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Amherst College Spanish for 2017-18

110 Spanish I

SPAN 110 is an introduction to Spanish and Spanish-American cultures. This course is recommended for students who have either no previous training in Spanish or no more than two years of high school Spanish. It gives the student a basic understanding of and ability to use the language. Grammar is used as a point of departure for development of oral and written skills.

This course strives to teach students to understand sentences and common expressions and to communicate in simple terms simple aspects of their background (e.g., very basic personal and family information), the immediate environment (shopping, local geography, employment), and matters of immediate need.

This course prepares students for Spanish II (SPAN 120). Three hours per week with the lecturer, plus two hours with the language assistant. Limited to 15 students per section. This course may not be counted toward the Spanish Major. The class will be conducted entirely in Spanish.

Fall and spring semesters. Professor Sánchez-Naranjo, Visiting Lecturer Rams and Assistants.

 

2017-18: Offered in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017

120 Spanish II

SPAN 120 is an intermediate-level Spanish course. It is recommended for students who have had the equivalent of three-to-four years of high school Spanish.  This course seeks to expand Spanish language skills with exercises in conversation, oral comprehension and composition, based on cultural readings.

This course teaches students to understand key conversation points at work, school, and beyond; how to deal with situations that may arise while traveling in a Spanish-speaking country; and how to compose simple, connected texts regarding personal matters and typical, familiar topics. Students will learn how to describe experiences, events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and explain the rationale behind their opinions and future plans.

This course prepares students for Spanish III (SPAN 125). Three hours per week with the lecturer, plus one hour with the language assistant. Limited to 15 students per section. This course may not be counted toward the Spanish Major. The class will be conducted entirely in Spanish.

Requisite: Spanish I (SPAN 110) or Spanish Placement Exam.  Fall and spring semesters. Lecturer Granda and Assistants.

 

2017-18: Offered in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017

125 Spanish III

SPAN 125 is a continuation of SPAN 120. 120 and 125 are a two-semester sequence. Students who take SPAN 120 will need to complete SPAN 125 before moving on to SPAN 130.  This course will expand Spanish language skills with exercises in conversation, oral comprehension and composition, based on cultural readings.

Students will gain command of expressing plans, doubts, and probability, and feelings (wishes, happiness, anger, surprise, fear, etc.). Reciprocal verbs, various subjunctive phrases using quizás, tal vez, probablemente, ojalá, etc., as well as subjunctive formations using subordinate noun clauses will be introduced. Finally, students will begin to learn how to express and justify their opinions and to argue them appropriately. This course focuses on the development of oral fluency and vocabulary.

This course prepares students for Spanish IV (SPAN 130). Three hours per week with the lecturer, plus one hour with the language assistant. Limited to 15 students per section. This course may not be counted toward the Spanish Major. The class will be conducted entirely in Spanish.

Requisite: Spanish II (SPAN 120) or Spanish Placement Exam. Fall and spring semesters. Professor Sánchez-Naranjo, Lecturer Bel and Assistants.

2017-18: Offered in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018
Other years: Offered in Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017

130 Spanish IV

While expanding on the grammar essentials covered in SPAN 125, this course helps the student further develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in Spanish.  It is directed toward students who already have a good linguistic-communicative competency, broadening their contact with different kinds of texts, deepening their grammatical understanding, and enabling them to communicate through a variety of forms and registers.

Upon completing the course, students should be able to make themselves understood with accuracy and fluency and participate easily in a wide range of formal and informal communicative situations.  An array of literary texts and films not ordinarily considered in language classes will be used. 

This course prepares students for Spanish Writing Workshop (SPAN 199). Three hours per week with the lecturer, plus one hour with the language assistant. Limited to 15 students per section. This course may be counted toward the Spanish Major. The class will be conducted entirely in Spanish.

Requisite: Spanish III (SPAN 125) or Spanish Placement Exam.  Fall and spring semesters. Lecturer Bel and Assistants.

