Spanish

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

Faculty

  • Francisco Angeles, Lecturer
  • Inés Arribas, Senior Lecturer in Spanish
  • Kaylea Berard, Senior Lecturer in Spanish
  • Martín Gaspar, Assistant Professor of Spanish (on leave semesters I & II)
  • María Cristina Quintero, Chair and Professor of Spanish, Co-Director of Comparative Literature and Co-Director of Romance Languages
  • Enrique Sacerio-Garí, Dorothy Nepper Marshall Professor of Hispanic and Hispanic-American Studies
  • Rosi Song, Associate Professor of Spanish and Acting Coordinator of Gender and Sexuality Studies

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. Three hundred-level courses deal intensively with individual authors, topics, or periods of special significance.

Students in all courses are encouraged 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, Iberian, and Latina/o Studies (LAILS).

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,
  • SPAN 398 (Senior Seminar)

The prerequisite for 200-level Spanish courses is the completion of SPAN 110 and/or SPAN 120. The prerequisite for 300-level courses is the completion of a 200-level course in Spanish. At least two courses for the major must be in Peninsular literature (Spain) and at least two in Latin American literature; one of the major courses should focus on pre-1700 literature. Two courses must be writing intensive (WI). Students can satisfy the writing requirement by taking SPAN 120, SPAN 243, and other 200-level courses designated as WI in any given 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 optional for majors with a grade point average of 3.7 who seek to graduate with honors. It 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 senior essay (SPAN 399), and the recommendation of the department.

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 (Spain).

Minor in Latin American, Iberian, and Latina/o Studies (LAILS)

The Department of Spanish participates with other departments in offering a minor in Latin American, Iberian, and Latina/o Studies (LAILS).

Teacher Certification

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

COURSES

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. There is a required additional hour conducted by a TA on Monday evenings. Prerequisite: SPAN 002 or placement.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Berard,K., Angeles,F.
(Fall 2016, Spring 2017)

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. The class meets three days a week with the instructor. There is a required additional hour, conducted with a student partner from Barcelona, Spain, via Skype. Prerequisite: SPAN 101 or placement.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Berard,K., Arribas,I.
(Fall 2016, Spring 2017)

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 American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Song,R., Angeles,F.
(Fall 2016, Spring 2017)

SPAN B115 Focus: Taller del español escrito

This is a half-semester Focus course. This class encompasses a detailed review of Spanish grammar and writing techniques. We examine the most challenging grammar topics for non-native speakers. A selection of readings is the point of departure for acquiring a greater control of grammar and expanding vocabulary through a diverse range of writing exercises. Prerequisite: SPAN B102 or Placement exam.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Units: 0.5
Instructor(s): Arribas,I.
(Spring 2017)

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 through 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.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Units: 0.5
Instructor(s): Arribas,I.
(Spring 2017)

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. This course is a requisite for the Spanish major. Prerequisite: SPAN 102, or placement.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Intensive
Counts towards: Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Sacerio-Garí,E.
(Fall 2016, Spring 2017)

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. Prerequiste: 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 American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Quintero,M.
(Fall 2016)

SPAN B209 Lo que hemos comido: Identidades en España

This course considers the relationship between the food we eat and our sense of identity in the context of regional identity politics in Spain. We will review the historical tension as they surface in diverse linguistic and cultural communities and currently challenged by the new wave of immigration to the peninsula. Amid this intersection of different cultures and practices, we will study how each region as turned to its traditional cuisine and local culinary products to strengthen their sense of regional identity while strategizing to communicate this uniqueness beyond the brand of “Spain” to the world. We will examine, for instance, how this new trend compares to the tourism industry endorsed by the dictatorship in the 1960s. This discussion will serve as a case study to explore how communities remember and narrate their own histories to themselves and to others, using concepts such as taste, terroir, memory, and identity. Students in the course will view films and read fiction, essays, and culinary essays from around Spain. Prerequisite: SPAN 120 or SPAN 110.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

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. Prerequisite: SPAN B110 and/or B120 (previously SPAN B200/B202); or another SPAN 200-level course.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Sacerio-Garí,E.
(Spring 2017)

SPAN B216 Introducción a la lingüística hispánica

A survey of the field of Hispanic linguistics. We will explore the sounds and sound patterns of Spanish (phonetics and phonology), how words are formed (morphology), the structure and interpretation of sentences (syntax and semantics), language use (pragmatics), the history and dialects of the Spanish language, and second language acquisition. Prerequisite: SPAN B110 or SPAN B120 or permission of the instructor. Critical Interpretation (CI)
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

