L-LIN/05 - 9 CFU - 1° Semester

Teaching Staff


Learning Objectives

The course is aimed at developing and going into depth with the main cultural features and phenomena, literary genres and mainstream authors and works of the XXth century Spanish literature. It also aims at consolidating interpretative and critical skills in studying contemporary Spanish texts through the analysis of temporality and narrator’s voice.

Course Structure

Lectures and seminars.

Detailed Course Content

The course goes into depth with formal aspect of the texts taken in consideration, examining the literary skills of representative Spanish authors of the XXth century; it will provide an analysis of the use of beats, captions and the articulation of temporality in a play.

Textbook Information

a) History of literature:

- LINA RODRÍGUEZ CACHO, Manual de historia de la literatura española, Volumen 2: Siglos XVIII al XX, Madrid, Castalia (the pages relating to the authors chosen by the student).


b) Anthology:


c) Methodological texts:

­– GERARD GENETTE, Figure III. Discorso del racconto, Torino, Einaudi.

– ANGELO MARCHESE, Dizionario di retorica e stilistica, Milano, Mondadori.

– IDEM, L’officina del racconto, Milano, Mondadori.


Required reading:



Innovative structures of the Spanish-language theatre.


-Alfonso Sastre, El cuervo (any edition);

-Ariel Dorfman, Lector, in Idem, Teatro 2, Buenos Aires, Ediciones de la Flor, 1996);

-José Antonio García Blázquez, El amante inanimado, intr. e trad. di D. A. Cusato, Messina, Lippolis, 1996;

-Mario Vargas Llosa, Kathie y el hipopótamo (any edition).


Critical texts:

-Domenico Antonio Cusato, “Lector” di Ariel Dorfman: le varie dimensioni della realtà, in AA. VV., Scritti in onore di Candido Panebianco, offerti da colleghi e allievi ispanisti dell’Università di Catania, a cura di D. A. Cusato, Messina, Lippolis 2009, pp. 67-79.

-Domenico Antonio Cusato, El teatro de Mario Vargas Llosa, Messina, Lippolis, 2007 (soltanto “Introducción”, pp. 11-21, e il cap. 2 (“Desfases temporales e intusiones metalépticas en Kathie y el hipopótamo”, pp. 53-86).


Please remember that in compliance with art 171 L22.04.1941, n. 633 and its amendments, it is illegal to copy entire books or journals, only 15% of their content can be copied.

For further information on sanctions and regulations concerning photocopying please refer to the regulations on copyright (Linee Guida sulla Gestione dei Diritti d’Autore) provided by AIDRO - Associazione Italiana per i Diritti di Riproduzione delle opere dell’ingegno (the Italian Association on Copyright).

All the books listed in the programs can be consulted in the Library.

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