 

2017-18: Offered in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018
Other years: Offered in Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017

135 Spanish Conversation

This course provides an opportunity for intensive communication in spoken Spanish, and an understanding of Hispanic culture. Listening, speaking, reading and writing skills are developed. Emphasis is on vocabulary acquisition and interactive communication through the discussion of authentic texts, films, videos, music, etc. Upon completion, students should be able to discuss selected topics, express ideas and opinions clearly, and engage in formal and informal conversations.

This course is intended for students who have an intermediate-high Spanish level, and want to improve their listening and speaking skills. Three hours per week with the lecturer. Limited to 15 students per section. This course may be counted toward the Spanish Major. The class will be conducted entirely in Spanish.

Requisite: Spanish IV (SPAN 130) or Spanish Placement Exam. Fall and spring semesters. Visiting Lecturer Rams.

2017-18: Offered in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2016, Spring 2017

199 Spanish Writing Workshop

In this course students will learn how to approach writing as a process. The emphasis is on writing as a communicative act rather than as a mere language exercise. As such, emphasis is given to the interaction between the author and the text, the target audience, and the purpose and message of the final product. In order to develop the necessary skills that good writers should have, the course will focus on expanding vocabulary, exploring rhetorical techniques for organizing information, developing strategies for writing, and characterizing the target audience(s). At the same time we will insist upon critical readings, and the processes of revising and editing. In addition, this course includes the study of written texts (narrative, description, poems, reports, essays, letters, etc.), and of literature’s many genres and subgenres (prose, poetry, drama, etc.).

This course prepares students for advanced-level courses offered by the Spanish Department. Three hours per week with the lecturer. Limited to 15 students per section. This course may be counted toward the Spanish Major. The class will be conducted entirely in Spanish.

Requisite: Spanish IV (SPAN 130) or Spanish Placement Exam.  Fall and spring semesters. Lecturer Granda.

2017-18: Offered in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017

210 Camino de Santiago

The Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James, is a pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. This interdisciplinary course will explore the origins of the Camino de Santiago through the Middle Ages, and its recent transformation into a cultural phenomenon. It will be divided into several units that focus on art and architecture, religion, gastronomy, music, history, literature, philosophy, pop culture, and tourism. Major cities along the camino francés will act as cultural “stops” to complement these topics. Primary sources will include historical documents, excerpts from medieval literary texts, poetry, and contemporary travel narratives. Secondary critical readings, films, music, maps, and interviews with pilgrim-scholars will supplement primary sources. Other significant pilgrimage traditions beyond Spain will also be considered. The course will culminate in a one-day hike on a local trail. Evaluation will be based on student discussion, research writing, and oral presentations. Although readings and films will be in English and Spanish.  Conducted in Spanish.

Requisite:  SPAN 199 or consent of the instructor.  Limited to 15 students.  Ommitted 2017-18.  Lecturer Granda.

2017-18: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2016, Spring 2017

211 Literature and Culture of the Hispanic World

This course provides an introduction to the diverse literatures and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world over the course of six centuries, from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. Students will learn the tools, language, and critical vocabulary for advanced work reading the canon of Hispanic literatures from Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean Basin, identifying aesthetic trends, historical periods and diverse genres such as poetry, narrative, theater and film. The syllabus will include a wide variety of authors of different national, political, and artistic persuasions and an array of linguistic styles. Conducted in Spanish.

Requisite: SPAN-199 or consent of the instructor. Advanced knowledge of the Spanish language and proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish are required.  Limited to 15 students per section.

Fall semester: Professor Schroeder Rodríguez. Spring semester: Professor Brenneis.

2017-18: Offered in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018
Other years: Offered in Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017

222 Short Stories from the Hispanic World

This course will explore the art of storytelling through the genre of the short story in Spain and Latin America. After a brief introduction to short fiction in medieval and early modern Spain, we will focus principally on the development of the short story from the nineteenth century to the present. Works studied may include short stories by authors such as Pardo Bazán, Valle Inclán, Matute, Gaite, Palma, Borges, Rulfo, Cortázar, Quiroga, and Valenzuela. Films and other visual materials will supplement the literary texts. Some of the themes examined throughout the course will include gender relations, love, power, justice, political resistance, the fantastic, and popular culture. Conducted in Spanish.

