Spanish

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

Faculty

Ines Arribas, Senior Lecturer in Spanish (on leave semester I)
Martin L. Gaspar, Assistant Professor of Spanish
Kaylea Blaise Berard, Lecturer in Spanish (on leave semester II)
Ashley N. Puig-Herz, Visiting Assistant Professor
Maria Cristina Quintero, Professor of Spanish and Director of Comparative Literature and Director of Romance Languages (on leave semester II)
Enrique Sacerio-Garí, Dorothy Nepper Marshall Professor of Hispanic and Hispanic-American Studies
Rosi Song, Chair and Associate Professor of Spanish
Ana Tamayo, Instructor

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.

Our graduates have gone on to pursue successful careers in law, business, medicine, and translation, among others. This major program prepares students appropriately for graduate study in Spanish.

The language courses provide solid preparation and practice in spoken and written Spanish, including a thorough review of grammar and vocabulary contextualized by cultural readings and activities. SPAN 110 and SPAN 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, and U.S. Latino literature in various periods and genres. 300-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 and is available on our website www.brynmawr.edu/spanish/placement.html.

The Department of Spanish works in cooperation with the Departments of French and Italian in the Romance Languages major. It also collaborates with the Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Peoples and Cultures Concentration (LALIPC).

College Foreign Language Requirement

Before the start of the senior year, each student must complete, with a grade of 2.0 or higher, two units of foreign language. Students may fulfill the requirement by completing two sequential semester-long courses in one language, beginning at the level determined by their language placement. A student who is prepared for advanced work may complete the requirement instead with two advanced free-standing semester-long courses in the foreign language(s) in which she is proficient.

Major Requirements

Requirements for the Spanish major are:

  • SPAN 110 (formerly 200, Introducción al análisis cultural)
  • SPAN 120 (formerly 202, Introducción al análisis literario)
  • four 200-level courses
  • three 300-level courses
  • and SPAN 398 (Senior Seminar)

Enrollment in a 200-level Spanish course at Bryn Mawr requires completion of SPAN 110 and/or SPAN 120, and enrollment in a 300-level course requires completion of a 200-level course in Spanish. Two courses must be in Peninsular literature, and one should focus on pre-1700 literature. Two courses must be writing intensive (WI). Students can satisfy this requirement by taking SPAN 120, SPAN 243, and other 200-level courses designated as WI for the semester. Students whose training includes advanced work may, with the permission of the department, be exempted from taking SPAN 110 and/or SPAN 120. SPAN 399 (Senior Essay) is for majors with a grade point average of 3.7 who seek to graduate with honors. It is optional and may not be counted as one of the 300-level requirements.

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 the 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 (LALIPC).

Teacher Certification

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

COURSES

SPAN B001 Beginning 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. Practice sessions with a language assistant.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Berard,K., Tamayo,A.
(Fall 2014)

SPAN B002 Beginning Spanish II
Grammar, composition, conversation, listening comprehension; readings from Spain, Spanish America and the Hispanic community in the United States. Practice sessions with a language assistant. Prerequisite: SPAN B001 or placement.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Arribas,I., Tamayo,A., Berard,K.
(Fall 2014, Spring 2015)

SPAN B101 Intermediate Spanish I
A thorough review of grammar with special emphasis on speaking, listening, reading, and writing (group activities and individual presentations). Readings from the Hispanic world. Additional practice and conversation sessions with a language assistant on Monday evenings. Prerequisite: SPAN 002 or placement.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Puig-Herz,A.
(Fall 2014, Spring 2015)

SPAN B102 Intermediate Spanish II
Continuation of a thorough review of grammar with special emphasis on reading and writing. Selected readings from the Hispanic world. Additional practice and conversation sessions with a language assistant on Monday evenings. Prerequisite: SPAN 101 or placement.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Arribas,I., Puig-Herz,A., Gaspar,M.
(Fall 2014, Spring 2015)

SPAN B110 Introducción al análisis cultural
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 is a requisite for the Spanish major. Prerequisite: SPAN 102 or placement.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Song,R., Gaspar,M.
(Fall 2014, Spring 2015)

