SJ2B010 “So la espina está la rosa”: reading Libro de buen amor

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
1/1/4. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. José Luis Bellón Aguilera, PhD. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. José Luis Bellón Aguilera, PhD.
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: doc. José Luis Bellón Aguilera, PhD.
Supplier department: Department of Romance Languages and Literatures - Faculty of Arts
! SJ0B787 Reading Libro de buen amor
It presupposes an excellent command of Spanish, as well as some knowledge of the history of the language.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
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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.
Learning outcomes
The subject enables the understanding of the ideological functioning of the works of the social formations of European Feudalism. Given the theoretical complexity, the capacity for distancing and analysis of the student is reinforced. S/he gets in touch with the metrical and rhetorical forms of fundamental medieval works. Since Spanish is medieval, linguistic knowledge, language history, lexicon, etc. are improved.Reading skills are substantially increased, written expression (presentation, examination), oral expression (presentation), capacity for discussion and argumentation on a difficult topic are also increased. Student is also trained in the ability to analyze and comment on texts.
  • 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…?
    required literature
  • Ruiz, Juan, Arcipreste de Hita. Libro de buen amor. Ed. crítica de Alberto Blecua. Madrid: Cátedra, 1995.
  • Přidal, Antonín, Kniha pravé lásky, Praha, Odeon, 1979. [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
    not specified
  • 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.
  • 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.]
  • Ruiz, Juan, Arcipreste de Hita. Libro de buen amor. Ed. y notas de Julio Cejador y Frauca. Madrid: Espasa-Calpe, S. A., 1931. < >
  • Deyermond, A. D. (1999), Historia de la literatura española I. La Edad Media. Barcelona Ariel. [1973, primera edic.]
  • Rico, Francisco (1985), “«Por aver mantenencia». El aristotelismo heterodoxo en el LBA”, In: El Crotalón. Anuario de filología española, II (1985), 169-198.]
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 annually.
The course is taught: every week.

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