Spanish literature and culture 2 [CInt] (2019/2020)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Katiuscia Darici
Katiuscia Darici
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
I semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Sep 30, 2019 al Jan 11, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The main aim of the course is to provide students of the Bachelor's degree in Languages and Cultures for Tourism and International Commerce with:
- Knowledge and comprehension skills: A general knowledge of the literary, cultural and historical context of the Spanish reality of a given epoch (main writers/texts/movements/genres discussed in class)
- Applied skills: Ability to read critically the literary texts included in the reading list, by putting into use the theoretical knowledge gained in class
- Communication skills: Ability to express oneself and critically argue in Spanish


Title: Identidad(es) y lugares: the emotional bond between person and place

This course is divided into two parts:
1) A first part consists of an introduction to the history, culture and literature of the Spanish Golden Age (and the reading of a work by Lope de Vega);
2) A second, more substantial part, concerns itself of contemporary literature. Starting from a key novel of the Spanish transition to democracy (“La città dei prodigi”, by Eduardo Mendoza) the course deals with the representation of the individual and his attachment to places: the city; the immigration in Catalonia (first from within Spain, in the middle of the 20th century; later on, from outside Europe). In this case, the historical, cultural and artistic evolution of Barcelona since the Modernism to the present, provides the ideal background for a critical approach to the proposed case studies: the individual and the city (Mendoza; Pérez Andújar) as well as the identity (both personal and social), between the local and the global (Mendoza, Pérez Andújar, Puntí). The emancipation of the individual, already present in Mendoza, is extended in the novels by Regàs and El Hachmi, including a youth and a woman’s perspective. Finally, each of the novels of choice (Carnero, Martínez Rubio, Miguel, Redondo) represents a first novel published in 2019, a way to learn about the current situation of the Spanish literary scenery with a particular attention to debut novelists.

DETAILED PROGRAM: please see Italian version.

Any extra materials analyzed during the course will be made available, where possible, also online.

The course will be taught in Spanish and all class conversations will be conducted in Spanish.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
A. Bernardelli 6 Che cos'è la narrazione Carocci 2019
Carnero, José Ignacio Ama Barcelona: Caballo de Troya 2019 978-84-17417-09-3 Libro a scelta (tra i quattro romanzi del 2019)
Hughes, Robert Barcelona Barcelona: Anagrama 1992 Solo il cap. 7 (La fiesta de la modernidad)
Redondo, Cristina Clandestina Caligrama 2019 9788417321208 Libro a scelta (tra i quattro romanzi del 2019)
Garzillo, Liliana e Rachele Ciccotti ConTextos literarios. De los orígenes a nuestros días. Zanichelli 2017 978-88-08-52106-4 Solo parti dei capp. 3 e 4 indicate in classe
AA.VV. Eduardo Mendoza y la ciudad de los prodigios. Homenaje al Premio Cervantes. Universidad de Alcalá 2017 978-84-16978-24-3 Materiale critico. Selezione
Giménez Micó, María José Eduardo Mendoza y las novelas españolas de la transición. Madrid: Pliegos 2000 84-88435-92-4 Materiale critico (selezione)
Miguel, Luna El funeral de Lolita Barcelona: Lumen 2019 978-84-264-0532-6 Libro a scelta (tra i quattro romanzi del 2019)
Fusi, Juan Pablo Historia mínima de España Madrid: Turner 2012 Solo cap. 3 (La España imperial) e cap. 6 (De la dictadura a la democracia).
Mendoza, Eduardo La ciudad de los prodigios Seix Barral 1993
El Hachmi, Najat La hija extranjera Barcelona: Destino 2015
Pedraza Jiménez, Felipe B., Rodríguez Cáceres, Milagros Las épocas de la literatura española, Madrid, Ariel 2012 Solo il cap. 4 (El Barroco)
Lope de Vega La viuda valenciana Castalia 2001 84-9740-009-7
Puntí, Jordi Los castellanos Xordica 2011 978-84-96457-81-2
Prieto de Paula, Ángel L. Prieto e Langa Pizarro, Mar Manual de literatura española actual. De la Transición al tercer milenio. Castalia 2007 978-84-9740-236-1 Solo il cap. 3 (La narrativa)
Martínez Rubio, José Mujeres blancas Valencia: Contrabando 2019 978-84-949666-3-7 Libro a scelta (tra i quattro romanzi del 2019)
Pérez Andújar, Javier Paseos con mi madre Tusquets 2011 978-84-8383-398-8
Regàs, Rosa Una larga adolescencia Ara Llibres 2015 978-84-16245-03-1

Assessment methods and criteria

The student has two options:
Option 1: partial written test + oral exam on the remaining part of the course. The written test will consists of open questions with a short answer as well as multiple choice questions.
Option 2: oral test (on the whole program).

The exam will be held in Spanish.