Requisite: SPAN 211 or consent of the instructor. Limited to 15 students. Omitted 2017-18. Professor Infante.

2017-18: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2016

226 Mare Nostrum: The Caribbean as Idea and Invention

Caribbean, Antilles, West Indies.  Each of these terms carries ideological and cultural meanings that reach far beyond the geographical area they designate.  In this course we will examine how writers and artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries have used them, explicitly or implicitly, to invent very different imaginaries of the region and its place in the world.  Most of the texts we will discuss will be from the Hispanic Caribbean (specifically Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Colombia), but we will also discuss texts from Antigua, Martinique, Jamaica, and the United States.  Throughout the course, we will be attentive to how representations of race, gender, and sexuality inform evolving national and pan-Caribbean identities in the context of past and ongoing colonialisms.  The course is conducted in Spanish.

Requisite: SPAN 211 or consent of the instructor.  Omitted 2017-18.  Professor Schroeder Rodríguez.

2017-18: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2017

232 Strange Girls: Spanish Women's Voices

(Offered as SPAN 232 and SWAG 232)  Although at times derided as abnormal "chicas raras," Spanish women have carved out a particular niche in the history of Spanish literature.  These novelists, poets, essayists and short story authors have distinguished themselves by tackling issues of sexuality, subjectivity, isolation, sexism and feminism head-on.  But how do we define an escritura femenina in Spain and what, if anything, differentiates it as a gendered space from canonical "masculine" writing?  This course examines the social, historical and cultural transformations women have undergone in Spain from the end of the nineteenth century to the beginning of the twenty-first century.  We will explore a variety of texts and literary genres by authors such as Rosalia de Castro, Carmen Laforet, Carmen Martín Gaite, Ana Rosetti and Dulce Chacón. In addition, students will create their own canon by becoming the editors of an Anthology of Spanish Women's Writing. This course is conducted in Spanish.

Requisite: SPAN 211 or consent of the instructor.  Limited to 15 students.  Omitted 2017-18.  Professor Brenneis.

2017-18: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2009, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2016

236 Representation and Reality in Spanish Cinema

(Offered as SPAN 236, EUST 232, and FAMS 328.) Once severely constrained by censorship laws and rarely exported beyond the country’s borders during its dictatorship, Spanish film has been transformed into an internationally known cinema in the last decades.  This course offers a critical overview of Spanish film from 1950 to the present, examining how Spain’s culture and society are imagined onscreen by Spanish directors. Students will analyze works of Spanish cinema alongside theoretical and critical texts, exploring such topics as gendered roles in contemporary society, immigration, globalization, censorship, sexuality, and experiences of war and violence. We will also track the sociological, cultural, and political forces inside Spain that have inspired such cinematic representations. This course provides an introduction to visual analysis and critical writing about film. No previous experience in film and media studies is required.  Attendance is required at six Tuesday 7pm-10pm screenings at Keefe Theater throughout the semester.  Films will be subtitled in English.  Conducted in English.

Requisite: SPAN 211 or consent of the instructor.  Omitted 2017-18.  Professor Brenneis.

2017-18: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Fall 2009, Spring 2013, Spring 2017

237 Art as Protest in Spain and Latin America

This interdisciplinary course examines how writers, artists, filmmakers, and activists have resisted the censorship, cultural repression and moral authority of dictatorships in Spain and Latin America. Scores of countries in the Spanish-speaking world were ruled by a dictator, autocrat or military junta over the course of the twenieth century. In Spain, Francisco Franco ruled unopposed for 39 years, stifling free expression in the country. We will compare the culture of resistance in Spain with films, stories, artwork, and poetry that capture a spirit of protest from throughout Latin America. Possible artists, authors and activists include: Max Aub, Neus Català, Diamela Eltit, Reinaldo Arenas, Rigoberta Menchú, Griselda Gambardo, and Junot Díaz, among many others. This course exposes students to a variety of forms of protest, while also examining the causes and effects of these subversive activities. Conducted in Spanish.

