Dr Emily Baker (Term 1) / Dr Carmen Fracchia (Term 2)
Language pre-requisite: A-Level Spanish or equivalent
Mondays 6.00-7.30pm (Terms 1 and 2)
Module Description: Taught in Spanish, this module provides you with the opportunity to engage with the target language through a range of key literary and visual texts. It introduces you to different aspects of the Hispanic world by focussing on the relationship between literature, art and society (as well as history and politics).
On completion of the course, you should be able to engage critically with key aspects of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world in both the early modern and modern periods of its diverse history.
In the first part of this course you will have an introduction to Latin America’s famous ‘Boom’ generation through one of its key novels, Carlos Fuentes’ La muerte de Artemio Cruz. We shall examine the novel in detail, a few chapters at a time, as well as discovering key trends in literary and cultural criticism through a number of secondary texts. In the second part, you will have an introduction to the Spanish and Mexican visual form of the early modern period through key paintings: Las Meninas (1656) by Diego Velázquez, The Breamore Casta Paintings (c. 1715) by Juan Rodríguez Juárez and La familia de Carlos IV (1800) by Francisco de Goya. We will look at the ways in which paintings either contribute or subvert the formation of the Spanish Empire from the late fifteenth century to the eighteenth century. The emphasis will be on the relationship between politics, religion, 'race' and the visual form.
Syllabus: TERM 1- with Emily Baker
Week 1: Latin American Literature and ‘The Boom’
Week 2: Carlos Fuentes and ‘la internacionalización de la novela hispanoamericana’
Week 3: La muerte de Artemio Cruz capítulos 1 & 2 (Hussar article)
Week 4: La muerte de… capítulo 3
Week 5: La muerte de… capítulo 4 (Ortega article)
Week 6: READING WEEK
Week 7: La muerte de… capítulos 5, 6, & 7
Week 8:La muerte de… capítulo 8 (Potvin article)
Week 9: La muerte de… capítulos 9 & 10
Week 10: La muerte de… capítulo 11 (Zunilda Farias article)
Week 11: La muerte de… capítulo 12 & Revision
TERM 2- with Carmen Fracchia
Week 1:Las Meninas: La formación del imperio español y la cultura visual (Maravall, capítulo)
Week 2:Las Meninas: La formacióndel imperio español y la cultura visual (Morán Turina y Portús, capítulo)
Week 3:Las Meninas: imperio, esclavitud y cultura visual (Fracchia, artículo)
Week 4: Las Meninas: imperio, esclavitud y cultura visual (Fracchia, artículo)
Week 5:The Breamore Casta Paintings: imperio, esclavitud e identidad colonial en Nueva España (México) (Fracchia, capítulo)
Week 6: READING WEEK
Week 7:The Breamore Casta Paintings: imperio, esclavitud e identidad colonial en Nueva España (México) (Katzew, libro)
Week 8:La familia de Carlos IV y Las Meninas: imperio español, la Ilustración y la cultura visual (Morán Turina y Portús, capítulo)
Week 9:La familia de Carlos IV: imperio español, la Ilustración y la cultura visual (Morán Turina y Portús, capítulo)
Week 10: Los Caprichos de Goya: imperio español, la Ilustración y cultura visual (Tomlinson, libro)
Week 11Los desastres de la guerra de Goya: imperio español, la Ilustración y cultura visual (Tomlinson, libro)
Presentation and Log (1000 words) 20%
Theme specific annotated bibliography (1200 words) 40%
Critical review of one of the works studied (2000 words) 40%
Essential Texts: TERM 1
Please can everyone get hold of a copy of:
Carlos Fuentes, La muerte de Artemio Cruz (There are multiple editions available including an Alfaguara Kindle version. Please make sure whichever you choose is in Spanish.)
Texts and images will be provided on Moodle:
Fracchia, Carmen, ‘(Lack of) Visual Representation of Black Slaves in Spanish Golden Age Painting’, Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, 10 (2004), pp. 23-34.
Fracchia, Carmen, ‘Depicting the Iberian African in New Spain’, in Jean Andrews and Alex Coroleu (eds.), Mexico 1680: Intellectual and Cultural Life at the Apogee of the Barroco de Indias (2007), pp. 49-68.
Katzew, Ilona, Casta painting: images of race in eighteenth-century Mexico (2004).
Maravall, José Antonio, Velázquez y el espíritu de la modernidad 1987).
Morán Turina, Miguel y Javier Portús, El arte de mirar: la pintura y su público en la España de Velázquez (1997).
Tomlinson, Janis A., Goya en el crepúsculo del Siglo de las Luces (1993).
Full Module Title:
Studying the Hispanic, Luso-Brazilian and Native American Worlds
30 / Level 4
Dr Luis Trindade (Term 1); Dr Mari Paz Balibrea (Term 2)
Dr Luis Trindade, Dr Patricia Sequeira Brás, Dr Mari Paz Balibrea
None. This module will be taught in English.
