UAM – English Studies (Facultad: Filosofía y Letras)

1st SEMESTER (Fall)

17266 Literatura y cultura de los países de habla inglesa en el siglo XIX I (20th Century Literature & Culture of English Speaking Countries I)

Course content:
1) Poetry in the Romantic Period: Nature and novelty / Orientalism /The age of revolution/ Medievalism and the past / Narrative poetry / Versions of the poet.
2) Fiction in the Romantic period: The novel of manners and mores (Austen´s Pride and Prejudice) /The novel of ideas ( Mary Shelley´s Frankenstein)
3) Fiction in the Victorian age: Romance and realism / Serialization /Didacticism / the Bildungsroman/ Status and class relations / Gender roles / Nationhood and empire / The sensational thriller and popular forms.
4) Victorian Poetry: Portraits of the artist / Gender roles and relations/ The dramatic monologue and other themes, issues and forms.

17267 - Las Literaturas de la Ilustración en Lengua Inglesa (Literatures of the Enlightenment)

1. The new public sphere and the profession of letters; European networks and exchanges; the rise of journalism and the essay; the market for books; the origins of literary criticism.
2. Literary ages: the age of comedy, and drama from 1660 to 1740; the age of satire, moral and politics in the Protestant Succession and the Hanoverian regime (1702-1747)
3. The making of the modern subject; marriage and the family; the early feminism; ideologies of the private; commercialism, consumption, and luxury; representations of intimacy
4. Changing genres in narrative, history, and fiction: the novel from 1670 to 1740
5. The Atlantic experience: America and the first British empire
6. The age of sensibility and sentimental literature; the “darkening of the Enlightenment” and the age of revolutions (1763-1789)
7. Ideologies of rights: from Locke to the American Fathers; the American identity and the Independence


1. Meaning in language
Getting started
2. Basic concepts. Language, meaning & culture
Introducing semantics & pragmatics
3. Categories, prototypes, networks & cultural domains
4. Paradigmatic & syntagmatic relations. Polysemy & metaphor
Meaning relations
5. Evidence & structure
The mental lexicon
6. Applying semantic theory to dictionaries
Lexicology, lexicography & corpora
7. Sense, reference and force
Creating contexts, from semantic to pragmatic meaning
8. Reference & deixis
Pointing and indexicality
9. Presupposition, background knowledge & schemata
Presupposition, background knowledge & schemata
10. Implicature & Inferencing
Implied meanings

17288 - Del Medievo Al Renacimiento En La Literatura Inglesa (from Mediaeval To Renaissance In English Literature)

1) Introduction: The formative processes of character individualization in 14th and 15th century English Literature: Deployment of allegorical figures in morality plays and dream vision poetry; the Italian and French influence on the latter; Estates satire; progression from the social group to a single “representational” character; Chaucer and the carnivalization of French “confessio” literature. Texts : (1) William Langland, Piers Plowman –extract from the Prologue(i); (2)Anon., Everyman(H); (3) Geoffrey Chaucer, from General Prologue to The Canterbury Tales; The Pardoner´s Prologue and Tale. (i) All texts to be found in Greenblatt et al.(eds) The Norton Anthology of English Literature Volume 1(Norton) unless a specific edition is mentioned or a work is marked H (= Handout)
2) The Native English Tradition: Mystery, Morality and Miracle plays: Stories from the Bible, Saints’ lives and divine miracles staged on pageants. The Cycles. Morality Plays: allegories in dramatic form. Re-presenting the battle between good and evil. Mankind, a fragmented and fragmentary figure. Didactic plays. Texts: The Castle of Perseverance;Mankind (H)
3) Elizabethan Tragedy: Aristotle, Horace and Seneca on tragedy. The tragedy of self-fulfillment. Distinguishing features of Marlovian drama. Staging power: tragedy and social order. History and drama. Identity and difference in Renaissance drama. Text : Doctor Faustus (The New Mermaid)
4) Form, order, reason and beyond; origins and development of the sonnet form : Origins and growth of the Petrarchan tradition/ Formal and thematic development of the English sonnet/ Foreshadowings of the metaphysical mode/ The “anti-sonnet”. Texts : (1) Petrarch, sonnetti: S’amor non è, Una candida cerva(H); (2) Chaucer, Canticus Troili (H); (3) Wyatt,Whoso list to hunt; (4)Sidney, from The Defence of Poesie;(5) Petrarch, Zefiro torna;(H) (6) Surrey, The soote season; (7) Shakespeare Sonnets 3,18, 94, 129, 130.
5) Elizabethan prose from inside and outside the court-parodies of officialdom: The “acceptable” face of Elizabethan prose-“euphuism”/ Towards the popular novel; Petronian picaresque as court satire. Texts : ; (1) Extract from Lily, Euphues; (2) Extract from Nashe, The Unfortunate Traveller (H)
6) Elizabethan Comedy: Shakespeare’s Romantic Comedies. Main features of Shakespeare’s comedies: artificiality and naturalism. Protean shapes. Ovid’s Metamorphosis: Disguises and transformations. Problem comedies, romances or “dark comedies”. Texts: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Cambridge)

