Spanish Literature I (2018/2019)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

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Name of lecturer
Stefano Neri
Stefano Neri
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II semestre dal Feb 18, 2019 al Jun 1, 2019.

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 good skills in the field of Spanish literature from 18th to 21st Centuries. 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 must acquire the ability to understand complex texts of a certain length as well as implicit meanings both in Italian and at a basic level, in Spanish.


The coursewill 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 prose fiction. In particular, we will explore the female Spanish novel of the Middle Century Generation and the works of the contemporary novelist Ángeles Caso. The topics planned 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
of the Transition
- Texts: the major Spanish writers of the Twentieth Century included in the Anthology uploaded to the e-learning portal. Detailed analysis of one of the two novels by Ángeles Caso included in the bibliography.
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
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 (pp. 241-326; 379-548): gli studenti che intendono preparare il programma in spagnolo potranno scegliere questo testo in alternativa alla dispensa e studiare le pagine indicate.
Ángeles Caso Contra el viento Planeta 2010 9788408103455 Testo da scegliere in alternativa a "Un largo silencio" della stessa autrice
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
Ángeles Caso Un largo silencio Planeta 2003 9788408068167 Testo da scegliere in alternativa a "Contra el viento" della stessa autrice

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. 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).