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Contemporary Spanish Literature

Code: 100595 ECTS Credits: 6
Degree Type Year Semester
2504012 Spanish and Chinese Studies: Language, Literature and Culture OB 3 2
2504386 English and Spanish Studies OB 3 2
2504388 Catalan and Spanish Studies OB 3 2


Jose Ramon Lopez Garcia

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Francisca Montiel Rayo


By obtaining the minimum of credits in basic training subjects, students have demonstrated to have acquired the basic competences and they will be able to express themselves orally and in writing. For this reason, any spelling and expression errors that may be committed will lead to a score decrease in the final grade (0,25 points for each error).

Activities, practical sessions and papers submitted in the course must be original and under no circumstances will the total or partial plagiarism of third-party materials published on any medium be admitted. Any submission of non-original material without properly indicating its origin will automatically result in a failure rating (0).

It is also expected that students know the general rules of submission of an academic work. However, students could apply the specific rules that the teacher of the subject may indicate to them, if they deem it necessary.

Objectives and Contextualisation

The objective of the subject is to provide the student with a basic knowledge of the process of Spanish literature from the twenties of the twentieth century to the first decade of the present century, gained both from the reading of some fundamental works and from the relationship between these books and their historical moment, as well as a series of basic tools for the study and analysis of the texts of contemporary Spanish literature.


    Spanish and Chinese Studies: Language, Literature and Culture
  • Apply knowledge of Spanish and Latin American literature to the identification of genes, movements, tendencies and styles.
  • Comment on literary texts in Spanish and in Chinese, situate them historically and relate them to the literary trends to which they belong.
  • Make changes to methods and processes in the area of knowledge in order to provide innovative responses to society's needs and demands.
  • 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.
  • Students must develop the necessary learning skills to undertake further training with a high degree of autonomy.
  • Use techniques for compilation, organisation and use of information and documentation with precision.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyse a situation and identify its points for improvement.
  2. Comment on a text from the contemporary era with the figures of thought and expression.
  3. Contextualise the literary production of contemporary literature from an ideological and social viewpoint.
  4. Identify and analyse the main characteristics of literary genres from contemporary Spanish literature.
  5. Interpret literary works critically taking into account the relations between the different areas of literature and its relation to human, artistic and social areas.
  6. Present work in formats adapted to demands and personal styles, both individual and in small groups.
  7. Relate literary aspects of different works of Spanish contemporary literature.
  8. Select and gather together the basic critical biography for the field of study with the main works and authors for the subject.
  9. Use the adequate terminology in the construction of an academic text.



1. From the artistic vanguards to advanced literature:

1.1. The surrealism.

(*) García Lorca, Federico, Poeta en Nueva Yok. 

1.2. The social novel.

(*) Carnés, Luisa, Tea rooms. Mujeres obreras.


2. Spanish literature during the Civil War and postwar period:

2.1. The republican exili: Play.

(*) Aub, Max, San Juan.

2.2. Francoism: narrative genres. 

(*) Martín Gaite, Carmen, Las ataduras.


3. Spanish literature and democratic society:

3.1. The poetry of experience and other poetic tendencies.

(*) García Montero, Luis, Habitaciones separadas.

3.2. Memory literature: Play.

(*) Mayorga, Juan, Himmelweg.  


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

  • Directed activities (35%). 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 (10%). These tutorials are programmed by the teacher, dedicated to correcting and commenting on problems at different levels of literary analysis.
  • Autonomous activities (50%). These activities include both time devoted to individual study and production of reviews, papers and analytical comments written, as well as oral presentations.
  • Evaluation activities (5%). The evaluation of the subject will be carried out through oral presentations and written tests.

Annotation: Within the schedule set by the centre or degree programme, 15 minutes of one class will be reserved for students to evaluate their lecturers and their courses or modules through questionnaires.


Title Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Type: Directed      
Master classes and classroom practices 60 2.4 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 5, 6, 7
Type: Supervised      
Tutorials 12 0.48 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 5, 6, 7
Type: Autonomous      
Individual study and preparation of papers, analytical comments and presentations 75 3 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 5, 6, 7


In order to apply for the passing it is compulsory to have completed all the course readings.

