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SP3222 Love and Loss

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

Love and loss have been the inspiration, in one way or another, behind most works in world literature. This module aims to provide a sound understanding of important literary works from Spain and Spanish America that explore these complex emotions. The syllabus involves a selection of canonical or critically acclaimed Spanish texts representing different genres, gender authorial perspectives, visions of sexuality, and historical moments, as in the following potential instances: the Romantic play, Don Juan Tenorio (1844); the Realist novel, La Regenta (1885); the Modernista poetry collection, Los cálices vacíos (1913); and the contemporary fiction, Beatriz y los cuerpos celestes (1998). Aspects to be explored are likely to include some or all of the following: loyalty and deception; fulfillment and disappointment; passion and affection; jealousy and revenge. In sum, the whole gamut of emotion in connection with a theme which, more than any other, expresses our humanity.

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

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: 60%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 40%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%
UG Re-assessment:Coursework - 100%


Module coordinator:TBC
Module teaching staff: