2023-2024 / LROM0197-1

History of Hispanic literature


45h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in modern languages and literatures : general5 crédits 
 Bachelor in French and Romance languages and literatures : general5 crédits 


Alvaro Ceballos Viro, Kristine Vanden Berghe


Kristine Vanden Berghe

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

Due of the curriculum structure, the peninsular module of the course 'Histoire des littératures hispaniques' involves a lighter workload than the Latin-American module. Spanish literary texts from the Middle-Ages to the 20th Century will be read and studied. This consists of, partly, defining Spanish literature and its relationship to French language literature, but also to become aware of Hispanic particularities.
Students who already passed 'Introduction à l'histoire de la littérature espagnole' (LROM0119) will be able to apply their acquired knowledge to a new set of texts. Students without formal instruction in Spanish literature will receive a panoramic view of Spanish literature. This course may be seen as a Hispanic complement to 'Histoire des littératures romanes' (LROM0062).
Spanish American Literature from Pre-Spanish times till 19th Century.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Spanish part: At the end of this course, you should be able to:

- situate certain Spanish texts chronologically, even approximately. For instance: when did the picaresque novel become popular? And the introduction of naturalism in Spain?

- be familiar with (and recognise) the main literary genres of Spanish literature (mester de clerecía, romance, paso, fisiología, leyenda romántica, cuento naturalista, relato simbolista, etc.)

- be able to provide a reasoned critique of the received ideas on the great aesthetic periods (Middle Ages, romanticism, realism, etc.)

- identify and explain the narrative, thematic, cultural and linguistic subtleties of the texts studied

- explain in depth the evolution of the relations between writers and readers in Spain

- describe the main stages in political, social and cultural history. 


Hispanic American part:

students should be familiar with the major trends in the history of Hispanic American literature and be able to place them in their context. They must also be familiar with the main authors and works. For this purpose, they must read numerous extracts as well two books.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Level B2 in Spanish (corresponding to passing the Spanish Language II class as part of the Bachelors in Romance Languages and Literature at the ULg.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The peninsular part will be set out in a syllabus available on eCampus at the beginning of the quadrimester. This syllabus contains worksheets on all the required reading. Every sheet is divided into two parts: a) activities to be done while reading - at home and before the class in question; b) questions to be answered in class. The syllabus and the required texts should be printed out. For pedagogical reasons, it won't be possible to use mobile devices (laptop, mobile phone, tablet, etc.) in the classroom.

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


Recommended or required readings

Partim espagnol:

Required readings:

- Gonzalo de Berceo: Milagros de Nuestra Señora (sélection) (XIIIème siècle)
- Romances traditionnels anonymes
- Lope de Rueda: «Paso de Jauja» (<1567)
- Miguel de Cervantes: Don Quichotte (choix de chapitres) (1605-1615)
- Mariano José de Larra: «Don Timoteo o el literato», «La polémica literaria» (1833)
- Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer: «La promesa» (1863)
- Leopoldo Alas: «¡Adiós, Cordera!» (1892)
- Pío Baroja: «Bondad oculta», «Playa de otoño», «Hogar triste» (1900)
- Luisa Carnés: «En casa» (1950)

All these readings will be available to students on eCampus


Hispanic American part:

An anthology of texts will be available on eCampus or My ULg as of the beginning of February. As well as the required reading, students should read the following:
- Esteban Echeverría, El matadero. Madrid: Cátedra.
- Ignacio M.Altamirano, El zarco. Madrid: Cátedra.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Written work / report

Additional information:

Latin American Literature : Written exam.

Spanish Literature : Open-book, face-to-face written exam.

N. B.: 20% of the final grade for the teaching unit is awarded for the Spanish section (partim). The Hispanic-American score accounts for 80%.

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.


Álvaro CEBALLOS VIRO Département de Langues et Littératures Romanes Place Cockerill, 3/5 - Bât. A2 4000 Liège - Belgique E-mail: a.ceballosviro@uliege.be Tlf.: +32 (0) 4366 5389
Département de Langues et Littératures Romanes

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