Literature in Spanish : Critical Approaches

lfial1172  2022-2023  Louvain-la-Neuve

Literature in Spanish : Critical Approaches
5.00 credits
15.0 h + 15.0 h
Main themes
We will look at a corpus of short literary texts (narrative, poetic and theatrical works) using a progressive approach. To begin with, the emphasis will be on the development of short forms in the Spanish speaking world (especially the microrrelato of the 19th and 21st centuries). At a later stage, we will undertake an analysis based on the main categories of narratology and stylistics. A methodical procedure for analysing texts will be put forward. 
Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

This course is designed to provide students with the foundations of methodology for literary analysis by means of short contemporary texts (stories, poems, mini-theatre from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries) from Spanish literature. 
By the end of the course, students should be able to 
  • site a text within the system of literary genres of the Spanish-speaking world ;
  • know the main characteristics and stages of development of each genre ;
  • identify, with a critical eye, the main narratological and stylistic categories in a short literary text.
The course offers a reasoned exploration of short genres in 19th, 20th and 21st century Hispanic literature. After a brief summary about the literary genres, the poem, the micro-fictionand the short theatre will be considered in turn.
Teaching methods
Lectures; individual and group exercises.
Evaluation methods
During the semester, students will read the preparatory texts and complete three written assignments (4 points).
At the end of the semester there will be a written test focused on the knowledge of the concepts worked on in class, the texts studied, the analytical tools presented in class and their application to a new text. (16 points)

For the August exam, preparatory tasks will not be validated; the final exam will be worth 20 points.
  • Andrés-Suárez, I. (2012). Antología del microrrelato español (1906-2011) : el cuarto género narrativo. Madrid: Cátedra.
  • Andrés-Suárez, I. (2010). El microrrelato español: una estética de la elipsis. Palencia: Menoscuarto Ediciones.
  • Bustamante Valbuena, L. (2012). Una aproximación al microrrelato hispánico: antologías publicadas en España (1990-2011). Tesis presentada en la Univ. de Valladolid. Disponible: [01/12/19]
  • Cadavid, J. (Ed.) (2003). Ultrantología. Bogotá: Cástor & Pólux Ediciones.
  • Dufays, J.-L., Lisse, M., & Meurée, C. (2009). Théorie de la littérature : une introduction. Louvain-la-Neuve: Bruylant-Academia.
  • García Berrío, A., & Huerta Calvo, J. (1999). Los géneros literarios: sistema e historia. Una introducción. Madrid: Cátedra.
  • Gutiérrez Carbajo, F. (Ed.) (2013). Teatro breve actual. Modalidades discusivas. Barcelona: Castalia.
  • Huerta Calvo, J. (2008). Historia del teatro breve en España. Madrid: Iberoamericana.
  • Jaramillo, M. M., & Yepes, M. (Eds.). (1997). Antología crítica del teatro breve hispanoamericano. 1948-1993. Medellín: Universidad de Antioquia.
  • Le Bigot, C. (1994). « Petit traité des figures ». En M. Bensoussan, A. Bensoussan, & C. L. Bigot (Eds.), Versification espagnole; suivi de Petit traité des figures (pp. 81-156). Rennes: Presses universitaires de Rennes.
  • Miralles, A. (1998). Teatro breve. Madrid: Editorial Fundamentos.
  • Noguerol Jiménez, F.(ed.) (2004). Escritos disconformes: nuevos modelos de lectura. Salamanca: Ediciones Universidad de Salamanca.
  • Roas, D. (comp.) (2010). Poéticas del microrrelato. Madrid: Arco/libros.
  • Serrano, V. (2004). Teatro breve entre dos siglos : antología. Madrid: Cátedra.
  • Spang, K. (1993). Géneros literarios. Madrid: Editorial síntesis.
  • Stalloni, Y. (1997). Les genres littéraires. Paris: Dunod.
  • Valls, F. (2008). Soplando vidrio y otros estudios sobre el microrrelato español. Madrid: Páginas de espuma.
Teaching materials
  • Compendio y antología
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Minor in Spanish Studies

Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures : General