SPAN 110 Accelerated First Year Spanish

David Rodriguez-Solas

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9:00 10:00 am

HDR 101A


Cross-listed: LAIS A first-year course designed for the student who has had some prior exposure to Spanish or who has excellent command of another Romance language. All the major topics in grammar will be covered, and the course will provide intensive practice in the four skills (speaking, comprehension, reading and writing). The course will provide a streamlined review of basic topics in grammar and provide more detail and exercises for advanced topics. The textbook will be supplemented with authentic video material from Spain and 'Latin America. One additional hour per week of practice with the Spanish tutor and a substantial amount of work in the language resource center will also be required. The course will prepare the student for summer language programs abroad or Spanish 201 the following semester. Prospective students must speak with instructor prior to registration. Class size: 22



SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish I

Melanie Nicholson

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3:10 -4:10 pm



Cross-listed: LAIS For students who have completed Spanish 106, 110, or the equivalent (  two or three solid years of high school Spanish). This course is designed to perfect the student's command of all four language skills (speaking, aural comprehension, reading, and writing). This will be achieved through an intensive grammar review, conversational practice, reading of modern Spanish texts, writing simple compositions, and language lab work. Prospective students must speak with instructor prior to registration. Class size: 18



SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II

Nicole Caso

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1:30 -2:50 pm



Cross-listed: LAIS This course continues refining and perfecting the students mastery of speaking, reading, comprehending, and writing Spanish.  Advanced study of grammar is supplemented by a video series and authentic readings on a wide variety of topics related to Spanish and Latin American history, literature, music, and art.  Current topics in culture such as the Latin American military dictatorships or issues surrounding the Hispanic presence in the United States will be discussed.  In addition to shorter readings, such as excerpts from Don Quixote and indigenous Mexican poetry, students may read a short modern novel.  Prerequisite: Spanish 201 or permission of instructor.  Prospective students must speak with instructor prior to registration. Class size: 18



SPAN 229 Travelers, Gypsies, and Tricksters: Nineteenth-Century Spain

David Rodriguez-Solas

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11:50 -1:10 pm



Cross-listed: LAIS Spain was a haven for many travelers making the Grand Tour in the nineteenth century. Many travelers and writers, such as Prosper Merime, Thophile Gautier, and Richard Ford, imagined a nation of gypsies and tricksters attached to Spains Moorish past, but this conventional image also made its way into texts by Spanish writers (Zorrillas Don Juan Tenorio) and into the European popular imaginary (Bizets Carmen, Verdis Il Trovatore, and La forza del destino). In this course we will study stereotypical representations of Spain in the second half of the nineteenth century, exploring specifically how these representations became an obstacle in the nations project of modernization. We will be covering topics such as the construction of national images, exile, the creation of a middle class, secularism, and the erosion of differences between town and country, the masculine and the feminine. Besides the aforementioned texts, we will analyze Garca Gutirrezs El Trovador, Galdss Misericordia, Clarns Doa Berta, and short stories by Pardo Bazn and Pereda. Conducted in Spanish.  Class size: 18



SPAN 301 Introduction to Spanish Literature

David Rodriguez-Solas

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11:50 -1:10 pm



Cross-listed: LAIS This course is an introduction to Spanish literatures and cultures from the Middle Ages to the 21st century, organized around the topic of Food and Famine. Materials for this course include an anthology of texts that presents all literary genres. Students will interpret the representation of food in literary works while they are introduced to the critical analysis of literature through short papers. Literary texts from Spain have dealt with food and hunger as literary topoi, from its scarcity in Don Quijote, Lazarillo, and Galdss Torquemada novellas, to its abundance in wedding celebrations in Lope de Vegas Fuenteovejuna and Garca Lorcas Bodas de sangre. Our approach to contemporary texts will reflect on the effects of food shortage in Post-Civil War literature (Laforets Nada), and the representation of eating out (Vzquez Montalbn, Gil de Biedma). We will also discuss how food is tied to national identity in Spanish, Basque, Galician and Catalan cultures as we read the works of Atxaga, Cunqueiro, and Pla. Conducted in Spanish.   Class size: 14



SPAN 352 Mapping the City in Latin American Literature

Nicole Caso

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10:10 - 11:30 am

OLIN 306


Cross-listed: Environmental & Urban Studies; LAIS Latin American cities have often been the site where received codes from abroad are both imitated and rearticulated based on local particularities. In this course we will read several twentieth-century texts that address the many tensions that arise in the process of modernization in the region. We will pay close attention to considerations of centers and margins, inclusions and exclusions, feelings of alienation and, ultimately, a search for community. We will explore how the danger of state violence enters domestic spaces, the role of mass media in shaping local culture, and the effects of globalization on identity formation. Among the authors we will read are Carlos Fuentes from Mexico, Roberto Arlt from Argentina, Fernando Vallejo from Colombia, Mario Vargas Llosa from Per, and Diamela Eltit from Chile. Conducted in Spanish. Class size: 15