SPAN30230 Historical Memory in Spain: 21st Century Narrative and Film

Academic Year 2020/2021

This module will explore representations of the past in contemporary Spanish cultural production. Specifically, students will explore how recent literature and film has engaged with the historical events and figures of the Civil War and post-war period, often recuperating pasts that were for many years officially forgotten. Taking into account the ongoing debates around historical memory in the Spanish public sphere, students will examine and problematize the ways in which the selected films, short stories, and novel present the conflict and its aftermath. These texts will be examined through the lens on antagonistic, cosmopolitan, and agonistic modes of memory.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

▶ Be able to classify, describe, and interpret key trends and issues relating to historical memory in literature and film.
▶ Be capable of applying theoretical frameworks concerning memory and intermediality to a range of cultural media.
▶ Display developed skills in analysing visual material, films, and written texts, reflected in high-quality academic writing.
▶ Be able to effectively discuss, examine, and respond to debates around memory as it applies to culture.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
All classes are interactive and involve both traditional group discussions and BYOD activities. There is a particular emphasis on developing strong academic writing skills. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Assessed discussion Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Essay: 1,800 word essay Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.


El espinazo del diablo, Dir. Guillermo del Toro
El laberinto del fauno, Dir. Guillermo del Toro
Las 13 rosas, Dir. Emilio Martínez Lázaro


Los girasoles ciegos by Alberto Méndez

Presas by Verónica Fernández and Ignacio del Moral
Name Role
Dr Diana Battaglia Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Maria-Rosario Hernandez Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Tara Plunkett Lecturer / Co-Lecturer