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Lingua Insegnamento

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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 the evolution of the contemporary Spanish literature.

60 Hours (12 Credits):
-J. Canavaggio: Historia de la Literatura Española. El Siglo XX, Tomo VI:
La palabra confiscada: La novela, pp. 253-303.
La Literatura Actual: La novela, pp. 314-330.
-L'età contemporanea della Letteratura Spagnola. Il Novecento (a cura di M. Grazia Profeti):
Dalla fine della guerra civile alla postmodernità, Il romanzo, pp. 531-639.
-Javier Tusell: Historia de España en el siglo XX - Vol. 3, La dictadura de Franco:
Cultura y sociedad en la primera posguerra, pp. 125-137.
España a la muerte de Franco, pp. 299-304.
-Javier Tusell, Historia de España en el siglo XX - Vol. 4, La transición democrática y el gobierno socialista:
La transición a la democracia (1975-1982), pp. 3-4.
Nuevas perspectivas culturales, pp. 181-186.
-Juan Eslava Galán: Historia de España contada para escépticos:
La transición, pp. 739-42.
-César Vidal: Mitos y falacias de la Historia de España:
El voto femenino fue una conquista de las izquierdas, pp. 200-212.

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:
-J. Canavaggio: Historia de la Literatura Española. El Siglo XX, Vol. VI: pp. 253-303; pp. 314-330.
-L'età contemporanea della Letteratura Spagnola. Il Novecento (a cura di M. Grazia Profeti):
Dalla fine della guerra civile alla postmodernità, Il romanzo, pp. 531-639.
-J. Tusell: Historia de España en el siglo XX,
Vol. 3: pp. 400-438; pp. 947-60.
Vol. 4: pp. 5-11; pp. 587-604.
-J. Eslava Galán: Historia de España contada para escépticos: pp. 739-42.
-C. Vidal: Mitos y falacias de la Historia de España: pp. 200-212.

2) Books and critical readings:
Carmen Martín Gaite: Entre visillos
Ramón Sender: Réquiem por un campesino español
Mercè Rodoreda: La plaza del diamante
Juan Marsé: Últimas tardes con Teresa
Adelaida García Morales: El silencio de las sirenas
Juan José Millás: La soledad era esto
Javier Cercas: Soldados de Salamina
Arturo Pérez Reverte: El pintor de batallas
Arquetipos femeninos y masculinos en la novela Entre visillos de Carmen Martín Gaite:
Reiteración y simbolismo en «Réquiem por un campesino español» de Ramón J. Sender:
Soledad y maternidad en La Plaza del Diamante:
La cuestión del xarnego en la literatura de Juan Marsé:
Figuraciones monstruosas de la identidad femenina en la novela española del siglo XX:
La soledad era esto de Juan José Millas: La reconstrucción de un yo fragmentado:
Un secreto esencial: Literatura y memoria histórica en Soldados de Salamina:órica-en-Soldados-de.pdf
Lo que nos hace humanos: deconstruyendo El pintor de batallas, de Arturo Pérez Reverte:

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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