Mondays, 7.40-9.00 pm (Terms 1 and 2)
This module will equip you with key study skills to enable you to perform independent critical and scholarly work in your subsequent years of study. Areas of skills addressed include class preparation and note taking, using the library and other subject-specific resources, as well as building up academic writing skills through a variety of assessments such as the individual log, annotated bibliography and critical review. These skills are implemented through the study of a range of key cultural concepts and artefacts, which this year will focus on Spain in the contemporary period and on Portuguese Modernism, Portuguese cinema novo, and the visual arts in nineteenth-century Brazil.
Introduction to the course and term 1
Skills: note taking, class preparation
Topic: Introduction. Fernando Pessoa’s Heteronyms and Modernism
Readings: Pessoa, Fernando. “Three Letters to Adolfo Casais Monteiro” and “The Master and His Disciples”, The Selected Prose of Fernando Pessoa
Skills: avoiding plagiarism
Topic: The Heteronyms: Alberto Caeiro
Readings: “Fernando Pessoa and the Theatre of His Self”, by Richard Zenith; “Fernando Pessoa and the Modernist Generation”, by Mariana Gray de Castro
Skills: how to write a log
Topic: The Heteronyms: Ricardo Reis and Álvaro de Campos
Readings: “Fernando Pessoa: not one but multiple isms”, by Jerónimo Pizarro; “Pessoa’s Unmodernity: Ricardo Reis”, by Helena Carvalhão Buescu
Secondary sources Pessoa, Fernando. “Three Letters to Adolfo Casais Monteiro” and
“The Master and His Disciples”, The Selected Prose of Fernando Pessoa
“Fernando Pessoa and the Theatre of His Self”, by Richard Zenith;
“Fernando Pessoa and the Modernist Generation”, by Mariana Gray de Castro “Fernando Pessoa: not one but multiple isms”, by Jerónimo Pizarro;
“Pessoa’s Unmodernity: Ricardo Reis”, by Helena Carvalhão Buescu “Masked Rhetoric: Contextuality in Fernando Pessoa’s poems”, by Anne J. Cruz; “In the Hall of Mirrors”, by Paul Muldoon "‘Finally, we have our own nouvelle vague.’ António da Cunha Telles Productions and the Cinema Novo Português (1963-1967)," eSharp, Special Issue: New Waves and New Cinemas, 2009, pp. 4-21, by Anthony De Melo
"'If Life Permits Me' Resentations of Lisbon in Fernando Lopes's Belarmino", Shades of Grey 1960s Lisbon in Novel, Film and Photobook, Maney Publishing: London, 2011, p.113-161, Paul Melo e Castro
TERM 2: THESE TEXTS ARE MANDATORY READING:
Anderson,Benedict. Imagined Communities.Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. London:Verso, 1983, pp. 1-46.
Blanco White, José María. “Letter III” from Letters from Spain (1822). Available on-line:http://archive.org/details/lettersfromspain00whitiala
Gómez de Avellaneda, Gertrudis. Sab and Autobiography. University of Texas Press, 1993 (or any edition available). This edition contains two books by Gómez de Avellaneda. You are only required to read Sab.
Pérez Galdós, Benito. Trafalgar. A Tale. W.S. Gottsberger, 1884 [original Spanish from 1873]. Free access on line: https://archive.org/details/trafalgaratale00galdgoog
Not essential but recommended for Term 2:
Raymond Carr (ed.), Spain: A History(Oxford University Press, 2000) [Recommended as historical background reading]
Level 5 Modules:
Full Module Title:
Latin American Film
30 / Level 5
Prof John Kraniauskas
Prof John Kraniauskas
This module will be taught in English. There is no language requirement other than English.
Wednesdays 7.30 – 9.00 pm (Terms 1 and 2)
In this course you will be introduced to a variety of Latin American cinemas from approximately the 1940s to the present. Attention will be paid to different traditions of film-making as well as to the changing contexts in which films are produced in Mexico, Chile, Bolivia, Argentina and Brazil – including the ways in which Latin America has been represented by certain ‘maverick’ Hollywood ‘auteurs’ such as Orson Welles and Sam Peckinpah. You will look at such film movements and traditions as the Mexican ‘Golden Age’ of film (Emilio ‘el Indio’ Fernandez), Argentine ‘art’ cinema (Leopoldo Torres Nilsson), ‘third’ and ‘imperfect’ cinemas (Glauber Rocha of Brazil; Tomás Guitérrez Alea of Cuba; Jorge Sanjinés of Bolivia) and more contemporary works of ‘world cinema’ such as Amores perros (Mexico) and City of God (Brazil). In addition, you will also be introduced to the language of film criticism.
Please note: the films mentioned below are indicative