Spanish Courses

Fall 2016

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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 - Kuettner, Paul R. (Dick)

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.

Advanced Intermediate Spanish

SPAN 164 - Bailey, Matthew J.

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

Advanced Intermediate Spanish

SPAN 164 - Barnett, Jeffrey C. (Jeff)

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.

Advanced Intermediate Spanish

SPAN 164 - Faundez-Reitsma, Ivelise

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

Service Learning Practicum in Spanish

SPAN 200 - Michelson, Seth R.

Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. An obligatory corequisite to Spanish courses when the course instructor deems it appropriate. The course comprises activities outside the classroom conducted in conjunction with the academic focus of the corequisite course with which it is taught.

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

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.

Spanish-American Short Story

SPAN 340 - Barnett, Jeffrey C. (Jeff)

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

Peninsular Seminar

SPAN 397A - Bailey, Matthew J.

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 2016, SPAN 397A-01: Peninsular Seminar: Medieval Spanish Literature (3). Prerequisites: SPAN 220 and 275. This course studies three major works: Poema del Cid, Libro de buen amor, and La Celestina . In order to experience the widest possible sampling of medieval literary forms and authors, the course also surveys mozarabic love poetry (jarchas), Galician-Portuguese lyric poetry, Marian miracle stories, wisdom literature, pre-Renaissance love lyric, and ballads (romances ). We examine the social and historical contexts of all works, the author's purpose and audience expectations and responses. The three primary texts are read in modern Castilian, while the secondary samplings are read in their original languages. (HL) Bailey.

Spanish-American Seminar

SPAN 398A - 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.

Fall 2016, SPAN 398A-01: Poetry and the Politics of Immigration (3). Corequisite: SPAN 200. Prerequisites: SPAN 240 and 275. This seminar explores the politics of immigration through poetry through literary-centered cultural studies. All students must also register for the one-credit, service-learning practicum to take place in a local juvenile facility housing undocumented, unaccompanied youth. In class on campus, we perform and debate close readings of poetry written about, from, and beyond immigrant experiences. In class at the correctional facility, we join incarcerated juvenile Latino immigrants in an inside-out poetry workshop pairing each W&L student with an incarcerated student in a term-long literary partnership within our greater collaboration as a transinstitutional, transnational, and transcultural community. We enhance our ability to conceive, understand, analyze, and discuss the complexities of immigration, while also developing our abilities to read, write, speak, and listen in Spanish. (HL) Michelson

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.

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 - 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 - 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 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 .

Directed Individual Study

SPAN 403 - Mayock, Ellen C.

Nature and content of course to be determined by students' needs and by instructors acquainted with their earlier preparation and performance. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Honors Thesis

SPAN 493 - Mayock, Ellen C.

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