Spanish Courses

Fall 2014

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Elementary Spanish I

SPAN 111 - Vazquez Comesana

Emphasis on listening comprehension and speaking, with gradual introduction of reading and writing.

Intermediate Spanish I

SPAN 161 - Faundez-Reitsma, Michelson, Vazquez Comesana (Multiple Sections)

Intensive, concentrated course in review grammar and reading, with practice in listening and speaking.

Advanced Intermediate Spanish

SPAN 164 - Barnett, Mayock, Pinto-Bailey, Reyes (Multiple Sections)

Emphasis on reading and composition skills, with extensive practice in speaking and listening through class discussion. Some grammar review.

Conversational Skills

SPAN 204 - Michelson

Development of speaking skills for communication in Spanish. Acquisition and use of practical vocabulary and development of pronunciation skills.

Intro to Hispanic Linguistics

SPAN 209 - Reyes

This course provides a broad view of major subfields of linguistic study with a particular focus on data drawn from the Spanish language. Class discussions begin with broader questions, such as "What is language?" and "How do language and human behavior intersect?"; throughout the term students revisit those questions in light of topics presented in class. By the end of the course, students demonstrate an understanding of the many facets of the Spanish language and also the linguistic principles as can be applied to any language. The course covers major concepts in Spanish phonology and phonetics, Spanish morphology and syntax, and lastly, Spanish dialectology.

Spanish Civilization and Culture

SPAN 211 - Bailey

A survey of significant developments in Spanish civilization. The course addresses Spanish heritage and the present-day cultural patterns formed by its legacies. Readings, discussions and papers, primarily in Spanish, for further development of communication skills.

Spanish-American Civilization and Culture

SPAN 212 - Botta

A survey of significant developments in Spanish-American civilizations. The course addresses Spanish-American heritage and the present-day cultural patterns formed by its legacies. Readings, discussions and papers primarily in Spanish for further development of communication skills.

Introducción a la literatura española

SPAN 220 - Campbell (Multiple Sections)

Spanish literary masterpieces from the Poema del Cid through the present. Readings and discussions are primarily in Spanish.

Introducción a la literatura hispanoamericana

SPAN 240 - Michelson

Spanish-American literary masterpieces from colonial times through the present. Readings and discussions are primarily in Spanish.

Introducción al análisis literario

SPAN 275 - Campbell

Preparation for analysis of Hispanic literature. Composition develops style and method for analyzing prose, poetry, and drama in Spanish. Conversation continues vocabulary building and concentrates on discussion of literary themes.

Spanish-American Short Story

SPAN 340 - Barnett

A study of the Spanish-American short story with special attention to the works of Quiroga, Borges, Cortázar, and Valenzuela.

Spanish-American Theater: 20th Century to the Present

SPAN 354 - Botta

This course provides a panoramic view of the theatrical traditions that have emerged in Spanish-American theater, beginning with the independent theater movement of the 1930s and concluding with the most recent trends in theatrical practices. In particular, the plays are studied as vehicles that reveal how theater practitioners engaged with their historical and cultural contexts in aesthetic terms. Therefore, the focus is also on the plays as performative texts. In order to develop this objective, students are expected to read, discuss, and analyze the dramatic texts, as well as perform scenes from the plays. This course includes works from playwrights such us Arlt, Triana, Diaz, Gambaro, Carballido, Castellanos, and Berman, among others. In addition, we study the political and aesthetic theories of theater developed by Enrique Buenaventura and Augusto Boal.

Peninsular Seminar

SPAN 397 - Bailey

A seminar focusing on a single period, genre, motif, or writer. The specific topic will be determined jointly according to student interest and departmental approval. Recent topics have included "The Female Voice in Hispanic Literature," "19th- and 20th-Century Spanish drama," "Women Writers of the Golden Age," and "Romanticism and the Generation of '98." May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Fall 2014 topic:

SPAN 397: Peninsular Seminar: Medieval Spanish Literature. (3): Prerequisites: SPAN 220 and SPAN 275. This course surveys the major works of Medieval Spanish literature, taking into account the widest possible sampling of literary forms and authors, from the first literary text in Castilian Spanish, Cantar de mio Cid (c. 1207), Galician-Portuguese lyric poetry, Marian miracle stories, wisdom literature, satirical verse, pre-Renaissance love lyric, and the parody of courtly-love drama La Celestina (1499). The texts are read in their original language, with translations to English and vocabulary aids to assist in comprehension as needed. (HL) Bailey.


Spring 2014

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Contemporary Spain in Context: Spanish Culture through Social Interaction

SPAN 214 - Reyes

This course examines contemporary social issues in Spain through lectures and through interviews with local subjects in Spain. Lectures provide a formal understanding of contemporary Spanish society, while students' interviews of local subjects provide data for further analysis by the students that may challenge, complement or further develop their understanding of current social issues.

Topics in Spanish Literature and Culture

SPAN 296 - Sakas

This course offers students the opportunity to further their understanding of the literature and culture of Spain by focusing on a specific literary and/or cultural topic unique to Spain, on a specific cultural moment in Spanish history, or on a region of Spain. Readings. discussions. and assignments occur primarily in Spanish. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2014 Topic:

SPAN 296: Cervantes' Exemplary Novellas (4). Prerequisite: One 200-level SPAN course. Discover the splendors of Golden Age Spain on campus through Cervantes' delightful Exemplary Novellas. Using a bilingual edition as our guidebook for exploring the culture and customs of the era, we read La gitanilla, Rinconete y Cortadillo, El casamiento engat'ioso, and El coloquio de los perros, then create our own modern-day interpretations of these brilliant classics' actions and issues through dramatic adaptations, dance, art, music, dining, and short written responses. Learn how Cervantes' tales of talking dogs, street urchins, and secret lovers are as compelling and relevant today as they were when first published in 1613. (HL) Sakas. Spring 2014


Winter 2014

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Elementary Spanish II

SPAN 112 - Kuettner

Emphasis on listening comprehension and speaking, with gradual introduction of reading and writing.

