Barcelona, Publicacions i Edicions, D.L. 2013


Marcela y Elisa (Isabel Coixet 2019)

El indulto (José Luis Sáenz de Heredia [https://www.sensacine.com/actores/actor-250610/] 1960)

Los pazos de Ulloa. Serie. (Gonzalo Suárez) https://www.rtve.es/television/pazos-ulloa/

Tristana (Luis Buñuel 1970)

Teaching methods

The course will combine lectures and seminar reflections. In the seminar lessons, the student will actively participate, discussing the literary analyzes carried out following the instructions of the teacher and based on their specific interests.

Assessment methods

The exam consists of an oral presentation on the topics of the course, which may include a topic previously agreed with the teacher.Non-attending students will be able to prepare the exam on the basic bibliography indicated in the program including the introductions of the editions of texts.In both cases, the critical synthesis capacity of the reference bibliography will be evaluated, in addition to the expressive properties, in terms of accuracy and appropriateness of language. The global knowledge of the cultural, literary and artistic phenomenon, and the ease in the use of the reference texts to support this vision, will be evaluated as excellence, while a manual competence without interpretative support will be considered with a positive but not high grade. Finally, the proven and repeated difficulty in creating logical and descriptive links between literary texts and the theoretical context will make the evaluation insufficient.

Teaching tools

Educational materials will be available on the virtuale platform.

Office hours

See the website of Valentina Nider