Undergraduate Course: Literature and Society in Golden Age of Spain (Ordinary) (ELCH09012)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course will provide an opportunity to study the literary culture of Spain in an age when it had become the foremost power in the world. It will focus on a selection of major narrative and dramatic works by authors of the period. These works will be evaluated as literary artefacts in their own right, and also as texts that reflect the dominant values of society as well as the conflicts it sought to resolve.
Through a close textual study of key texts of the Spanish Golden Age, this option aims to foster an understanding of the ways writers engaged with contemporary society and culture to produce the first modern novel, Don Quijote, and a national theatre that explored key moral, religious and gender issues of the early modern period. It will examine: (i) why these texts are as they are; and (ii) how they reflect, engage with and/or critique the changing social, political and cultural landscape of early modern Spain.
Through a close textual study of key texts of the Spanish Golden Age, this option aims to foster an understanding of the ways writers engaged with contemporary society and culture to produce the first modern novel, "Don Quixote", and a national theatre that explored key moral, religious and gender issues of the early modern period. It will examine: (i) why these texts are as they are; and (ii) how they reflect, engage with and/or critique the changing social, political and cultural landscape of early modern Spain.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||In 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?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Summative Assessment Hours 3,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Two coursework essays: 40% (900-word essay), 60% (1,000-word essay)
||Summative assessment includes two coursework essays. Written feedback is provided on summative coursework; verbal feedback for weekly asynchronous activities.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Express an historically-informed understanding of the social and cultural contexts of early modern Spain.
- Demonstrate a knowledge of the works studied in addressing critical questions and problems.
- Interpret the works studied with reference to the literary contexts (existing genres, performance constraints, generic expectations) in which they were first read and/or performed.
- Discuss alternative critical viewpoints.
|Cervantes, Don Quijote Part I |
Lope de Vega, El caballero de Olmedo
Calderón, La vida es sueño and El médico de su honra
Tirso de Molina, El vergonzoso en palacio
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Jeremy Robbins
Tel: (0131 6)50 3675
|Course secretary||Miss Kat Zabecka
Tel: (0131 6)50 4026