Undergraduate Course: The Spanish Baroque: Theatre, Literature and Visual Arts in the Golden Age (Ordinary) (ELCH09013)
|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 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.
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 asynchronous activities.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Gain an historically-informed understanding of the key period of the Baroque as a distinct period and style.
- Demonstrate close knowledge of the works studied and be able to critically synthesise their similarities and differences.
- Demonstrate familiarity with key critical ideas and terms and apply these critically.
- Recognise and acknowledge the complexity of the subject.
- Offer alternative perspectives and show awareness of contrasting viewpoints.
|Quevedo, El mundo por de dentro, in Sueños, ed. I. Arellano (Cátedra) |
Gracián, Oráculo manual (Castalia)
Calderón, La fiera, la piedra y el rayo, ed. A. Egido (Cátedra)
Góngora, Fábula de Polifemo y Galatea (Cátedra, ed. Parker)
María de Zayas, Desengaños amorosos (Cátedra, ed. Yllera)
Selected works of Velázquez, Zurbarán, Murillo
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Jeremy Robbins
Tel: (0131 6)50 3675
|Course secretary||Miss Kat Zabecka
Tel: (0131 6)50 4026