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María Cristina Quintero, Chair
(on leave, semester I)
Enrique Sacerio-Garí, Major Adviser

Assistant Professors:
Lázaro Lima, Major Adviser
H. Rosi Song (on leave 2004-05)

Senior Lecturer:
Inés Arribas

Peter Brampton Koelle

Dina Breña

The major in Spanish offers a program of study in the language, literature and culture of Spain, Latin America and U.S. Latino communities. The program is designed to develop linguistic competence and critical skills, as well as a profound appreciation of the culture and civilization of the Hispanic world.

The language courses provide solid preparation and practice in spoken and written Spanish, including a thorough review of grammar and vocabulary, supplemented with cultural readings and activities. Spanish 110 and 120 prepare students for advanced work in literature and cultural studies while improving competence in the language. The introductory literature courses treat a selection of the outstanding works of Spanish and Spanish-American literature in various periods and genres. Spanish 206 is devoted to advanced language training and affords practice in written Spanish. Spanish 240 considers the political, social and cultural history of the Hispanic and Hispanic-American peoples. Advanced literature courses deal intensively with individual authors or periods of special significance.

Students in all courses are encouraged to make use of the Language Learning Center and to supplement their course work with study in Spain or Spanish America either in the summer or during their junior year. Residence in the Haffner Language House for at least one year is recommended.

All students who have taken Spanish at other institutions and plan to enroll in Spanish courses at Bryn Mawr must take a placement examination. The exam is administered by the Spanish department during first-year student orientation for the incoming class or on the day before classes begin for returning students.

The Department of Spanish also cooperates with the Departments of French and Italian in the Romance Languages major.

Major Requirements

Requirements for the Spanish major are Spanish 110 or 120, Spanish 206 (unless specifically exempted by the department), four 200-level courses, three 300-level courses and the Senior Essay. Students whose pre-college training includes advanced work in literature may, with the permission of the department, be exempted from taking Spanish 110 or 120. This major program prepares students appropriately for graduate study in Spanish.

Please note: the department offers some courses taught in English. In order to receive major and minor credit, students must do appropriate assignments in Spanish. No more than two courses taught in English may be applied toward a major, and only one toward a minor.

Independent research (Spanish 403) is offered to students recommended by the department. The work consists of independent reading, conferences and a long paper.


Departmental honors are awarded on the basis of a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in the major, evaluation of the senior essay and the recommendation of the department.

Minor Requirements

Requirements for a minor in Spanish are six courses in Spanish beyond Inter- mediate Spanish, at least one of which must be at the 300 level.

Concentration in Hispanic and Hispanic-American Studies

The Department of Spanish participates with other departments in offering a concentration in Hispanic and Hispanic-American Studies.

Teacher Certification

The department also participates in a teacher certification program. For more information see the Education Program.

SPAN B001-SPAN B002. Elementary Spanish

Grammar, composition, conversation, listening comprehension; readings from Spain, Spanish America and the Hispanic community in the United States. This is a year-long course; both semesters are required for credit. One section of this course is intensive and meets nine hours a week. (Arribas, Breña)

SPAN B003-SPAN B004. Intermediate Spanish

Intensive grammar reviews, exercises in composition and conversation, selected readings from modern Spanish. This is a year-long course. Prerequisite: 002 or placement. (Breña, Koelle, Lima, Quintero, Song) Note: This course's number will change to 103/104 beginning 2005-06.

SPAN B005. Intensive Intermediate Spanish

A thorough review of grammar with intensive oral practice, frequent writing assignments, readings and oral presentations. Prerequisite: a merit grade in Intensive Elementary Spanish or the recommendation of the department. (Koelle, Sacerio-Garí) Note: This course's number will change to 105 beginning 2005-06.

SPAN B007. Spanish Conversation for Non-Majors

Intensive practice in conversational Spanish. The course seeks to enhance speaking proficiency through the development of vocabulary, pronunciation skills and correct grammatical usage. The course will include discussion of topical issues in politics, science, literature and culture. In addition to daily practice in small groups, there will be formal presentations, debates and exercises in oral interpretation. A weekly grammar review will also be included. This course will not count toward the major or minor. Prerequisite: Spanish 004 or 005. (Quintero) Not offered in 2004-05.

SPAN B110. Estudios culturales de España e Hispanoamérica

An introduction to the history and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world in a global context: art, folklore, geography, literature, sociopolitical issues and multicultural perspectives. Prerequisite: Spanish 004 or 005, or placement. (Koelle, Division III) Note: This course's number will change to 210 beginning 2005-2006.

SPAN B120. Introducción al análisis literario

Readings from Spanish and Spanish-American works of various periods and genres (drama, poetry, short stories). Special attention to improvement of grammar through compositions. Prerequisite: Spanish 004 or 005, or placement. (Arribas, Sacerio-Garí, Division III) Note: This course's number will change to 220 beginning 2005-06.

