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Undergraduate Course: The Spanish Newspaper Column by Writers (Ordinary) (ELCH09009)

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
SummaryThis module provides an introduction to and close study of feature writing, newspaper columns to be precise, by contemporary Spanish novelists published in the Spanish press in the post-1975 period. It consists of formal (linguistic and stylistic) and thematic analyses of newspaper columns, an exploration of generic questions (the interrelationship of the column with other genres), as well as ensuing representations of contemporary Spain, and also a practice of this particular aspect of feature writing in Spanish.
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
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 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 70% coursework (one 500-word column, highest mark of two columns will be taken)/ 30% time-limited assessment (consisting of one essay question)
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Develop an understanding of the newspaper column as a genre straddling literature and journalism and its affinities with other genres.
  2. Comprehend the structure, form, and language of columns, including a range of stylistic features, such as register, voice and tone, as well as more specific stylistic and narrative (rhetorical) devices.
  3. Analyze representations of contemporary Spain resulting from columns, also expanding familiarity with aspects of contemporary Spanish society.
  4. Identify the importance of form and structure and develop the skills required to produce this type of feature writing in Spanish.
  5. Improve their style and range of expression in Spanish.
Reading List
Primary texts:

MARíAS, Javier, Lección pasada de moda. Letras de lengua
MONTERO, Rosa, La vida desnuda
OLMOS, Alberto, Cuando el Vips era la mejor librería de la ciudad
PÉREZ-REVERTE, Arturo, Patente de corso
JORDÁ, Eduardo, Glorieta de los lotos
CERCAS, Javier, Relatos reales
MILLÁS, Juan José, Articuentos
MUÑOZ MOLINA, Antonio, La vida por delante
LINDO, Elvira, Tinto de verano I

Short critical bibliography:

DE MIGUEL, Pedro, ed. (2004). Articulismo español contemporáneo, Madrid,
GROHMANN, Alexis and Maarten STEENMEIJER, eds. (2006). El columnismo de
escritores españoles (1975-2005), Madrid, Verbum.
LEÓN GROSS, Teodoro (1996). El artículo de opinión, Barcelona, Ariel.
--- (1996). La columna periodística: Teoría y práctica: El caso de ¿Hilo
directo¿, Pamplona, EUNSA.
GUTIÉRREZ CARBAJO, Francisco and José Luis MARTÍN NOGALES, eds. (2007).
Artículos en la prensa (1975-2005), Madrid, Cátedra.
VALLS, Fernando (2006). El artículo literario. De Francisco Ayala a Javier Cercas,
Cuenca, Cuadernos de Mangana 39
Additional Information
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Course organiserProf Alexis Grohmann
Tel: (0131 6)50 3678
Course secretaryMiss Kara McCormack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3030
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