SPNSH502-19B (HAM)

Special Topic: Spanish Visual Literatures and Cultures

30 Points

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Paper Description

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This course is designed to offer a cultural and visual perspective on Spain as a nation and as a country of multiple regional identities. The content of the lectures will be available in Moodle.

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Paper Structure

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The structure of this paper consists of traditional lectures, and online interaction (Moodle, email).

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • By the end of this paper
    Students will be able to distinguish national and regional marks of Spanish identity through visual and cultural texts from 20th- 21st centuries.
    Linked to the following assessments:
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4 Literature Reviews 40%

1 Oral Presentation 20 %

1 Final Essay 30 %

Class Attendance and Participation 10%

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Literature review #1
30 Jul 2019
12:00 AM
2. Literature review #2
13 Aug 2019
12:00 AM
3. Literature review #3
3 Sep 2019
12:00 AM
4. Literature review #4
17 Sep 2019
12:00 AM
5. Oral presentation
24 Sep 2019
12:00 AM
6. Final Essay
15 Oct 2019
4:00 PM
7. Class attendance and participation
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Extracts from this list will be required

20th Century Spain.

A Brief History of Spain. http://www.practicalspain.com/20th-century-spain.htm

Casanova J. y Carlos Gil Andrés. Breve historia de España en el siglo XX: https://www.libreriapastor.com/pdflibros/9788434400689.pdf

Resumen histórico España siglo XX: http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/romance/spanish/219/11sigloxxespana/resumen.html

Culture of Spain. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture_of_Spain

Timeline of Spanish History. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_Spanish_history

Spain/ 1. Historical perspective: cultural policies and instruments

by Anna Villarroya in cooperation with Victoria Ateca-Amestoyhttps://www.culturalpolicies.net/web/spain.php

Spain/ 2. General objectives and principles of cultural policy


2. Nationalism/Regionalisms

Muro, Diego, Alejandro Quiroga. “Spanish Nationalism. Ethnicities” SAGE Publications, 2005, 5 (1), pp.9-29

“Spanish Nationalism: Ethnic or Civic?


National and Regional Identity in Spain.


Woolf, Christopher. “The Roots of Catalonia’s Differences with the Rest of Spain”


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Recommended Readings

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Bibliografía general

MIRZOEFF, N., Una introducción a la cultura visual. Ed. Paidós, Col. Arte y Educación. Barcelona, 1999.

FREEDMAN, Kerry, Teaching Visual Culture. Teachers College Press., New York, 2003

3. Representations of Spain in Visual Poetry.

Lopez-Fernandez, L.“La (re)presentación de España en la poesía visual española” Encrucijadas Históricas de la España contemporánea: Textos y Contextos que marcan época. (eds.) Wendy-Llyn Zaza and Roberto González-Casanovas. Auckland/Salamanca: Ambosmundos (2011): 227-243.

Solt, Mary Ellen. From Concrete Poetry: A World View, 1968, Indiana University Press.

Spain: http://www.ubu.com/papers/solt/spain.html

Lopez Fernandez, L. “Medios compositivos y nuevas formas de experiencia perceptiva en la poesía experimental española del siglo XXI”. Special Issue of Tintas. Quaderni di Letterature Iberiche e Iberoamericane. Experimental (Ed. and Coord. Raúl Díaz Rosales) (2014): 167-182.

Lopez-Fernandez, L."Los modos de comunicabilidad de las poéticas visuales contemporáneas" Cruce de vías: Una mirada oceánica a la cultura hispánica. Aldus, Mexico (2010): 21-39.

Lopez-Fernandez, L.“Percepción e información estética en la poesía visual” Escrito está. Poesía experimental en España (1963-1984). Artium. Centro Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo (Vitoria-Gasteiz) Ediciones la Bahía, Vitoria (2009): 31- 42.

Lopez Fernandez, L. “Forma, función y significación en poesía visual” Tonos. Revista Electrónica de Estudios Filológicos 16 (2008): 1-21.

Lopez Fernandez, L. "Experimental Poetry in Spain" Corner. An electronic online journal dedicated to the avant-garde 5 (2001): 1-25.

4. Exploration of Spanish Visual Poets

On Joan Brossa

Kamau, Maryanne.How Joan Brossa encapsulates Barcelonahttps://www.shbarcelona.com/blog/en/brossa-barcelona/

Joan Brossa: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_Brossa

Fresan, J. “Joan Brossa’s Visual Poetry”


On Julio Campal y Fernando Millán.

López Fernández, L. “Un acercamiento a la poesía visual en España: Julio Campal y Fernando Millán”https://webs.ucm.es/info/especulo/numero18/campal_m.html

Lopez-Fernandez, L.“Subjectivity and Space in Spanish Visual Poetry produced by Women” Acts of VIII International Conference on Women Poets: Diversity of Voices and Poetic Forms. Vitoria, Spain (2006): 197-210.

On Antoni Albalat and J. M. Calleja

Lopez Fernandez, L. “Antoni Albalat and J.M.Calleja’s Expressive Typo-Graphic Performances” Ars-Interpres. An International Journal of Poetry, Translation and Art 3 (2004): 146-164.

On Fernando Millán

Lopez Fernandez, L. “Una experiencia estética radical: Fernando Millán y el proceso de la tachadura” Agulha. Revista de cultura 26 (2002): 1-5.

On Angela Serna, Julia Otxoa and Nieves Salvador

Lopez Fernandez, L. “La poesía visual de Angela Serna y Julia Otxoa” Espéculo. Revista de Estudios Literarios 20 (2002): 1-15.

Lopez Fernandez, L. “Escrituras visuales minoritarias. Aproximaciones de género a la obra visual de Nieves Salvador” El fantasma de la glorieta. Revista de literatura 12 (2005): 1-10.

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Online Support

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Moodle is the main platform for course readings as well as for visual and textual content.
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This is a 30 pt paper, therefore, you are expected to spend a total of 300 hours of work during the whole semester.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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SPNSH 305, SPNSH 312, SPNSH 501
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Prerequisite papers: At least two 300 level SPAN-coded or SPNSH-coded papers or equivalent.




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