SPAN 106 Basic Intensive Spanish

Professor: L. Alvarez

CRN: 92464

Distribution: D

Time: M Tu W Th 9:30 am - 12:15 pm LC 210

8 credits. 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. The text, Espa¤ol en espa¤ol, will be supplemented by the innovative video program Destinos, frequent drill in the language laboratory and a variety of cultural activities outside of class. During the month in Mexico, students will complete daily intensive study of Spanish at a language institute, live with a Mexican family and make excursions to the surrounding areas of interest. Interested students should send a brief e-mail to nicholson@bard.edu stating why they wish to take the course, years of Spanish or other language study, and any other relevant information or questions.


SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish I

Professor: M. Nicholson

CRN: 92465

Distribution: D

Time: M Tu W Th 9:20 am - 10:20 am LC 120

For students who have completed Spanish 101-102. 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.


SPAN 301 Interpretation of Hispanic Texts

Professor: M. Nicholson

CRN: 92466

Distribution: B/D

Time: Tu Th 10:30 am - 11:50 am LC 120

This course will provide an introduction to the literary analysis of texts--novels, short stories, poetry, and essays from Latin America and Spain. This course should serve as preparation for more advanced courses in Spanish literature. Attention will be paid to developing skills in reading and analytical writing. Students will improve their spoken Spanish through class discussions and oral presentations. Conducted in Spanish.


SPAN 315 Twentieth Century Mexican Literature

Professor: M. Nicholson

CRN: 92467

Distribution: B/D

Time: Tu Th 1:20 pm - 2:40 pm LC 210

From the "novela de la revoluci˘n" to the poetry of the 1990s, Mexican literature of the twentieth century is built on ironies, contradictions, and self-questioning. We will read short prose pieces, novels, one-act plays, and poetry. Essays by Nobel Prize recipient Octavio Paz will frame our discussions of Mexican identity. Other authors will include Azuela, Fuentes, Castellanos, Arreola, Poniatowska, and Carballido. The literature will be viewed in a larger aesthetic and cultural context, through film, painting, and music. Conducted in Spanish.


SPAN 324 Spanish Culture and Civilization

Professor: L. Alvarez

CRN: 92468

Distribution: D

Time: M W 1:20 pm - 2:40 pm LC 210

Conducted in Spanish. This is an introductory course on Spain, its history and cultural expressions. We will focus on two themes that persist throughout Spanish history: the clash between orthodoxy and pluralism, and the tension between the establishment of a unified Catholic Spain and the impulse to fragmentation into linguistic and cultural subgroups (Basque, Catalan, etc.). More than half the semester will be devoted to the 20th century; we will consider the evolution of Spanish civilization from the medieval convivencia of Muslims, Christians and Jews, to the Inquisition, the decline of the Empire and the revolt of the colonies, the tumultuous decades leading up to the Civil War, the long years of fascism, the difficult years of the transition to democracy, and the present--in which centuries-old traditions and customs co-exist with high technology and a vibrant and innovative cultural and literary scene. We will read and discuss many types of texts: political and historical essays, novels, plays and poetry, as well as painting and film. Authors for discussion will include: P‚rez Gald˘s, Ortega y Gassett, Unamuno, Sender, C. Laforet, Goytisolo, as well as a novel or two from the current wave of young writers. A two-credit tutorial on the history of the Spanish language will be offered in conjunction with this course for interested students. Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or equivalent and/or permission of instructor.