The final grade of the subject will be obtained from the following three partial notes (its value, in the final grade, it is indicated in parentheses):

1.- Assistance and participation: delivery of brief questionnaires on the readings before their comment in class. (10%).

2.- Reading of the compulsory bibliography previously determined by the teacher on which an activity to be carried out in class will be based on the date agreed at the beginning of the course (20%).

3.- A written test on the first part of the syllabus and the first three readings [35%].

4.- A written test on the second part of the syllabus and the last three readings [35%].

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. Those assessment activitys in which there have been irregularities (copying, unauthorized use of AI, etc.) are not recoverable.

The review of the tests will be carried out during an interview previously agreed with the teacher.

Students will be able to make up the course in the case of having completed the three activities (activity on the bibliography and the two written tests) and in the case of failing only one of the two written tests of the subject taught [35% ] and have a group grade equal to or greater than 3.5. If the overall mark is between 3.5 and 4.9, but you have failed both tests [35% + 35%], you will not be able to take the recovery. The result of the recovery test will replace the grade of the failed test to calculate the final grade for the subject. 

The student who doesnot performany of the activities or tests will be considered "Not evaluated". The preparation of an activity implies the student's will to be evaluated in the subject.

Single assessment

Students who have accepted this modality of evaluation must deliver and carry out the following evaluation activities on the day determined in the evaluation calendar that will be made public during the first week of the course:
Reading work and analysis of previously determined bibliography: 30%.
Partial exam 1: 35%.
Partial exam 2: 35%

Assessment Activities

Title Weighting Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Assistance and participation: delivery of brief questionnaires on the readings before their comment in class. 10% 0 0 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 5, 6, 7
First written test 35% 1.5 0.06 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 5, 6, 7
Reading of the compulsory bibliography previously determined by the teacher on which an activity to be carried out in class will be based on the date agreed at the beginning of the course. 20% 0 0 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 5, 6, 7
Second written test 35% 1.5 0.06 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 5, 6, 7




1) García Lorca, Federico. Poeta en Nueva York, edición de Piero Menarini, Madrid, Espasa Calpe, Colección austral. Poesía, 146, 2009; Edición de Andrew A. Anderson. Barcelona, Galaxia Gutenberg, 2013.

2) Carnés, Luisa. Tea rooms. Mujeres obreras, edición de Antonio Plaza, Gijón, Hoja de Lata, 2016. 

3) Aub, Max. San Juan, edición de Manuel Aznar Soler. Sevilla, Renacimiento, Biblioteca del Exilio-24, 2023.

4) Martín Gaite, Carmen. Las ataduras, prólogo de Ana María Moix, Madrid, Siruela, 2020. 

5) García Montero, Luis, Habitaciones separadas.Madrid, Visor. 1994; Habitaciones separadas (Veinte años sí es algo), prólogo de Jesús García Sánchez, edición de Juan Carlos Abril, Madrid, Visor, 2014.

6) Mayorga, Juan. Himmelweg, con un ensayo de Reyes Mate, Segovia, La uÑa RoTa, 2022.


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GRACIA, Jordi (ed.) (2000). Los nuevos nombres: 1975-2000. Primer suplemento, tomo 9/1 de la Historia y crítica de la literatura española. Barcelona: Crítica.

GRACIA, Jordi y RÓDENAS DE MOYA, Domingo (2011). Historia de la literatura española. 7. Derrota y restitución de la Modernidad (1939-2000). Barcelona: Crítica.

MAINER, José-Carlos (1981). La edad de plata (1902-1939). Ensayo de interpretación de un proceso cultural. Madrid: Cátedra.

MAINER, José-Carlos (ed.) (1979). Modernismo y 98, tomo 6 de la Historia y crítica de la literatura española. Barcelona: Crítica.

MAINER, José-Carlos (ed.) (1994). Modernismo y 98. Primer suplemento, tomo 6/1 de la Historia y crítica de la literatura española. Barcelona: Crítica.

MAINER, José-Carlos (2010). Historia de la literatura española. 6. Modernidad y nacionalismo (1900-1939), dirigida por José-Carlos Mainer. Barcelona: Crítica.

