2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog

Spanish


Students may complete a major or minor in Spanish. Majors may pursue state certification to teach at the secondary level.

Faculty

Ines Monique Arribas, Senior Lecturer
Dina Brena, Instructor
Lazaro Lima, Associate Professor (on leave semesters I and II)
Kaylea Blaise Mayer, Lecturer
Maria C. Quintero, Professor
Enrique Sacerio-Gari, Professor
H. Rosi Song, Associate Professor and Chair

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. SPAN 200 and SPAN 202 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, and U.S. Latino literature in various periods and genres. SPAN 206 is devoted to advanced language training and affords practice in written Spanish. Three-hundred-level courses deal intensively with individual authors, topics, or periods of special significance.

Students in all courses are encouraged to make use of the Language Learning Center and to supplement their coursework with study in Spain or Spanish America either in the summer or during their junior year.

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 offered online by the department. Details are available from the Dean’s Office.

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

College Foreign Language Requirement

The College’s foreign language requirement may be satisfied by completing SPAN 105 (intensive) with a grade of 2.0, or by completing SPAN 101 and 102 (non-intensive) with an average grade of at least 2.0 or with a grade of at least 2.0 in SPAN 102.

Major Requirements

Requirements for the Spanish major are SPAN 200 (formerly 110, Temas culturales), SPAN 202 (formerly 120, Análisis literario), four 200-level courses, three 300-level courses, and SPAN 398 (Senior Seminar). Two courses must be in Peninsular literature, and one should focus on pre-1700 literature. Students whose training includes advanced work may, with the permission of the department, be exempted from taking SPAN 200 and/or SPAN 202. SPAN 399 (Senior Essay) is optional for majors with a grade point average of 3.7 who want to graduate with honors, and may not be counted as one of the 300-level requirements. 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 substantial reading and written work in Spanish. No more than two courses taught in English may be applied toward a major, and only one toward a minor.

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

Honors

Departmental honors are awarded on the basis of a minimum grade point average of 3.7 in the major, the recommendation of the department and a senior essay (SPAN 399).

Minor Requirements

Requirements for a minor in Spanish are six courses in Spanish beyond Intermediate Spanish, at least one of which must be at the 300 level. At least one course should be in Peninsular literature.

Concentration in Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Peoples and Cultures


The Department of Spanish participates with other departments in offering a concentration in Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Peoples and Cultures.

Teacher Certification

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

SPAN B001 Elementary Spanish I
Grammar, composition, conversation, listening comprehension; readings from Spain, Spanish America and the Hispanic community in the United States. Assumes no previous study of Spanish. Additional practice sessions with a language assistant.
(Brena, Language Level 1)

SPAN B002 Elementary Spanish II
Grammar, composition, conversation, listening comprehension; readings from Spain, Spanish America and the Hispanic community in the United States. Additional practice sessions with a language assistant. Prerequisite: 001 or placement.
(Brena, Mayer, Language Level 1)

SPAN B010 Intensive Elementary Spanish I
The first half of a year long course in grammar, composition, conversation, listening comprehension; readings from Spain, Spanish America, and the Hispanic community in the United States. Meets for 9 hours per week.
(Arribas, Language Level 1)
Not offered in 2010-11.

SPAN B011 Intensive Elementary Spanish II
The second part of a year long course in grammar, composition, conversation, listening comprehension; readings from Spain, Spanish America, and the Hispanic community in the United States. Meets 9 hours per week. Prerequisite: SPAN B005.
(Arribas, Language Level 1)
Not offered in 2010-11.