Prerequisites for all 200-level courses are Spanish 110 or 120 taken at Bryn Mawr, or another 200-level course taught in Spanish, placement or permission of instructor.

SPAN B206. Composición (nivel superior)

A course designed to develop a student's written expression in Spanish. This course includes a systematic study of the structure of modern Spanish and a variety of frequent written assignments. (Koelle)

SPAN B208. Drama y sociedad en España

A study of the rich dramatic tradition of Spain from the Golden Age (16th and 17th centuries) to the 20th century within specific cultural and social contexts. The course considers a variety of plays as manifestations of specific sociopolitical issues and problems. Topics include theater as a site for fashioning a national identity; the dramatization of gender conflicts; and plays as vehicles of protest in repressive circumstances. (Quintero, Division III)

SPAN B211. Borges y sus lectores

Primary emphasis on Borges and his poetics of reading; other writers are considered to illustrate the semiotics of texts, society and traditions. (Sacerio-Garí, Division III; cross-listed as Comparative Literature 212) Not offered in 2004-05.

SPAN B215. "Memoria negra": la literatura afro-hispánica en África y las Américas

A study of the major works of African and Afro-Hispanic literatures written in Spanish with comparative examples from the literatures of the "Black Atlantic," including Lusophone African literature. The course considers how racially-marked aesthetic expression (Criollismo, Negritude, the Harlem Renaissance, etc.) fashioned literary Modernism and the ensuing "Black Atlantic" polemic. Representative writers may include Martin Bernal, Lydia Cabrera, Franz Fanon, Edouard Glissant, Nicolás Guillén, Donoto M'game, Nancy Morejón, Fernando Ortíz, Manuel Rui and Laudino Viera. (Lima, Division III; cross-listed as Comparative Literature 215) Not offered in 2004-05.

SPAN B225. La poesía hispanoamericana

Study of poetic language from the Avant-garde movements to the present. Special attention to key figures. (Sacerio-Garí, Division III) Not offered in 2004-05.

SPAN B226. Cine y sociedad en la España contemporánea

This course studies Spanish culture and society through its cinema since the Civil War and Franco's dictatorship up to the present. It focuses on Spanish film both as a vehicle for ideological propaganda and as a space for political opposition. It also examines the multiple social changes undergone in Spain as the dictatorship collapsed and democracy was reinstituted. Class discussion will address issues surrounding the representation of women, homosexuality and ethnic minorities. (Arribas, Division III)

SPAN B227. Genealogía de la literatura latina

This course examines the emancipatory and sometimes collusive appropriation of "American" literature by Latina/os. The course begins a genealogical survey of Latino writing and cultural production from the 19th century to the present in order to contextualize the eventual rise of Latino ethnic particularisms from the '60s. We will analyze how Latina/os, often living inside two languages and cultures, inflect the national landscape by erasing both literal and linguistic "American" borders in a country made up largely of immigrants. We will also analyze how the mass media construct "insiders" and "outsiders" by delimiting privilege and access to cultural capital with demands for assimilation, and call for a univocal "American" literary ethos. (Lima, Division III)

SPAN B230. Poetics of Desire in the Lyric Poetry of Renaissance Italy and Spain

A study of the evolution of the love lyric in Italy and Spain during the Renaissance and the Baroque periods. Topics include the representation of women as objects of desire and pretexts for writing; the self-fashioning and subjectivity of the lyric voice; the conflation and conflict of eroticism and idealism; theories of imitation; parody; and the feminine appropriation of the Petrarchan tradition. Although concentrating on the poetry of Italy and Spain, readings include texts from France, England and Mexico. Students seeking major credit in Spanish must do appropriate assignments in Spanish. (Quintero, Division III; cross-listed as Comparative Literature 230 and Italian 230) Not offered in 2004-05.

SPAN B240. Hispanic Culture and Civilization

A brief survey of the political, social and cultural history of Spain and Spanish America. Topics include Spanish nation/ state/empire, indigenous cultures, polemics about the "Indians" in the new world, Spanish-American independence, current social and economic issues, Latin America's multiculturalism and Latinos in the United States. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (Sacerio-Garí, Division III)

SPAN B260. Ariel/Calibán y el discurso americano

A study of the transformations of Ariel/Calibán as images of Latin American culture. Prerequisite: Spanish 110 or 120, or placement. (Sacerio-Garí, Division III; cross-listed as Comparative Literature 260)

SPAN B265. Escritoras españolas: entre tradición y renovación

Fiction by Spanish women in the 20th century. Breaking the traditional female stereotypes during and after Franco's dictatorship, the authors explore sociopolitical and cultural issues through their creative writing. Topics of discussion include gender marginality, feminist literary theory, and the portrayal and role of women in modern society. (Song, Division III) Not offered in 2004-05.

