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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.

-Historia de la Literatura Española, Ariel:
A. D. Deyermond: La Edad Media, Vol. 1: La Épica, pp. 65-101.
R. O. Jones: Siglo de Oro: Prosa y Poesía, Vol. 2: Cervantes y la ficción novelesca posterior, pp. 251-278.
E. M. Wilson y D. Moir: Siglo de Oro, Teatro, Vol. 3: El teatro de Lope de Vega, pp. 85-133.
D. L. Shaw: El Siglo XIX, Vol. 5: Bécquer, pp. 155-167; Galdós, pp. 206-226.
-L'età d'oro della Letteratura Spagnola. Il Seicento (a cura di Maria Grazia Profeti): pp. 3-53.
-V. Scorpioni Coggiola: Tempo di silenzio e tempo di parola: pp. 17-45.
-Gabriel Cardona & Juan Carlos Losada: Malos de la historia de España, 2013: El caso de Bellido Dolfos, pp. 100-123.
-César Vidal: Mitos y falacias de la historia de España, 2009: Cervantes fue un cristiano nuevo, pp. 74-80; El levantamiento del Dos de mayo fue una respuesta de toda la nación ante el invasor francés, pp. 102-129.

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 at Scienze del Linguaggio Library:
-Historia de la Literatura Española, Ariel:
Vol. 1: pp. 65-101.
Vol. 2: pp. 251-278.
Vol. 3: pp. 85-133.
Vol. 5: pp. 155-167; 206-226.
-L'età d'oro della Letteratura Spagnola. Il Seicento (a cura di Maria Grazia Profeti): pp. 3-53.
-V. Scorpioni Coggiola: Tempo di silenzio e tempo di parola, pp. 17-45.
-G. Cardona & J. Carlos Losada, Malos de la historia de España: pp. 100-123.
-C. Vidal, Mitos y falacias de la historia de España: pp. 74-80; pp. 102-129.

2) Books and critical readings:
Anónimo: Cantar de mío Cid.
M. de Cervantes: Novelas ejemplares (La gitanilla; La española inglesa; El licenciado Vidriera; La fuerza de la sangre; El celoso extremeño).
Lope de Vega: El caballero de Olmedo.
G. A. Bécquer: Leyendas (Maese Pérez el organista; Los ojos verdes; La ajorca de oro; La corza blanca; El monte de las ánimas; La rosa de pasión).
Benito Pérez Galdós: Torquemada en la hoguera.
La dilación poética del destierro: El tema de la partida del héroe en el Cantar de mío Cid:
La condición femenina en las Novelas Ejemplares de Cervantes:
La visión premonitoria de Alonso en El caballero de Olmedo: otra recuperación de lo popular:
Transgresión y fantasía en las Leyendas de Bécquer:
El plano alegórico de Torquemada en la hoguera:

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

More Information


- A. A. 2019/20

- Asignature: Letteratura Spagnola

- Lecturer: Gabriella Cambosu

- Teaching tools: audiovisual material

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

- Texts can be found in the University Library System,

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