Spanish

 
COURSE OFFERINGS
 
125f    Elementary Spanish I    Introductory Spanish, emphasizing an interactive approach to the study of grammar to acquire communication skills and cultural awareness. Four credit hours.    GARCIA, RUDOLPH

126fs    Elementary Spanish II    Introductory Spanish, emphasizing an interactive approach to the study of grammar to acquire communication skills and cultural awareness. Prerequisite: Spanish 125. Four credit hours.    NELSON, OLIVAR, VILLACORTA GONZALES

127fs    Intermediate Spanish I    A grammar review at the intermediate level with continued emphasis on interactive communication and cultural awareness. Prerequisite: Spanish 126. Four credit hours.    BALABARCA, RUDOLPH, SALAS-DIAZ, VILLACORTA GONZALES

127Jj    Intermediate Spanish I    A grammar review at the intermediate level with continued emphasis on interactive communication and cultural awareness, to be offered at the Andean Center for Latin American Studies in Quito, Ecuador. Cost in 2009: $2,500. Prerequisite: Spanish 126 with a grade of B+ or better and permission of the instructor. Three credit hours.    DOEL

128fs    Intermediate Spanish II    Development of critical skills through analysis of fictional texts, class presentations and discussions, and extensive writing. Assignments include synoptic, comparative, and analytic essays. Continuing work in vocabulary building and grammar review. Prerequisite: Spanish 127. Four credit hours.    GARCIA, VILLACORTA GONZALES

131fs    Conversation and Composition     Development of critical skills through analysis of nonfiction texts, conversation, directing class discussions, and extensive writing. Assignments include expository, argumentative, comparative, narrative, and descriptive essays. Introduction to the principles of composing a research paper. Continuing work in vocabulary building and grammar review. Prerequisite: Spanish 128. Four credit hours.    BOLLO-PANADERO, DOEL

135fs    Introduction to Hispanic Literature    Introduction to literary analysis through Spanish and Spanish-American texts. Prerequisite: Spanish 131. Four credit hours.  L.    BOLLO-PANADERO, RUDOLPH, SALAS-DIAZ

231fs    Advanced Spanish    A review of Spanish grammar at the advanced level. Prerequisite: Spanish 131 or 135. Four credit hours.    BOLLO-PANADERO

[263]    Imagining Latin America: Novels and Their Films     An examination of Latin American novels and their film adaptations. Prerequisite: Spanish 135. Four credit hours.  L.    

[264]    U.S. Latina/o Literature: "New" American Identities    Premised on the notion that U.S. Latinas/os have always been part of the American experience and cultural identity, a survey of Latina/o cultural productions in the United States. Focusing on issues of race, class, sexuality, gender, and cultural position, we explore the ways in which Latina/o identities are constructed. Readings and class are in English. Prerequisite: Spanish 135 or permission of the instructor. Four credit hours.  L, U.    

[265]    The Short Novel in Spanish America     Close readings of contemporary Spanish-American short novels by representative authors. Explores representations of gender, history, human rights, politics, race, and sexualities within the context of the social and political realities of Spanish America in the 20th and 21st centuries. Also considers critical literary concepts such as narrative perspective, parody, intertextuality, and self-consciousness. Previously offered as Spanish 298A. Prerequisite: Spanish 135. Four credit hours.  L.    

[266]    Language of Spanish Cinema    An examination of selected works by major Spanish directors of the 20th and 21st centuries. Introduces students to the discipline of film studies and investigates cinematic representations of Spain during the dictatorship and the subsequent transition to democracy. Special attention to questions of identity, violence, and instances of resistance. Prerequisite: Spanish 135. Four credit hours.  A, I.    

[267]    Transcultural Journeys: U.S. Latina/o Literature of Resilience     Since the arrival of Columbus in Puerto Rico in 1493 and of various Spanish explorers in what is now the Southeast and Southwest United States, the Spanish language has been part of the literature of America. With the continual influx of immigrants from Latin America and Spain, Spanish continues to be a literary presence in the United States today. Topics include exile, immigration, migration, labor, gender, and social justice. Formerly offered as Spanish 298C (Spring 2008). Prerequisite: Spanish 135. Four credit hours.  L, U.    

[271]    Questions of Identity, Spaces, and Power     An exploration through selected readings of the rich and complex multicultural heritage of the Iberoamerican world, focusing on the broad questions of identity, spaces, and power. Analysis of relationships between Arab and Christian worlds, church and state, conquering and conquered peoples, dictatorships and revolutions/civil wars, men and women. Readings from novels, short stories, drama, and poetry to study the richness of both structures and themes. Fulfills the post-1800 Spanish-American literature requirement only. Prerequisite: Spanish 135. Four credit hours.  L, I.    

[273]    Contemporary Spanish-American Short Story    Close readings of contemporary Spanish-American short stories. Prerequisite: Spanish 135. Four credit hours.  L.    

[276]    U.S. Latina/Chicana Women Writers     An examination of a selection of novels, short stories, poetry, theater, and nonfiction by U.S. Latina and Chicana women writers. Interdisciplinary in approach, focused on the relationship between the texts read and several important contemporary issues. Topics include feminism, the social and cultural construction of race and ethnicity, immigration, cultural nationalism, and identity formation. Readings and class are in English. Prerequisite: Spanish 135 or permission of the instructor. Four credit hours.  L, U.    

