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Level 5

5AASB099 Memory in Modern Spanish Culture

Credit value: 15 credits
Module tutors: Dr Federico BonaddioDr Daniel Muñoz Sempere
Assessment: One 2000 word tutorial essay (40%); One 2000 word final essay (60%) 
Teaching pattern: 2-hours per week (lecture and seminar)
Reassessment: Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt

This module is available to students without knowledge of Spanish

Module description

This module will explore memory in Spanish culture both as a collective and personal experience, through the study of literary texts, painting and/or film under three broad and related themes: (1) Historical memory and national identity; (2) Memory and trauma; and (3) Memory and authorship. In the process it will invite students to consider the ways in which certain cultural products in modern Spain act to memorialise historical events and figures; or the ways in which others serve to recuperate a past once wilfully forgotten; or the ways some problematize memory as in, for example, the use of an unreliable narrator; or the ways in which they express the value of clinging to personal memories or, conversely, the pain and trauma of having to remember at all. As well as being a personal concern for individual writers, filmmakers and artists, the idea of memory has far-reaching implications for a nation whose turbulent history has brought with it the imperatives to remember, misremember and forget.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module students will be able to demonstrate intellectual, transferable and practical skills appropriate to a Level 5 module, and in particular they will be able to: 

  • Identify key features relating to memory in examples of art, literature and/or film, including the relevance to/of the historical context
  • Analyse and manipulate a conceptual framework for describing the treatment and/or function of memory in examples of art, literature and/or film
  • Effectively discuss, examine and respond to debates around memory as it applies to culture
  • Begin to develop appropriate autonomous research strategies in order to plan, draft, author and complete module assessment 

Core texts

  • Pablo Picasso’s painting Guernica
  • A selection of short late C19th texts
  • A selection of Antonio Machado’s poems
  • Federico García Lorca’s play Mariana Pineda
  • Víctor Erice’s film El espíritu de la colmena/The Spirit of the Beehive
  • Rosa Montero’s novel Crónica del desamor/Absent Love

Students are expected to purchase their own copies of

  • Federico García Lorca’s Mariana Pineda (any edition)
  • Rosa Montero’s Crónica del desamor/Absent Love (any edition)

The expectation is that students with an A-level in Spanish will purchase the original Spanish-text versions. 

The modules run in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand so there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary depending between years.

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