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SN2109: Myths of the Feminine in the Spanish Novel

SN2109: Myths of the Feminine in the Spanish Novel

Teaching Terms: 1 & 2

Convenor: Abigail Lee Six

Assessment: student presentation (10%); essay (30%); examination (60%).

Overview: This course introduces students to some significant writers and places their works in literary context. It aims to develop awareness of concepts relevant to this body of theory, in particular, theories of motherhood and the maternal, purity, virginity, and the femme fatale. It explores relationships between myth and other forms of traditional narrative, such as Bible stories and folktales. There will be a formal lecturing element, but most of the teaching and learning will be discussion-based and interactive.

Key Bibliography: 

Miguel de Unamuno, La tía Tula / Aunt Tula]

Miguel de Unamuno, ‘Dos madres’, in Tres novelas ejemplares y un prólogo [Two Mothers in Three Exemplary Novels]

Camilo José Cela, La familia de Pascual Duarte [The Family of Pascual Duarte]

Marina Mayoral, ‘Nueve meses y un día’ / ‘Nine Months and a Day’*

Adelaida García Morales, El Sur, seguido de Bene / The South and Bene

Lourdes Ortiz, ‘Penélope’ / Penelope*

Carmen Laforet, Nada [same title in English]

*The stories by Marina Mayoral and Lourdes Ortiz are both to be found in parallel text in Rainy Days / Días de lluvia: Short stories by Contemporary Spanish Women Writers, ed. by Montserrat Lunati, trans. by Marilyn Myerscough (Warminster: Aris & Phillips, 1997).


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