Spanish Literature's Mythic Figures
Universidad de Sevilla
Area of Study
Literature, Spanish Culture
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
This Course is intended to enable students to take their first steps in becoming knowledgeable
about the study of Spanish literature. A hybrid theoretical-practical approach will be adopted via the
exploration of key works which gave rise to the creation in writing of a range of mythic figures within
Spanish culture, figures which have become universally known. Moreover, a further aim is to promote
the city of Seville’s own myths.
Classes will be of a combined theoretical and practical nature, albeit with key emphasis being
placed on the interaction with texts on the part of students. During class sessions, the practical study of
lecturer-selected fragments of each of the works to be read will be carried out, while discussion will be
on-going and also analytic commentaries will be undertaken, together with practical exercises, real-time
debates, and segments involving the pooling of ideas. In addition, use will be made of audiovisual
resources related to the works being studied during the Course.
1. A Generic Introduction to the Concept of Literary Myth.
2. The Matchmaker Witch: Celestina.
3. The Rogue: Lazarillo de Tormes.
4. The Errant Knight: Don Quixote (Don Quijote de la Mancha).
5. The Seducer: Don Juan Tenorio.
6. The femme fatale: Carmen, the Cigarette Girl.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.