SPA4006 : Spectres of the Past: Memory in Contemporary Spanish Culture
- Offered for Year: 2020/21
- Module Leader(s): Dr Philippa Page
- Owning School: Modern Languages
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
In consonance with the overall aim of the degrees offered in the SML, this module aims to contribute to students’ broad-based knowledge of contemporary Spanish culture. It will build on skills gained at Stages 1 and 2 through studying a range of literary and cinematic responses to the memory of Francoism.
Outline Of Syllabus
This module draws on material in Spanish and explores how literature, theatre and film have intervened in debates over how the memory of Francoism should be represented. It will address questions of how to read and interpret literary and filmic texts in the light of broader theoretical debates concerning the memory of dictatorship. Particular emphasis will be placed on transnational and multidirectional memory, whereby contemporary works attempt to establish productive dialogues with other memories of authoritarianism - most notably the Holocaust. The module aims to provide an introduction to key conceptualisations of memory that have marked out the boundaries of the emerging interdisciplinary field of Memory Studies, as well as how approaches to memory have evolved in Spain since 1975. The module is comparative in spirit and assessed essays will be required to compare different literary genres/media. The module is taught in English, with certain activities (theatre workshop and student presentations) in Spanish.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||22||1:00||22:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||8||1:00||8:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||1||2:00||2:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||4||1:00||4:00||Individual supervision|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||161:10||161:10||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||2:50||2:50||Guided screening|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures will allow definition of the scope of the syllabus, an introduction to a body of knowledge, and modelling of the analysis required (note-taking). Lectures will make use of PowerPoint, and a hand-out with the structure of the lecture and key words will be provided with each lecture. Seminars will provide the students with the opportunity to discuss a topic individually and in groups, prepare group presentations and develop their independent thinking and critical analysis and debate.
All knowledge outcomes are addressed by the mix of interactive lectures and seminar delivery.
The module is taught in ENGLISH and assessed in SPANISH and ENGLISH.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||1||A||60||2000 words In English|
|Written exercise||1||M||20||In-class written exercise: commentary on an extract of the novel being studies. Extract released prior to test|
|Written exercise||1||M||20||Based on set pre-reading. Reading will be released in advance and will cover the main theoretical concept of the module- memory|
|Oral Presentation||1||M||In Spanish|
|Essay||1||M||optional practice essay|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The module will be taught in one semester and is assessed both in English and Spanish in consonance with recommendations from UGAF. The commentary test will train students to engage closely with the text in order to better help them select supporting analysis for their argument in the essay. The reading test will test knowledge and understanding of the module's framing theoretical concept of memory. The essay will help students to develop analytical and organisational skills, as they will be asked to engage with argumentative thinking.