PRIETO DE PAULA, Ángel Luis y LANGA PIZARRO, Mara (2007). Manual de literatura española actual: de la transición al tercer milenio. Madrid: Castalia.

SÁNCHEZ VIDAL, Agustín (ed.) (1995). Época contemporánea: 1914-1939. Primer suplemento, tomo 7/1 de la Historia y crítica de la literatura española, Barcelona, Crítica.

SANZ VILLANUEVA, Santos (ed.)  (1999). Época contemporánea: 1939-1975. Primer suplemento, tomo 8/1 de Historia y crítica de la literatura española. Barcelona: Crítica.

VILLANUEVA, Darío (ed.) (1992). Los nuevos nombres: 1975-1990, tomo 9 de Historia y crítica de la literatura española. Barcelona: Crítica.

YNDURÁIN, Domingo (ed.) (1980). Época contemporánea: 1939-1980, tomo 8 de Historia y crítica de la literatura española. Barcelona: Crítica.


FERNÁNDEZ CIFUENTES, Luis (ed.) (2005). Estudios sobre la poesía de Lorca, Madrid, Istmo.

GARCÍA POSADA, Miguel (1981). Lorca: interpretación de “Poeta en Nueva York”, Madrid, Akal.

GEIST, Anthony L. (1986), “Las mariposas en la barba: una lectura de Poeta en Nueva York”, Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos, 435-436, pp. 547-566.

GIBSON, Ian (1987), Federico García Lorca. De Nueva York a Fuente Grande (1929-1936), Barcelona, Grijalbo.

HARRIS, Derek (1978). García Lorca. Poeta en Nueva York, Londres, Grant and Cutler.

LLERA, José Antonio (2013), Lorca en Nueva York: una poética del grito, Kassel, Reichenburger,

MAURER, Christopher y ANDERSON, Andrew A. (eds.) (2013). Federico García Lorca en Nueva York y La Habana. Cartas y recuerdos. Barcelona: Galaxia Gutenberg / Círculo de Lectores.

SORIA OLMEDO, Andrés (2004). Fábula de fuentes: tradición y vida literaria en Federico García Lorca. Madrid: Publicaciones de la Residencia de Estudiantes.


ARIAS CAREAGA, Raquel (2017). “La literatura de Luisa Carnés durante la Segunda República: Tea rooms”, Cultura de la República, 1, pp. 55-72. Disponible en: https://revistas.uam.es/index.php/crepublica/article/view/7621

OLMEDO, Iliana (2014a). “El trabajo femenino en la novela de la Segunda República: Tea rooms (1934) de Luisa Carnés”, RILCE, .30 (2), pp. 503-524.

OLMEDO, Iliana (2014b). Itinerarios del exilio. La obra narrativa de Luisa Carnés. Sevilla, Renacimiento

SOMOLINOS MOLINA, Cristina (2022). Rojas las manos:  mujeres trabajadoras en la narrativa española contemporánea. Granada: Comares.

MAX AUB, San Juan

AZNAR SOLER, Manuel (2003). Los laberintos del exilio: diecisiete estudios sobre la obra literaria de Max Aub. Sevilla: Renacimento.

GÓMEZ LÓPEZ-QUIÑONES, Antonio (2005). “Víctimas en conflicto: las voces del Holocausto en San Juan (1942) de Max Aub”. En: Pedro Guerrero Ruiz (ed.): Lorca, taller del tiempo: ALDEEU 2004, Asociación de Licenciados y Doctores Españoles en Estados Unidos. Murcia: Universidad de Murcia, Servicio de Publicaciones: 35-43.

LÓPEZ GARCÍA, José-Ramón (2013). “El lugar de la tragedia: San Juan”. En: José-Ramón López García, Fabula y espejo. Variaciones sobre lo judío en la obra de Max Aub. Sevilla: Renacimiento, pp. 147-192.

MONLEÓN, José (1994). “San Juan: historia de ayer, alegoría permanente”, Ínsula (mayo), pp. 16 y 17.

SOLDEVILA, Ignacio (1999). El compromiso de la imaginación. Vida y obra de Max Aub. Segorbe: Fundación Max Aub.

VICENTE, Arie (1991). Lo judío en el teatro español contemporáneo. Madrid: Editorial Pliegos, pp. 71-110.