Intermediate Spanish II

SPAN 162 - Faundez-Reitsma, Vazquez Comesana (Multiple Sections)

Intensive, concentrated course in review grammar and reading, with practice in listening and speaking.

Advanced Intermediate Spanish

SPAN 164 - Sakas

Emphasis on reading and composition skills, with extensive practice in speaking and listening through class discussion. Some grammar review.

Conversational Skills

SPAN 204 - Reyes, Vazquez Comesana (Multiple Sections)

Development of speaking skills for communication in Spanish. Acquisition and use of practical vocabulary and development of pronunciation skills.

Spanish Civilization and Culture

SPAN 211 - Sakas

A survey of significant developments in Spanish civilization. The course addresses Spanish heritage and the present-day cultural patterns formed by its legacies. Readings, discussions and papers, primarily in Spanish, for further development of communication skills.

Introducción a la literatura española

SPAN 220 - Campbell

Spanish literary masterpieces from the Poema del Cid through the present. Readings and discussions are primarily in Spanish.

Introducción a la literatura hispanoamericana

SPAN 240 - Mayock, Pinto-Bailey (Multiple Sections)

Spanish-American literary masterpieces from colonial times through the present. Readings and discussions are primarily in Spanish.

Introducción al análisis literario

SPAN 275 - Campbell

Preparation for analysis of Hispanic literature. Composition develops style and method for analyzing prose, poetry, and drama in Spanish. Conversation continues vocabulary building and concentrates on discussion of literary themes.

El Cid in History and Legend

SPAN 333 - Bailey

A study of the most significant portrayals of the Castilian warrior Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, El Cid (1045-1099), from his 12th-century biography Historia Roderici to the Hollywood blockbuster El Cid. Epic poems, late medieval ballads, and Renaissance drama all recreate the legendary life of El Cid. This course examines the relevant narratives in an effort to determine the heroic values and attributes recreated by authors and their audiences for nearly a thousand years.

Spanish Language Theory and Practice

SPAN 392 - Mayock, Reyes (Multiple Sections)

A topics course that approaches language study through theories of language use and meaning, as well as their practical application through extensive writing exercises. Topics may include translation theory, analysis of theoretical approaches to language study, and advanced grammar. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Winter 2014 Topics:

SPAN 392: Spanish Language Theory and Practice: Language and Power (3). Prerequisite: SPAN 215 or 275. This course explores different theoretical approaches to account for the relationship of language and power, and therefore the relationship between language use and social processes. In particular, it observes how meaning is constructed and reconstructed in discourse, especially by the dominant classes with access to public discourse: politicians, academics, journalists, etc., whose messages generally reach and influence large audiences. For this reason, political discourse is an important source of data to observe how social actors employ specific linguistic choices to achieve political goals. Reyes.

SPAN 392: Creative Writing Workshop (3). Prerequisite: SPAN 215 or SPAN 275 and three credits at the 200-level. This course is designed to improve students' abilities to analyze the craft of writing and to practice the craft in several genres (short story, poetry, drama) in the Spanish language. Using the close reading of great works of Hispanic literature in these genres, students learn to translate literary text and to create literature of their own. Requirements include literary translations, an annotated anthology of creative works from our reading, a final portfolio of the students' creative works, active classroom/workshop participation, and attendance at a reading by a creative writer.

Fall 2013 Topic:

SPAN 392: Spanish Language Theory and Practice: Advanced Grammar in Spanish, a Linguistic Approach (3). Prerequisites: SPAN 275 and three additional 200-level SPAN credits. This course explores language use in different genres (journalistic, literary, political) from a Functional Grammar perspective. The linguistic analysis of this course focuses on areas of Spanish grammar that are problematic for non-native speakers of Spanish. Reyes.

 

Spanish-American Seminar

SPAN 398 - Barnett

A seminar focusing on a single period, genre, motif, or writer. Recent topics have included "Spanish American Women Writers: From America into the 21st Century," "20th Century Latin America Theater," and "Past, Memory, and Identity in Contemporary Argentina's Cultural Products." May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Winter 2014 Topic:

SPAN 398: Beyond the Revolution: Artistic Expression in 20th-Century Mexico (3). Prerequisites: SPAN 240 and either SPAN 215 or 275. This course examines the artistic reaction to the Mexican Revolution and seeks to understand the aesthetic impact on 20th-century Mexican artists from a wide variety of genres. The multi-genre approach includes examples from narrative, poetry, essay, and visual arts (murals and film), among others. As a broad survey of 20th-century Mexican masterpieces, the selected materials illustrate how different artists chose to approach, incorporate, and respond to the ideals and outcomes of Mexico's social and political revolution. Barnett.

Fall 2013 Topic:

SPAN 398-01: Spanish-American Seminar: Fictions of Self-Representation (3) Prerequisites: SPAN 240 and 275. The course examines forms of self-representation through the reading of literary and non-literary works. In addition to conceptual discussions of how artists use fictionalized forms of self-portraiture in diverse Latin-American contexts, special attention is paid to issues of subjectivity, self-empowerment, authority, and reader recognition, among others. Primary texts focus mainly on the 19th and 20th centuries. (HL) Botta.