Spanish Literature (18th and 19th Century)


a) To improve knowledge of 18th and 19th centuries Spain´s spanish-written  Literature:  the “ilustrados” contribution since the end of the 18th century; romantic highlights; “realistic” expansions or ruptures, literary thematization of “el problema de España” at the turn of the century; poetics of modernity in Spanish Literature. 
b) To master knowledge of its historical, social and cultural contexts, either Spanish or European; 
c) To read and study a selection of texts and authors which rise from those trends or movements;
d) To develop skills of researching, selecting and interpreting significant information, textual and non-textual, through transdisciplinary perspectives, regarding the proposed subjects. 
e) To develop critical reading skills in order to elaborate reflections, based on argumentation through correctly gathered and articulated information. 
f) To develop speech and writing: about acquired information, critical readings and personal perspectives and interpretations.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Pedro Santa María de Abreu


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language



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- CADALSO, José, Cartas marruecas / Noches lúgubres [ ou Ediciones Cátedra, Madrid, 2006: ed. Rusell P. Sebold]
- DUQUE DE RIVAS, Don Álvaro o la fuerza del sino, [ ou Cátedra ed. Alberto Sánchez, Madrid, Cátedra, 2006]
- ESPRONCEDA, El estudiante de Salamanca [ ou Ediciones Cátedra, Madrid, 1994: ed. Benito Varela Jacome]
- LARRA, Mariano José de, Artículos []
- BÉCQUER, Gustavo Adolfo, Rimas y Leyendas [ ou Ediciones Cátedra/Letras Hispánicas]
- PARDO BAZÁN, Emilia, La cuestión palpitante []
- ALVAR, MAINER, NAVARRO (2014). Breve Historia de la Literatura Española. Madrid: Alianza.
- RICO, F. (coord.) (1982). Historia y Crítica de la Literatura Española, Vol. 5, Romanticismo y Realismo. Barcelona: Crítica.
- RICO, F. (coord.) (1979). Historia y Crítica de la Literatura Española, Vol. 6, Modernismo y 98. Barcelona: Crítica.

Teaching method

Theoretical exposition of the main syllabus topics. Knowledge application through practical readings of illustrative texts. Group interpretation discussion of a selection of literary syllabus texts. 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 on relevant syllabus topics(25%), Two written tests(60%)

Subject matter

1. Introduction to 18th and 19th Spanish Literature.
2. From «Ilustración» to «Romanticisms».
3. Romantic genres and modes: poetry, theatre, narrative, journalism.
4.«Realist» and «Naturalist» productions.
5. Fin-de-Siècle crisis: literary thematizations on the «problema de España»; «Modernismo hispánico»; «Generación del 98».