Spanish literature 2 LM. Critical methodologies and textual interpretation (2019/2020)

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Anna Bognolo
Anna Bognolo
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II semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Feb 17, 2020 al May 30, 2020.

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Learning outcomes

The main learning outcome of the course is to provide students with a specialized and comparative knowledge of Spanish literature, of critical methodologies and textual analysis. Acquired competence and knowledge will be applied to interdisciplinary approaches, to the study of critical methodologies concerning textual reading, translation and the critical analysis of texts in Spanish, or to a high-level written production. Students will therefore acquire competences on the use of Spanish, both on the level of contents and on that of critical processes in intertextual and intercultural contexts. The aim is to prepare students for high-level professional outcomes or for further university developments, like PhD courses.
Specific learning outcomes are as follows:
Knowledge and understanding: at the end of the course students are expected to have acquired advanced knowledge on the history of Spanish literature and culture in its various expressions: forms, genres, and critical perspectives
Applying knowledge and understanding: students will be able to apply historical and literary knowledge, as well as acquired theoretical, didactic and methodological instruments to the fields of professional research, teaching of languages and literatures, literary translation, international cooperation and cultural promotion.


The course will be held in Spanish and it is proposed to deepen the knowledge of Spanish literature with the direct experience of reading and analyzing some classics. It will have a laboratory character, based on the students' previous preparation, respecting and improving their attitudes.

Themes, motives, narrative structures in spanish romances of chivalry.
It will be mandatory to read chapters of: Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo, Amadís de Gaula / edition of Juan Manuel Cacho Blecua, Madrid: Catedra, c2008, 2 volumi (cap. Indicated during the course).

Critical readings:
 Northrop Frye, La scrittura secolare: studio sulla scrittura del romance. Bologna Il mulino, 1978 (in sp: The profane writing, 1980
Materials will be made available on the e-learning platform.

L. Rodríguez Cacho, Manual of the history of Spanish literature. Vol. I, XIII-XVII centuries, Castalia

A general look:
Guido Mazzoni, Theory of romanzo Bologna Il Mulino, 2011 (only chap. I and II)
Thomas G. Pavel, Le vite del romanzo, Milano-Udine, Mimesis, 2015 (in sp. Representing existence. The thought of the novel, Barcelona, ​​Critica)

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo Amadís de Gaula, ed. Juan Manuel Cacho Blecua Catedra 2019 2 vv.
Northrop Frye La scrittura secolare: studio sulla scrittura del romance Bologna Il mulino 1978
Thomas G. Pavel Le vite del romanzo Mimesis 2015
L. Rodriguez Cacho L. Rodríguez Cacho, Manual de historia de la literatura española. Vol. I, Siglos XIII-XVII, Castalia 2015
Guido Mazzoni Teoria del romanzo Il Mulino 2011

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam at the end of the course. During the course written reports according to student availability.
The relationships and final oral exams will be in Spanish and are intended to verify the property of language, analytical skills and the depth of knowledge acquired