SPAN B101 Intermediate Spanish I
A thorough review of grammar with intensive practice in speaking, reading, and writing (group activities and individual presentations). Readings from the Hispanic world. Additional practice and conversation sessions with a language assistant. Prerequisite: 002 or placement.
(Arribas, Brena, Mayer, Language Level 2)

SPAN B102 Intermediate Spanish II
Examines special topics of Spanish grammar, writing intensive. Long paper as a final project. Selected readings from the Hispanic world. Additional practice and conversation sessions with a language assistant. Prerequisite: 101 or placement.
(Arribas, Brena, Staff, Language Level 2)

SPAN B105 Intensive Intermediate Spanish
A thorough review of grammar with intensive oral practice, frequent writing assignments, readings, and oral presentations. Prerequisite: Enrollment in this class is limited to those students who completed 002 Intensive Elementary Spanish in spring semester 2010.
(Mayer, Language Level 2)

SPAN B107 Conversación: Intensive Practice in Conversational Spanish
This course seeks to enhance speaking proficiency through the development of vocabulary, pronunciation skills, and correct grammatical usage. Students participate in daily practice of speaking on a wide variety of topics, as well as give formal presentations. This course will not count towards the major or minor. Prerequisite: SPAN 102 or 105.
(Song)
Not offered in 2010-11.

SPAN B200 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. This course does not count toward the major, but may be counted for the minor. Counts toward the Latin American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Cultures Concentration. Prerequisite: SPAN 102 or 105, or placement.
(Song, Division III: Humanities)

SPAN B202 Introducción al análisis literario
Readings from Spanish and Spanish-American works of various periods and genres (drama, poetry, short stories). Main focus on developing analytical skills with attention to improvement of grammar. Prerequisite: SPAN 102 or 105, or placement.
(Quintero, Sacerio-Gari, Division III: Humanities)

SPAN B203 Tópicos en la literatura hispana
Topics course: content varies. Topic for Fall 2009: José Martî y equilibrio mundia
(Sacerio-Gari, Song, Jimenez, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

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. Counts toward the Latin American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Cultures Concentration.
(Quintero, Division III: Humanities)

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-Gari, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as COML B212
Not offered in 2010-11.

SPAN B214 Encuentros caribeños: entre imperios y diásporas
This course examines Hispanic Caribbean literary and cultural production from the early colonial chronicles of exploration to contemporary Caribbean performance artists. By studying pivotal moments in Caribbean literary and cultural history we will engage the “New World’s” first multicultural center through the analysis of its complex legacies: racism, slavery, mestizaje, empire building and its dissolution, and emancipation. Course taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN B200 or B202, or any 200-level Spanish course, placement, or permission of instructor.
(Lima, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

SPAN B218 Border Crossing Narratives and Films
Our view of Latin American and U.S. Latino immigration and migration has affected film and literature. Studies border crossing and (im)migration and the debates about the nature of national affiliation for the Latino “minority” and the borders these groups transgress. Examines stereotypes about border-crossers in mainstream media and literature, and how Latino and Latin-American filmmakers have attempted to subvert these images by presenting a more complex representations and experiences. Prerequisite: Spanish B202 or equivalent.
(Lima, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

SPAN B223 Género y modernidad en la narrativa del siglo XIX
A reading of 19th-century Spanish narrative by both men and women writers, to assess how they come together in configuring new ideas of female identity and its social domains, as the country is facing new challenges in its quest for modernity. Counts toward the Latin American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Cultures Concentration.
(Song, Division III: Humanities)

SPAN B225 La poesía hispanoamericana
Study of poetic language from the Avant-garde movements to the present. Special attention to key figures.
(Sacerio-Gari, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

SPAN B227 Genealogía de la literatura latina de los Estados Unidos
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 1960s. 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 analyze how the mass media constructs “insiders” and “outsiders” by delimiting access to cultural capital with demands for assimilation.
(Lima, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

SPAN B231 El cuento y novela corta en España
Traces the development of the novella and short story in Spain, from its origins in the Middle Ages to our time. The writers will include Pardo Bazán, Cervantes, Clarín, Don Juan Manuel, Matute, María de Zayas, and a number of contemporary writers such as Julián Marías and Soledad Puértolas. Our approach will include formal and thematic considerations, and attention will be given to social and historical contexts.
(Quintero, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

SPAN B248 Reception of Classical Literature in the Hispanic World
(Barrenechea, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as COML B248
Cross-listed as CSTS B248

