91938

SPAN 106

 Basic Intensive Spanish

Nicole Caso

M T W Th                 12:00 pm-1:00 pm

M T W Th                 1:30 pm-2:30 pm

OLINLC 115

OLINLC 115

FL

FLLC

8 credits.  Cross-listed: Latin American & Iberian Studies This course is designed to enable students with little or no previous knowledge of Spanish to complete three semesters of college Spanish in five months (eight credits at Bard and four credits in Mexico in January). Students will attend eight hours of class per week plus two hours with the Spanish tutor. Oral communication, reading and writing skills will be developed through a variety of approaches. Prospective students must email the instructor prior to registration (caso@bard.edu).   Class size: 22

 

91940

SPAN 201

 Intermediate Spanish I

Javier Rodriguez Fernandez

 T W Th 3:10 pm-4:30 pm

OLINLC 115

FL

FLLC

Cross-listed: Latin American and Iberian Studies  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. Permission of the instructor required for students who have not completed Spanish 106 or 110 at Bard. Interested students should contact Prof. Nicole Caso (caso@bard.edu).  Class size: 22

 

91941

SPAN 202

 Intermediate Spanish II

Lena Retamoso

M T W     4:40 pm  - 6:00 pm

OLINLC 208

FL

FLLC

Cross-listed: Latin American and Iberian Studies This course continues refining the student's mastery of the four basic skills in Spanish at a post-intermediate level. The textbook offers an integration of literature, culture, and film. Our study of both visual and written texts focuses on critical thinking, interpretation, speaking, and writing skills. Prerequisite: Spanish 201 or equivalent; permission of instructor required for those who have not completed 201 at Bard. Class size: 18

 

92222

SPAN 266

 The afterlives of federico garcia lorca

Javier Rodriguez Fernandez

 T  Th     11:50 am-1:10 pm

HEG 102

FL

FLLC

Federico Garcia Lorca is Spain’s most well-known and widely read poet and playwright of the 20th Century. It is perhaps in part due to this well-deserved fame that he has traditionally been considered as the quintessential Spanish contemporary writer. His works are virtually untranslatable and hermetically personal, and yet continue to draw the spellbound interest of a loyal readership all around the globe. In this course we will study Lorca’s poetry and drama closely – from his early classicist texts to his late avant-garde production, including his famous folklorist Gipsy Ballads, his surrealist Poet in New York, and plays like Blood Wedding or The House of Bernarda Alba. We will do so in the context of Spain’s cultural and political life, in the years leading up to Lorca’s assassination during the early days of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) as well as in the posthumous context of his afterlives. We will pay particular attention to how the reception of his eventful life and his writing, both in Spain and abroad, has contributed to build the monumental figure of a national poet and even a martyr. Throughout the course, we will also lend an equally attentive ear to those traits that seem foreign, strange and discordant in this well-rounded figure, with the idea of reaching a better understanding of the tragic element that may still propel Lorca’s ghostly afterlife beyond the narrow boundaries of the Spanish historical context. Conducted in Spanish. Interested students should contact Prof. Nicole Caso (caso@bard.edu).  Class size: 22

 

91942

SPAN 302

 Intro to Latin American Literature

Nicole Caso

  T  Th    3:10 pm-4:30 pm

HEG 106

FL

FLLC

Cross-listed: Latin American and Iberian Studies This course serves as an introduction to the interpretation of literary texts from Latin America. It covers a broad range historically—from pre-Conquest times to the present—and presents all literary genres, including poetry, short stories, novels, essays, and plays. In order to make sense of the broad chronological and geographical span of this literature, we will focus on seven separate modules, each highlighting a core moment or key figure in the development of Latin American culture. This course is intended to prepare students for more advanced and specialized seminars in Hispanic literature. Attention is paid to the expression of complex thought in response to literary texts, both verbally and in writing.  Class size: 16

92433

SPAN 320

 PERCEPTIONS OF REALITY IN 20TH CENTURY LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE

Lena Retamoso

M   W      3:10 pm-4:30 pm

OLIN LC 208

FL

FLLC

Cross-listed: Latin American and Iberian Studies  In this course, we will study the different mechanisms that representative Latin American fiction writers and poets of the 20th century use to create a particular way of perceiving reality. By altering perceptions of space and time, rethinking the limits of language, and exploring the inner world of the subject and the unconscious, authors such as Vicente Huidobro (Chile), César Vallejo, César Moro (Peru), Adolfo Bioy Casares, Jorge Luis Borges, Alejandra Pizarnik (Argentina), Carlos Fuentes (México), Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia), and Cristina Peri Rossi (Uruguay) experiment with new forms of representation that garner universal appeal. We will consider the influence of important Latin American literary avant-garde movements, such as “creacionismo,” ultraism, and surrealism, and will cover topics such as magical realism, “lo fantástico,” and “lo absurdo” to understand these new and original ways of redefining “the real.” In order to offer greater exposure to important Latin American literary works, the course will also provide a selection of poems, essays and short stories from authors such as Carlos Oquendo de Amat, Blanca Varela, Oliverio Girondo, Julio Cortázar, and Octavio Paz. Conducted in Spanish. Class size: 15