Spanish Literature I - PARTE I (2017/2018)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Stefano Neri
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Other available courses
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Language of instruction
Semester 2 dal Feb 26, 2018 al Jun 9, 2018.

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Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The main objective of the course (within the Languages and Cultures for Publishing) 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 must demonstrate the ability to contextualize tackled literary phenomena and to actualize cultural elements of enduring validity.
- 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. He/she 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 is divided into two parts:
Part I will provide the coordinates for the knowledge of the main movements, authors and genres of Spanish literature of the twentieth century, focusing in particular on the novel and the development of the detective genre.
Part II will explore the female Spanish detective novel and work of Alicia Giménez Bartlett.

The topics planned for Part I are as follows:
- History: the Cuban crisis of '98, the Second Republic, Franco, the democratic transition
- Literature: the Avant-gardes, the Generation of '27, the novel during Franco's dictatorship, the detective novel from the early twentieth century to the Transition
- Texts: anthology of texts by the major Spanish writers of the twentieth century included in the manual of Fausta Antonucci and in the materials uploaded to the e-learning portal. Detailed analysis of two detective novels by Manuel Vázquez Montalbán and Eduardo Mendoza.

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 pp. 241-326, pp. 379-548
Stefano Neri Dispensa e antologia del corso sul portale E-learning 2020
Eduardo Mendoza El misterio de la cripta embrujada Seix barral / Planeta 1979 Prima edizione nel 1979. Si consiglia un'edizione recente tra quelle disponibili. Testo da scegliere come lettura integrale in alternativa al romanzo di Vazquez Montalban.
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
Manuel Vázquez Montalbán Tatuaje Planeta 1976 Prima edizione nel 1976. Si consiglia un'edizione recentre tra quelle disponibili. Testo da scegliere come lettura integrale in alternativa al romanzo di Eduardo Mendoza.

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, the property of language. The exam covers the topics covered throughout the program, divided into Part I and Part II. 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).