SPAN B115 Focus: Taller del español escrito
This class will encompass a detailed review of Spanish grammar and writing techniques. We will examine the most challenging grammar topics for non-native speakers. A selection of readings will be the point of departure for acquiring a greater control of grammar and expanding vocabulary through a diverse range of writing exercises. This is a half-semester Focus course. Prerequisite: SPAN B102 or placement exam.
Units: 0.5
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

SPAN B117 Focus: Spanish Conversation and Performance
This is a half-semester focus course. Conducted in Spanish, this focus course further develops the audio-lingual skills that the students have acquired in their early Spanish language training. This course, designed to enhance students’ fluency and pronunciation in Spanish, combines a content-based language instruction with an interactive task-based approach. Students increase their aural/oral fluency through the use of theater exercises and short theatrical works, and through their participation in a variety of communicative activities such as poetry readings, dialogues, debates, group discussions, and presentations on a wide range of topics. Diverse readings, audio recordings and video screenings constitute the course materials.
Units: 0.5
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

SPAN B120 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 placement.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Intensive
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Gaspar,M., Sacerio-Garí,E., Quintero,M.
(Fall 2014, Spring 2015)

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. Prerequisites: SPAN B110 and/or B120 (previously SPAN B200/B202); or another SPAN 200-level course.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Quintero,M.
(Fall 2014)

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. Prerequisites: SPAN B110 and/or B120 (previously SPAN B200/B202); or another SPAN 200-level course.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Crosslisting(s): COML-B212
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

SPAN B217 Narratives of Latinidad
This course explores how Latina/o writers fashion bicultural and transnational identities and narrate the intertwined histories of the U.S. and Latin America. We will focus on topics of shared concern among Latino groups such as imperialism and annexation, the affective experience of migration, race and gender stereotypes, the politics of Spanglish, and struggles for social justice. By analyzing novels, poetry, performance art, testimonial narratives, films, and essays, we will unpack the complexity of Latinidad in the Americas.
Counts towards: Africana Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Crosslisting(s): ENGL-B217
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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. Prerequisites: SPAN B110 and/or B120 (previously SPAN B200/B202); or another SPAN 200-level course. Current topic description: Offered as a writing intensive course in Fall 2014.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Intensive
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Song,R.
(Fall 2014)

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. Prerequisites: SPAN B110 and/or B120 (previously SPAN B200/B202); or another SPAN 200-level course.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

SPAN B232 Encuentros culturales en América Latina
This course introduces canonical Latin American texts through translation scenes represented in them. Arranged chronologically since the first encounters during the conquest until contemporary times, the readings trace different modulations of a constant linguistic and cultural preoccupation with translation in Latin America. Translation scenes are analyzed through close reading, and then considered as barometers for understanding the broader cultural climate. Special emphasis is placed on key notions for literary analysis and translation studies, as well as for linking the literary text with cultural, social, political, and historical processes. Prerequisites: SPAN B110 and/or B120 (previously SPAN B200/B202); or another SPAN 200-level course.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

SPAN B237 The Latino Dictator Novel in the Americas
This course examines representations of dictatorship in Latin American and Latina/o novels. We will explore the relationship between narrative form and absolute power by analyzing the literary techniques writers use to contest authoritarianism. We will compare dictator novels from the United States, the Caribbean, Central America, and the Southern Cone.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Crosslisting(s): ENGL-B237; COML-B237
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

SPAN B242 José Martí y el equilibrio mundial
An introductory course on José Martí: the writer, the thinker, the revolutionary. Texts include selections from La Edad de Oro (a magazine for children), essays on the arts, the United States, Nuestra América, political struggle and interdependence (“world equilibrium”), a selection of his poetic works and a novella. Prerequisites: SPAN B110 and/or B120 (previously SPAN B200/B202); or another SPAN 200-level course.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Sacerio-Garí,E.
(Spring 2015)

SPAN B243 Tópicos en la literatura hispana
This is a topic course. Topics vary. SPAN B110 and/or B120 (previously SPAN B200/B202); or another 200-level.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Intensive
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Gaspar,M.
Spring 2015: Current topic description: The early writings of the New World straddle between history and fantasy, fact and legend. In this course, we will trace classic writings of this period when gold was as real as the Fountain of Youth, beginning with Columbus’ arrival, through the chronicles of conquest, to the fantastic travel narratives of the late 17th century.

