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First Semester 
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Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)


1. Knowledge and understanding skills:
a. Knowing the peculiar manifestations of literary heritage
b. Knowing historical cultural phenomena related to literary texts
c. Understanding literary texts
d. Knowing the main methodological guidelines of literary criticism properly
e. Knowing theoretical and critical tools functional to the study of narrative texts as regards the historical and literary context
f. Knowing the Spanish literary terminology properly

2. Applying knowledge and understanding skills:
a. Applying linguistic and methodological knowledge in literary analysis
b. Identifying the peculiarities of a text as regards its historical literary context and the rhetorical expressive specificities of the genre
c. Using the proper terminology in Spanish language

3. Making judgements:
a. Analyzing and interpreting literary texts showing awareness and criticism
b. Expressing a personal interpretation of the text

4. Communication skills:
a. Producing oral and written texts in Spanish related to literature and the historical cultural processes (textual analysis, informative texts, reviews)

5. Learning skills:
a. Assimilating and reworking the contents acquired autonomously
b. Delving autonomously into topics either synchronically and diachronically


1) Fundamental:
a. Knowledge of the Spanish language
b. Knowledge of morphological and syntactic structures of the poetic and prose text

2) Important:
a. Skills in textual analysis
b. Understanding the composition structures

3) Useful:
a. Knowledge of the Italian or any other literature
b. Knowledge of historical, social, cultural dynamics and the main literary movements.


The course aims at outlining in a diachronic perspective the most significant steps of the Spanish literature through texts belonging to different historical, social and literary contexts.

-Eduardo Iáñez, Historia de la literatura universal, Barcelona, Editorial Bosch, 1990:
Vol. 2, La Edad Media: La narrativa medieval. a) La prosa didáctica. b) Don Juan Manuel y el cuento. c) La novela de caballería. d) La novela sentimental.
Vol. 4, La literatura en el siglo XVII: Otros géneros narrativos. a) La novela corta. b) La novela costumbrista.
Vol. 7, El siglo XIX: Realismo y Posromanticismo: La novela realista en España. Cultura y sociedad españolas a finales del XIX. El Realismo español. Narradores prerrealistas. a) «Fernán Caballero». b) Alarcón. Galdós. a) Biografía. b) Producción narrativa. c) Alcance y sentido de la novela galdosiana. Los naturalistas españoles. a) Blasco Ibáñez.
Vol. 8, El siglo XX: la nueva literatura: La «Generación del 98. Autores «noventaiochistas». a) Unamuno.

-V. Scorpioni Coggiola: Tempo di silenzio e tempo di parola, pp. 17-45.

Teaching Methods

Frontal lectures in the Spanish language, for a total of 60 hours, released in the first semester and divided into three weekly lessons of two hours each.
Each lecture is organized so as to illustrate two texts per week, dedicating 4 of the 6 hours to theoretical and critical aspects, the remaining 2 to group work presentations on given topics, aimed at helping students to develop their skills in applying knowledge and understanding, making judgements, communication and learning.

Verification of learning

Assessing learning:
Oral assessment in Spanish language will be used to test the acquired knowledge and skills.
Students will have to prove:
1) The knowledge of the proposed literary texts and the related cultural historical phenomena (40%)
2) The ability to apply the linguistic and methodological knowledge acquired in the literary analysis (40%)
3) The ability to evaluate the literary texts consciously and critically (20%).

The test score, is awarded by a mark expressed out of 30, taking into account possible mid-term tests, active participation in lectures, group or individual work carried out as reports given during the course.
The ranking rating is fixed between 18/30, given when the knowledge/skills are at least elementary, and 30/30, eventually cum laude, when the knowledge is excellent.

The final mark is awarded taking into account the following elements:
1) Logics and correctness of the procedure identified for the solution of the question
2) Adequacy of the proposed solution in relation to the skills expected at the end of the course
3) Expressive mastery, also with reference to metalanguage
4) Typology of question: basic, essential or complementary notion
5) Ability to focus the topic also chronologically and geographically
6) Critical processing capabilities of concepts.

Necessary condition for achieving an evaluation of 18/30 is the fullfilment of points 1 and 2. Marks higher than 18/30 will be awarded to students who fullfill all of the above listed 6 points.
In order to pass the exam, achieving at least 18/30, students will have to prove sufficient knowledge of the topics related to the History of Spanish Literature, basic knowledge of the chosen texts and critical readings, and capacity to solve the question given by the teacher in a logical, correct and appropriate way to the expected skills.
In order to achieve 30/30 cum laude students will have to prove their having acquired an excellent knowledge of all the topics dealt with during the course.


1) The photocopies related to this part of the program, are available on the following Link:

-Eduardo Iáñez, Historia de la literatura universal, Barcelona, Editorial Bosch, 1990:
Vol. 2: pp. 494-509.
Vol. 4: pp. 103-108.
Vol. 7: pp. 262-289; 312-318.
Vol. 8: pp. 187-201.

-V. Scorpioni Coggiola: Tempo di silenzio e tempo di parola, pp. 17-45.

2) Books and critical readings:
Diego de San Pedro: Cárcel de Amor
M. de Zayas y Sotomayor: Desengaños amorosos
Benito Pérez Galdós: Doña Perfecta
Miguel de Unamuno: La tía Tula

- César Besó Portalés: El sentimiento amoroso en la Cárcel de amor

-José M. Roca Franquesa: La ideología feminista de Doña María de Zayas

-Stephen Gilman: Las referencias clásicas de Doña Perfecta

- Monika Stenstrom: Acercamiento al pensamiento de Unamuno: La Tía Tula y la lucha entre fe y razón

Electronic resources:
-Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes,
-Centro Virtual Cervantes,
-Real Academia Española de la Lengua, Acceso al Diccionario,

Recommended readings:
Terry Eagleton: Cómo leer literatura, Península, 2013.

More Information

- A.A. 2020/21

- Asignature: Spanish Literature - Oral exam in Spanish language

- Lecturer: Gabriella Cambosu

- Teaching tools: Audiovisual material

- Students unable to attend lectures are invited to contact the teacher in order to arrange the program.

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