Spanish Literature and Film

Module code: SP1041

Module co-ordinatorDr Emma Staniland

Module Aims

This module will explore a number of contemporary literary and cultural genres (including a short story, short novel and film) and place them in the context of Spain’s recent socio-political development.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module you will be able to apply critical skills to your reading of texts and films and demonstrate your understanding in oral and written analysis of particular themes.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Classes will take the form of part workshop, part seminar with students undertaking preparatory reading and film viewing for class discussion.


  • Essay of 1,500 to 2,000 words

Key Texts

  • Play: Federico García Lorca, Yerma (trans. Yerma)
  • Short stories: Montserrat Lunatí, Días de Lluvia (trans. Rainy Days)
  • Film: Pedro Almodóvar, Volver (trans. Volver)

All texts are available in English translation and film with English sub-titles.