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SPA3: Introduction to Hispanic Literature (ab initio)

This paper is available for the academic year 2023-24.


The SPA3 texts for study are Iciar Bollaín's También la lluvia (film), Emilia Pardo Bazán's Cuentos, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz's A Sor Juana Anthology (ed. Trueblood) and Federico García Lorca's Romancero gitano.

These texts are a subset of those taught in Sp1, the Post-A level paper for Part IA students (Option B). Students enrolled in SPA3 are encouraged to attend the SP1 lectures on the texts to bolster their knowledge of Hispanophone literature and linguistics.

Aims and objectives: 

SPA3 is designed to give you an introduction to some of the main areas of study in the Spanish Tripos, allowing you to sample literature and film from the early modern period to the present and from Spain to Latin America.

The paper allows you to work on a variety of texts and topics that will give you solid grounding in Hispanic Studies whilst making you aware of its richness and complexity.

SPA3 is available to Part IA ab initio students (Option A) only

Course materials: 

Set Texts:

Section A - The Pre-Modern Condition:

Baroque: Sor Juana, Obras

Section B - The Consolidation of Modernity:

Realism: Emilia Pardo Bazán, Cuentos

Section C - Modernism and Beyond:

Avant-Garde: Federico García Lorca, Romancero gitano

Contemporary Cinema: Icíar Bollaín, También la lluvia (film)

Teaching and learning: 

Teaching will take the form of three supervisions in the Michaelmas and Lent Terms and two revision supervisions in Easter Term, and three introductory lectures in Michaelmas and eight lectures on the set texts occurring throughout the year.



Assessment will be by end-of-year examination. In the examination you will be asked to answer three questions, each taken from a different section of the paper. Students will be asked to complete a commentary of a passage taken from one of the texts and two essay questions on two of the three texts not used in the commentary response.

Course Contacts: 
Dr Stephanie Rohner