17289 - Literatura Y Cultura De Los Países De Habla Inglesa: Literaturas De La Modernidad

1.- Introduction to Modernity in its historical and genealogical context. Genealogy and diversity of modernity in Great Britain and USA. The transatlantic journey. Modernity and melancholy. British Modernism within European Modernity. Ghosts and nightmares of historical modernity: mechanization and crisis of instrumental reason. Individualism and crisis of the imperial subject: impressionist poetics of the vision. Readings: Joseph Conrad: Heart of Darkness, Preface to The Nigger of the Narcissus.
2.- a) Centres and peripheries of the modern subject; the transatlantic landing in Great Britain. The fláneur, the citizen, the exiled as the new subject of modernity. Readings: James Joyce’s Ulysses (excerpts) b)The search of the significant form. Problematic of the language and of the «privileged» literature. The collage. Readings: Imagist poems. T.S. Eliot The Waste Land. Ezra Pound imagist poems and Cantos 1& 8. E.Hemingway Men Without Women.
3.- Gender alternatives to the modern subject and to patriarchal discourse: the metropolis as the space of the modern sensibility. Readings: Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway, F.S.Fitzgerald The Great Gastby.
4.- The Americanization of modernism. Readings: William Carlos Williams, Poems. W.Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury.
5.- The Crash of 1929, the crisis of any possible utopia of modernity: the ghost of real history and of totalitarisms: problematic of the avant-garde’s formal possibility. Readings: Steinbeck The Grapes of Wrath(excerpts). Dos Passos, Manhattan Transfer(excerpts)

17296 - ADQUISICIÓN DEL INGLÉS COMO LENGUA EXTRANJERA (Acquisition of English as a Foreign Language)

1. Introduction to Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition
2. First Language Acquisition/Child language
3. Theoretical perspectives in Second Language Acquisition/Learning (SLA/L)
-Generative perspectives
-Cognitive perspectives
-Sociocultural perspectives
-Recent perspectives: complexity theory, identity approaches, CA approaches, …
4. Learner language and internal factors in SLA
-The Contrastive Analysis Hypothesis (CAH)
-Error analysis
-The Interlanguage (IL) hypothesis
-Developmental stages
-Cross-linguistic influences
5. Individual factors in SLA
-The age factor
-Learning Strategies
6. External factors: Input and interaction in SLA
-The role and nature of input
-The role of output
-The role of interaction
7. External factors: Foreign language classrooms
-Classroom interaction
-Focus on form
-SFL approaches


Introducción a los procedimientos y herramientas para la creación y manejo de corpus lingüísticos como instrumento de análisis de la lengua inglesa. El uso de herramientas de internet y sus aplicaciones a distintos ámbitos (enseñanza, auto-aprendizaje, evaluación, etc.). La comunicación mediada por ordenador (CMC). El aprendizaje colaborativo asistido por ordenador (ACAO).


Las clases, en las que se pide una participación muy activa a los alumnos, consisten en la puesta en común de los ejercicios o encargos de traducción previstos para cada día. A lo largo del cuatrimestre, el alumno habrá de trabajar diversos ejercicios y textos que le plantearán las dificultades específicas (en términos de léxico, sintaxis, “inequivalencia”, etc.) que surgen en el proceso de traducción al español de textos no especializados redactados en lengua inglesa.


