Spanish Courses

Spring 2016

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Contemporary Spain in Context: (Re)searching Spanish Identity and Culture in the 21st Century

SPAN 214 - Reyes, Antonio

This course examines contemporary social issues in Spain through lectures and interviews with local subjects in Spain. Lectures provide a formal understanding of contemporary Spanish society, while 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.

Living on the Edge: Identities in Motion in Argentina and Uruguay

SPAN 216 - Michelson, Seth R.

Conducted in Spanish in Argentina and Uruguay, this course comprises a study of Argentine culture, language, and identity. Students live in Buenos Aires with Spanish-speaking families while pursuing coursework on identity in local, national, and international contexts. What does geography have to do with identity? How might a nation redefine its policies and peoples over time? Where does the line exist between an economic system and its individual constituents? And what insights can art offer into domestic and international conflict? This course engages such questions through the study of Argentine historiography, literature, economics, and art. Coursework is accentuated by visits to sites of cultural importance in Argentina and Uruguay, including museums, banks, literary presses, political centers, meat markets, parks, and tango houses.

Special Topics in Conversation

SPAN 295 - Pinto-Bailey, Ana C. (Cristina)

Further development of listening and speaking skills necessary for advanced discussion. Acquisition of both practical and topic-specific vocabulary. Appropriate writing and reading assignments, related to the topic, accompany the primary emphasis on conversational skills. Recent topics include: Hispanic Cinema and La Prensa. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2016, SPAN 295-01: Special Topics in Conversation: Hispanic Women in Literature, Cinema, and Society (4). This course focuses on women in the Hispanic world and on social issues relating to their role in society and the advancement of female agency, as seen through literature, news articles, cinema, and life in the community. The course is organized around several broad issues, including: The Construction of Gender; Women's Roles in Society; The Immigrant Woman; and Ecofeminism. In addition to reading literary works by Hispanic women writers, selections of news articles, and analyzing movies by and about Hispanic women, students meet with and interview Hispanic women from the Lexington/Rockbridge area. Taught in Spanish. Pinto-Bailey.

Winter 2016

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Elementary Spanish II

SPAN 112 - Kuettner, Paul R. (Dick)

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

Intermediate Spanish II

SPAN 162 - Buenadicha Gomez, Francisco J.

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

Intermediate Spanish II

SPAN 162 - Buenadicha Gomez, Francisco J.

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

Intermediate Spanish II

SPAN 162 - Pinto-Bailey, Ana C. (Cristina)

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

Advanced Intermediate Spanish

SPAN 164 - Mayock, Ellen C.

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

Advanced Intermediate Spanish

SPAN 164 - Mayock, Ellen C.

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

Advanced Intermediate Spanish

SPAN 164 - Michelson, Seth R.

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

Conversational Skills

SPAN 204 - Michelson, Seth R.

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.

Conversational Skills

SPAN 204 - Reyes, Antonio

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-American Civilization and Culture

SPAN 212 - Botta, Monica B.

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, Gwyn E.

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 - Barnett, Jeffrey C. (Jeff)

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

Introducción a la literatura hispanoamericana

SPAN 240 - Barnett, Jeffrey C. (Jeff)

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

Introducción al análisis literario

SPAN 275 - Boetsch, Laurent (Larry)

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 Golden-Age Drama

SPAN 322 - Campbell, Gwyn E.

Close reading and discussion of a variety of selected Golden Age dramas of the 17th century. Representative dramatists may include Calderón de la Barca, Tirso de Molina, Lope de Vega, and María de Zayas.

Spanish Language Theory and Practice

SPAN 392 - Reyes, Antonio

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 2016, SPAN 392-01: Spanish Language Theory and Practice: Spanish Grammar: The Making of a Language (3). Prerequisites: SPAN 275 and three credits in Spanish at the 200 level. This course analyzes areas of the Spanish language that are problematic for non-native speakers of Spanish. At the same time, the course explores the processes involved in the standardization of a language, in particular the Spanish language, as a social and political construct. Reyes .

Peninsular Seminar

SPAN 397 - Boetsch, Laurent (Larry)

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.

Winter 2016, SPAN 397: Peninsular Seminar: Antonio Machado y "la palabra en el tiempo" (3). Prerequisites: SPAN 220 and 275. This seminar examines the poetry of the Spanish author Antonio Machado (1875-1939) within the context of the Spain in which he lived and worked. With special emphasis on his book, Campos de Castilla , we discover the use of a particular landscape as both background and protagonist for a variety of themes that characterize Machado's work: the passage of time, the relationship between a specific environment and those who populate it, the question of Spain and Spaniards in their history, personal loss and grief. We give much attention to the peculiar stylistic attributes of Machado's seemingly simple poetic expression which, in fact, masks a complex and subtle use of imagery to provoke a wide range of human emotion. (HL) Boetsch .

Spanish-American Seminar

SPAN 398 - Botta, Monica B.

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 2016, SPAN 398: 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, we pay special attention to issues of subjectivity, self-empowerment, authority, and reader recognition, among others. Primary texts focus mainly on the 19th and 20th centuries. (HL) Botta .

