SPAN 110 Accelerated Spanish

Professor: Lourdes Alvarez

CRN: 12368

Time: Mon Tue Wed Th 1:20 pm - 2:20 pm OLIN 302

A 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). We will be using a new textbook specially designed to 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.


SPAN 202 A Intermediate Spanish II

Professor: Melanie Nicholson

CRN: 12367

Time: Mon Tu Wed Th 9:20 am - 10:20 am LC 120

This course continues refining and perfecting the student's mastery of speaking, reading, comprehending and writing Spanish. The textbook, which focuses on advanced topics in syntax as well as building vocabulary and idiomatic expressions, is supplemented by a variety of authentic readings, including several full-length modern novels. We will also be working with audio and video materials from Spain and Latin America. The course also serves to expand the student's understanding of the richness and variety of Hispanic cultures in Latin America, Spain and in the United States. Prerequisites: Spanish 201 or consent of instructor.


SPAN 202 B Intermediate Spanish II

Professor: Lourdes Alvarez

CRN: 12474

Time: Mon Tu Wed Th 2:50 pm - 3:50 pm LC 208

This course continues refining and perfecting the student's mastery of speaking, reading, comprehending and writing Spanish. The textbook, which focuses on advanced topics in syntax as well as building vocabulary and idiomatic expressions, is supplemented by a variety of authentic readings, including several full-length modern novels. We will also be working with audio and video materials from Spain and Latin America. The course also serves to expand the student's understanding of the richness and variety of Hispanic cultures in Latin America, Spain and in the United States. Prerequisites: Spanish 201 or consent of instructor.


SPAN 311 La Isla que se repite: Literature of the Caribbean

Professor: Lourdes Alvarez

CRN: 12370

Time: Th 10:30 am - 12:30 pm OLIN 310

The literature of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean reflects the rich mosaic of cultures and peoples that came together in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. In this course we will explore the creation of a uniquely Caribbean literary and cultural identity that consciously incorporates the Spanish, African, indigenous, Arabic, Jewish, and Chinese traditions. The readings will include novels, short stories, poetry, and essays by authors such as Jos‚ Mart¡, Alejo Carpentier, G. Cabrera Infante, Julia de Burgos, Rosario Ferr‚, Lydia Cabrera, Reinaldo Arenas, Nicolas Guill‚n, and Pales Matos. Conducted in Spanish.


SPAN 323 Latin-American Novel

Professor: Melanie Nicholson

CRN: 12369

Time: Mon Wed 1:20 pm - 2:40 pm OLIN 310

With the publication of certain works such as Cort zar's Rayuela and Garc¡a M rquez's Cien a¤os de soledad in the 1950s and 1960s, the Latin American novel achieved an international reputation and readership. In the first half of this course, we will analyze several novels of this period in order to determine the reasons behind the critical acclaim and popular appeal of these works. In particular, we will consider the ways in which the Modernist techniques and sensibilities of such writers as James Joyce and William Faulkner were absorbed and refigured within Latin American geographical, historical, and sociopolitical contexts. In the second half of the course, we will read representative novels published from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s, those comprising the so-called "Post-Boom." Through discussion of these works and of works of critical commentary, we will examine the very validity of terms such as "Boom" and "Post-Boom," as well as the relationship of these categories to the theoretical articulations of postmodernism and feminism. Authors will include Julio Cort zar, Gabriel Garc¡a M rquez, Alejo Carpentier, Mario Vargas Llosa, Miguel Angel Asturias, Reinaldo Arenas, Isabel Allende, Luisa Valenzuela, Rosario Ferr‚, Antonio Sk rmeta, and Gustavo Sainz. Conducted in Spanish.