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Spanish Literature

Code: 100023 ECTS Credits: 6
Degree Type Year Semester
2502758 Humanities OB 2 2
The proposed teaching and assessment methodology that appear in the guide may be subject to changes as a result of the restrictions to face-to-face class attendance imposed by the health authorities.


Rebeca Martín López

Use of Languages

Principal working language:
spanish (spa)
Some groups entirely in English:
Some groups entirely in Catalan:
Some groups entirely in Spanish:

External teachers

Rebeca Martín


Students must be able to carry out a four-month course on History of Spanish Literature. To do this, they must have optimal Spanish language skills (oral and written). Also, it will be positively valued to know some authors of the periods treated.

Objectives and Contextualisation

  1. Knowing the History of Spanish Literature


  1. Learning to analyze literary texts


  1. Knowing the different periods of the History of Spanish Literature


  1. Knowing different Spanish Literature authors and works


  1. Deepening the text commentary 


  • Critically analysing today's culture and its historical conditions.
  • Designing, producing, disseminating and commercializing a cultural product.
  • Interpreting social and cultural diversity.
  • Properly using the resources and methodologies of the study of contemporary culture.
  • Students must be capable of collecting and interpreting relevant data (usually within their area of study) in order to make statements that reflect social, scientific or ethical relevant issues.
  • Students must be capable of communicating information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialised and non-specialised audiences.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Analysing literary texts using different concepts and methods of comparative literature.
  2. Describing the characteristics of a literary text and the characteristic methods of analysis of the discipline.
  3. Explaining the basic characteristics of literary texts.
  4. Identifying and explaining the basic structures of literary works.
  5. Identifying various literary elements and inserting them into different texts and discursive styles.
  6. Interpreting the regulatory information that is located in the web pages of regulatory institutions.
  7. Preparing a summary from a given text.
  8. Solving problems related to the study of different literatures.
  9. Solving tasks about authors, methods and currents of the comparative literature.
  10. Using suitable terminology when drawing up an academic text.


1. Middle Ages

1.1. The lyrical and heroic poetry

1.2. The romancero

1.3. Don Juan Manuel and El conde Lucanor

Reading: anthology of texts


2. Golden Age: Renaissance and Baroque

2.1. The poetic currents: from Garcilaso to Góngora and Quevedo

2.2. Fiction prose: the picaresque novel and books of chivalry

2.3. Cervantes and Don Quijote de la Mancha

2.4. From the new comedy to the great theater of the world: from Lope to Calderón

Reading: anthology of texts

Reading: Don Quijote de la Mancha (I) by Miguel de Cervantes


3. Enlightenment, Romanticism and Realism

3.1 The enlightened spirit in literature

3.3 The supernatural short story and the costumbrist painting

3.2 Theater: from Moratín to Zorrilla

3.4 Copying reality as it is: the naturalist novel

Reading: Cartas marruecas by Cadalso and articles by Larra (selection)

Reading: La comedia nueva by Leandro Fernández de Moratín

Reading:El estudiante de Salamanca, by José Zorrilla

Reading: selection of short stories by Emilia Pardo Bazán


4. Modernism and vanguard

4.1 The literature of the end of the century

4.2 The Silver Age

4.3 The vanguards


Reading: Poeta en Nueva York by Federico García Lorca



The learning of this subject by the students is distributed as follows:


- Directed activities. These activities are divided into master classes and seminars and classroom practices led by the faculty, in which theoretical explanation is combined with discussion of all types of texts.


- Supervised activities. These tutorials are programmed by the teacher, dedicated to correcting and commenting on problems at different levels of literary analysis.


- Autonomous activities. These activities include both time devoted to individual study and production of papers and analytical comments written, as well as oral presentations.


- Evaluation activities. The evaluation of the subject will be carried out through written tests.





Title Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Type: Directed      
Directed Classes 88 3.52 1, 2, 7, 3, 10, 5, 4, 6, 8
Type: Supervised      
Supervised Tutorials 15 0.6 1, 2, 7, 3, 10, 5, 4, 6, 8, 9
Type: Autonomous      
Personal study and preparation of classes and works 35 1.4 1, 2, 7, 3, 10, 5, 4, 6, 8, 9


The evaluation consists of three parts: a critical commentary of some of the readings worked in class (30% of the grade) and two written tests based on the topic taught during the course (30% + 30%). The revision of the tests will be done in an interview previously agreed with the teacher.

Students are obliged to attend the three parts in order to be eligible for re-evaluation (only the written tests).

Students can apply for re-evaluation if they have a minimum overall grade of 3.5.

The result of the re-evaluation test will substitute the note of the suspended test to calculate the final grade of the subject. The minimum admission grade required to be able to apply for re-evaluation must be equal to or greater than 5 points.

The student who does not perform any of the activities or tests will be considered "Not evaluated".

The enrolment in the activities implies the student's will to be evaluated in the subject.

In the event of a student committing any irregularity that may lead to a significant variation in the grade awarded to an assessment activity, the student will be given a zero for this activity, regardless of any disciplinary process that may take place. In the event of several irregularities in assessment activities of the same subject, the student will be given a zero as the final grade for this subject.

In the event that tests or exams cannot be taken onsite, they will be adapted to an online format made available through the UAB’s virtual tools (original weighting will be maintained). Homework, activities and class participation will be carried out through forums, wikis and/or discussion on Teams, etc. Lecturers will ensure that students are able to access these virtual tools, or will offer them feasible alternatives. 

Assessment Activities

Title Weighting Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
First exam 35% 1 0.04 1, 2, 7, 3, 10, 5, 4, 6, 8, 9
Second exam 35% 1 0.04 1, 2, 7, 3, 10, 5, 4, 6, 8, 9
Text commentary 30% 10 0.4 1, 2, 7, 3, 10, 5, 4, 6, 8, 9


García de la Concha, Víctor, dir., Historia de la literatura española, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1995-1998, 4 vols.

Mainer, José Carlos, dir., Historia de la literatura española, Crítica, Barcelona, 9 vols.

Rico, Francisco, dir., Historia y crítica de la literatura española, Crítica, Barcelona, 1979-2000, 9 vols. y suplementos.

Valverde, José María y Martín de Riquer, Historia de la literatura universal, Planeta, Barcelona, 2009, 2 vols.

The teacher will provide the students with the bibliography that she considers appropriate for each block.