Literature of the Spanish Civil War

Ref: C2228190

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“The struggle between the Republican and National Forces in Spain between 1936 and 1939 engaged the imagination and the conscience of many writers and intellectuals from around the world. The polarisation of political and social values that characterised the war seemed to many to represent the defining struggle of the age: a clash not just between the opposing political ideologies of socialism and fascism, but between civilization and barbarism, good and evil.” This six week online course looks at a sample of writing from and about the Spanish Civil War by leading writers and artists of the time. Most of the texts will be provided via Canvas, however students will need to obtain a copy of Hemingway’s For Whom the Bells Toll.

Course aim

To explore the literature of the Spanish Civil War.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Approach literary texts in a critical way and discuss my findings with fellow students.
  • View the selected texts in their socio-historical context.
  • Understand and engage with the use of propaganda in a variety of forms
  • Explore the ways in which fiction can be seen as a form of propaganda.
  • Examine the literature of conflict from different nationalist viewpoints.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Week 5: George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia Week 6: Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Literature of the Spanish Civil War

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