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

Undergraduate Course: The Quest for Identity in Medieval Spain (Ordinary) (ELCH09001)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryFrom a comparative perspective, this course will examine the construction of national, gender and class identities in the cultures of medieval Spain.

The course will be taught in English and all texts will also be available in English translation.
Course description The objective of this option course is to deepen the knowledge of the Middle Ages in general and of different vernacular cultures of Spain (understood in the medieval sense of the Iberian Peninsula) in particular. Through the analysis of epic, romance, lyric and tragicomedy, we will trace the emergence and transformation of national, gender and class identities and the exchanges between Castilian, Catalan, Galician-Portuguese and Occitan cultures.
The growing interdisciplinary field of medieval studies has led to literature being approached from broader cultural and intellectual perspectives. Such perspectives will allow us to examine both the inescapable tensions between social norms and subversion, and the ever-present interaction between the political and the aesthetic.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Ordinary students and visiting students only.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 55% - 1 comparative essay, 1,200 words
45% - 1 commentary, 700 words
Feedback Oral formative feedback throughout the course.
Written feedback for the commentary and the comparative essay.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the different cultures of medieval Iberia in the wider context of the European Middle Ages
  2. Reflect critically and make judgements in light of evidence and argument
  3. Extract and synthesise key information from written and spoken sources
Reading List
Apart from The Poem of the Cid and Tirant lo Blanc, all translations are available online. However, La Celestina is not fully downloadable for more than 21 days.

500 Cantigas d'Amigo: Edição Crítica / Critical Edition, trans. by Rip Cohen (Johns Hopkins University, 2003) available at

From Dawn to Dawn - Sixty Troubadour Poems, trans. by A.S. Kline (Poetry in Translation, 2009) available at

March, Ausiàs. A Key Anthology, ed. and trans. by Robert Archer (Sheffield: The Anglo-Catalan Society, 1992) available at

Martorell, Joanot. Tirant lo Blanc, trans. by D.H. Rosenthal (London: Macmillan, 1984) Kindle Edition also available

Poem of the Cid, The, trans. by Rita Hamilton and Janet Perry (London: Penguin Books, 1984)

Rojas, Fernando de. La Celestina, trans. by Margaret Sayers Peden (Newhaven and London: Yale University Press, 2009)
available at (you'll need to be logged in your university account)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements Students may enrol on the course ONLY with the explicit permission of the Spanish 3 Course Organiser.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Sergi Mainer
Tel: (0131 6)50 8966
Course secretaryMiss Hope Hamilton
Tel: (0131 6)50 4167
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