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Unit information: El Siglo de las Luces: Literature and Society in Spain 1700-1814 in 2015/16

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Unit name El Siglo de las Luces: Literature and Society in Spain 1700-1814
Unit code HISP20083
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Kitts
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

Expanding on the introductory lectures from the first year, this unit explores a variety of genres from the period of the Enlightenment in Spain. Following some preliminary lectures, the unit will have a seminar format in which key ideas, debates, individuals and moments of the eighteenth century will be discussed through the analysis of a variety of texts.


  • To introduce students to a significant body of knowledge of a complexity appropriate to second year level. The content matter will normally include one or more of the following: literature; social, cultural or political history; linguistics; cultural studies; film, television or other media.
  • To facilitate students' engagement with a body of literature, including secondary literature, texts, including in non-print media, primary sources and ideas as a basis for their own analysis and development. Normally many or most of these sources will be in a language other than English and will enhance the development of their linguistic skills.
  • To develop further skills of synthesis, analysis and independent research, building on the skills acquired in units at level C.
  • Some options may prepare students for the experience of the Year Abroad.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Successful students will:

  • be knowledgeable about a significant cultural, historical or linguistic subject related to the language they are studying;
  • be skilled in the selection and synthesis of relevant material;
  • be able to evaluate and analyse relevant material from a significant body of source materials, usually in a foreign language, at a high level;
  • be able to respond to questions or problems by presenting their independent judgements in an appropriate style and at an high level of complexity;
  • be able to transfer these skills to other working environments, including study at a foreign university and on work placements during the year abroad.

Teaching Information

1 x 2hr slot weekly.

Assessment Information

essay 33.3%, exam 66.6%

Reading and References

Set texts:

  • Cadalso, José. Cartas marruecas; Noches lúgubres. Ed. Joaquín Arce. Madrid: Cátedra, 1978. ISBN: 8437601452.
  • Fernández de Moratín, Leandro. El sí de las niñas; La comedia nueva. Ed. John Dowling & René Andioc. Madrid: Editorial Castalia, 1982. ISBN: 8470390570.
  • García de la Huerta, Vicente. Raquel. Ed. René Andioc. Madrid: Castalia, 1977. ISBN: 8470391038.