Courses

This page displays the schedule of Bryn Mawr courses in this department for this academic year. It also displays descriptions of courses offered by the department during the last four academic years.

For information about courses offered by other Bryn Mawr departments and programs or about courses offered by Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges, please consult the Course Guides page.

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Spring 2024 SPAN

Course Title Schedule/Units Meeting Type Times/Days Location Instr(s)
SPAN B002-001 Beginning Spanish II Semester / 1 Lecture: 8:10 AM-9:00 AM MWF Taylor Hall F
Berard,K., Berard,K.
Lecture: 7:55 AM-8:45 AM TTH Taylor Hall F
SPAN B002-002 Beginning Spanish II Semester / 1 LEC: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWF Taylor Hall F
Bishop,S., Bishop,S.
Lecture: 8:55 AM-9:45 AM TTH Taylor Hall F
SPAN B002-003 Beginning Spanish II Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWF Taylor Hall E
Berard,K., Berard,K.
Lecture: 8:55 AM-9:45 AM TTH Taylor Hall E
SPAN B002-004 Beginning Spanish II Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWF Taylor Hall F
Berard,K., Berard,K.
Lecture: 9:55 AM-10:45 AM TTH Taylor Hall F
SPAN B101-001 Intermediate Spanish Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWF Taylor Hall G
Arribas,I.
SPAN B101-002 Intermediate Spanish Semester / 1 LEC: 12:10 PM-1:00 PM MWF Taylor Hall G
Arribas,I.
SPAN B102-001 Advanced Language Through Culture Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWF Taylor Hall G
Arribas,I.
SPAN B102-002 Advanced Language Through Culture Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWF Old Library 102
Martinez Bachrich,R.
SPAN B102-003 Advanced Language Through Culture Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:10 PM-1:00 PM MWF Old Library 102
Martinez Bachrich,R.
SPAN B120-001 Introducción al análisis literario Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH Taylor Hall F
Quintero,M.
SPAN B120-002 Introducción al análisis literario Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:25 PM-3:45 PM TTH Taylor Hall E
Suárez Ontaneda,J.
SPAN B208-001 Drama y sociedad en España Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:25 PM-3:45 PM TTH Taylor Hall F
Quintero,M.
SPAN B244-001 Latinoamérica en shuffle: desde el Popol Vuh hasta la cumbia Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH Taylor Hall E
Suárez Ontaneda,J.
SPAN B315-001 El futuro ya llegó: relatos del presente en América Latina Semester / 1 LEC: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MW Taylor Hall C
Gaspar,M.
SPAN B317-001 Poéticas de poder y deseo en el Siglo de Oro español Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:10 PM-4:00 PM W Taylor Hall B
Quintero,M.
SPAN B403-001 Supervised Work 1 Dept. staff, TBA
GNST B245-001 Introduction to Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM-2:30 PM MW Taylor Hall C
Gaspar,M.

Fall 2024 SPAN

(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)

Spring 2025 SPAN

(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)

2023-24 Catalog Data: SPAN

SPAN B001 Beginning Spanish I

Fall 2023

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.

Course does not meet an Approach

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SPAN B002 Beginning Spanish II

Spring 2024

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. Students who receive a 3.3 or above in this course may enroll in SPAN 101 the following semester. Students who receive a 3.0 or less must take SPAN 100. Prerequisite: SPAN B001 or placement.

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SPAN B100 Basic Intermediate Spanish

Fall 2023

A review of grammar with emphasis on all language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing, with group activities and individual presentations. A variety of readings from the Hispanic world will be included. The course meets for five 50-minute sessions per week: three with the instructor, one with a TA on Monday evenings, and one mandatory study group session. Prerequisite: SPAN 002 or placement or instructor's permission.

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SPAN B101 Intermediate Spanish

Fall 2023, Spring 2024

This course focuses on developing vocabulary and grammatical structures in all language skills in Spanish. A variety of readings from the Hispanic world will be included. The class meets three times a week with the instructor and there is one additional required 50-minute practice session with a teaching assistant on Monday evenings.

