Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Literary Genres II

Literary Genres II
Second semester
Main language of instruction: Catalan

Other languages of instruction: Spanish

Teaching staff


This subject focuses on the concept of narrative that the authors have been building from the Greek antiquity to our days. The cultural analysis of key aspects of the novel and its world will be debated from works that show different fashions and literary techniques.


Understanding and interpreting the diverse literary creations, mostly prose.

Developing their own creative skills through analyzing literary works.

Identifying and recognizing the different formulas and mechanisms typically used in the novel.

Progressing in their ability for critical opinion and esthetic judgment.


  • E02 - Ability to use methods and techniques specific to human sciences.
  • E04 - Ability to recognise and interpret cultural manifestations.
  • E12 - To acquire knowledge and understanding of imaginary, iconic and symbolic languages and their representation.
  • E20 - Ability to reflect on human-environment interaction and the organisation of the resulting territory.
  • E24 - Ability to present the results of research project in accordance with the standards of each subject area.
  • E28 - Ability to organise complex cultural information coherently.
  • E30 - Ability to define cultural research topics which can contribute to the improvement and innovation of society.
  • E31 - To pass on knowledge and good practices to other sectors.
  • G07 - To know how to apply and adapt to new technologies in processes of cultural management, production and dissemination.
  • G08 - Ability to carry out research.
  • G09 - Creativity, inititiative and entrepreneurial spirit.

Learning outcomes

Identification of thematic and stylistic constants in the course of literary history through the comparative study of the various schools of thought and cultural traditions.

Recognition and deciphering the keys of the novelistic genre.

Understanding the structure of the current literary scene in the light of tradition, subjectivity and identity.


1.- Introduction

2.- Theory of the novel and narrative genres

3.- Narrating the subjectivity of Plaute to Montaigne

4.- Novel and literary modernity

5.- The nineteenth century, a novelist boom

6.- The fragmented self in contemporary narrative

7.- Conclusions

Teaching and learning activities

In person

This course will consist of a combination of both theory lessons (exposition of diverse subjects) and practice sessions (oral tests, text analysis, discussions…).

Evaluation systems and criteria

In person

  • Exams (60%)
  • Written literary analysis (30%)
  • Oral literary analysis and debate participation (10%)

Four short exams will represent the 60% of the global evaluation. Literary analysis has two parts: on one hand a written part (30%) and an oral part with a debate (10%). 

Bibliography and resources

Albèrés, R-M. (1966): Metamorfosis de la novela, Madrid, Taurus. 

Allott, M. (ed.) (1960): Los novelistas y la novela, Barcelona, Seix Barral. 

Amorós, A. (1974): Introducción a la novela contemporánea, Madrid, Cátedra. 

Bajtin,M: Teoría y estética de la novela, Madrid, Taurus, 1975.  

Baquero Goyanes, M. (1989): Estructuras de la novela actual, Madrid, Castalia. 

Bobes Naves, Mª del Carmen (1993): La novela, Madrid, Síntesis. 

Bourneuf, R. y Ouellet, R. (1972): La novela, Barcelona, Ariel. 

Chartier, P. (1990): Introduction aux grandes théories du roman, París, Bordas. 

del Prado, J. (1999): Análisis e interpretación de la novela, Madrid, Síntesis. 

Forster, E.M. (1927): Aspectos de la novela, Madrid, Debate. 

García Gual, C. (1972): Los orígenes de la novela, Madrid, Istmo. 

Garrido Domínguez, A. (1996): El texto narrativo, Madrid, Síntesis. 

Lukács, G. (1920): Teoría de la novela, Buenos Aires, Siglo Veinte. 

Pavel, T. (2003): Representar la existencia. El pensamiento de la novela, Barcelona, Crítica. 

Robert, M. (1972): Novela de los orígenes y orígenes de la novela, Madrid, Taurus. 

Sauvage, J. (1965): Introducción al estudio de la novela, Barcelona, Laia. 

Sullà, E. (ed.), Teoría de la novela. Antología de textos del siglo XX, Barcelona, Crítica, 1996.  

Villanueva, D. (1977): Estructura y tiempo reducido en la novela, Barcelona, Anthropos.