Spanish Literature and Culture 1 [Cognomi P-Z] (2014/2015)

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Name of lecturer
Stefano Neri
Stefano Neri
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Language of instruction
II semestre dal Feb 23, 2015 al May 30, 2015.

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

The course aims to provide an overview of Spanish culture and literature of the twentieth century in its historical and political context, with a special focus on the fiction of Ana María Matute and Carmen Martín Gaite.


The course includes a general section on the main Spanish literary movements of the twentieth century in their historical context. It will examine the narrative of the second half of the century, in particular, a recent novel by Ana María Matute and a selection of short stories by Carmen Martín Gaite. The course aims to provide students with the keys to a full understanding of the text in relation to the context of writing. It will also focus on translation, also through the e-learning platform of the university.

Manuals Required:
Fausta Antonucci, Il Novecento letterario spagnolo, Pisa, ETS, 2004 (o successive)
Giuliana Di Febo e Santos Juliá, Il Franchismo, Roma, Carocci, 2003 (o successive) or alternatively, J. Valdelón, J. Pérez Santos Juliá, Historia de España, Edad Contemporánea,Madrid, Austral / Espasa, 2011 (o successive), caps. 5 e 6, pp. 496-551.

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam is oral in Italian and Spanish. For attending students a written test is optionally scheduled (test and short answer questions).
The oral test involves reading, translation and commentary of a text in the program. The student must show full understanding the text and be able recognize its historical context. It is recommended to have a language proficiency at level B1.