Text analysis in Spanish

LROM2840  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Text analysis in Spanish
5.0 credits
22.5 h

This biannual course is taught on years 2014-2015, 2016-2017, ...


Language : Spanish
an introductory knowledge of Spanish literature and a good proficiency in Spanish (advanced level, B2  in terms of the Common European reference framework).

Main themes

The course consists of a comprehensive study of Spanish literary texts. Philological, linguistic, contextual information, etc will allow students to deepen their understanding of the works. Some theoretical and methodological considerations and critical use of the secondary literature on the works will allow them to produce their own reading and interpretation.


At the end of the course, students will be able to develop a deeper interpretation, verbatim, methodologically and theoretically based, on one or more work (s ) .Major (s) of Spanish literature , which has ( have ) the subject of the course. There also will be able to develop an epistemological reflection about the critical corpus on the work in question.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.



After a brief historical-literary contextualization, these works will be considered under three main headings:
1) a textual and philological analysis,
2) a hermeneutical approach that questions the relationship of contemporary literary criticism to the mystical poetry,
3) an analysis of translations that puts into perspective the history of the reception of the text.

Teaching methods

The course consists of a careful and rigorous analysis of texts of Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) and John of the Cross (1542-1591), based on philological research, historical and more recent literature.

Evaluation methods

Presentation of an essay

Other information

Teaching material : Secondary literature linked to the topic of the course. Reading of the selected literary works and of critical studies.


- Cántico espiritual y poesía completa, San Juan de la Cruz; edición, prólogo y notas de Paola Elia y María Jesús Mancho; con un estudio preliminar de Domingo Ynduráin, Barcelona, Crítica, 2002.

Oeuvres/ Thérèse d'Avila, Jean de la Croix ; édition publiée sous la direction de Jean Canavaggio, avec la collaboration de Claude Allaigre e.a.

Paris : Gallimard, 2012

Libro de la vida/ Teresa de Jesus; ed., introd. y notas de Otger Steggink Madrid: Castalia , 1986

-Articles available at the DUC

Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Program title
Master [60] in Modern Languages and Literatures : General

Master [60] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Master [120] in Modern Languages and Literatures : General

Master [120] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General