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SPAN B102 Advanced Language Through Culture

Fall 2023, Spring 2024

This course stresses mastery of complex grammatical constructions through selected readings from the Spanish-speaking world in a global context: art, folklore, geography, literature, sociopolitical issues, and multicultural perspectives. Written and oral proficiency is emphasized, with special emphasis on reading and writing. The class meets three hours a week with the instructor and there is an additional required 50-minute practice session with a teaching assistant on Monday evenings. Prerequisite: SPAN 101 or placement or instructor's permission.

Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

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SPAN B120 Introducción al análisis literario

Fall 2023, Spring 2024

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. This course can satisfy the Writing Intensive (WI) requirement for the Spanish major. Critical Interpretation (CI). Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies.

Writing Intensive

Critical Interpretation (CI)

Counts Toward Latin American,Iberian,Latinx

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SPAN B208 Drama y sociedad en España

Spring 2024

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 B120; or another SPAN 200-level course. Critical Interpretation (CI). Inquiry into the Past (IP). Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies.

Critical Interpretation (CI)

Inquiry into the Past (IP)

Counts Toward Latin American,Iberian,Latinx

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SPAN B211 Borges y sus lectores

Not offered 2023-24

Primary emphasis on Borges and his poetics of reading; other writers are considered to illustrate the semiotics of texts, society, and traditions. Prerequisite: SPAN B120; or another SPAN 200-level course. Critical Interpretation (CI). Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies.

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SPAN B212 Representing Mexico: History, Politics, and Culture through Humor

Not offered 2023-24

This course will examine Mexican society through the lens of humor. Humorous production has a long history in Mexico, from the first Latin American novel, El Periquillo Sarniento by José Fernández de Lizardi, to the current representation of the "War on drugs". Hence, humor has served as a critical tool through which we can understand the country's reality-as it is perceived, imagined, and projected-, as well as its historical, social, and political implications. Through our readings and discussions, we will explore how humor has predominantly been used to question and delegitimize dominant discourses, but, at the same time, it has served to uphold the status quo in some of its representations. Likewise, our course materials will highlight how humor has served as a medium to advocate for greater democratizing practices, such as women's integration into the sociopolitical sphere. We will approach humor and its representation of Mexican society in a variety of formats such as: narrative, chronicle, essay, theater, film, political cartoon, and performance. Prerequisites: SPAN B120; or SPAN 200-level course or placement

Writing Intensive

Course does not meet an Approach

Counts Toward Latin American,Iberian,Latinx

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SPAN B216 Introducción a la lingüística hispánica

Not offered 2023-24

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 B120 or permission of the instructor. Critical Interpretation (CI)

Critical Interpretation (CI)

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SPAN B231 El cuento y novela corta en España

Not offered 2023-24

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 Mayoral and Montero. Our approach will include formal and thematic considerations, and attention will be given to sociopolitical and historical contexts. Prerequiste: SPAN B120; or another SPAN 200-level course.

Critical Interpretation (CI)

Inquiry into the Past (IP)

Counts Toward Latin American,Iberian,Latinx

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SPAN B232 Encuentros culturales en América Latina

Not offered 2023-24

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. Prerequisite: SPAN B120 or another SPAN 200-level course.

Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

Inquiry into the Past (IP)

Counts Toward International Studies

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SPAN B238 El giro visual en España(1960-2020): de la censura a Netflix

Not offered 2023-24

In 50 years, Spain went from living under the last dictatorship in Europe to becoming one of the late cultural capitalism benchmarks. This course explores the tensions between tradition and modernity or between authoritarianism and rupture in contemporary Spain's media and cultural consumption. We will pay special attention to the impact of technological changes in film, television, and new media -from Berlanga and Saura's movies in the 60s to the expansion of Spanish series on online platforms such as Netflix and HBO. Course will be taught in Spanish.