El término “literaturas postcoloniales” se refiere a las literaturas de países que en otro tiempo pertenecieron al Imperio Británico, e incluyen culturas tan diferentes como las de Australia, Canadá, India y Nigeria. Puesto que estas literaturas no están incluidas en las asignaturas obligatorias del grado de EEII en la UAM, este curso pretende ofrecer un panorama de algunos textos literarios y discursos teóricos postcoloniales, conectando el fenómeno literario con aspectos contextuales y culturales de los países estudiados


1. Introduction: relevant aspects of the exchange between literature and film in the XX century.
2. Establishing relationships between the language of literature and film.
3.1. The birth of the cinema in an experimental era: the 1920s and “pure cinema”. Films:D.Vertov The Man with the Movie Camera, L.Buñuel Un chien andalou.
3.2. D.W.Griffith and the birth of classical cinema: The Birth of a Nation, Intolerance.
4. The influence of cinematic techniques in the literature of the 1920s: visuality, montage, fragmentation, temporality Readings: E.Pound Poems, F.S. Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby, E.Hemingway short stories, J.Dos Passos Manhattan Transfer.
5. Literary adaptations in the Hollywood of the postwar period: Fidelity and conformism. Reading: H.James Washington Square Film: W.Wyler The Heiress
6. Postmodern revisions and adaptations of literary narratives into films: borrowing or transforming? New perspectives on gender, class and colonialism. Readings:J.Joyce “The Dead” Films: J.Huston Dubliners V.Woolf Mrs Dalloway S.Daldry The Hours J.Conrad Heart of Darkness F.F.Coppola Apocalypse Now E.Wharton The Age of Innocence M.Scorsese The Age of Innocence


The main aim of this course is to explore the construction of gender, female identity, the emergence of the New American Woman, and ethnic awareness during Realism and Naturalism in the literature of the second half (1865-1900) of the 19th century. Women became the nation’s dominant culture force and a major force in American letters. Most of the writers of this period represent women’s claims and gender issues that shaped the period’s cultural progressive mainstream.
– 1. Henry James’s psychological representation of women’s social and emotional constraints.
– 2. Naturalism and the development of women’s claims in the city: Stephen Crane and Theodore Dreiser.
– 3. Female Gothic Nightmares: Edith Wharton and Charlotte P. Gilman.
– 4. The Emergence of the New Woman: Kate Chopin.
– 5. The Development of Female Ethnic Awareness: Sui Sin Far.


Course description:
In this course we shall study the language and some of the techniques used in narrative fiction in English. We shall analyse a selection of nineteenth and twentieth century texts (novels, novellas and short stories). This course builds on the reading done and the knowledge acquired in previous literature courses.
1) Narrative voice: omniscient, limited, unreliable
2) Perspective, focalization, free indirect discourse.
3) Characterization: flat and round characters
4) Plot: types of plot (the marriage plot, the Bildungsroman)
5) Time and chronology; gaps, repetitions, closure.
6) Style, metaphor, symbolism, allegory.
7) Literary history: genre, readers´expectations, intertextuality.
8) The literary context and the historical context.
Reading List:
1) H. James, “Daisy Miller”/Washington Square/ The Portrait of a Lady
2) J. Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist / Dubliners (“The Dead”)
3) F.M. Ford, The Good Soldier
4) E. Hemingway, In Our Time (selected short stories)
5) V. Woolf, To the Lighthouse Supplementary reading : G. Orwell, Animal Farm ; J. Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea ; J.M. Coetzee, Boyhood

2nd SEMESTER (Spring)

17272 Literatura y Cultura de los países de habla inglesa en el Siglo XIX II(19th Century Literature & Culture of English Speaking Countries II)

Course content:
1. N. Hawthorne’s reinterpretation of the Puritan self in the community: The Scarlet Letter.
2. The crisis of the enlightened self: E.A.Poe’s Gothic literature
3. H. Melville. The alienated self
4. The new awareness of the self: R.W.Emerson. Thoreau.Trascendentalism and
5. E. Dickinson’s poetry: Identity as otherness
6. The poet as a democratic hero: W.Whitman’s “Song of Myself”
7. Writing within the conventions of realist fiction: M.Twain, H.James
8. The illusions of nature and reality: S. Crane

17273 Historia y cultura de los países de habla inglesa (History & Culture of English Speaking Countries)

History of United States, focusing on important events and historical people: American colonies and the independence of the United States, Manifest Destiny, Secession War, important presidents, Great War and 2nd World War, immigration, 1929 crack, Kennedy, Bush, 9/11, Obama…

17293 Del renacimiento al Barroco en la literatura inglesa (Fromm the Renaissance to the Barroque in English Literature)

Course content:
1- From Tudor to Stuart.
2- Metaphysical poetry.
3- Religious and political tolerance and intolerance after the Civil War.
4- Satirical comedy.
5- Jacobean society and the narrowing of the tragic visión.
6- The Age of Reason.

