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Images and Representations of the Hispanic World

Module Code: HP104
Module Name: Images and Representations of the Hispanic World
Module Convenor: Dr Leticia Villamediana-González
Mondays 14:00-15:00 Room: H0.58
Module Credits: 30

Module Convenor: Dr Leticia Villamediana González
Module Tutors:
Dr Michela Coletta, Dr Leticia Villamediana González, Dr Tom Whittaker

Module Description

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. The module has three mains sections:

I. 'Colonising and Decolonising Nature in the New World': this section offers 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.

II. In 'The Spanish Black Legend: Hispanophilia and Hispanophobia' we discuss about stereotypes (how they are built; how do they travel through history) and about the Spanish Black Legend and its propaganda, exploring how travellers, tourists, artists and writers tried to explain and represent Spain’s difference from ‘the West’ and how Spaniards saw and see themselves.

III. 'Visualising Spain' traces the ways in which Spanish national identity has been imagined and critiqued through painting and film during the twentieth century. This section also introduces students to some of the technical terms needed to study film, as well as a critical understanding of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and the Franco regime (1939-1975).

In each case, we emphasise both close textual and film analysis and wide independent reading.

If you want to know more about the module, you can read what our students say about it in our blogs, in Spanish or in English.

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 Method:

Assessment is designed to develop your advanced writing and analytical skills. Over the course of the year, you will prepare three independent pieces of work. 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.

Formative assessment:

3 x 1500-word commentaries/essays to be submitted during the year. Two to be revised and submitted in summative portfolio.

Summative assessment:

2 x 2000-2500-word commentaries/essays (revised from formative work).

One 500-word reflective commentary.

Dr Leticia Villamediana González

Dr Leticia Villamediana-González

2019-2020 Terms 1 & 2
Lecture: Mondays 14:00-15:00 Room H0.58
Seminar: Tuesdays 17:00-18:00 Room R1.13

Moodle HP104 page (for seminar work and supporting materials)


‘Faces of the Conquistador’
© Visual Artist Frank Bonilla