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Undergraduate Course: The masters of the Spanish novel. From the Picaresque to the 20th century (ELCH08016)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEuropean Languages and Cultures - Hispanic Studies Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course offers a panoramic survey of the development of the Spanish novel in the context of European Literature. The reading list includes some of the most iconic novels by the most acclaimed Spanish novels. The course starts with Lazarillo de Tormes, the first picaresque novel and, according to many critics, the first modern novel. Quevedo¿s Buscón further illustrates the social commitment of the picaresque novel but also the stylistic virtuosity of the literature of the time. Cervantes¿s Exemplary Novels are studied as the beginning of the short story as a genre in Spanish but also as the author¿s delineation of his theory of the novel. After the eighteenth century, the Spanish novel experiences a new transformation with the works of Realist authors. Galdós is regarded as Spain¿s second novelist (after Cervantes); Pardo Bazán is possibly Spanish best female writer. Their novels will introduce the students to the social interests of the Realist and Naturalist novels. Unamuno became the leader of a new generation of writers who, in the twentieth century, endeavoured to transform the novel by distancing themselves from Realism and its social preoccupations. Unamuno¿s novels exemplify all the aesthetical aspirations and the metaphisic concerns of the Modernist age. They also anticipated and perfected many techniques that would later on become the trademark of the novels of the late-twentieth-century. Nobel Laureate Cela was one of the most innovatory novelists of the second half of the twentieth century. The study of all these authors and their more paradigmatic novels will allow students to gain a panoramic insight and appreciation of Spanish literature and to understand them in the context of European literature.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs purchase of primary texts
Course Delivery Information
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Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
The aim of this course is three-fold; it seeks:

(1) to provide an extensive analysis of Spanish literature from the 16th to the 20th century.
(2) to understand fully and comprehensively the cultural and historical conditions, in Spain and in Europe, that shaped the most acclaimed specimens of the Spanish novel.

In so doing, the course also seeks to improve the learners¿ analytical and critical capacities.
Assessment Information
30% coursework (one 1,500-word essay)/ 70% exam (two questions to be answered in two hours)
Special Arrangements
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Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Anonymous, Lazarillo de Tormes (1554). Madrid: Cátedra.
Francisco de Quevedo, Buscón (1526). Madrid: Cátedra.
Miguel de Cervantes, Novelas ejemplares (1613). Madrid: Espasa-Calpe.
Emilia Pardo Bazán, Los pazos de Ulloa (1887). Madrid: Cátedra.
Benito Pérez Galdós, Dona Perfecta (1976). Madrid: Cátedra.
Miguel de Unamuno, Niebla (1914). Madrid: Cátedra.
Camilo José Cela, La familia de Pascual Duarte (1942). Madrid. Espasa-Calpe.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsPicaresque, Lazarillo, Quevedo, Cervantes, Galdos, Pardo Bazan, Unamuno, Cela
Course organiserProf John Ardila
Tel: (0131 6)50 3679
Course secretaryMrs Fiona Scanlon
Tel: (0131 6)50 3646
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