SPAN B260 Ariel/Calibán y el discurso Americano
A study of the transformations of Ariel/Calibán as images of Latin American culture. Counts toward the Latin American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Cultures Concentration.
(Sacerio-Gari, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as COML B260

SPAN B265 Escritoras españolas: entre tradición, renovación y migración
Fiction by women writers from Spain in the 20th and 21st century. Breaking the traditional female stereotypes during and after Franco’s dictatorship, the authors explore through their creative writing changing sociopolitical and cultural issues including regional identities and immigration. Topics of discussion include gender marginality, feminist studies and the portrayal of women in contemporary society.
(Song, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

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. Counts toward the Latin American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Cultures Concentration.
(Quintero, Division III: Humanities)

SPAN B309 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 (Calderón, Cervantes, Lope, Quevedo) and the second will be dedicated to women writers such as Teresa de Ávila, Ana Caro, Juana Inés de la Cruz, and María de Zayas.
(Quintero, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

SPAN B310 La condición pos-mortem: pos/modernidad periférica en la narrativa e historia actual mexicana.

The figuration of “death” in Mexican literature and culture has served as a central metaphor for the critique of modernity and has become one of Mexico’s principle symbols of cultural identity. The counter revolutionary movements of the ’60s, however, initiated a series of post-mortem (after death) identity projects that served as aesthetic responses to Mexico’s considerable investment in modernity’s unfulfilled cultural, political and economic promises. This new post-mortem aesthetic has begun to reconceptualize the fictions of national progress by focusing on the corporeality of citizenship and migration. Prerequisites: one 200-level Spanish course or permission of the instructor.
(Lima, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

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: Humanities)
Cross-listed as COML B312
Not offered in 2010-11.

SPAN B318 Adaptaciones literarias en el cine español
Film adaptations of literary works have been popular since the early years of cinema in Spain. This course examines the relationship between films and literature, focusing on the theory and practice of film adaptation. Attention will be paid to the political and cultural context in which these texts are being published and made into films. Counts toward the Latin American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Cultures Concentration. Prerequisite: A 200-level course in Spanish, SPAN 208.
(Song, Division III: Humanities)

SPAN B320 Surrealismo español poesia, 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 Dalí, 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: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

SPAN B321 Del surrealismo al realismo mágico
Examines artistic texts that trace the development and relationships of surrealism, lo real maravilloso americano, and magic realism. Manifestos, literary and cinematic works by Spanish and Latin American authors will be emphasized. Prerequisite: a 200-level Spanish course.
(Sacerio-Gari, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

SPAN B327 La novela latina en la edad de la globalización
In the United States Latino literature is often construed as a “minority” literature, charting immigrant experiences. In Latin America, it is often seen as testing the limits and considered “inferior.” This course studies this phenomenon in relation to the linguistic, historical, racial, ethnic, and sexual assumptions that undergird the study of national literatures.
(Lima)
Not offered in 2010-11.

SPAN B331 TransNation: U.S. Latino and Latin American Queer Diasporas
This course engages the vanguard of U.S. Latino and Latin American theoretical debates about state formation in the construction of citizenship from the perspective of queer and transgender studies. Explores recent theoretical and cultural works that challenge traditional understandings of gender, sexuality, ethnic identity, nationalism, state-formation, citizenship, and the body. Analyzes the limits of cultural and theoretical interface between U.S. Latino, Latin American and Anglo-American cultural theory.
(Lima, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

SPAN B351 Tradición y revolución: Cuba y su literature
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-Gari, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

SPAN B398 Senior Seminar
The study of special topics, critical theory and approaches with primary emphasis on Hispanic literatures. Topics will be prepared jointly with the students.
(Sacerio-Gari)

SPAN B399 Senior Essay
Available to students whose proposals are approved by the department.
(Sacerio-Gari)

SPAN B403 Supervised Work
Independent reading, conferences, and a long paper; offered to senior students recommended by the department.
(Staff)