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Images and Representations of the Hispanic World

Module Code: HP104
Module Name: Images and Representations of the Hispanic World
Module Credits: 30

Module co-ordinator: Dr Leticia Villamediana González
Module Tutors:
Dr Leticia Villamediana González, Dr Tom Whittaker, Dr Michela Coletta.

Where did the familiar stereotypes of Spain and Latin America come from? How have they circulated and been received at different times and in different places? And how have Spaniards and Latin Americans represented themselves to travellers, tourists, artists, and even invaders?

This course introduces you to a wide range of written and visual representations of the Hispanic world, in both Spanish and English. We investigate topics which, in different ways, pose important questions about studying other languages and cultures. For example, in the first half of the course, 'Imagining Spain', we will explore how travellers, tourists, artists and writers tried to explain and represent Spain’s difference from ‘the West’. The second half, 'Colonising and Decolonising Nature in the World', will offer insights into the process of colonisation and the subsequent one of decolonisation of the Americas through visions and conceptions of its natural and anthropological features. In each case, we emphasise both close textual and film analysis and wide independent reading.

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The course is taught through a weekly, two-hour seminar. You will prepare for each seminar with guided research, reflection and close reading of a set text or extract. Each session combines tutor-led lecture with student-led analysis and discussion. Your work in this course will help you to extend the linguistic ability you will acquire in language modules, to develop your critical reading skills, and to manage and understand a wide range of primary and secondary source materials. Assessment is designed to develop your advanced writing and analytical skills. Over the course of the year, you will prepare four independent pieces of work (in each case, a choice of commentary or essay). You will have individual feedback meetings with your tutors to discuss each piece of work, and you will choose your best two pieces to revise for submission as an assessed portfolio at the end of the year.

Assessment Method:

Formative assessment:

Four x 1500-word commentaries/essays to be submitted during the year

Summative assessment:

Two x 2000-2500-word commentaries/essays (best two, revised, from formative work) plus a 500-word reflective analysis.


Dr Leticia Villamediana-González

Term: 1 & 2
Lectures: Tuesday, 4-5pm (R1.13)

Seminar 1:
Tues, 5-6pm (R1.13)
Seminar 2:
Tues, 6-7pm (R1.15)

Moodle HP104 page (for seminar work and supporting materials)


‘Faces of the Conquistador’
© Visual Artist Frank Bonilla