Contemporary Literature from Peninsular Spain (B1) WEA Sydney

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Continue improving your Spanish while enjoying the best literary production of contemporary Spanish writers from Peninsular Spain. This course aims at practicing conversation and discussion in Spanish using excerpts from literary production. It is addressed to students with intermediate knowledge of Spanish interested in literature. The books that will be discussed are: Patria (Fernando Aramburu), _Soldiers of Salam_is (Javier Cercas), The Carpenter’s Pencil (Manuel Rivas), Sabotage (Arturo Pérez Reverte) and Doctor García’s Patients, Frankenstein’s Mother, and Inés and Happiness (all by Almudena Grandes). These novels deal with topics such as: the Basque Country and ETA, the Spanish Civil War and Franco’s dictatorship.


  • Face-to-Face


  • Tutor supplied material


  • Introduction of the author and their main achievements, and the book to be discussed
  • Reading of the excerpt
  • Discussion in breakout groups, followed by a general discussion


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Get familiar with contemporary writers of Spanish literature
  2. Get familiar with best contemporary books in Spanish
  3. Learn about Spanish culture and history
  4. Improve the presentation of ideas and arguments in oral Spanish