Spanish Literature I (2017/2018)

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Stefano Neri
Stefano Neri
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Semester 2 dal Feb 26, 2018 al Jun 9, 2018.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The main objective of the course (within the Degree in Foreign Language and Literatures) is the acquisition of advanced skills in the field of Spanish contemporary literature. The expected learning outcomes are as follows:
- Knowledge and understanding: a depth knowledge of the Spanish literature of the considered period: historical context, texts, genres, movements and authors taught in the course.
- Applied knowledge and understanding skills: the student will acquire the methodologies necessary to work on literary texts in historical and comparative perspectives and the ability to understand complex texts and implicit meanings.
- Autonomy of judgment: the student will be able to manage the methodologies of study in Spanish literature, with particular regard to the consultation of repertoires and bibliographies (includin on line resources). He/she should also be able to understand and relate the information obtained.
- Communicative Skills: At the end of the course the student must have acquired the ability to express himself and argue about the contents of the teaching both in written and oral language. It will have to be able to express and argue the same content even in Spanish, at least at a basic level.
- Learning Skills: Students should have developed self-sufficient learning skills to deal with the successive courses of the Spanish Literature.


The course will cover the following topics:
- History: the Cuban crisis of '98, Primo de Rivera, the Second Republic, Franco, the democratic transition
- Literature: Modernism, Avant-garde and Generation of '27; the novel during the dictatorship of Franco and the Transition.
- Texts: reading and analysis of the most representative texts of the period, particularly the short fiction of the "Generación del Medio Siglo" and the contemporary novel.

Teaching Mode: Teaching will take place in Italian and Spanish through frontal teaching, case studies and e-learning. The course will have an e-learning platform, which will contain mandatory contents and optional materials. For students who do not have a previous Spanish language education, we will consider the possibility of organizing support courses. This program is also valid for non-attending students who, however, are advised to contact the teacher during the reception hours.
Throughout the academic year, the individual reception service managed by the teacher is available, at the timetable indicated on the web pages (no need to set a specific appointment).

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Fausta Antonucci 1 Il Novecento letterario spagnolo: percorsi ETS 2005
L. Rodríguez Cacho, 3 Manual de historia de la literatura española. Vol. II, Siglos XVIII al XX, Castalia Castalia 2017 Testo facoltativo e limitatamente ai capitoli sul Novecento: gli studenti che intendono preparare il programma in spagnolo potranno scegliere questo testo in alternativa al manuale di Fausta Antonucci e studiare le pagine seguenti: 241-326; 379-548.
Ignacio Martínez de Pisón Carreteras secundarias Seix Barral 1996 in alternativa a "Dientes de leche" dello stesso autore
Ignacio Martínez de Pisón Dientes de leche Seix Barral 2008 In alternativa a "Carreteras secundarias" dello stesso autore
Stefano Neri Dispensa e antologia del corso sul portale E-learning 2021
Julio Valdeón, Joseph Pérez, Santos Juliá Historia de España Austral 2005 Facoltativo: gli studenti che intendono preparare il programma in spagnolo posso scegliere questo testo in alternativa a "Il Franchismo" e studiare solo la parte relativa al Novecento (pp. 469-578)
Giuliana Di Febo; Santos Juliá Il franchismo Carocci 2003

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam takes place in Italian and Spanish and consists of an interview aimed at verifying the depth and breadth of the matured knowledge, the analytical and argumentative ability, the ability to systematically connect knowledge, property of language. The exam covers the topics covered throughout the program, divided into three blocks of history, literature, and commentary of the texts. Students will have the opportunity to take an informal and optional written exam based on the blocks of history and literature (open questions and multiple-choice tests). For those who get a positive result for this test, the oral exam will only focus on the text commentary (reading, translating, contextualizing, analyzing a text fragment).