Requisite: SPAN 211 or consent of the instructor.  Spring semester.  Professor Brenneis.

2017-18: Offered in Spring 2018

238 Latin American Cinema

(Offered as SPAN 238 and FAMS 238)  How have Latin Americans represented themselves on the big screen?  In this course we will explore this question through close readings of representative films from each of the following major periods: silent cinema (1890s-1930s), studio cinema (1930s-1950s), Neorealism/Art Cinema (1950s), the New Latin American Cinema (1960s-1980s), and contemporary cinema (1990s to today). Throughout the course we will examine evolving representations of modernity and pay special attention to how these representations are linked to different constructions of gender, race, sexuality, and nationality. We will conclude the course with a collective screening of video essays created by students in the course.  The course is conducted in Spanish.

Requisite: SPAN 211 or consent of the instructor.  Limited to 15 students. Omitted 2017-18  Professor Schroeder Rodríguez.

2017-18: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2016

240 New Latin American Documentary

Offered as SPAN 240 and FAMS 324)  Latin American documentary filmmaking in the twenty-first century has been enjoying a renaissance marked by a shift away from the highly political social documentaries of the second half of the twentieth century towards more reflexive modes of representation that explore the relationship between filmmakers and their subjects in ways that profoundly alter both.  In this course, we will first discuss several canonical social documentaries of the 1960s and 1970s, and then proceed to discuss documentaries of the twenty-first century from Argentina (Andrés di Tella, Albertina Carri, María Inés Roque, Mario Oesterheld, and Jorge Prelorán), Brazil (Eduardo Coutinho, João Moreira Salles, Eryk Rocha, and Gabriel Mascaro), Mexico (Roberto Hernández), Colombia (the collective Mujeres al borde), Chile (Patricio Guzmán), and Guatemala (Ana Lucía Cuevas).  As part of the class students will have the opportunity to create their own reflexive documentaries using the techniques we will have studied and discussed in class.  Conducted in Spanish.

Requisite: SPAN 211 or consent of instructor.  Fall semester.  Professor Schroeder Rodríguez.

2017-18: Offered in Fall 2017

241 Towards a Latin American Poetics of Liberation

Latin America produced some of the most socially engaged poetry of the twentieth century.  In this course, we will ask ourselves how this poetry can help us imagine a truly liberated life for ourselves and our communities by challenging what Peruvian philosopher Aníbal Quijano calls coloniality of power, or the ongoing practices and legacies of Eurocentric colonialism in social organization and forms of knowledge.  Authors will include Vicente Huidobro (Chile), Gabriela Mistral (Chile), Julia de Burgos (Puerto Rico), Pablo Neruda (Chile), César Vallejo (Peru), Roque Dalton (El Salvador), Haroldo de Campos (Brazil), Ernesto Cardenal (Nicaragua), Octavio Paz (Mexico), and Nancy Morejón (Cuba).  Students will have the opportunity to work on their own poetry, on translations, and on a research project.  Conducted in Spanish.

Requisite: SPAN 211 or consent of instructor. Spring semester.  Professor Schroeder Rodríguez.

2017-18: Offered in Spring 2018

318 Cultural Encounters: Islam in Spain

[RC] In this course, we will explore the relationship of Spain, as a newly created nation, to the world of the “other,” in this case Islam, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Inside the Peninsula, the Muslim community is perceived as dangerously linked to the Mediterranean world, which both fascinates Spain and threatens it at the same time because of the growing power of the Ottoman Empire. We will examine changing representations of the Muslim “other,” from the idealized Moor in the Moorish novel to contradictory portrayals of Moriscos—those Muslims forced to convert to Christianity in sixteenth-century Spain. In addition, we will look at how questions of race, ethnicity, religion, and gender were treated by writers such as Cervantes, María de Zayas, and Calderón de la Barca. The class discussions will also include a significant visual component (e.g. paintings and engravings of the time on both sides of the Mediterranean that represent the “other,” maps, cityscapes, as well as films). Conducted in Spanish.

