Course Offerings: Spanish


300 Level


352, 353, 354, 355 Spanish and Latin-American Literature Surveys

These courses may be taken in any order. Reading assignments in these 300-level courses are made on the assumption that most registrants are first-year students taking their first course at this level. These courses are for students who have both good grammar training and about a year of reading in secondary school, or who complete SPAN 202 or the equivalent. Students who complete a 400-level course may not register for these surveys.

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352 Spanish Literature: Love and Honor in the Golden Age
F. Plata
This survey examines the interrelated notions of love, sex and honor as they appear in the prose, theater and poetry of Spain. Emphasis is placed on the Renaissance and the Baroque, the so-called Golden Age of Spanish literature (sixteenth and seventeenth centuries). Readings, however, may include works from the Middle Ages and/or the eighteenth century. Prerequisite: at least four years of secondary-school Spanish, or SPAN 202.

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353 Spanish Literature: Modern Spain in Crisis
A. Johnson, M. Rugg
Beginning with the loss of the empire in the nineteenth century and moving through a series of political upheavals, including civil war and fascism, the history of modern Spain has been one of turmoil and continual conflict. The numerous political crises both reulted from and resulted in larger crises of a social, spiritual and moral nature. Questions of national identity, religious faith and moral values, as they appear in Spanish literature from the late nineteenth century to the present dat are the focus of this course. Readings include works of prose, theater and poetry drawn from a range of literary movements, and emphasis is placed on the socio-historical context and its relationship to literary innovation. Prerequisite: at least four years of secondary-school Spanish, or SPAN 202.

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354 Latin-American Literature: Illusion, Fantasy, Magical Realism
F. Luciani
Through a survey of Latin-American literature from its pre-Columbian origins through the twentieth century, this course examines the many forms of alternative reality that Latin-American writers have created and explored. The course relates those realities to the cultural and sociological history of Latin America as well as to larger Western literary modes, such as the Baroque, Romanticism and Surrealism. Prerequisite: at least four years of secondary-school Spanish, or SPAN 202.

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355 Latin-American Literature: the Many Voices of Latin America
Staff
The course explores the diversity of literary voices in Latn America, from pre-Columbian texts to the contemporary writings of Castellanos, Rulfo and García Márquez. This survey introduces students to the most important developments in Latin-American literary history as it examines questions of culture, ethnic, gender and class identities. Prerequisite: at least four years of secondary-school Spanish, or SPAN 202.

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361 Advanced Composition and Stylistics
F. Plata
This course is structured as an intensive composition class. Emphasis is placed on mastering the fine points of Spanish grammar in order to improve writing skills. In addition to regular class meetings, students are required to attend a series of cultural events, which may include film, theater, etc. Prerequisites: at least four years of secondary-school Spanish, or SPAN 202. Not open to students who score 5 on the AP language exam or who complete SPAN 362 (or the former 303), except by special permission of the instructor. Students required to take this course may do so only on campus.

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362 Advanced Composition and Stylistics for Native Speakers
L. Rojas
This course has the same goal as SPAN 361: correctness in expository composition. Whereas SPAN 361 addresses the problems of students learning Spanish as a second language through course-related activities, this course is designed for English-dominant bilinguals who learned Spanish mainly through extensive exposure to the spoken language in a non-classroom setting and who, though fluent orally, had insufficient opportunity to develop native-level writing skills. Prerequisites: four years of secondary-school, or SPAN 202, and permission of the instructor. Not open to students with the grade of 5 on the AP Spanish language exam, except by special permission of the instructor, or to students who complete SPAN 361 (or the former 301). May be taken for concentration credit only on campus.

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399 Readings in Hispanic Literature

This is the number and title given for the AP literature score of 5.

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