Honors Thesis

SPAN 493 - Mayock, Ellen C.

Interested students should see a member of the Spanish faculty by winter term of their junior year.

Fall 2015

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Elementary Spanish I

SPAN 111 - Kuettner, Paul R. (Dick)

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

Intermediate Spanish I

SPAN 161 - Buenadicha Gomez, Francisco J.

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

Intermediate Spanish I

SPAN 161 - Buenadicha Gomez, Francisco J.

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

Intermediate Spanish I

SPAN 161 - Knowles, John W., III

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

Advanced Intermediate Spanish

SPAN 164 - Campbell, Gwyn E.

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

Advanced Intermediate Spanish

SPAN 164 - Reyes, Antonio

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

Advanced Intermediate Spanish

SPAN 164 - Reyes, Antonio

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

Advanced Intermediate Spanish

SPAN 164 - Campbell, Gwyn E.

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

Advanced Intermediate Spanish

SPAN 164 - Pinto-Bailey, Ana C. (Cristina)

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

Spanish for Healthcare Professionals

SPAN 205 - Michelson, Seth R.

This course is for students with an advanced intermediate level of Spanish who are considering professions relating to healthcare including physicians, nurses, physical therapists, paramedics, firefighters, law enforcement, health policy, workers, medical attorneys, and hospital administrators. The course emphasizes oral comprehension while examining a diversity of factors influencing the health of Hispanic patients. A primary goal is to learn to conduct a complete medical interview in Spanish via a blend of readings, discussions, films, role-playing, and writing assignments. Students develop their ability to read, write, and converse in Spanish using information and vocabulary pertaining to the medical sciences and healthcare, and they gain cultural awareness and insights into Hispanic peoples and cultures.

Intro to Hispanic Linguistics

SPAN 209 - Reyes, Antonio

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, Matthew J.

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 - Mayock, Ellen C.

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

Introducción a la literatura española

SPAN 220 - Mayock, Ellen C.

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, Seth R.

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

Introducción al análisis literario

SPAN 275 - Botta, Monica B.

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, Matthew J.

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.

Peninsular Seminar

SPAN 397 - Mayock, Ellen C.

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.

Winter 2016, SPAN 397: Peninsular Seminar: Antonio Machado y "la palabra en el tiempo" (3). Prerequisites: SPAN 220 and 275. This seminar examines the poetry of the Spanish author Antonio Machado (1875-1939) within the context of the Spain in which he lived and worked. With special emphasis on his book, Campos de Castilla , we discover the use of a particular landscape as both background and protagonist for a variety of themes that characterize Machado's work: the passage of time, the relationship between a specific environment and those who populate it, the question of Spain and Spaniards in their history, personal loss and grief. We give much attention to the peculiar stylistic attributes of Machado's seemingly simple poetic expression which, in fact, masks a complex and subtle use of imagery to provoke a wide range of human emotion. (HL) Boetsch .

Fall 2015, SPAN 397-01: Peninsular Seminar: Representaciones de la Guerra Civil Española (3). This seminar examines the fundamental importance of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) in literary and visual texts of the Franco and contemporary periods of Spain. Through readings of these literary and visual texts, students come to understand the evolution of often conflicting histories, ideologies, obsessions, and artistic notions surrounding the war itself and its consequences. After a review of the events leading up to the Spanish Civil War and of the prelude to the Second World War, we observe how the themes and issues of the war manifest in fiction, poetry, film, and other visual texts, paying particular attention to the Franco regime, the pact of silence, and the desire to uncover the past in myriad ways. Literature includes works by Federico García Lorca, Jaime Gil de Biedma, Carmen Laforet, Alberto Méndez, and Mercè Rodoreda. Visual texts include posters, newspapers, letters, government documents, documentaries, fictional films, and NO-DO reels from the Franco era. (HL) Mayock .

Spanish-American Seminar

SPAN 398 - Michelson, Seth R.

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 2016, SPAN 398: 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, we pay special attention to issues of subjectivity, self-empowerment, authority, and reader recognition, among others. Primary texts focus mainly on the 19th and 20th centuries. (HL) Botta .

Fall 2015, SPAN 398-01: Spanish-American Seminar: Poetry and Power (3) . A course about reading power; more properly, a course about critically reading Spanish American poetry as a site for revealing, rethinking, and resisting enforced inequality. It is a poetic inquiry into social justice, including an exploration the ways in which poetry might help us to realize, reckon, and contest unjust and unequal distributions and codifications of power. We interrogate four major configurations of inequality -- sexism, racism, colonialism, fascism -- studying each in depth, to illuminate through poetry our potential to conceive of and live in more egalitarian, inclusive, and pacifistic worlds. Besides the close reading of poetry, coursework includes listening to music, reading critical theory, viewing documentary footage, and participating in lively discussions. (HL)  Michelson .

Honors Thesis

SPAN 493 - Mayock, Ellen C.

Interested students should see a member of the Spanish faculty by winter term of their junior year.