Requisite: SPAN 211 or consent of the instructor.  Omitted 2017-18.  Professor Infante.

2017-18: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2014, Spring 2017

340 Violence, Art, and Memory of the Spanish Civil War

[RC] (Offered as SPAN 340 and EUST 340.) The Spanish Civil War lasted only three years, from 1936 to 1939, yet the conflict cast a long shadow over Spain's twentieth-century history, culture and identity.  Indeed, the war's effects were felt worldwide, and it became the inspiration for works of art and literature as varied as Pablo Picasso's Guernica, Pablo Neruda's España en el corazón, Guillermo del Toro's El laberinto del fauno and Ernest Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls.  This course will provide an introduction to the discord and violence of the war as well as to the anguish and catharsis of the stories, poems and films it inspired.  Through primary sources and historical accounts, we will understand the causes of this fraternal war.  By studying texts and films that track the reverberations of the Spanish Civil War in the United States, Latin America and Continental Europe, we will seek to understand how and why this historical moment has captivated artists and writers.  In addition, we will grapple with the diverse ways that lingering memories of the war have affected modern-day Spanish politics and culture.  Although readings will be in English and Spanish, this course will be conducted in Spanish.Requisite:  SPAN 211 or consent of the instructor.  Omitted 2017-18.  Professor Brenneis.

2017-18: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2014, Fall 2016

341 Bad Lovers

Love is one of the most prevalent themes in medieval and early modern literature. Authors wrote about its nature and effects both on the body and the soul. They also considered different methods to obtain it and keep it, as well as the reasons to avoid it. Writing about love also meant asking wider ethical questions and discussing what could be considered good or bad for oneself and for others. This course examines the theory and practice of love as represented in premodern Spanish literature. It is also designed to reflect on the possibility of conceiving literature as a tool to ethically interrogate our present. At the end of the term students will have familiarized themselves with some of the greatest literary works of the period. Students will be able to discuss these texts in Spanish, understand them within the context in which they were written, and recognize their ethical transcendence for our time.  Conducted in Spanish.

Requisite: SPAN 211 or consent of the instructor.  Spring semester.  Professor Lloret.

2017-18: Offered in Spring 2018

343 A Social History of the Spanish Language

(Offered as COLQ 343 and SPAN 343)  Histories of the Spanish language regularly focus on the syntactical changes (grammatical structure, verb conjugations, etc.) undergone through time. This course takes a different approach: it looks at the concrete way people have used Spanish in everyday life over the last one thousand years, concentrating on revolutions, labor and political movements, domestic life, and cultural activities such as reading, writing, and consuming newspapers, radio, TV, movies, and the internet. The course will provide the theoretical framework to approach the material appropriately, from Saussure and Samuel Johnson to contemporary arguments in socio-linguistics. Students will select a Spanish-language country (Argentina, Mexico, Cuba, Peru, Chile, Puerto Rico, Colombia, or the Dominican Republic) and, in chronological order, delve into specific texts and examples in order to understand linguistic usage across history. This course is part of a model of tutorials at Amherst designed to enable students to engage in substantive research with faculty.  The size of the course will be small: six students. Participants must also commit to working for six weeks in the summer of 2018. The college will provide housing and a stipend. All semester and summer work will culminate in the publication of a new social history of the Spanish language. Conducted in Spanish.

Open to sophomores and juniors interested in research.  Limited to 6 students. Spring semester. Professor Stavans.