SPAN B219 Focus: Imaginando Barcelona

An introduction to the textual and visual representation of the city of Barcelona, a key geographical, historical, political, and cultural referent for Spain and Catalonia. In this course we will read past and present texts that narrate the origins and the symbolic significance of this city and discuss recent films that capture the evolving experience of its residents, as a global destination for many and a city of immigrants. Prerequisite: SPAN B110 or SPAN B120.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Units: 0.5
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

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.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Intensive
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

SPAN B225 La poesía hispanoamericana

Study of poetic language from the Avant-garde movements to the present. Special attention to key figures. Prerequiste: Spanish 120 or another 200-level course.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Sacerio-Garí,E.
(Fall 2016)

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, Zayas, and a number of contemporary writers such as Marina Mayoral and Rosa Montero. Our approach will include formal and thematic considerations, and attention will be given to social and historical contexts. Prerequiste: SPAN B110 and/or B120; or another SPAN 200-level course.Critical Interpretation (CI) Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latino/a Studies.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

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. Prerequiste: 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 2016-2017)

SPAN B233 Focus: La Habana y sus textos

La Habana (a historical, artistic and literary crossroad) is studied in its intersemiotic complexity. Readings from the colonial period to the present. Authors included, among others: La Condesa de Merlín, Alexander von Humboldt, Alejo Carpentier, José Lezama Lima. Selective films by Fernando Pérez and other Cuban directors. Prerequisite: SPAN B110 or SPAN B120.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Units: 0.5
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

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. Prerequiste: SPAN B110 and/or B120 (previously SPAN B200/B202); or another SPAN 200-level course.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

SPAN B243 Temas de la literatura hispana

This is a topic course. Topics vary. Prerequisite: 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 American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Song,R.

Spring 2017: Migration in the Hispan World. An introduction to the narratives of immigration in the Hispanic world starting from the 19th century to the present. Immigrants from Spain have populated Latin American countries during different periods of the continent’s history. More recently, Latin Americans have migrated to the Iberian Peninsula in large numbers challenging Spain’s notion of cultural and ethnic homogeneity. Offered in English. For Spanish credit, students will do part of the reading, discussion in some additional sessions and all written assignments in Spanish. Current topic description: An introduction to the history of immigration in the Hispanic world starting from the 19th century to the present. Immigrants from Spain have populated Latin American countries during different periods of the continent’s history. More recently, Latin Americans have migrated to the Iberian Peninsula in large numbers challenging Spain’s notion of cultural and ethnic homogeneity. Offered in English. For Spanish credit, students will do part of the reading and all written assignments in Spanish.

SPAN B252 Compassion, Indignation, and Anxiety in Latin American Film

Stereotypically, Latin Americans are viewed as “emotional people”—often a euphemism to mean irrational, impulsive, wildly heroic, fickle. This course takes this expression at face value to ask: Are there particular emotions that identify Latin Americans? And, conversely, do these “people” become such because they share certain emotions? Can we find a correlation between emotions and political trajectories? To answer these questions, we will explore three types of films that seem to have, at different times, taken hold of the Latin American imagination and feelings: melodramas (1950s-1960s), documentaries (1970s-1990s), and “low-key” comedies (since 2000s.)
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Film Studies; Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

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. Prerequiste: 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 American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

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 American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

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.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

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 American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Quintero,M.
(Fall 2016)

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. Prerequisite: at least one SPAN 200-level course.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Song,R.
(Spring 2017)

SPAN B315 El futuro ya llegó: relatos del presente en América Latina

Taught in Spanish. In the 21st Century, “Here and now” is not what it used to be. There is no single “here” but instead multiple, coexisting realities (that of the cellphone, the street, the ‘world’.) There’s no clear present when the “now” is multiple. In this course we will explore 21st century Latin American shorts-stories, films, works of art, and novellas that synchronize with our contemporary circumstances—-fictions and representations where realities alternate, identities flow, and the world appears oddly out of scale. As contemporaries, you will also be asked to write fictions about life “here and now.” Throughout, we will keep two fundamental questions in mind: What is reality (here)? What is the contemporary (now)? Prerequisite: at least one SPAN 200-level course.
Counts towards: Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

