Contemporary Spanish Literature

Universidad Católica de Valencia

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Contemporary Spanish Literature

  • Host University

    Universidad Católica de Valencia

  • Location

    Valencia, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Literature, Spanish Culture

  • Language Level

    Advanced

    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    0
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    0
  • Overview

    The main purpose of this course is to analyze recent Spanish culture through a selection of films and literary works. Students read excerpts or full novels, several short stories, and watch a number of films over the course of the semester. Works selected focus on the period of rapid social, economic, and political change in Spain between 1979 and the present day. Through the study of each literary work, students will gain valuable knowledge of critical issues and a deeper understanding of the complexities of Spanish culture. Language of Instruction: Spanish

    CONTENTS
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    1. La posguerra
    1.1. La colmena (fragmento & película) & "El Gallego y su cuadrilla", Camilo José Cela
    1.2. Tiempo de silencio (fragmento), Luis Martín Santos
    1.3. El tragaluz (fragmento), Antonio Buero Vallejo
    1.4. "Los de la tienda", Ana María Matute
    2. Literatura actual
    2.1. Las bicicletas son para el verano (fragmento), Fernando Fernán-Gómez
    2.2. "La lengua de las mariposas" (cuento & película), Manuel Rivas
    2.3. El cuarto de atrás (fragmento), Carmen Martín Gaite
    2.4. El capitán Alatriste (fragmento) & película, Arturo Pérez Reverte
    2.5. Todas las almas (fragmento) & "En el viaje de novios", Javier Marías
    2.6. "El hombre sombra", Antonio Muñoz Molina
    2.7. "Volver", Carme Riera
    2.8. "De su ventana a la mía", Carmen Martín Gaite
    2.9. "Penélope", Lourdes Ortiz
    2.10. Atlas de la geografía humana (fragmento), Almudena Grandes
    2.11. Sin noticias de Gurb, Eduardo Mendoza

    METHODOLOGY
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    The class will be organized on a seminar style basis. That is, the professor will count on students having
    read the assigned material beforehand and, therefore, coming to class prepared to debate. Active
    participation and attendance are essential and will play an active role in the final grade.

    MATERIALS
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    - A reader prepared by the professor.

    ATTENDANCE
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    This class is intensive; therefore it is necessary to keep up with the material (there will be daily
    homework) and attend class every day. You are allowed up to 2 absences, use them wisely. Any absence
    beyond that will lower your final grade in 0,5 points (out of a grand total of 10 points) for each absence
    beyond the second one (exceptions will only be granted in case of hospitalization or when the student is
    required to go back to the States).

    PUNCTUALITY
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    DO NOT COME LATE TO CLASS: if on 2 occasions you get to class 15 minutes late, that will count as
    1 absence. Likewise, if on 2 occasions you leave your class 15 minutes before the ending time, that will
    also imply 1 absence. Any tardy after 15 minutes will count as 1 absence (i.e. Getting to class at 11 = 1
    absence // Leaving class at 12 = 1 absence).

    TURNING IN PAPERS & COMPOSITIONS
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    Según las normas UCV-US PROGRAM, no entregar el trabajo en la fecha y hora indicadas supone un
    punto (sobre 10) de penalización por día. Entregarlo después de las 5 pm del día indicado, 1 punto, después de las 5 pm del día siguiente, 2 puntos, y entregarlo después de las 5 pm del siguiente día (72 horas después de lo establecido) = nota 0, aunque se le corrija el ensayo al estudiante.
    * Es responsabilidad únicamente del estudiante el asegurarse que el profesor ha recibido y puede abrir su documento adjunto (attachment) en formato Word.doc. Si por cualquier motivo el profesor no puede abrir el documento o no lo recibe, es responsabilidad del estudiante el asegurarse, NO del profesor. De otra manera la nota será 0, cero.
    *Plagio: There is ZERO tolerance with plagiarism. Copy and paste, except on ?quotations? regulated by MLA or Chicago style procedures, from any kind of work is considered plagiarism. Any form of academic dishonesty may result in your failing the course. Direct translation from an English article to Spanish is considered a breach of academic integrity as is copying an article in Spanish or specifically memorizing an article in Spanish that you have not written. In addition, do not have another person who is more advanced in Spanish than you extensively review/re-write your oral and/or written work. This often results in work that is not your own.

    SPANISH-AMERICAN GRADES EQUIVALENCIES
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    La equivalencia de notas se llevará a cabo teniendo en cuenta la siguiente tabla:
    A+ 10 - 9,91
    A (Matrícula de honor) 9.90 ? 9.0 A- (Sobresaliente) 8.99 ? 8.75 B+ (Notable alto) 8.74 ? 8.25
    B (Notable bajo) 8.24 ? 7.5 B- (Bien alto) 7.49 ? 7.0 C+ (Bien bajo) 6.99 ? 6.0
    C (Suficiente alto) 5.99 ? 5.0 D (Deficiente) 4.99 ? 4.0 F (Muy deficiente) 3.99 - 0

    EVALUATION CRITERIA
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    3 Oral presentations 45%
    Midterm paper (11th March) 20%
    Final paper (6th May) 35%
    * 3 Oral presentations (15% each): On a topic related to the course content (20 minutes, minimum; 30 minutes, maximum). Interaction with the other students will be fundamental. It has to include bibliography to show that some research on the topic has been done. No grade above B will be granted to a presentation with no research and bibliography. Interviews, websites, Wikipedia and the like are NOT considered ?academic?.
    * Midterm paper: a 2000 word + bibliography, one sided, Times New Roman 12, 1.5-spaced
    academic paper on a topic related to the course content. This paper needs to be authorized by the
    professor. No grade above B will be granted to a paper with less than 2000 words and the
    necessary academic sources.
    * Final paper: a 3000 word + bibliography, one sided, Times New Roman 12, 1.5-spaced
    academic paper on a topic related to the course content. This paper needs to be authorized by the
    professor. No grade above B will be granted to a paper with less than 3000 words and the
    necessary academic sources.
    **No grade above B will be granted without the use of a minimum of 4 academic resources.
    Interviews, websites, Wikipedia and the like are not considered ?academic?. Students should use
    resources from sites such as JStor, NYConnect, OCLC First Search, ArticlesFirst, EBSCO, etc.
    ** Citation information: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/06/
    **Extra credit: Students can receive extra credit by writing an academic paper = 1200 words +
    bibliography, one sided, Times New Roman 12, 1.5-spaced academic paper on a topic related to the
    course content. This paper needs to be authorized by the professor.
    **Official dates: Presentation / paper submission dates will not be modified unless an officially justified emergency comes up.

    BIBLIOGRAPHY
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    Alvar, Carlos et. al. Breve historia de la literatura española. Madrid: Alianza editorial, 2005.
    Barros, Lorenzo et al. Curso de literatura. Español lengua extranjera. Madrid: Edelsa, 2006.
    Cabrales, José Manuel and Hernández, Guillermo. Literatura española y latinoamericana. Del
    romanticismo a la actualidad. Madrid: SGEL, 2009.
    Encinar, Ángeles y Anthony Percival, eds. Cuento español contemporáneo. Madrid: Cátedra, 2004.
    González Martínez, Juan. Breve historia de la literatura española. Barcelona: Octaedro, 2009.
    Paredes Méndez, Francisca, et. al. Voces de España. Antología literaria. USA: Thomson Heinle,
    2005.

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Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

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