VILCHES-DE-FRUTOS, Francisca (2003). “La dimensión histórica de una tragedia colectiva: San Juan, de Max Aub”. En: Elena Romero Castelló (coord.), Judaísmo hispano: estudios en memoria de José Luis Lacave Riano. Madrid: CSIC, vol. 1, pp. 353-361.

ZEPP, Susanne (2010): “Early Writing – Max Aub’s San Juan”. En: Antonio Gómez López-Quiñones y Susanne Zepp (eds.): The Holocaust in Spanish Memory: Historical Perceptions and Cultural Discourse. Berlin: LeipzigerUniversitätsverlag GmbH, pp. 163-175.


ALEMANY BAY, Carmen (1990), La novelística de Carmen Martín Gaite: Aproximación crítica, Salamanca: Ediciones de la Diputación de Salamanca.

CIPLIJAUSKAITÉ, Biruté (2000), Carmen Martín Gaite (1925–2000), Madrid: Ediciones del Orto.

JURADO MORALES, José (2001). Del testimonio al intimismo. Los cuentos de Carmen Martín Gaite. Cádiz, Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad de Cádiz. Disponible en: SKM_C25822040713350 (uca.es)

JURADO MORALES, José (2003). La trayectoria narrativa de Carmen Martín Gaite. Madrid: Gredos.

JURADO MORALES, José (2018). Carmen Martín Gaite. El juego de la vida y la literatura. Madrid: Visor Libros.

O'LEARY, Catherine y RIBEIRO DE MENEZES, Alison (eds.) (2008). A Companion to Carmen Martín Gaite. Woodbridge, U.K. / Rochester, N.Y.: Tamesis.

LUIS GARCÍA MONTERO, Habitaciones separadas

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ABRIL, Juan Carlos y CANDEL VILA, Xelo (eds.) (2009). El romántico ilustrado. Imágenes de Luis García Montero. Sevilla: Renacimiento

AMANN, Elizabeth (2010). “Separate Rooms: Luis García Montero and the Reading of Experience”, Symposium. Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures, 64.3, pp. 187-201.

DÍAZ DE CASTRO, Francisco (1996). “Habitaciones separadas de Luis García Montero, Ínsula, 594, pp. 22-24.

OLEZA, Juan Carlos. (2003). “Luis García Montero: ‘El insomnio de Jovellanos’, un tiempo mío entre dos olas”. En: Jesús García Sánchez (ed.), Centuria. Cien años de poesía en español. Madrid: Visor, pp. 403-418

SCARANO, Laura (2004). Las palabras preguntan por su casaLa poesía de Luis García Montero. Madrid: Visor.


AZNAR SOLER, Manuel (2011). «Memoria, metateatro y mentira en Himmelweg, de Juan Mayorga», estudio introductorio a, Juan Mayorga. Himmelweg. Estudio introductorio, notas y apéndices de Manuel Aznar Soler. Ciudad Real: Ñaque, pp. 15-128.

BRIZUELA, Mabel (ed.) (2011). Un espejo que despliega. El teatro de Juan Mayorga. Córdoba: Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras.

DI PASTENA, Enrico (2010). “El reloj y la canción: la dimensión metatextual en Himmelweg, de Juan Mayorga”, Annali dell'istituto Universitario Orientale di Napoli. Sezione Romanza, 52, pp. 29-57.

FRANCISCO RODÓ, Alicia (2017). “El tiempo de los vencidos en Himmelweg de Juan Mayorga. El teatro histórico como teatro político”, Anagnórisis. Revista de investigación teatral, 16, pp. 220-244. Disponible en: http://anagnorisis.es/pdfs/n16/AliciaFrancisco(220-244)n16.pdf

GARCÍA BARRIENTOS, José-Luis (2016). “Puesta en escena de loirrepresentable (Análisis dela dramaturgia de Himmelweg)”. En: José-Luis García Barrientos (ed.), Análisis de la dramaturgia española actual. Madrid: Ediciones Antígona, pp. 225-264.

MONLEÓN, José (2004). “Himmelweg, de Juan Mayorga: La construcción de la memoria”, Primer Acto: Cuadernos de Investigación Teatral, 305, pp. 25–27. 

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