SPAN B317 Poéticas del deseo y el poder en la lírica del Siglo de Oro

A study of the evolution of the lyric in Spain during the Renaissance and Baroque periods beginning with the oral tradition and the imitation of Petrarch. Topics include: the representation of women as objects of desire and pre-texts for writing, the political and national subtexts for lyric production, the self-fashioning and subjectivity of the lyric voice, theories of parody and imitation, and the feminine appropriation of the Petrarchan tradition. Although concentrating on the poetry of Spain, reading will include texts from Italy, France, England and Mexico. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisites: at least one 200-level course.
Counts towards: Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Quintero,M.
(Spring 2017)

SPAN B321 Surrealismo al afrorrealismo

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 American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

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 American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

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.
Counts towards: Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

SPAN B326 Voces trasplantadas: teoría y práctica de la traducción

Taught in Spanish. Translation has been argued to be both impossible and inevitable. Theoretically impossible, because no two languages are perfectly equivalent; practically inevitable, because cultures, and human beings, are constantly interpreting one another—and understanding themselves in the process. This course is an introduction to translation as a practice with linguistic, literary, and cultural implications. It is organized in three steps. We will begin by exploring the linguistic aspect of translation: the theories (and myths) about language difference and equivalence, and how they can be put into practice. Then we will focus on translating literary texts of different genres (from canonical epics to film, from poems to short stories and proverbs), and we will simultaneously examine how the various types of texts have spurred very different opinions about what is a good or bad translation, what is desirable, and what is not. Finally, we will trace the role of translation in cultural exchanges, as well as its defining presence in contemporary debates on “world literature.” Prerequisite: At least one 200 level Spanish course.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

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 American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

SPAN B350 Lo fantástico y 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.
Counts towards: Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

SPAN B351 Tradición y revolución: Cuba y su literatura

An examination of Cuba, its history and its literature with emphasis on the analysis of cultural and economic transformations. Major topics include slavery and resistance; Cuba’s struggles for freedom; changing cultural policies and film of the Revolution. Prerequisite: at least one SPAN 200-level course.
Counts towards: Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Sacerio-Garí,E.
(Fall 2016)

SPAN B398 Senior Seminar

The study of special topics, critical theory and approaches with primary emphasis on Hispanic literatures. A requirement for all Spanish Majors. Some topics and readings will be prepared in consultation with the students.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Song,R.
(Fall 2016)

SPAN B399 Senior Essay

Available to Spanish majors whose proposals are approved by the department.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

SPAN B403 Supervised Work

Independent reading, conferences, and a long paper; offered to senior students recommended by the department.
Units: 1.0
(Fall 2016, Spring 2017)

COML 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).
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

ENGL 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 struggles for social justice, the damaging effects of machismo and racial hierarchies, the politics of Spanglish, and the affective experience of migration. By analyzing a range of cultural production, including novels, poetry, testimonial narratives, films, activist art, and essays, we will unpack the complexity of Latinidad in the Americas.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Africana Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Harford Vargas,J.
(Fall 2016)

ENGL B236 Latina/o Culture and the Art of Migration

Gloria Anzaldúa has famously described the U.S.-Mexico border as an open wound and the border culture that arises from this fraught site as a third country. This course will explore how Chicana/os and Latina/os creatively represent different kinds of migrations across geo-political borders and between cultural traditions to forge transnational identities and communities. We will use cultural production as a lens for understanding how citizenship status, class, gender, race, and language shape the experiences of Latin American migrants and their Latina/o children. We will also analyze alternative metaphors and discourses of resistance that challenge anti-immigrant rhetoric and reimagine the place of undocumented migrants and Latina/os in contemporary U.S. society. Over the course of the semester, we will probe the role that literature, art, film, and music can play in the struggle for migrants’ rights and minority civil rights, querying how the imagination and aesthetics can contribute to social justice. We will examine a number of different genres, as well as read and apply key theoretical texts on the borderlands and undocumented migration.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Harford Vargas,J.
(Spring 2017)

ENGL B237 Latino Dictator Novel in 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 American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

SPAN B001 Beginning Spanish I

Develops basic communicative skills in both oral and written Spanish. Introduces students to different aspects of Hispanic and Latino cultures. Assumes no previous study of Spanish. The Tuesday class is a mandatory practice session with a teaching assistant.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Arribas,I., Angeles,F.
(Fall 2016)

SPAN B002 Beginning Spanish II

Second course of the First-year Spanish language sequence. Designed to develop basic communicative skills in both oral and written Spanish. Students are exposed to different aspects of Hispanic and Latino cultures. The Tuesday class is a mandatory practice session with a teaching assistant. Prerequisite: SPAN B001 or placement.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Arribas,I., Angeles,F., Berard,K.
(Fall 2016, Spring 2017)