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Literature - Spanish Narrative and Prose (from Cervantes to the Present)
University of Barcelona (UB)
Barcelona, Spain

Subject Area(s) Level(s) Instruction in Credits Contact Hours Prerequisites
Literature 200, 300, 400 Spanish 1 20 Spanish 200 or equivalent

To trace the development of Spanish narrative from the Golden Age (16th and 17th centuries) and of the novel and the short story from the second half of the 19th century (Realism and Naturalism).


  • The background to narrative prose in the Golden Age
  • The “picaresca” novel and Lazarillo de Tormes (1554)
  • The novels of Cervantes and El Quijote (1605-1615)
  • Outline of the novel and short story from 1870 to 1900.
  • Juan Valera and Pepita Jiménez (1874)
  • The novels of Benito Pérez Galdós
  • Leopoldo Alas "Clarín" and La Regenta (1884-1885)
  • "Clarín" and Emilia Pardo Bazán’s short stories

Reading List

(recommended editions)
Lazarillo de Tormes, (1992), Madrid, Cátedra.
MIGUEL DE CERVANTES, (1998), El Quijote, Barcelona, Crítica. (1997), Madrid, Castalia Didáctica.
JUAN VALERA, (1991), Pepita Jiménez, Barcelona, PPU.
LEOPOLDO ALAS "CLARÍN", (1988), El Señor y lo demás, son cuentos, Madrid, Espasa Calpe (Austral).


At the end of the course there will be a two-hour examination. Students write an essay choosing from two topics and analyse an extract from one of the texts dealt with in class.

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