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Contesting Cultures and Identities in Modern Spain (6 points)


Leader: Dr Stewart King

Clayton Second semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: Through a range of texts -poetry, fiction, film and historical documents- this unit will examine the ways in which landscape, history, literature, language and people have been represented for differing political and cultural purposes in Spain from the nineteenth century until the present day. Emphasis will be placed on the construction of a dominant Spanish national culture and identity as well as on the formation of regional identities and cultures in the Basque Country, Catalonia and Galicia. It will also examine the way in which these representations help to construct, reinforce or challenge cultural identities at both a national and regional level.

Assessment: Journal entries: 30% + Short essay (1000 words): 20% + Class presentation: 20% + Final essay (1500 words): 30%

Contact Hours: 3 hours per week

Prerequisites: SPN2130 or permission

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