17294 Literatura y cultura de los países de habla inglesa: literatura de la postmodernidad(Literature & Culture of English Speaking Countries: Postmodern Literature)

Course content:
1- After Modernism.
2- “A World Elsewhere”.
3- Vietnam War and the breaking of America.
4- Response to Postmodernism.
5- History as fiction.
6- Multiculturalism and revisionism.html=»no»]

17297 Metodología de la enseñanza del inglés como lengua extranjera (Methodology of teaching English as a foreign language)

Topic 1
Principles in language teaching
Topic 2
Communicative language teaching and task-based learning
Topic 3
Content-based second language teaching and CLIL
Topic 4
Strategies in language teaching
Topic 5
Teaching the receptive skills: reading and listening
Topic 6
Teaching the productive skills: writing and speaking
Topic 7
Teaching and learning grammar and vocabulary
Topic 8
Using the Internet for teaching and learning
Topic 9
Good classroom practice
Topic 10
Lesson planning

Level: Elective

17300 Pragmática intercultural en lengua inglesa (Intercultural Pragmatics in English)


Level: Elective

17304 El inglés como lengua internacional en el contexto de la globalización (English as an international language in the context of globalization)

1. Getting started
2. Re-Introducing Language Change & Variety
─ Standards, dialects & varieties
─ Historical, Social & Political Context of EIL
3. English in the World
─ The British Isles & North-American Englishes
─ New Englishes
4. Other Englishes
─ Social & gender varieties
─ Stylistic varieties
5. The Future of English as an International Language
─ Past, present & future of English ─ And now…?

Level: Elective

17311 Literaturas no canónicas en lengua inglesa (Noncanonical Literatures in English)

1 Introduction. Field theory and the textual field. The 18th century. History, culture, ideology. The growth of the Canon and its Others. Historical stages of the Literatures of Terror.
2 Folklore, anthropology, mythography. Myth, fairytale and Gothic tale. Propp’s model. Barbauld’s “Sir Bertrand”: a blueprint for the analysis of the Gothic genre.
3 Growth and change in the Gothic genre: Ann Radcliffe’s A Sicilian Romance.
4 From Gothic to Victorian: E.A.Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher”.
5 The ‘psychic detective’: Sheridan Le Fanu’s “Green Tea”.
6 The antiquarian: Montague Rhodes James’ “The Mezzotint”.
7 Cosmic terror and Science Fiction: Howard Philip Lovecraft’s “The Call of Cthulhu”.
8 Alien or psychopath, two faces of modern terror: Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Level: Elective

17318 Crítica literaria anglonorteamericana (Anglo-American Literary Criticism)

1. Renaissance Aristotelian theory
2. The Long 18th Century and the invention of literary criticism
3. The Romantic revolution
4. Literature, Science, and Empire: the Victorian context
5. From Romanticism to Formalism: the origin of 20th century literary criticism
6. Why tell stories: narratology and the theory of the novel
7. The New Critics and the English departments
8. After New Criticism
9. NewHistoricism

Level: Elective

17272 Literatura y cultura de los países de habla inglesa en el siglo XIX II (Literature and culture of English-speaking countries in the nineteenth century II)

1.N.Hawthorne’sreinterpretationofthePuritanselfinthecommunity:The Scarlet Letter
2. The crisis of the enlightened self: E.A.Poe’s Gothic literature
3. H. Melville. The alienated self
4. The new awareness of the self: R.W.Emerson. Thoreau.Trascendentalism and Nature.
5. E. Dickinson’s poetry: Identity as otherness
6. The poet as a democratic hero: W.Whitman’s “Song of Myself”
7. Writing within the conventions of realist fiction: M.Twain, H.James 8. The illusions of nature and reality: S. Crane

