SJ0B787 “So la espina está la rosa”: reading Libro de buen amor

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2018
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. José Luis Bellón Aguilera, PhD. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Ivo Buzek, Ph.D.
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Milada Malá, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Romance Languages and Literatures - Faculty of Arts
Wed 12:00–13:40 T205
Prerequisites (in Czech)
SJIA007 Practical Spanish II
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 25 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/25, only registered: 0/25
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Course objectives
This a subject devoted to the Libro de buen amor, a fascinating piece of literature of Spain XIVth century. The course focuses on history, contemporary literature, classics (Ovid), scholastic discourse and philosophy, style, interpretations, etc.
  • Study Sections 1. The XIVth century crisis. Spain in XIVth century. LBA in its historicity. 2.Textual problems. 3.Title, author, the autobiographical form. 4.Urban Summa, mester de clerecía. Medieval reading (dual, allegorical). Sacralization. 5.Literary influences (classics, arab and hebrew literature, european sources). 6.Structure and contents. 7.Intention. Scholastic discourse. 8.Parody. The popular discourse. Carnavalesque literature. Bakhtin. 9.“Love affairs” (ladies, procurers, nuns, moorish women, “serranas”). Women in LBA. 10.Interpretations of LBA. ¿A “realistic” work, pre-modern, with muslim influences, european-christian, parodic…?
  • Actas de los dos congresos internacionales celebrados en Alcalá la Real (Jaén), 2003 y 2007 < >
  • HAYWOOD, Louise M., and Louise O. Vasvári, eds. A Companion to the «Libro de buen amor». Woodbridge, UK: Tamesis, 2004.
  • Deyermond, A. D. (1999), Historia de la literatura española I. La Edad Media. Barcelona Ariel. [1973, primera edic.]
  • Ruiz, Juan, Arcipreste de Hita. Libro de buen amor. Ed. crítica de Alberto Blecua. Madrid: Cátedra, 1995.
  • Rico, Francisco (1985), “«Por aver mantenencia». El aristotelismo heterodoxo en el LBA”, In: El Crotalón. Anuario de filología española, II (1985), 169-198.]
  • Ruiz, Juan, Arcipreste de Hita. Libro de buen amor. Ed. y notas de Julio Cejador y Frauca. Madrid: Espasa-Calpe, S. A., 1931. < >
  • Přidal, Antonín, Kniha pravé lásky, Praha, Odeon, 1979. [Disponible pdf.]
  • CASTRO, A. (1952). “El Libro de Buen Amor del Arcipreste de Hita”, Comparative Literature, Vol. 4, No. 3 (Summer, 1952), pp. 193-213. Stable URL: . Accessed: 06/05/2013 03:24 [Disponible pdf.]
  • BELLÓN AGUILERA, José Luis. Si lo dixiese de mío: averroísmos y ortodoxia en el Libro de buen amor (Si lo dixiese de mío: Averroism and orthodoxy in the Libro de buen amor). Studia Romanistica, AFPUO. Ostrava: Ostravská univerzita, 2010, 10/2010, No 2, p. 77-90, 15 pp. ISSN 1803-6406. info
Teaching methods
Classes are divided between lecture and discussion. Attendance is compulsory, as well as reading the whole literature. Student writes an essay and prepares a presentation, which implies more specialized reading. Reading is distributed, depending on time availability.
Assessment methods
Written examination; essay presentation.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught each semester.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017.
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