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SP4015 Action Heroes and Anti-heroes in Early-Modern Spain

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:9.30 am - 11.00 am Tue

This module will introduce prose, poetry, theatre, and songs that were written mostly for entertainment in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Spain. All works will center around a single protagonist who creates sympathy and enthusiasm in the audience by committing acts of bravery, daring, and cleverness. He or she thus becomes a hero (or heroine) or anti-hero (or anti-heroine) depending on the legality of the act, and the opinion of the audience. Works studied for this module feature superhero-like knights, real stories from soldiers of fortune, but also violent men and women on the wrong side of the law.

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):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:Dr T Bergman
Module teaching staff:Dr T Bergman