SPAN B260 Ariel/Calibán y el discurso americano
A study of the transformations of Ariel/Calibán as images of Latin American culture. Prerequisites: SPAN B110 and/or B120 (previously SPAN B200/B202); or another SPAN 200-level course.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Crosslisting(s): COML-B260
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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. Prerequisites: SPAN B110 and/or B120 (previously SPAN B200/B202); or another SPAN 200-level course.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Puig-Herz,A.
(Spring 2015)

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, literature, painting, and film from Spain and Latin America, we will explore topics such as the construction of the (fictional) self, the poetics and politics of criminality, transgression in gender and class. Prerequisites: SPAN B110 and/or B120 (previously SPAN B200/B202); or another SPAN 200-level course.
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Crosslisting(s): COML-B271
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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. Prerequisite: At least one SPAN 200-level course.
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

SPAN B308 Teatro del Siglo de Oro: negociaciones de clase, género y poder
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. Prerequisite: At least one SPAN 200-level course.
Crosslisting(s): COML-B308
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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. Prerequisite: At least one SPAN 200-level course.
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

SPAN B311 Crimen y detectives en la narrativa hispánica contemporánea
An analysis of the rise of the hard-boiled 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. This course will be given in conjunction with Cities 229. Prerequisite: At least one SPAN 200-level course.
Crosslisting(s): COML-B312
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

SPAN B321 Del surrealismo al afrorealismo
Examines artistic texts that trace the development and relationships of surrealism, lo real maravilloso americano, realismo mágico and afrorealismo. Manifestos and literary works by Latin American authors will be emphasized: Miguel Angel Asturias, Alejo Carpentier, Gabriel García Márquez, Isabel Allende, Laura Esquivel, Quince Duncan. Prerequisite: At least one SPAN 200-level course.
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

SPAN B322 Queens, Nuns, and Other Deviants in the Early Modern Iberian World
The course examines literary, historical, and legal texts from the early modern Iberian world (Spain, Mexico, Peru) through the lens of gender studies. The course is divided around three topics: royal bodies (women in power), cloistered bodies (women in the convent), and delinquent bodies (figures who defy legal and gender normativity). Course is taught in English and is open to all juniors or seniors who have taken at least one 200-level course in a literature department. Students seeking Spanish credit must have taken BMC Spanish 110 and/or 120 and at least one other Spanish course at a 200-level, or received permission from instructor.
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Crosslisting(s): COML-B322
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Quintero,M.
(Fall 2014)

SPAN B323 Memoria y Guerra Civil
A look into the Spanish Civil War and its wide-ranging international significance as both the military and ideological testing ground for World War II. This course examines the endurance of myths related to this conflict and the cultural memory it has produced along with the current negotiations of the past that is taking place in democratic Spain. Prerequisite: At least one SPAN 200-level course.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Crosslisting(s): HIST-B323
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Song,R.
(Spring 2015)

SPAN B332 Novelas de las Américas
What do we gain by reading a Latin American or a US novel as “American” in the continental sense? What do we learn by comparing novels from “this” America to classics of the “other” Americas? Can we find through this Panamericanist perspective common aesthetics, interests, conflicts? In this course we will explore these questions by connecting and comparing major US novels with Latin American classics of the 20th and 21st century. We will read these works in clusters to illuminate aesthetic, political and cultural resonances and affinities. This course is taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: at least one SPAN 200-level course.
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Crosslisting(s): ENGL-B332; COML-B332
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Gaspar,M.
(Fall 2014)

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. Prerequisite: At least one SPAN 200-level course.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Sacerio-Garí,E.
(Fall 2014)

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. Prerequisite: At least one SPAN 200-level course.
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Sacerio-Garí,E.
(Spring 2015)

SPAN B398 Senior Seminar
The study of special topics, critical theory and approaches with primary emphasis on Hispanic literatures. A requirement for Spanish Majors. Topics will be prepared jointly with the students.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Sacerio-Garí,E.
(Fall 2014)

SPAN B399 Senior Essay
Available to Spanish majors whose proposals are approved by the department.
Units: 1.0
(Spring 2015)

SPAN B403 Supervised Work
Independent reading, conferences, and a long paper; offered to senior students recommended by the department.
Units: 1.0
(Fall 2014)