Spanish Literature and Culture 1 [Cognomi P-Z] (2016/2017)

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Name of lecturer
Paola Bellomi
Paola Bellomi
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
II SEMESTRE dal Feb 27, 2017 al Jun 10, 2017.

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to offer an overview of some of the most important aspects of the Spanish cultural and literary history. In particular the concept of “identity” will be discussed starting from the myth of the Three Cultures of Medieval Spain (Muslims, Jews and Christians), a myth that has continued living until now and that originated a large number of cases related to cultural economy and the tourism economic system.
The main element that will be analised during the course is that one related to the history of Sepharad; in order to do so, the literature regarding this main topic will be studied (i.e. the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492, diaspora literature, narratives of exile, historic novel, etc.); the learning of some basic tools of literary critical analysis will enable an adequate development of the analytical skills; furthermore, the historical and sociological content will ensure the right approach to some issues related to cultural commerce and tourism.
The module will be taught in Spanish.


The course will include a brief introduction to Spanish history and culture, a detailed study of the contemporary Spanish literature and culture, the reading of a novel and the related critical bibliography.

Text (novel)
Muñoz Molina, Antonio (2013), "Sefarad", Barcelona, Seix Barral, ISBN 9788432250439.

Critical bibliography
Antonucci, Fausta (2005), "Il Novecento letterario spagnolo: percorsi", Pisa, ETS.
Bossong, Georg (2010), "I Sefarditi", Bologna, Il Mulino.

Pedraza Jiménez, Felipe B.; Rodríguez Cáceres, Milagros (2012), "Las épocas de la literatura española", Barcelona, Ariel Letras (chapters 1, 10 and 11).

Further readings will be added during the course.
Students are asked to have the novel, paper or digital edition, before the start of the course.
Non-attending students should make contact with the professor at the beginning of the semester in order to receive the required additional bibliography.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Fausta Antonucci 1 Il Novecento letterario spagnolo: percorsi ETS 2005
Felipe B. Pedraza Jiménez et al. 2 Las épocas de la literatura española Ariel Letras 2012
Georg Bossong I sefarditi Il Mulino 2010
Antonio Muñoz Molina Sefarad Seix Barral 2013 9788432250439

Assessment methods and criteria

Assessment through oral examination