Spanish Literature III (2008/2009)

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Andrea Zinato
Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
Lezioni 4 L-LIN/05-SPANISH LITERATURE I semestre Andrea Zinato
Esercitazioni 2 L-LIN/05-SPANISH LITERATURE I semestre Andrea Zinato

Learning outcomes

Module: Lezioni
The course aims at introducing the students to the Spanish literature and culture of the XVIIth century.

Module: Esercitazioni


Module: Lezioni
The weary Heroes: the Spanish Empire and its soldiers”
The course will be about the Spanish literature and culture of the XVIIth century, studying in detail the (auto)biographical relate of the Spanish soldier/adventurer travelling around the seventeenth-century Europe, both in a contemporary perspective (Estebanillo González) and in a current one (el capitán Alatriste). It will be divided in two parts: the first part will provide an historical and cultural introduction to the subject, whereas the second one will deal with the critical and literary matters specific of the (auto)biographical and genre-fiction of the Golden Age. The students have to prepare both the parts.

1th PART: – Culture and society of the XVIIth century Spain
- F. B. PEDRAZA JIMÉNEZ – M. RODRÍGUEZ CÁCERES, Las épocas de la literatura española, Barcelona, Ariel, 2002, pp.114-161.
- L’età d’oro della letteratura spagnola. Il Seicento, edited by Maria Grazia Profeti, Firenze, La Nuova Italia, pp.418-497.
- JOHN H. ELLIOTT, La Spagna imperiale.1469-1716, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2006.
All the texts are also avaiable at the library of the Romance Philology Department.

2nd PART: The weary heroes
- F. BRIOSCHI, C. DI GIROLAMO, Introducción al estudio de la literatura, Barcelona, Ariel, latest edition. Chapter IV with particular care, Modos de la narración, pp.199-247.
b) Texts:
- La Vida y Hechos de Estebanillo González. Ed. de Antonio Carreira y Jesús Antonio Cid. Madrid, Cátedra 1990. (Italian translation: Vita e avventure di Stefanello González, Milano, Rizzoli, 1998).
- ARTURO Y CARLOTA PÉREZ REVERTE, El capitán Alatriste, Madrid, Punto de Lectura, 2006.
During the course it will be shown, in original language, the Agustín Díaz Yanes’film Alatriste (2006).
The introductive essays of the recommended editions, the cheapest and best ones on the market,-avaiable also at the library of the Romance Philology Department-, are an integral part of the examination syllabus.
Critical Bibliography about the texts:
- ALESSANDRO CASSOL, Vita e scrittura. Autobiografie di soldati spagnoli del Siglo de Oro, Milano, LED, 2000, chapters I, II, III and V with special care.
- M. S. ARREDONDO, “De Lazarillo a Estebanillo. Novedades Picarescas del Estebanillo González”, in Revista de Filología Española, LXXXV, 1995.
Deepening readings:
During the classes, and/or on demands of the students, deepening readings about the treated subjects will be recommended by the teacher.

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Assessment methods and criteria

Module: Lezioni
The examination procedure will consist in an oral examination completely taken in Spanish language (save for the Italian bibliography). An evaluation of the degree of comprehension (reading and translation) of the texts written in Spanish will be also provided and a convenient linguistic competence will be required. For the attending students a possible intermediate examination might be planned during the course. Even if the programme for the no-attending students is the same, it would be better to consult the teacher before.

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