Level: 2nd year

17273 Historia y cultura de los países de habla inglesa (History and culture of English-speaking countries)

1. – Introduction to the history of the British Isles. Great historical periods to the beginning of the Tudor era (fifteenth century).
2. – The Anglican Reformation and the construction of English national identity. Civil war, revolution and the triumph of the parliamentary monarchy.
3 – Economy and social, XVI-XIX centuries. Causes and consequences of the Industrial Revolution. From colonialism to imperialism.
. 4 – The Victorian era. Reform political and social conflicts. The Edwardian Era and the Great War.
 5. – The American colonies: Crisis and revolution. The independence of the United States.
6 – A new constitutionalism for the United States: the triumph of federalism.
7 – The theory of Manifest Destiny and westward expansion. The formation of the American character. The early feminist movements and conventions in United States.
8.-Tensions in the United States. The American Civil War. North-South differences and emancipation.
9. – The immigration and urban development. The frontier in American history. The Indians, losers.
10. – The Imperial Republic. Roosevelt: dollar diplomacy and big stick. The United States and the First World War.
11. – The interwar period. Fordism. The economic Depression and its consequences. The New Deal D. Roosevelt.
12. – The Second World War. The Cold War. U.S. world power. Counterculture and rebellions of minorities in the decade of the 60s and 70s.
13. – From the New Frontier Kennedy and Reagan. The Bushes and major international conflicts. The Europe-US relations. The Obama era.
The practical sessions are devoted to discussion seminars in which we discuss articles, texts and books that were assigned at the beginning of year.

Level: 2nd year

17293 Del Renacimiento al Barroco en la Literatura Inglesa (From Renaissance to Baroque in English Literature)

1) Introduction: From Tudor to Stuart: Problems inherited from Elizabeth: the
succession, the monarch versus parliament. High and Low Church / The Civil War and
its aftermath. The tragedy of State. The Restoration. Text: Macbeth (Cambridge)
2) Metaphysical Poetry, Nature of the metaphysical conceit / New and radical forms
of imagery-the poet, nature and science / The politicization of the metaphysical
mode-The _Sons of Ben» and Marvell’s literary trajectory. Texts:; Johnson, Drink to
I only Donne, The Flea, A Valediction, Forbidding Mourning, Holy Sonnets 7, 10,
14, Herbert, Easter Wings, Lovelace, The Grasshopper, Marvell, To His Coy
Mistress, The Coronet, An Horatian Ode.
3) Religious and political tolerance and intolerance after the Civil War, Religious
epic. Texts :: Milton-Paradise Lost, Book 1
4) Jacobean society and the narrowing of the tragic vision. The «problem play».
Personal and political corruption. The genesis of empire building and its reflection in
early Jacobean drama. Texts: Shakespeare-The Tempest (Cambridge)
5) The Age of Reason; satire on deviation from the «civilized norm» of behavior, The
moral essay. Newspapers and journals. Satirical look and prose from the late Stuarts to the early Hanoverians. Empire building and its reflection in the early novel. Rochester-The Disabled debauchee. Defoe, Robinson Crusoe, Addison & Steele Extracts from the Tattler and Spectator.

Level: 3rd year

17294 Literaturas de la postmodernidad (Literatura y Cultura de los Países de Habla Inglesa)

Tema 1
After Modernism: The Age of the American Novel. Hegemony public and private forms of alienation. The crisis of the literary object in mass society. Different Responses to «The Lonely Crowd» by Riessman and conformist pressure «Organizational Man» as a point of arrival of the budgets of Modernity (individual autonomy, progress and instrumental reason, etc..). The conciliation problematic content of realism and a new morality formal response to _The Banality of Evil» and the Holocaust as theoretical closure of the utopian possibility of Modernity. Privacy textual blocks, the Cold War, McCarthyism. Current Revisionism fifties and contemporary readings of the decade.
1.a. The crisis of American individualism secular internal bankruptcy and frontalization intellectual subject of neurosis as hegemonic mode.
The existential imagination and the fragility of innocence.
Reading: J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye.
1.b. Alternative Disyears not integrated into the metropolis as discursive space of rupture, fragmentation and inability to fixation within social identity models. The possible intervention of «minor literature» as the African American within the hegemonic disyear possible or impossible and utopian element.
The disappearance of the self and the collapse of the moral perspective.
Lectura: Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
1.c. Alternativas sureñas. El gótico como forma discursiva de marginalidad identitaria y genérica.
The Gothic grotesque in southern Literature.
Flannery O’ Connor, “A Good Man is Hard to Find” Carson McCullers, “The Ballad of the Sad Café”

Level: 3rd year



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