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Undergraduate Course: The Pursuit of Reality: Modern Spanish Fiction (ELCH10013)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis option will study works by post Spanish Civil War writers. The novels chosen are written in radically different styles, ranging from social realism and naturalism to post-modernity or extreme experimentalism, and treat an array of themes ¿ the conflict between the individual and society, the struggle against social norms and sexual morality, the deployment of fiction as a means of shaping both personal and national identity, and the alienating effects of modern society. Via these novels a variety of issues will be considered, such as the changing role of the novel over the twentieth century, the way novelists create an individual "voice" in dialogue with their predecessors, the function of the reader in the interpretative process, and the socio-political environment and sexual politics of reading and writing fiction.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Entry to Spanish Hons required.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  18
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) Formative Presentation 0%
1,250-word Essay 40%
1,250-word Time Limited Take-Home Essay 60%
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the post-Civil War Spanish novel and associated literary techniques.
  2. Provide an accurate account of the development of the Spanish novel in the context of Spanish history, from realism to postmodernism.
  3. Reflect critically on the evolution of the Spanish novel based on textual evidence.
  4. Extract and synthesise key information about the Spanish novel from written and spoken sources.
Reading List
El Jarama: Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio

Tiempo de Silencio: Luis Martín Santos

Últimas tardes con Teresa: Juan Marsé

El mismo mar de todos los veranos: Esther Tusquets

La verdad sobre el caso Savolta: Eduardo Mendoza

Los santos inocentes: Miguel Delibes

Soldados de Salamina: Javier Cercas
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Critical thinking, communication skills, cultural understanding
KeywordsDELC Pursuit of Reality
Course organiserDr Jose Saval
Tel: (0131 6)50 3677
Course secretaryMiss Lizzy Irvine
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