Introduction to Comparative History of Literature in the Iberian Peninsula


a) To acquire the methodological analysis and research tools necessary for developing knowledge from a comparative perspective of different literary practices, which, throughout history and until the present day, have developed in the Iberian Peninsula.
b) To acquire the theoretical knowledge – Literary History and Comparative Literature concepts – to guide the comparative task.
c) To acquire skills on the comparative knowledge of those literary practices and their inter-relationships, convergences and differences.
d) To improve knowledge of historical, social, artistic, literary, national, Iberian, and European contexts.
e) To develop critical reading skills for the texts that act out those relationships.
f) To develop multidisciplinary collection, selection and interpretation of relevant information skills, in relation to the subject of proposed study.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Pedro Santa María de Abreu


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language



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1. - Alvar, Mainer, Navarro (2014). Breve Historia de la Literatura Española. Madrid: Alianza.
2. Lopes, Graça Videira; Ferreira, Manuel Pedro et al. (2011-), Cantigas Medievais Galego Portuguesas [base de dados online]. Lisboa: Instituto de Estudos Medievais, FCSH/NOVA.
3. Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes (La Celestina, Lazarillo de Tormes, Don Quijote de la Mancha)
4. Camões, José (dir.). Centro de Estudos de Teatro, Teatro de Autores Portugueses do Séc. XVI - Base de dados textual [on-line].
5.Tavani, Giuseppe, “A poesia lírica na literatura hispânica do século XIII” e “Problemas da poesia lírica galego-portuguesa”. Ensaios Portugueses: Filologia e Linguística. Lisboa: Imprensa Nacional-Casa da Moeda, 1988.

Teaching method

Classes will be both theoretical and practical in nature, connecting information from literary history and theory with Comparative Literature methods. Group and individual analyses and reflections guided by the teacher. Tutorial supervising of individually prepared oral and written presentations. Face-to-face and/or partially online classes.

Evaluation method

Evaluation Methodologies - Active and adequate participation in class(15%), Two individual comparative essays (25%), Two written tests(60%)

Subject matter

1.Introduction to Comparative History of Literatures in the Iberian Peninsula: theories, concepts and methods.
2. From Galician-Portuguese poetry to the peninsular renaissance sonnet. 
3.From Gil Vicente to the Theatre of the Siglo de Oro 
4. From Celestina to the Picaresque. 
5. From the books of chivalry to Quixote. 
6. Poetics of Modernity in the Iberian Peninsula.