297f    Spain and Urban Gaze: Representing the City in Spanish Literature and Film     An exploration of representations of the urban experience in Spanish literature, film, and visual culture since the 1800s. Focusing on the gaze of the city, we will explore the complex relationship of Spain with modernity, the tensions between country and city, and the struggle between local customs and globalization. Prerequisite: Spanish 135. Four credit hours.    OLIVAR

298As    Portraits of Violence in Latin American Literature    A study of cultural texts from the Spanish Conquest to the 21st century that deal with aspects of violence in Latin America. Some of the topics included are colonization, military dictatorships, terrorism, and street violence. Prerequisite: Spanish 135. Four credit hours.    BALABARCA

298Bs    Latin America and the United States in Spanish Narrative and Film    An exploration of the presence of the Americas in peninsular literature and culture after colonial independence in the 19th century. An examination of how Latin America and the United States are imagined in Spanish narrative, film, press, and visual culture focusing on major literary works from the 19th through 21st centuries. Prerequisite: Spanish 135. Four credit hours.    OLIVAR

334f    Women in Hispanic Texts     Works by both male and female Hispanic authors are included in a study of the portrayal of women in Hispanic poetry and fiction. Readings reflect both traditional and nontraditional portrayals of women in what has been a particularly male-oriented culture. Fulfills the post-1800 Spanish-American literature requirement only. Prerequisite: A 200-level literature course. Four credit hours.  L.    DOEL

[351]    Ideology and Ethics in Spanish Golden Age Literature    An examination of specific literary works as responses to Spain's changing political climate during the 16th and 17th centuries. How the literary work reinforces or questions, creates or undermines, an official discourse that, in both Reformation and Counter-Reformation Spain, seeks to define national identity in ethical and ideological terms. Prerequisite: A 200-level literature course. Four credit hours.  L.    

[352]    Don Quijote     Analysis of Miguel de Cervantes's masterpiece. A reading of the Quijote in English before taking the course is recommended. Prerequisite: A 200-level literature course. Four credit hours.  L.    

[354]    Detectives and Spies: Forms of Popular Culture in Spanish-American Fiction     A consideration of how the classic detective story has permeated the realm of high or respectable art, and, in particular, how writers such as Bioy Casares, Borges, García Márquez, Leñero, Padura Fuentes, Puig, Sábato, Valenzuela, and Vargas Llosa have simultaneously appropriated and subverted the genre. While focused on the function of parody and intertextual relations, and on the distinction between the mimetic and the reflexive modes, the course will provide a framework to address questions of ideology, community, gender, sex, and sexuality. Previously offered as Spanish 398. Prerequisite: A 200-level literature course in Spanish. Four credit hours.  L.    

[371]    The Colonial Experience: European and Amerindian Responses to the Cultural Encounter     An exploration of texts and iconography produced to report, understand, legislate, and record the various dimensions of the cultural encounter during the 16th and 17th centuries. Emphasizes the efforts by Europeans and Amerindians to control the memory of events and to position themselves in colonial society. Close readings of representative primary documents from all parts of the colonial Spanish world. Prerequisite: A 200-level literature course. Four credit hours.  L.    

398As    Contemporary Latin American Poetry: Writing the City    A study of contemporary poetry written in the 20th and 21st centuries by Latin American writers with a focus on the representation of the city through poetic language. Works discussed include the poetry of Vicente Huidobro, Cesar Vallejo, Oliverio Girondo, Octavio Paz, and others. Prerequisite: A 200-level literature course. Four credit hours.    VILLACORTA GONZALES

398Bs    Epic, Romance, Chaos, Guilt: A Transatlantic Approach to Spanish Virtues    Taking a transatlantic perspective (Spain and Latin America), an examination of modern concepts of "virtue" as they appear in Hispanic texts from the 16th and 17th centuries. Prerequisite: A 200-level literature course. Four credit hours.    SALAS-DIAZ

483fj, 484s    Senior Honors Thesis    The senior honors thesis will be undertaken in addition to all required courses for the major; it does not replace any part of the major. The thesis, which will be written in Spanish, is to be a substantial study of a carefully defined literary topic supported by critical sources. Prerequisite: A 3.7 or higher major average and an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher at the end of the junior year and permission of the department. Three credit hours.    FACULTY

491f, 492s    Independent Study    Individual projects in areas where the student has demonstrated the interest and competence necessary for independent work. Cannot substitute for formal course work toward the major. Prerequisite: Permission of the department chair. Two to four credit hours.    FACULTY

493Af    Seminar: Imagining Muslims in Spanish Golden Age Literature     An exploration of how Muslims and Islam were represented in a group of texts from the 16th and 17th centuries. We will examine pieces written both by "old Christians" and moriscos, so we can analyze the confrontation between reality and fiction in these works. Texts such as Viaje de Turquía and El Abencerraje and authors including Ibrahim Taybili will be studied from sociopolitical, cultural, and religious perspectives. Prerequisite: Senior standing and a 300-level literature course. Four credit hours.  L.    BALABARCA

493Bs    Seminar: The Latina Body    Theories, narratives, and images of Latinidad will be explored. We will analyze how the multiple representations of Latinas in contemporary popular culture and literary texts influence definitions of race, identity, femininity, gender roles, beauty, and cultural authenticity in a dialogue among art, popular culture, and novels. Prerequisite: Senior standing and a 300-level Spanish literature course. Four credit hours.  L, U.    GARCIA