 

2017-18: Offered in Spring 2018

344 The Baroque Roots of Latin American Culture

The term "Latin America" was coined by a French diplomat in the early nineteenth century to emphasize the region's affinity to a progressive French sphere of influence identified with the Enlightenment, as opposed to a backward-looking Spanish tradition identified with the Baroque.  In this course we will examine the validity of the claim that the Latin American Baroque (ca. 1600-1800) was incompatible with the Enlightenment, or indeed with modernity.  We will begin by defining the major characteristics of the European Baroque as an artistic movement linked to the project of Counter Reformation in Europe and the evangelization in the Americas.  We will then examine examples of Latin American Baroque art, architecture, and literature that simultaneously participate in and subvert this project.  Some of the artists we will study include the indigenous architect José Kondori, the Afro-Brazilian architect and sculptor Aleijadinho, various works by anonymous artists, and poems by Gregório de Matos (Brazil), Mateo Rosas de Oquendo (Peru), Bernardo de Balbuena (Mexico), and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (Mexico).  We will conclude by considering recent reappraisals of the Latin American Baroque as an alternative modernity, and the legacy of this period on contemporary art and literature.  The course is conducted in Spanish.

Requisite: SPAN 211 or consent of the instructor. Omitted 2017-18.  Professor Schroeder Rodríguez.

2017-18: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2017

345 Puerto Rico: Diaspora Nation

[RC] Puerto Rico’s colonial relationship to the United States has generated waves of migration to the point that today, more Puerto Ricans live in the United States than on the island.  In this course, we will examine the literary and cultural manifestations of this diaspora.  The course will also integrate a community-based learning component in partnership with the Holyoke Public Library, which is working to preserve and make available artifacts and stories about Puerto Ricans in Holyoke.  As part of this community component, students will conduct oral history interviews in Holyoke, and then travel to Puerto Rico during Spring Break in order to visit relatives of the interviewees, share this knowledge, interview them in turn, and bring the gathered oral histories and artifacts back to Holyoke for sharing and archiving.  During the trip to Puerto Rico we will also conduct cultural visits directly related to the course material. Conducted in Spanish.

Requisites: SPAN 211 and consent of instructor.  Limited to 12 students, with travel costs covered for all accepted students.  Spring semester. Professor Schroeder Rodríguez.

2017-18: Offered in Spring 2018

351 Love and Promiscuity in the Muslim City

This course focuses on a pluricultural and plurilinguistic western Mediterranean from the tenth to the fifteenth centuries. It examines how the Andalusi and Maghrebi urban elites negotiated love, as well as sexual, religious, and intellectual promiscuity in times of military conflict. Readings include erotic, religious, and political treatises in Arabic, Hebrew, and Castilian, produced mainly in the Iberian Peninsula and in dialogue with texts from Africa, Europe, and Asia.  Conducted in Spanish.

Requisite: SPAN 211 or consent of the instructor. Limited to 15 students. Fall semester. Visiting Professor Bouachrine.

2017-18: Offered in Fall 2017

352 Barcelona

[RC] As a global city with a local identity, Barcelona resides both literally and figuratively at the border between Spain and the rest of the world. This interdisciplinary course will explore the in-between space this vibrant city inhabits in the twenty-first century, at once imagined as a tourist’s playground in films and popular novels, while also actively guarding its particular Catalan cultural roots. Students will study architectural, literary, cinematic, linguistic and political movements set amid the urban cityscape of Barcelona, focusing on the city's role in the exportation of a unique Spanish and Catalan identity beyond Spain’s borders. Conducted in Spanish.

Requisite: SPAN 211 or consent of the instructor. Fall semester. Professor Brenneis.

 

2017-18: Offered in Fall 2017
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2011, Spring 2016

363 One Hundred Years of Solitude

[RC] A patient, detailed, Talmudic reading of Gabriel García Márquez’s masterpiece, Cien años de soledad, known as “the Bible of Latin America.” The course sets it in biographical, historical, and aesthetic context. Conducted in Spanish.

Requisite: SPAN 211 or consent of the instructor. Limited to 25 students.  Omitted 2017-18. Professor Stavans.

