Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Spanish Short Stories

Universitat Politècnica de València

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Spanish Short Stories

  • Host University

    Universitat Politècnica de València

  • Location

    Valencia, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Literature, Spanish

  • Language Level

    High Advanced

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The objective of the course is to become familiar with the more outstanding short story writers and gain an appreciation for their most important literary works. You will read the best writers in Spain today, and you will learn to do a literary analysis of the works read. To facilitate your literary analysis, there will be a series of questions which review content and provide discussion and essay topics.

    The objectives for this literature course are the following:
    To understand the production of Spanish short stories in the 20th century.
    -To improve the capacities of the student to carry out textual analysis and to respond to
    materials in Spanish.
    -To enrich one?s vocabulary by means of one?s understanding of a written context.
    -To develop the four basic capacities: speaking, writing, listening and reading.
    -The analysis and creation of brief literary texts -short stories- to approach the understanding of a language in another manner. We should, in addition to using it as a
    means of communication, reflect upon language to understand the other manners of its functions. All of this will serve to increase our competency as speakers, and at the same time, we will delight ourselves with the magic of literature.

    Learning Outcomes
    Through the readings, students will be able to:
    -Understand what a literary text is. They will also learn to recognize the main features of
    brief narrative or short stories.
    -Recognize basic concepts of theory and literary criticism.
    -Discover the main authors and works of the 20th Century Spanish literature.
    -Analyze a Spanish narrative text and react critically both in writing and orally.

    Attendance and participation- 10%
    Homework- 10%
    Research paper and presenation- 20%
    Midterm exam- 30%
    Final exam- 30%

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.