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SP3162 Strange Girls and Domestic Angels: Women’s Writing in Spain

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
Planned timetable:2.00 pm - 3.30 pm Thu

This module introduces writing by women during and after the Franco dictatorship in Spain and trace the developments in female-authored literature that went hand in hand with social and political change. Despite the regime's insistence on their secondary status and the dismissal of their writing as trivial, several important female writers emerged during the Franco period and their works engage with issues of gender and identity, as well as questions of freedom and conformity. The module will explore how they conveyed a subversive message and portrayed alternative role models to a female readership despite restrictions. The module will also consider how later generations, while echoing some of the same concerns, also draw on Anglo-American traditions in their work. A selection of literary texts by authors such as Carmen Laforet, Rosa Chacel, Carmen Martin Gaite, Ana Maria Matute, Josefina Aldecoa, Rosa Montero, Lucia Etxebarria and Belen Gopegui will be studied.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for all degrees involving Spanish once compulsory modules have been taken.

UG Pre-requisite(s):Pass at Grade 11 or better in SP2002 or SP2004
UG Co-requisite(s):Compulsory modules for Single and Major Spanish programmes

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 seminar and 1 surgery hour.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 16
  • Guided independent study: 134

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%
UG As used by St Andrews:Coursework = 100%
UG Re-assessment:Coursework = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr C O'Leary
Module teaching staff:Dr C O'Leary