SPAN B270. Literatura y delincuencia: explorando la novela picaresca

A study of the origins, development and transformation of the picaresque genre from its origins in 16th- and 17th-century Spain through the 21st century. Using texts from Spain and Latin America as well as England, Germany and the United States, we will explore topics such as the construction of the (fictional) self, the poetics and politics of criminality, transgression in gender and class, and the feminine (and feminist) variations of the picaresque. (Quintero, Division III; cross-listed as Comparative Literature 271) Not offered in 2004-05.

The prerequisite for 300-level courses is one 200-level course in Spanish or permission of instructor.

SPAN B307. Cervantes

A study of themes, structure and style of Cervantes' masterpiece Don Quijote and its impact on world literature. In addition to a close reading of the text and a consideration of narrative theory, the course examines the impact of Don Quijote on the visual arts, music, film and popular culture. (Quintero, Division III)

SPAN B308. El teatro del Siglo de Oro

A study of the dramatic theory and practice of 16th- and 17th-century Spain. Topics include the treatment of honor, historical self-fashioning and the politics of the corrales and palace theater. (Quintero, Division III) Not offered in 2004-05.

SPAN B309. La representación de la mujer en la literatura española del Siglo de Oro

A study of the depiction of women in the fiction, drama and poetry of 16th- and 17th-century Spain. Topics include the construction of gender; the idealization and codification of women's bodies; the politics of feminine enclosure (convent, home, brothel, palace); and the performance of honor. The first half of the course will deal with representations of women by male authors (Lope, Calderón, Cervantes, Quevedo) and the second will be dedicated to women writers such as Teresa de Ávila, Ana Caro, María de Zayas and Juana Inés de la Cruz. (Quintero, Division III) Not offered in 2004-05.

SPAN B310. La condición post mortem: Pos/Modernidad periférica en la narrativa y la producción cultural mexicana

A study of the figuration of "death" in Mexican literature and culture as a critique of Modernity and as one of Mexico's principle symbols of cultural identity. Analysis of the counterrevolutionary movements of the '60s, and the rise of the post mortem aesthetic as a response to the globalization of Mexican cultural identity. (Lima, Division III)

SPAN B311. Crimen y detectives en la narrativa hispánica contemporánea

An analysis of the rise of the hardboiled genre in contemporary Hispanic narrative and its contrast to classic detective fiction, as a context for understanding contemporary Spanish and Latin American culture. Discussion of pertinent theoretical implications and the social and political factors that contributed to the genre's evolution and popularity. (Song, Division III) Not offered in 2004-05.

SPAN B320. Surrealismo español: poesía, arte y cine

A multimedia study of the development of a surrealistic ethic in Spain in the 20th century as represented chiefly in the works of Federico García Lorca, Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali, among others. The scope and validity of the Spanish surrealistic movement will be examined in relation to its originating principles: Freud's psychoanalytic theory, and the artistic and political manifestos of the avant-garde. Through the study of works of poetry, art and film, we will also discuss the relationship between the theoretical and historical background of this artistic movement as we contrast art and politics, artistic freedom and political commitment. (Song, Division III) Not offered in 2004-05.

SPAN B340. Representation of Gender and Power in Habsburg Spain

An examination of the relationship between art and literature in 16th- and 17th-century Spain. Topics include: reading visual and verbal texts, theories of representation, the portrayal of women, the depiction of sacred and profane love, theater and painting in the court, and the spectacle of power and monarchy. Students wishing major credit in Spanish must do appropriate assignments in Spanish. Prerequisite: one history of art course (for history of art majors) or one 200-level Spanish course (for Spanish majors). (McKim-Smith, Quintero, Division III; cross-listed as History of Art 340 and Comparative Literature 340) Not offered in 2004-05.

SPAN B350. El cuento hispanoamericano

Special attention to the double, the fantastic and the sociopolitical thematics of short fiction in Spanish America. Authors include Quiroga, Borges, Carpentier, Rulfo, Cortázar and Valenzuela. (Sacerio-Garí, Division III) Not offered in 2004-05.

SPAN B351. Tradición y revolución: Cuba y su literatura

An examination of Cuba, its history and its literature with emphasis on the analysis of the changing cultural policies since 1959. Major topics include slavery and resistance; Cuba's struggles for freedom; the literature and film of the Revolution; and literature in exile. (Sacerio-Garí, Division III)

SPAN B399. Senior Essay

Individual conferences between students and the instructor in the preparation of a senior project. At the end of the semester there will be an oral examination based on the essay. (staff)

SPAN B403. Supervised Work

Independent reading, conferences and a long paper; offered to senior students recommended by the department. (staff)

Haverford College currently offers the following courses in Spanish.

205b. Studies in the Spanish American Novel
210b. Spanish and Spanish American Film Studies
214b. Writing the Nation
230a. Medieval and Golden Age Spain
250a. Quixotic Narratives
317a. Novels of the Spanish American Boom
334b. Gender and Dissidence in Hispanic Writing
352a. Evita and Her Sisters
385b. Popular Culture

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