Spanish literature (MA)

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide students with in-depth methodological and theoretical knowledge in the field of Spanish literature, with a thematic and interdisciplinary approach with other disciplines in the humanities, aimed at broadening cultural horizons and consolidating critical, philological and translational skills, also useful for the training courses of future teachers.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding of the cultural, historical and ideological horizons of the analyzed works; learning of theories and critical methods. Applying knowledge and understanding: ability to identify the relations of thematic associations in a textual corpus, recognize ideological differences, discover new knowledge and use properly scholarly sources.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Teaching methods
The lessons will be online on the Microsoft Teams platform and can be followed synchronously according to the official timetable. They will be registered and left available to students on the same platform. Furthermore, in ARIEL the students will find complementary study materials: anthologies, critical articles, notes and the diary of the lessons.
Students must register for the course through the EasyLesson app.

Program and reference material
The program and the reference material will not change.
Learning verification procedures and assessment criteria
The exam will take place in oral form using the Microsoft Teams platform or, when possible, in the presence, always in oral form.
The exam, in particular, will be aimed at:
- ensure the achievement of objectives in terms of knowledge and understanding;
- ascertain the ability to apply knowledge and understanding through the critical commentary of literary texts;
- verify the student's autonomy of judgment also through the thematic analysis of texts by various authors;
- ascertain the mastery of the language and the ability to present the topics in a clear and orderly way.
During the course, some formative assessment activities will be held, with the simulation of an exam test and its correction. Participation in these activities will be voluntary and will have no consequence on the final vote.
Course syllabus
The course, entitled "Del silencio a la voz compartida: historias de mujeres, escrituras femeninas" (From silence to shared voice: women's histories, feminine writings), is dedicated to the study of literary representations of female characters and to the critical interpretation of some women writers' works. Held entirely in Spanish, it consists of the following learning modules, which will be addressed in sequence:
A (20 hours, 3 credits): Women through the centuries: propedeutic readings;
B (20 hours, 3 credits): María de Zayas and the hegemonic culture of her time;
C (20 hours, 3 credits): Contemporary women writers against discriminations.
A) In the first learning module we will study the evolution of the status of women and their reflection in texts from various eras, from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. B) We will continue our itinerary by analyzing the short stories of María de Zayas from an ideological point of view and by comparing them with the pages of other 17th-century authors. C) We will conclude with the interpretation of some novels by contemporary writers whose works give protagonism to women and become a weapon of denunciation against violence and injustice.
During the course seminars will be available for students.
The course program is valid until July 2022. From the autumn session 2022 only the program 2020-21 will be valid.
Prerequisites for admission
The course, held entirely in Spanish, is reserved for students who have completed the three-year course and who have already achieved good linguistic and literary skills.
Teaching methods
The course adopts the following teaching methods: lectures; reading and commenting of excerpts from the works in the program; collaboration with students: analysis, translation, reflection, discussion and research; student reports.
Teaching Resources
The course site is on the platform Ariel (, where you will find texts, anthologies and critical materials provided by the teacher. For each section of the course, specific critical essays on individual works or authors or on general questions will be made available. This is the list of compulsory readings for the various learning modules and the reference editions:
- Critical materials collected in ARIEL.
− Cristina Segura Graíño (Coord.), Feminismo y misoginia en la literatura española. Fuentes literarias para la Historia de las Mujeres, Madrid, Narcea, 2001.
- Anthological selections and critical materials collected in ARIEL.
- Zayas y Sotomayor, María de, Novelas amorosas y ejemplares, ed. Julián Olivares, Cátedra (Letras Hispánicas), Madrid, 20042; Desengaños amorosos, ed. de Alicia Yllera, Madrid, Cátedra (Letras Hispánicas), 1983.
- Gamboa Tusquets, Yolanda, Cartografía social en la narrativa de María de Zayas, Biblioteca Nueva (Madrid), 2009 (anche in ebook).
- Anthological selections and critical materials collected in ARIEL.
- Critical commentary of two novels chosen from the following:
- Aldecoa, Josefina, Historia de una maestra, Debolsillo, Barcelona, 2016.
- Caso, Ángeles, Contra el viento, Barcelona, Planeta, 2013.
- Chacón, Dulce, La voz dormida, Debolsillo, Barcelona, 2016; Algún amor que no mate, Blanca vuela mañana, Háblame, musa, de aquel varón, in Trilogía de la huida, Barcelona, Debolsillo , 2016; Cielos de barro, Barcelona, Debolsillo, 2017;
- Chacón, Inma, Mientras pueda pensarte, Barcelona, Planeta, Barcelona, 2014; Tierra sin hombres, Barcelona, Planeta, 2018; Tiempo de arena, Barcelona, Planeta, 2017.
- Jiménez, Carmen, Madre mía, que estás en los infiernos, Madrid, Siruela, 2008.
- Moya, Elena, La maestra republicana, Barcelona, Debolsillo, 2015.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists of an oral interview in Spanish, in which the teacher will ask questions aimed at ascertaining both general theoretical knowledge (relating to the cultural age and methodological tools, according to the topics presented in class ), both the ability to analyze and frame the texts (the works and the anthological selections included in the course). In the evaluation, the ability to highlight the relationships between works, thematic analogies and ideological differences will be appreciated. The final grade is expressed in thirtieths, and the student has the right to refuse it (in this case it will be verbalized as "withdrawn").
International or Erasmus incoming students are invited to contact the teacher promptly. The examination procedures for students with disabilities and / or with DSA must be agreed with the teacher, in connection with the competent Office.
Unita' didattica A
L-LIN/05 - SPANISH LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
L-LIN/05 - SPANISH LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
L-LIN/05 - SPANISH LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
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