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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : European Languages and Cultures - Hispanic Studies

Undergraduate Course: Written Lives: Literature, Digressiveness, and the Real (ELCH10039)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAn introduction to the study of 20th- and 21st-century Spanish prose writings (peninsular prose narratives, in the main) that are concerned with recounting lives and "the real", representing the coherence of experience in narrative form, whilst engaging anew with history (Spain's recent historical past -- the Civil War and the Franco years in particular). An exploration of the ways in which these narratives normally partake of more than one genre of writing, such as autobiographical and biographical writing, memoir, essay, travelogue, or fiction, without necessarily always belonging to any one mode and not normally in the name of the novel. An exploration of generic questions, in particular an analysis of the range of writing extending from autobiography and biography to fiction, thematic ones (esp. the importance accorded to memory, representations of the multiplicity of relationships, the interconnectedness of the worlds represented, and the relationship of the creative imagination with writing), as well as formal ones, especially narrative form and structure, digressiveness or errancy (rhetorical and narrative).
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Entry to Spanish Hons required, unless taken as part of Spanish 3
Additional Costs Purchase of primary texts studied.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  15
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 30% coursework (one 1,500-word essay) / 70% exam (two questions to be answered in two hours)
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Learning Outcomes
Increased familiarity with certain genres of writing (especially involving autobiographical modes) and their affinities, differences, constitution, and definitions, as well as their relationship to the novel form. A knowledge of aspects of 20th-century Spanish (and European) history and of the Civil War and the Franco years in particular. An understanding of the functioning and effects of digressive writing and aspects of the creative imagination. Familiarity with Spanish prose texts by accomplished writers, both male and female. Increased awareness and understanding of formal, literary registers of Spanish prose.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information One two-hour lecture/seminar per week.
KeywordsDELC Written Lives
Course organiserDr Alexis Grohmann
Tel: (0131 6)50 3678
Course secretaryMiss Fiona Jack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3635
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