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SP4014 Spanish Avant-garde(s)

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:3.00 pm - 4.30 pm Tue

This module will examine the concepts of 'modernity', 'modernism' and the 'avant-garde' in the context of Spanish culture in the 1920s and 1930s; it will contextualise José Ortega y Gasset's reflections on 'new art' or 'dehumanised art'; it will take stock of Ortega's theory of the novel; it will explore the critique of Western values and the celebration of desire in the work of surrealist poets; it will analyse representations of the life (vitalism)/ reason (rationalism) dichotomy in the work of fiction writers; and it will look at the use of the 'mythical method' by those very same writers.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for Spanish

UG Pre-requisite(s):Permission of the Spanish Honours Adviser
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:Prof J Larios
Module teaching staff:Prof J Larios