SPAN40360 Historical Memory in Spain

Academic Year 2023/2024

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


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The classes will include short lectures, and lecture slides will be made available on Brightspace. In class students will participate in discussions, group work, and BYOD activities. Students who are unable to attend are expected to participate via the discussion board, practising their critical and analytical skills. Tertulia activities prompt independent learning and provide the opportunity for individual engagement with particular aspects of the module. The end-of-trimester research essay teaches students to develop their own research topic and trains critical writing skills.
Consultation hours with the module coordinator will be offered both face-to-face and online. 
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
Essay: 3000 word essay Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Four online assessed reflection posts Throughout the 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, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

A diagram explaining the sequence of feedback and assessment can be found here:

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Seminar Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Mon 11:00 - 11:50
Seminar Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Wed 12:00 - 12:50