2023-2024 / LROM0135-1

Modern and contemporary Spanish literature


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in modern languages and literatures : general (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in French and Romance languages and literatures : general (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in modern languages and literatures : general (60 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in French and Romance languages and literatures : general (60 ECTS)5 crédits 


Alvaro Ceballos Viro

Language(s) of instruction

Spanish language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The aim of this course is twofold. On the one hand, we will read in chronological order a corpus of Spanish works that are socially relevant in contemporary Spain, and we will reconstruct in great detail the context of their first reception. On the other hand, these readings will allow us to discuss such burning issues as the political uses of literature, the legal limits of freedom of expression and the varying interpretations of the same text according to different interpretive communities.

The course will start by laying the theoretical, cognitive and sociological grounds for the reading of literary texts, and will then proceed to present several case studies of particular historical and theoretical relevance. We will also consider an aspect that has hardly been theorized yet: rewriting (parody, continuation, transposition...) as a testimony of a historical and situated reading.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

By the end of this semester students should be able to:

  • read authentic Spanish texts of high socio-historical complexity;
  • develop elaborated reflections on the everyday uses of fiction;
  • be able to argue reasonably about the pragmatic regime to which different textual genres are subject;
  • know the main milestones in Spanish political and cultural history of the 20th Century;
  • explain the reasons behind the polysemy of the literary fact;
  • conceive a stratified and cumulative literary history;
  • show the rhetorical and linguistic competence needed to present a paper with the results of personal reflection.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

General knowledge of the history of Western literature and methods of literary analysis. Level B2 in Spanish language.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Each session will contain, in addition to ex cathedra explanations, directed discussions of the required readings.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to face. Flipped classroom.

Recommended or required readings


Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Additional information:

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- Remote

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


This course will be taught in Spanish and according to a pedagogical model of digital sobriety. This means that students will not be allowed to use any electronic mobile devices during class.


Alvaro CEBALLOS VIRO Département de Langues et Littératures Romanes Place Cockerill, 3/5 (A2) - 4000 Liège Tel.: 04 366 53 89 E-mail : A.CeballosViro@uliege.be

Association of one or more MOOCs

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