Spanish Courses

Spring 2015

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Topics in Latin American Culture and Literature

SPAN 290A - Botta

This course offers students the opportunity to further their knowledge of the culture and literature of a specific Latin American country, and their awareness of Latin America in general, through the study of special cultural and literary topics. Readings, discussions, and assignments occur primarily in Spanish. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2015 topic:

SPAN 290: Topics in Latin American Culture and Literature: Instrospección, Reflexión y Activismo Social en el Cine Documental Contemporáneo (4). Documentary filmmaking has a strong tradition in Latin America going back to the 1930s and becoming a remarkable form of denunciation in the 1960s and 1970s. Since its origins, and in most cases, a commitment to socio-political causes has motivated the nonfiction productions in the region. In the past two decades, though, there has been a tendency to use documentaries as a means of connecting and understanding personal and historical realities, as well as a mode of advancing social causes through the participation of the social actors in the filmmaking process. This course introduces students to nonfiction films with specific attention given to the documentary practices that emerged in Latin America in the past two decades. Botta. Spring 2015

Topics in Latin American Culture and Literature

SPAN 290B - Pinto-Bailey

This course offers students the opportunity to further their knowledge of the culture and literature of a specific Latin American country, and their awareness of Latin America in general, through the study of special cultural and literary topics. Readings, discussions, and assignments occur primarily in Spanish. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2015 topic:

SPAN 290: Topics in Latin American Culture and Literature: Instrospección, Reflexión y Activismo Social en el Cine Documental Contemporáneo (4). Documentary filmmaking has a strong tradition in Latin America going back to the 1930s and becoming a remarkable form of denunciation in the 1960s and 1970s. Since its origins, and in most cases, a commitment to socio-political causes has motivated the nonfiction productions in the region. In the past two decades, though, there has been a tendency to use documentaries as a means of connecting and understanding personal and historical realities, as well as a mode of advancing social causes through the participation of the social actors in the filmmaking process. This course introduces students to nonfiction films with specific attention given to the documentary practices that emerged in Latin America in the past two decades. Botta. Spring 2015

Medieval Spanish Cultures in Context

SPAN 312 - Bailey

Spring Term Abroad course. Muslims, Jews, and Christians co-existed for eight-hundred years on the Iberian Peninsula. This course examines these diverse cultures through the texts (literary, historical, religious, and philosophical), the art, and the architecture from the period prior to the arrival of the Arabs in 711, up to and beyond the expulsion of the Jews in 1492. The objective of the course is to glean from the remnants of the experience of their co-existence insights into their distinctive characteristics and how they understood and influenced each other.


Winter 2015

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Elementary Spanish II

SPAN 112 - Vazquez Comesana

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

Intermediate Spanish II

SPAN 162 - 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 - 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 - Mayock, Reyes (Multiple Sections)

Development of speaking skills for communication in Spanish. Acquisition and use of practical vocabulary and development of pronunciation skills. For Winter 2015: SPAN 204-01 will have a community service component.

Spanish Civilization and Culture

SPAN 211 - Campbell

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 - Pinto-Bailey

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

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 - Botta (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 - Botta

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.

Don Quijote

SPAN 320 - Campbell

Close reading and discussion of this Early Modern novel. May include close reading and discussion of additional narrative and poetic genres of the Golden Age, as represented in or contributing to the Cervantine work

Winter 2015: SPANISH 320: Digital Don Quijote (3). Prerequisites: SPAN 220 and 275. To celebrate the 400th anniversary of this timeless work by Miguel de Cervantes -- the first modern novel and source of such current expressions as "tilting at windmills" -- students work individually and collaboratively on a Don Quijote website that allows us to better capture the nuances of the text and understand its enduring appeal. While close reading and discussion of the novel itself (and additional narrative and poetic genres of the Golden Age, represented in the work) is the basis of the course, the digital humanities component (the website) constitutes much of the assessed components of the course, instead of more traditional graded assignments. (HL)

Spanish-American Poetry

SPAN 344 - Michelson

Analysis of the most relevant poetic texts of Spanish-America, including U.S. Hispanic poetry, beginning with precursors of 20th-century poetry and spanning to contemporary works. Representative works include those by Octavio Paz, Gabriela Mistral, Pablo Neruda, Nicanor Parra, Ernesto Cardenal, Raúl Zurita, among others.

Spanish Language Theory and Practice

SPAN 392 - Reyes

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 2015 topic:

SPAN 392: Spanish Language Theory and Practice: Power and Ideology: Critical Discourse Perspectives (3). This course examines some important theoretical frameworks applied to the (critical) analysis of discourse, in particular political and media discourse. Through a selection of readings, this course addresses the relationship between language and social processes--such as ideology, power, exclusion and discrimination--observing how ideological meaning is discursively created, shaped and re-defined by social actors. Reyes.

Fall 2014 topic:

SPAN 392: Spanish Language Theory and Practice: Planning and Use in the Spanish Context (3). Prerequisite: SPAN 275 and three credits at the 200 level. This course explores the processes involved in the standardization of a language, in particular the Spanish language, as a social and political construct. At the same time, the course analyzes areas of standard language that are problematic for non-native speakers of Spanish. Reyes


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. For Winter 2015: SPAN 204-01 will have a community service component.

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.