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TITLE A taste of Spain and Latin America

LEVEL I - Introductory Level


DEPARTMENT Centre for the Liberal Arts and Sciences

DESCRIPTION The Unit aims to provide students with an introduction to the history, geography and contemporary society of Spain and Latin America before looking at a variety of specific expressions of this reality, namely:
- An overview of Spanish art from the earliest times to the 18th Century, focusing on renowned artists such as El Greco, Ribera, Velázquez, Murillo and Goya;
- Appreciation and contextualisation of modern and contemporary artists from the late 19th Century to the present, including the works of Picasso, Dalí and Kahlo;
- Insights into Spanish and Latin American Music across time;
- An appreciation of Golden Age Theatre in Spain via the works of Lope de Vega, Calderón de la Barca and Tirso de Molina;
- A review of Spanish and Latin American film, focusing on the works of Buñuel, Pedro Almodóvar among others.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the Unit the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate some understanding of historical events and contemporary issues of Spain and Latin America;
- Appreciate works of art and their respective artists and different eras;
- Recognize the musical trends of Spain and Latin America, the main theatre trends of the Spanish Golden Age and Spanish and Latin American Film.

2. Skills:

By the end of the Unit the student will be able to:
- Bring together essential information from written sources related to Spanish and Latin American;
- Analyze events and social issues in Spain and Latin America;
- Do short comparative Studies related to them discussed in the Unit.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Hooper, J. (2006) The New Spaniards. London: Penguin.
- Fowler, W. (2002) Latin America, 1800-2000. London: Arnold.
- Dodds, J.D. et al (1994) Art of Medieval Spain. New York: Abrams.
- Sanchez Canton, F.J. (1959) The Prado. London: Thames and Hudson.
- Ades, Dawn, Art in Latin America: the modern era, 1820-1980, Brett, Guy Contributions, 1989.
- Adler, Howells, Kotsopoulos, Bucknall (ed.), Contemporary Art in Latin America, Black Dog Publishers, 2010.
- Chase, G. (1959) The Music of Spain. New York. Dover Publications.
- Olsen, D. & Sheehy, D.E. (2000) The Garland Handbook of Latin American Music. New York: Garland Publishing.
- Melveena McKendrick; Cambridge University Press 1989. Theatre in Spain 1490-1700.
- Kinder,M(1993) Blood cinema: the reconstruction of national identity in Spain.Berkely: University of California Press.
- King. J (1990) Magical Reels: A History of Cinema in Latin America. New York: Verso.



Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Fernando Benito Saico
Saviour Catania
Antonio Espinosa Rodriguez
Veronica Gomez De Prado
Katya Micallef
Carmel A. Vassallo
Antoinette Zammit Bugeja (Co-ord.)

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