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Module LXS-3018:
Reading Contemporary Galician

Module Facts

Run by School of Languages, Literatures, Linguistics and Media

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Ms Iria Aboi Ferradas

Overall aims and purpose

  1. To introduce students to key works, trends and figures of contemporary Galician culture.
  2. To introduce students to different forms of cultural analysis, from the sociolinguistic, to the political and literary, and to encourage an understanding of contemporary Spain as a summation of different socio-political and cultural enclaves.
  3. To introduce students to the specificities of contemporary Galician culture in relation to advanced notions of critical theory (hybridity, urban and rural studies, identity).

Course content

During this course, you will be introduced to the different 20th-Century literary texts (both narrative and poetic) originally written in the Galician language (which you will read in either Galician, Spanish or English). You will also be introduced to a set of cultural specificities of contemporary Galician culture (language conflict, the relevance of the Lusophone framework, hybridity and urban/rural studies). The authors studied will include key figures in Galician culture and politics such as Alfonso Castelao, the poets Luz Pichel and Lupe Gómez, Lois Pereiro and Manuel Rivas. Attention will be paid to both the cultural and stylistic specificity of the texts, and to the way they encompassed the main historical events of Galician and Spanish recent history.

Luz Pichel: Casa pechada/Cativa en su lughar. Lupe Gómez: Selected poems. Lois Pereiro: Collected Poems. Manuel Rivas: Selected passages from Books Burn Badly.

Assessment Criteria


D- - D+: For the award of credit, students should demonstrate a satisfactory comprehension of the various topics studied, with some understanding of the correlations and interrelations highlighted.


C- - B+: For the award of higher grades, students should demonstrate a solid comprehension of the various topics studied, with clear understanding of the correlations and interrelations highlighted, having also analysed and evaluated key sources.


A- - A*: For the award of the highest grade, students should demonstrate a detailed comprehension of the various topics studied, with a nuanced understanding of the correlations and interrelations highlighted, having also analysed and evaluated key sources thoroughly.

Learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the linguistic and literary variety across the Spanish territory as a key factor in the study of Spain today, and particularly of the Galician language and culture.

  2. Demonstrate familiarity with the work of key writers of the contemporary period and with the critical interpretations of their works.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
(one case-study essay) 25
(witten exam) 50
Oral presentation 25

Teaching and Learning Strategy


1 hour lecture each week for eleven weeks where an introduction to weekly contents will be delivered. 1 hour seminar each week for eleven weeks for textual analysis and critical discussion on additional material.

Private study 178

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting

Subject specific skills

  • Engaging with, interpreting and critically evaluating short and longer contemporary texts (short stories, films, novels) in the target language (Benchmark statement 5. 8, and 5.9)
  • Effective oral communication and presentation skills (including delivery and argument development, discussion and defence) in the target language through individual and/or group discussions. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
  • Extract and synthesise key information from written and/or spoken sources in English / Welsh and/or the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.14)
  • The ability to organise and present ideas within the framework of a structured and reasoned argument in written and/or oral assignments and class discussions. (Benchmark statement 5.14)
  • Critical skills in the close reading, description, reasoning and analysis of primary and secondary sources in the target language and/or English or Welsh (incl. filmic, literary and other sources). (Benchmark statement 5.13, 5.14, 5.15)
  • Competence in the planning and execution of essays, presentations and other written and project work; bibliographic skills, including the accurate citation of sources and consistent use of conventions and appropriate style in the presentation of scholarly work. (Benchmark statement 5.10, 5.14, 5.15)
  • The ability to gather information, analyse, interpret and discuss different viewpoints and to place these in a wider socio-cultural and/or geo-historical and political and/or socio-linguistic context and to revise and re-evaluate judgements in light of those of the course leader, certain individuals or groups studied and/or fellow students. (Benchmark statement 5.13, 5.15 and 5.16)
  • The ability to write and think under pressure and meet deadlines. (Benchmark statement 5.15)
  • The ability to write effective notes and access and manage course materials including electronic resources / information provided on online learning platforms and library resources. (Benchmark statement 5.15, 5.16)
  • The ability and willingness to engage with and appreciate other cultures and to articulate to others (in written and verbal form) the contribution that the culture has made at a regional and global level. (Benchmark statement 5.7)
  • The ability to grasp and discuss how films reflect objective or subjective positions in their treatment of their subject matter. (Benchmark statement 5.7 and 5.10)
  • The ability to engage in analytical, evaluative and original thinking. (Benchmark statement 5.14)
  • The ability to organise and present ideas and arguments in presentations, classroom discussions and debates. (Benchmark statement 5.14, 5.16)
  • Skills in the critical reading and analysis of literary and/or musical and/or filmic texts. (Benchmark statement 5.10)
  • The ability to critically understand, analyse and interpret the main events shaping Galician history and culture (benchmark statement 5.7, 5.10 and 5.11)
  • The ability to critically understand the on-going debates about the role played by memory and forgetting in Spanish contemporary history (Benchmark statement 5.7)

Courses including this module

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