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Unit information: El Siglo de las Luces: Literature and Society in Spain 1700-1814 in 2020/21

Unit name El Siglo de las Luces: Literature and Society in Spain 1700-1814
Unit code HISP20083
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Kitts
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
Faculty Faculty of Arts


Expanding on the introductory lectures from the first year, this unit explores a variety of genres from the period of the Enlightenment in Spain. Following some preliminary lectures, the unit will have a seminar format in which key ideas, debates, individuals and moments of the eighteenth century will be discussed through the analysis of a variety of texts.


  • To introduce students to a significant body of knowledge of a complexity appropriate to second year level. The content matter will normally include one or more of the following: literature; social, cultural or political history; linguistics; cultural studies; film, television or other media.
  • To facilitate students' engagement with a body of literature, including secondary literature, texts, including in non-print media, primary sources and ideas as a basis for their own analysis and development. Normally many or most of these sources will be in a language other than English and will enhance the development of their linguistic skills.
  • To develop further skills of synthesis, analysis and independent research, building on the skills acquired in units at level C.

Intended learning outcomes

Successful students will:

  1. be able to demonstrate knowledge about a variety of literary genres from the Enlightenment period in Spain;
  2. be skilled in the selection and synthesis of relevant material;
  3. be able to evaluate and analyse relevant material from a significant body of source materials, usually in a foreign language, at a high level;
  4. be able to respond to questions or problems by presenting their independent judgments in an appropriate style and at an high level of complexity;
  5. be able to transfer these skills to other working environments, including study at a foreign university and on work placements during the year abroad.
  6. be able to demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively.
  7. be able to demonstrate sophisticated presentation skills.

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous sessions and asynchronous activities, including seminars, lectures, and collaborative as well as self-directed learning opportunities supported by tutor consultation

Assessment Details

2 x 2000 word essays (summative, 50% each), assessing ILOs 1-5.

1 group presentation (formative), assessing ILOs 1-4, 6-7.

Reading and References

Set texts:

  • Cadalso, José. Cartas marruecas; Noches lúgubres. Ed. Joaquín Arce. Madrid: Cátedra, 1978. ISBN: 8437601452.
  • Fernández de Moratín, Leandro. El sí de las niñas; La comedia nueva. Ed. John Dowling & René Andioc. Madrid: Editorial Castalia, 1982. ISBN: 8470390570.
  • García de la Huerta, Vicente. Raquel. Ed. René Andioc. Madrid: Castalia, 1977. ISBN: 8470391038.