Course Description

Course Name

Introduction to Spanish Literature

Session: VSVS1121

Hours & Credits

45 Contact Hours

Prerequisites & Language Level

Note: A placement exam will be required when you arrive on site.


  • Prior to enrolling in courses at this language level, students must have completed or tested out of a minimum of four semesters (or six quarters) at the college level.


Course Description:
Throughout the 45 contact hours of this course, we will examine the most important literary movements of Spanish literature and study the most important authors. By reading and analyzing excerpts of the most important works, we will seek to obtain a more complete understanding of the body of Spanish literature.

Course Content:

Block 1

1.1. The Middle Ages
1.1.1. Mester de Juglaría and Mester de Clerecía.
1.1.2. Fernando de Rojas: La Celestina.
1.2. The Renaissance
1.2.1. The poetry of Garcilaso de la Vega y Fray Luis de León.
1.2.2. The picaresque novel: El Lazarillo de Tormes.
1.3. Miguel de Cervantes: El Quijote.
1.4. Baroque Period.
1.4.1. Poetry of Góngora y Quevedo.
1.4.2. Baroque theater: Lope de Vega and Calderón de la Barca.
1.5. Romanticism.
1.5.1. Romantic drama: Don Álvaro y Don Juan.
1.5.2. Poetry of Bécquer.
1.6. Realism: Realist and Naturalist Novel: Galdós y Clarín.

Block 2

2.1. Generation of ?98
2.1.1. Poetry: Antonio Machado
2.1.2. Narrative: Azorín
2.1.3. Theatre: Valle-Inclán
2.2. Avant-garde: Ramón Gómez de la Serna
2.3. Juan Ramón Jiménez
2.4. Generation of ?27: Pedro Salinas, Jorge Guillén, Rafael Alberti and Federico
García Lorca
2.5. Postwar Period
2.5.1. Poetry: Blas de Otero
2.5.2. Narrative: Camilo José Cela
2.5.3. Theatre: Buero Vallejo
2.6. Contemporary Literature: Ángel González, Luis Goytisolo and Antonio Gala

Bibliography: Aside from the texts mentioned above, the course will make reference to, amongst others, the following sources:

Gómez del Manzano, M. (1994) España escribe sobre Europa. Madrid. SM.
Hernández, G. (2002) Lengua y Literatura, Madrid. SGEL.
Hernández García, G. (2003) Lengua y Literatura 1. Madrid. SGEL

Class participation: 10%
Homework: 15%
Mid-term exam: 25%
Final exam: 35%
Final research paper: 15%

Classroom attendance is mandatory. It will not be possible to miss more than four classes. In cases where an absence is due to medical reasons, students will be required to submit the appropriate documentation. Class starts on time and tardiness will be counted as half an absence.

Classroom Behavior:
Students will be expected to participate in classroom activities and discussions and to maintain a respectful attitude. Eating and the use of personal laptops are prohibited (unless explicitly authorized by the professor).

*Course content subject to change