The Spanish Civil War

Module code: SP2023

Module co-ordinator: Dr Maite Usoz de la Fuente

Module Aims

This module aims to set the Spanish Civil War and its aftermath in its historical, literary and cultural contexts. It will analyse the divisions and tensions that the War generated via the reading of selected texts and films of the period and relate them to the social and political backdrop.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Understand the history of the period
  • Evaluate critical writing on the set texts/films
  • Give effective oral presentations on selected themes
  • Communicate ideas coherently in written form using an appropriate academic register

Teaching and Learning Methods

This module will be taught through lectures and seminars. Lectures will provide an overview of the topic and will highlight the main issues which will then be developed further by students in seminars and workshops.

Topics covered

  • War and Politics
  • War and Propaganda (Poster Campaign and Photography)
  • Women and War
  • War and Exile
  • War and the Press


  • Seminar presentation and write-up (15%)
  • In-class document study (25%)
  • Essay, 2,000-2,500 words (60%)

Key Texts

Background texts

  • Fraser, Ronald, Blood of Spain: an oral history of the Spanish Civil War (1994)
  • Graham, Helen, The Spanish Civil War. A very short introduction (2005)
  • Kenwood, Alun, The Spanish Civil War: a cultural and historical reader (1993)
  • Preston, Paul, A Concise History of the Spanish Civil War (1996)


  • Francisc Betriu (dir), Réquiem por un campesino español (1985)
  • Victor Erice (dir), El Sur (1983) TBC
  • Ken Loach (dir.), Land and Freedom (1995)
  • Emilio Martínez Lázaro (dir), Las Trece Rosas Rojas (2007)