2017-18: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2009, Spring 2013, Fall 2015

364 Don Quixote

(Offered as SPAN 364 [RC] and EUST 264.) A patient, careful reading of Cervantes' masterpiece (published in 1605 and 1615), taking into consideration the biographical, historical, social, religious, and literary context from which it emerged during the Renaissance.  The discussion will center on the novel's structure, style, and durability as a classic and its impact on our understanding of ideas and emotions connected with the Enlightenment and its aftermath.  Authors discussed in connection to the material include Erasmus of Rotterdam, Montaigne, Emerson, Tobias Smollett, Flaubert, Dostoyevsky, Unamuno, Nabokov, Borges, García Márquez, and Rushdie. Conducted in Spanish.

Requisite: SPAN 211 or consent of the instructor. Limited to 25 students. Omitted 2017-18. Professor Stavans.

2017-18: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2014, Spring 2017

365 Shakespeare in Prison

(Offered as EUST 259 and SPAN 365) Taught at the Hampshire County Jail, the course is devoted to close readings and staging of parts of Shakespeare’s plays while exploring in depth his historical context, dramatic and stylistic style, and world view. The topics of bondage, revenge, injustice, and forgiveness will serve as leitmotifs. On this iteration, four plays will be the focus: As You Like It, Macbeth, Hamlet, and The Tempest. Conducted in English.

Spring semester. Professor Stavans.

 

2017-18: Offered in Spring 2018
Other years: Offered in Spring 2016

377 Travel

(Offered as EUST 331 and SPAN 377) Is there a difference between a traveler and a tourist? Does travel always involve movement in time? What is the relationship between travel and technology? In what sense is the self always changing? How to describe a fake experience? And are immigrants travelers? This course explores questions of travel across history, from the Bible to the age of social media. It will contemplate literature, cinema, music, and photography. Theories articulated by Joseph Campbell on myth and Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking on time will be discussed. Authors include Dante, Samuel Johnson, Alexis de Tocqueville, Charles Darwin, Herman Melville, Mark Twain, H.G. Wells, Isak Dinesen, Franz Kafka, Elizabeth Bishop, Ryszard Kapuściński, and Gabriel García Márquez. Conducted in English.

Omitted 2016-17.  Professor Stavans.

 

2017-18: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2015

380 Impostors

(Offered as EUST 235 and SPAN 380) An interdisciplinary exploration of the causes behind the social, racial, artistic, and political act—and art—of posing, passing, or pretending to be someone else. Blacks passing for whites, Jews passing for gentiles, and women passing for men, and vice versa, are a central motif. Attention is given to biological and scientific patterns such as memory loss, mental illness, and plastic surgery, and to literary strategies like irony. As a supernatural occurrence, the discussion includes mystical experiences, ghost stories, and séance sessions. The course also covers instances pertaining to institutional religion, from prophesy from the Hebrew and Christian Bibles to the Koran and Mormonism. In technology and communications, analysis concentrates on the invention of the telegraph, the telephone, and the Internet. Entertainment, ventriloquism, puppet shows, voice-overs, children’s cartoon shows, subtitles, and dubbing in movies and TV are topics of analysis. Posers in Greek mythology, the Arabian Nights, Cervantes, Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, Mark Twain, Sigmund Freud, Jorge Luis Borges, Philip Roth, Oliver Sacks, and Nella Larsen are examined. Conducted in English.

Limited to 20 students. Spring semester. Professor Stavans.

2017-18: Offered in Spring 2018
Other years: Offered in Spring 2012, Fall 2014

385 Multicultural Spain

A vital question in today’s multicultural societies is how individuals with different identities—religious, racial, ethnic, etc.—can live and prosper together. This course will explore the literature, culture, and history of medieval and early modern Spain, paying special attention to how people with diverse backgrounds coexisted and interacted with each other. Examining the context of Spain during this time period will also serve as a means to help us think through issues of diversity in our world today. First we will look at the situation of medieval Spain where Christians, Muslims, and Jews lived side-by-side for centuries. Then we’ll turn to Spain’s exploration of the New World and how the diverse encounters that took place influenced Spanish culture. Finally, we will consider representations of other cultural minorities, such as gypsies, in Spain during the early modern period. Primary sources will include literary texts, historical accounts, legal documents, and maps and will be supplemented by secondary critical texts. Conducted in Spanish.

