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SP125f    Elementary Spanish I      The first semester of three consecutive courses designed to develop fluency and accuracy in the Spanish language. Through an interactive approach to language learning, students gain communicative proficiency through fast-paced, task- and content-based exercises designed to integrate listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Videos, audio, and Web materials introduce students to cultural differences within the Spanish speaking world.     Four credit hours.    ALLBRITTON, FUENTES
SP126fs    Elementary Spanish II      The second of three consecutive courses designed to develop fluency and accuracy in the Spanish language. Through a continued interactive approach to teaching and learning, students begin to develop skills for more independent communicative proficiency. Task- and content-based assignments challenge students to integrate listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in a functional use of the language. Videos, audio, and Web materials are incorporated. Prerequisite:  Spanish 125.     Four credit hours.    FACULTY
SP127fs    Intermediate Spanish I      The third of three consecutive courses designed to develop fluency and accuracy in the Spanish language. Through an intensive grammar review, students develop skills for independent and creative interactive communication. Designed to refine students' major skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, as well as to provide insight into the literature and culture of Spanish-speaking countries. Video screenings and short readings in Hispanic literature and culture deepen student understanding of linguistic and cultural nuances and serve as the basis for in-class discussions and writing assignments. Prerequisite:  Spanish 126.     Four credit hours.    BOLLO-PANADERO, FUENTES, WHITE
SP128fs    Intermediate Spanish II      Development of critical skills through analysis of fictional texts in Hispanic literature. Continuing work in vocabulary building and grammar review. Students will achieve a high intermediate level in the four basic language skills: reading, writing, speaking, and aural/oral comprehension. Prerequisite:  Spanish 127.     Four credit hours.    GARCIA, SASAKI
SP131fs    Conversation and Composition      Development of critical communication skills through conversation, and analysis of nonfiction texts as well as comparative, narrative, and descriptive writings. Introduction to the principles of composing a research paper. Continued work in vocabulary building and grammar review. Students write and present summaries of Spanish-language newspaper articles in small groups. Preparation for oral exams stresses team building as a basis for successful individual presentations. Topics include immigration, euthanasia, gun control, abortion, presidential elections, and the role of the university in preparing students for an ever-changing world. Prerequisite:  Spanish 128.     Four credit hours.    MILLONES, WHITE
SP135fs    Introduction to Hispanic Literature      Introduction to literary analysis through Spanish, Spanish-American, and U.S. Latino/a texts. Students are presented with works of fiction in prose, poetry, drama, and film and learn how to examine the texts through close reading, detailed analysis, and strategies of interpretation. Students develop skills in writing critical essays and learn the basics of scholarly research. Prerequisite:  Spanish 131.     Four credit hours.  L.    BOLLO-PANADERO, GARCIA, MILLONES
SP198s    Contemporary Latin American Performance      This one-credit workshop will introduce students to 20th-century Latin American theatre through the study of several plays and an introduction to contemporary performance theory, and will culminate with the theatrical performance of one of the works studied in class. Focuses on the complexities of embodied performance, identity, and voice, and their relationship to gender, memory, sexuality, and the role of theater in periods of repression. Plays will come from writers working in Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Argentina, and Puerto Rico. Prerequisite:  Spanish 128 or 131.     One credit hour.    WHITE
SP231fs    Advanced Spanish      An in-depth analysis of Spanish grammar, focusing on the more complex and subtle linguistic and cultural dimensions of a variety of syntactical and lexical concepts. Students will achieve an advanced mastery of Spanish grammar and vocabulary. Prerequisite:  Spanish 131.     Four credit hours.    OLIVARES
SP265s    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.    OLIVARES
[SP266]    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.  
[SP268]    Latino/a Cultural Expressions in Literature and Film      The study of Latina/o expressions through novels, poetry, drama, murals, photography, and film, focusing on expanding knowledge about Latina/os in the context of American identities. To that end, we will engage with questions about how U.S. Latina/os form part of the popular imagination and how institutional marginalizations of Latina/os impact the creative expressions of Latina/os. Taught in English and Spanish. Prerequisite:  Spanish 135 or permission of the instructor.     Four credit hours.  L, U.  
SP269f    Spanish Cultural Studies      The study of recent Peninsular Spanish expression across a variety of mass media (digital and print media, television, film). Introduces students to the discipline of cultural studies and considers how the concept of españolidad (Spanishness) comes to be defined in an ever-changing present and across regions and identities that may not even consider themselves such. Topics may include sex and sexuality, regionalism and linguistic difference, race and immigration, and the state of contemporary politics. Prerequisite:  Spanish 135.     Four credit hours.  A, I.    ALLBRITTON
[SP273]    Contemporary Spanish-American Short Story      Close readings of contemporary Spanish-American short stories. Prerequisite:  Spanish 135.     Four credit hours.  L.  
[SP276]    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.     Four credit hours.  L, U.  
SP338f    The Diasporic Imagination: Cubans Beyond Cuba      An examination of the cultural production of Cubans living in the diaspora after the 1959 revolution. Representative literary works of Reinaldo Arenas, Richard Blanco, Jennine Capó Crucet, Lourdes Casal, Ana Menéndez, Achy Obejas, Gustavo Pérez Firmat, Sonia Rivera Valdés, Guillermo Rosales, and Zoé Valdés. Also feature films, documentaries, TV shows, and songs. Topics will include the traumas of migration; the politics of exile; the workings of memory and nostalgia; the fantasies of return; the hybridization of culture; and the class, generational, gender, linguistic, political, racial, and sexual diversity of Cubans beyond Cuba. Previously offered as Spanish 397B. Prerequisite:  A 200-level literature course.     Four credit hours.  L.    OLIVARES
SP351f    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.    SASAKI
[SP352]    Don Quijote      Students learn how to read Quijote and to anticipate frequently repeated themes dressed up as different characters in new adventures. Students practice oral skills and keep reading journals, basing their observations on their own personal and academic experiences. They read literary criticism about Quijote, compare it to other novels from world literature, read a short work by Cervantes, and compare Quijote to modern films. Ultimately each student, writing as Cervantes, submits his/her original "aventura." Prerequisite:  A 200-level literature course.     Four credit hours.  L.  
[SP354]    Detectives and Spies: 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.  
SP371s    The Colonial Experience: European and Amerindian Responses      Close readings of representative primary documents and iconography from throughout the Spanish and Portuguese empires that were produced to report, understand, legislate, and record various dimensions of the encounter between Europe and the New World during the 16th and 17th centuries. Emphasizes efforts by Europeans and Amerindians to control the memory of events and to position themselves in colonial societies. Students will explore texts and cultural productions used to exert dominance or resistance during a specific historical context, become critical readers of primary documents, and engage with key issues of colonial literature. Prerequisite:  A 200-level literature course.     Four credit hours.  L.    MILLONES
SP398s    Gender, Sex, and the Spanish Body      Focus on contemporary film and media in Spain to explore how sex and gender are covered up, censored, and potentially recovered. Often considered to be a by-product of a particular dictatorial regime, the censorship of sex and gender is actually policed and enforced constantly. Such persistent censoring is all-encompassing, affecting not only the images we see and are allowed to see, but the ways we envision ourselves. Students will examine how these representations in Spain parallel a global system of censorship and sex, asking how such similarities come to be and how (and if) they may be overthrown. Prerequisite:  A 200-level literature course.     Four credit hours.    ALLBRITTON
SP483f, 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
SP483Jj    Senior Honors Thesis          Noncredit.    ALLBRITTON
SP491f, 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
SP493s    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