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Undergraduate Course: The Spanish Baroque: Theatre, Literature and Visual Arts in the Golden Age (Ordinary) (ELCH09013)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course studies a selection of Spain's most influential and original writers and artists. The seventeenth century saw the emergence of a distinctly modern mentality as old ideas and beliefs were challenged and overturned. Intense political and intellectual turmoil, social unrest and religious uncertainty forced authors and artists to confront, in startling and often disturbing ways, the paradoxes at the heart of their society: extreme doubt and religious fanaticism, sexual violence and idealized love, rigid order and hierarchy and overwhelming chaos.

Students will develop the ability to appreciate the various social, intellectual and aesthetic factors which led to the creation of the distinctive and highly influential art and literature (prose, poetry, and theatre) of Spain's Golden Age and will be able to consider whether there are common thematic and stylistic traits between the art and literature of this period sufficient to group both under a common descriptive term, the Baroque.

No prior knowledge of art is required or assumed.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesIn order to be eligible to take 4th Year Options, Visiting Students should have the equivalent of at least two years of study at University level of the appropriate language(s) and culture(s).
High Demand Course? Yes
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Gain an historically-informed understanding of the key period of the Baroque as a distinct period and style.
  2. Demonstrate close knowledge of the works studied and be able to critically synthesise their similarities and differences.
  3. Demonstrate familiarity with key critical ideas and terms and apply these critically.
  4. Recognise and acknowledge the complexity of the subject.
  5. Offer alternative perspectives and show awareness of contrasting viewpoints.
Reading List
Quevedo, El mundo por de dentro, in Sueños, ed. I. Arellano (Cátedra)
Gracián, Oráculo manual (Castalia)
Calderón, El gran teatro del mundo; La fiera, la piedra y el rayo, ed. A. Egido (Cátedra)
Diego Saavedra Fajardo, Empresas políticas (Cátedra)
Góngora, Fábula de Polifemo y Galatea (Cátedra, ed. Parker)
María de Zayas, Desengaños amorosos (Cátedra, ed. Yllera)

Selected works of Velázquez, Zurbarán, Murillo (if possible, try and see any paintings by these artists before you begin the course.)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserProf Jeremy Robbins
Tel: (0131 6)50 3675
Course secretaryMiss Fiona Jack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3635
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