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

Quality education

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The student knows the core features (contents, methods and instruments) necessary for the in-depth analysis of Spanish culture and literature; s/he is able to apply this knowledge when tackling a range of semiotically challenging texts; s/he 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 assessment will take the form of a written essay in Spanish, of between 6 and 8 pages in length, which will be assigned at the end of the course and in which the student must demonstrate that he/she has acquired the course content. The paper will be sent by e-mail to the teacher 5 days before the exam, and will be commented on by the teacher together with the student before being finalised.

Grading Scale

 30-30L: The candidate possesses an in-depth knowledge of the topic, an outstanding ability to apply theoretical concepts, a high level of argumentative clarity, as well as excellent analytical skills, and a well-developed ability to synthesize and establish interdisciplinary connections.

27–29: The candidate possesses an in-depth knowledge of the topic, a sound ability to apply theoretical concepts, good analytical skills, clear argumentative clarity and an ability to synthesize.
24-26: The candidate possesses a fair knowledge of the topic, a reasonable ability to apply theoretical concepts correctly and present ideas clearly.
21-23: The candidate possesses an adequate, but not in-depth, knowledge of the topic, a partial ability to apply theoretical concepts, and acceptable presentation skills.
18-20: The candidate possesses a barely adequate and only superficial knowledge of topic, limited presentation skills, and only an inconsistent ability to apply theoretical concepts.
< 18 Fail: The candidate possesses an inadequate knowledge of the topic, makes significant errors in applying theoretical concepts, and shows weak presentation skills.

Teaching tools

Multimedia PC and OHP

Office hours

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