Writing and Accounts of Crisis in Modern and Contemporary Spanish literature

lrom1382  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Writing and Accounts of Crisis in Modern and Contemporary Spanish literature
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h + 15.0 h
Fabry Geneviève; Sábado Novau Marta (compensates Fabry Geneviève);
Joint requirement LESPA03/02

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Main themes
The course offers a thematic journey through some of the major works of Spanish literature of the 16th, 17th, 20th and 21st centuries in the light of the idea of crisis, viewed at one and the same time from a perspective that is historical and social as well as literary. 

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

By the end of the course, students will be able to:
- situate within their historical, social and literary context the works and literary currents covered in the course;
- analyse extracts from the works in question in a rigorous way
- deal in a critical and informed way with the theoretical development of key concepts from the course, such as that of 'crisis'

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”.
The term “Generation of ‘98” refers to a group of writers who, in their youth, witnesses the loss of the last Spanish colonies. This historical event plunges the country into a national crisis. Through the study of three representative novels of this period, this class aims to study this transitional moment in Spanish history and literature. The writers of this generation turn to the Spanish literary tradition as well as to the Spanish landscapes of Castilla in order to discover the “essence” of Spain and find solutions for “regeneration”. In addition, they also attempt to enter into a larger cultural and intellectual space represented by Europe at this moment. These identitarian interrogations about Spain as a nation go along with interrogations of existential and individual order. The works and protagonists of the three novels are challenged with the ideas of German philosophy (Schopenhauer, Nietzsche) and search for the meaning of life, not without pessimism.
Teaching methods
This course will alternate lectures and moments of analysis of literary texts where students will be invited to participate.
Evaluation methods
The students will have to write a “reading journal” in Spanish, where they will give an account of their reading of the three works in the program. At the end of the semester there will be a written evaluation.
  • José Martínez Ruiz (Azorín), La voluntad, Cátedra, Madrid, 2006 [1902].
  • Pío Baroja, El árbol de la ciencia, Cátedra, Madrid, 2006 [1911].
  • Miguel de Unamuno, Niebla, Cátedra, Madrid, 2007 [1914].
Une bibliographie critique sera mise à disposition par l’enseignante.
Teaching materials
  • Les trois oeuvres du corpus et les notes de cours. Ponctuellement d'autres textes seront mis en ligne par l'enseignante.
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Bachelor in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures : General

Minor in Medieval Studies

Minor in Spanish Studies

Minor in Literary Studies