Requisite: SPAN 211 or consent of the instructor. Limited to 18 students. Omitted 2017-18. Professor Infante.

2017-18: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2015

389 Reading Spain

In this course, we will examine five works of fiction published in Spain between 1950 and today.The Spanish Civil War ended in 1939 with the beginning of Francisco Franco’s 36-year dictatorship of Spain. Authors in 20th Century Spain were subject to censorship and overt oppression while they attempted to understand their own history and identity and translate it onto the page. Despite these obstacles, these authors produced works of literature that are daring, experimental, emotional, and now canonical. The novels we study bridge the topics of violence, gender, socioeconomic status, religion, cultural repression, and self-understanding. They vary from coming-of-age tales to experimental narrative to mainstream bestsellers.  We will also study historical texts, images, films, and critical articles in order to gain a more complete understanding of the era and its reflection in literature. This is a highly collaborative and participatory course that allows for the discussion of a wide variety of subject matter. Conducted in Spanish.

Requisite: SPAN 211 or consent of the instructor. Omitted 2017-18.  Professor Brenneis.

2017-18: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2017

393 Journeys to/from/in Spain

From journeys of lovers to religious pilgrimages, voyages of conquest and exploration to imaginary excursions, journeys of war and slavery to picaresque adventures, among other types of travel, the theme of the “journey” is replete in Spanish literature. With a particular emphasis on the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, this course will explore historical and fictional accounts of journeys to, from, and in Spain. Taking into consideration a variety of genres and authors, we will examine different motives that spurred real individuals and fictional characters to leave their homes in Spain and travel to new lands and in other cases we will look at what caused them to return to their homeland. Some of the works studied in class will include narratives of conquest and exploration in the New World, sea voyages in the Mediterranean (for example, Cervantes), spiritual journeys (such as the Spanish mystics), trips to the other world (including some of Quevedo’s Sueños), tales of homeless wanderers (the picaresque novel), female travelers, and perspectives from visitors to Spain from other countries such as France (d’Aulnoy) and Morocco (al-Ghassani). Conducted in Spanish.

Requisite: SPAN 211 or consent of the instructor. Limited to 18 students. Omitted 2017-18. Professor Infante.

 

2017-18: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2016

394 Spanglish

A cultural study of language in the Hispanic world (Spain, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States), this course spans almost 500 years, from the arrival of Spanish to the Americas with Columbus' first voyage, to present-day "pocho lingo" in Los Angeles.  It focuses on the verbal interactions between the missionaries to Florida and the Southwest and the indigenous populations, the linguistic repercussions of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo of 1848, the age of acculturation in the early half of the twentieth century, the political agitation of the Chicano Movement as manifested in word games, and the hip-hop age of agitprop.  Students will analyze works by Junot Díaz, Ana Lydia Vega, Giannina Braschi, Susana Chávez-Silverman, Luis Humberto Crosthwaite, and others.  Topics like translation, bilingual education, lexicography, advertising, sports, and the impact of mass and social media will be contemplated.  Emphasis will be made on the various modalities of Spanglish, such as Dominicanish, Cubonics, and Nuyorican.  Plus, the development of Spanglish as a street jargon will be compared to Yiddish, Black English, and other minority tongues.  Conducted in Spanish.

Requisite: SPAN 211 or consent of the instructor.  Fall semester.  Professor Stavans.

2017-18: Offered in Fall 2017
Other years: Offered in Fall 2009, Fall 2014

490 Special Topics

The Department calls attention to the fact that Special Topics courses may be offered to students on either an individual or group basis.

Students interested in forming a group course on some aspect of Hispanic life and culture are invited to talk over possibilities with a representative of the Department. When possible, this should be done several weeks in advance of the semester in which the course is to be taken.

Fall and spring semesters.

2017-18: Offered in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017

498, 499 Senior Departmental Honors

One single course.

Fall semester. The Department.

2017-18: Offered in Fall 2017
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016