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SPAN B239 Escribir la naturaleza: Animales y plantas en la literatura latinoamericana

Not offered 2023-24

What role does literature play in this age of ecological crisis and natural disasters? How has literature often mediated the relationships between the human and the non-human? How does nature writings in Latin America reflect, problematize and criticize the intense "geological fault" of anthropocentrism? From the earliest days of the exploration and conquest of the American continent, the texts of the Europeans set a repertoire of obsessions in which looking at or imagining nature became a constant. Plants and animals, since then, became a recurring topic. Described first as wonders or horrors, with time they will be scientifically and politically loaded. By the 20th century, the fictionalization of plants and animals has been one of the central concerns of Latin American literature, opening, thus, a fertile ground for textual explorations from the perspective of ecocriticism. This course will analyze the place of plants and animals in Latin American literature: how they reveal the relationships between the human and the environment (the landscape and other non-human life forms). We will explore, then, the place of the zoological and botanical at the heart of some of the literary proposals of many different authors who invite us to think about the multiple tensions between human and non-human, nature and culture, ecology and aesthetics, science and literature.This course will be taught in Spanish.

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SPAN B241 Poetics of Social Justice: Minorities in Spain

Not offered 2023-24

This course, conducted in Spanish, is organized around political, cultural and social issues that concern ethnic minorities in Spain, particularly the Roma (gitanos) and the immigrants from Latin America and Africa. We will start by placing in its historical context the question of race and racism in Spain as a sociopolitical construct and a system of oppression. When studying the Roma people, we will discuss how flamenco art is a direct response to issues of discrimination and persecution, a means of resistance and a form of activism. At the same time that we will learn the basics of flamenco dance, we will consider the role of this art in areas such as religion, politics, and studies of race and gender. Our approach to immigration issues will consider topics of power relations, race, gender and class under new lenses such as decolonization, human rights and social justice. The readings in this course will include a diversity of original materials (plays, narrations, poetry, testimonies, newspaper articles, documentaries or films). Students will write reflections, analysis and responses on these texts, which will then be transformed into creative writing pieces such as dialogues, poems, short stories, blogs and other creative expressions, which will be shared with the class though presentations and performance.

Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

Counts Toward Latin American,Iberian,Latinx

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SPAN B243 Temas de la literatura hispana

Section 001 (Fall 2023): Desde "la oscura raiz del grito": afectos y emocio

Fall 2023

This is a topic course. Topics vary. Prerequisite: SPAN B120; or another 200-level. This course can satisfy the Writing Intensive (WI) requirement for the Spanish major.

Current topic description: The early writings of the New World straddle between history and fantasy, fact and legend. This period is rich in chronicles that made no distinction between real and imaginary places and creatures, at a time when ambitious colonial enterprises were guided by myths (finding El Dorado, the Fountain of Youth, Paradise.) This course examines fantasies of imperial imagination that have persisted to this day by looking at both early chronicles and recent films. Critical Interpretation (CI). Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies.

Current topic description: Desde "la oscura raiz del grito": afectos y emociones en la obra de García Lorca: The poems and plays written by Federico García Lorca during the first half of the 20th century are full of what Sianne Ngai calls "ugly feelings": shame, anxiety, fear, envy, sorrow, jealousy, pain. These "minor and generally unprestigious" emotions have, however, the power to teach us important lessons that resonate with real social and historical experiences and truths. They often appear as the impossibility of desire to find its way, or life impulses to overcome the attraction of death, or the quest for freedom facing, time and again, different forms of power and tyranny. What cannot fully become life, García Lorca makes it breathe through powerful images and verbal music. This course will explore, through the lens of affect theory, a selection of García Lorca's poetry (Romancero gitano, Poeta en Nueva York, Llanto por Ignacio Sánchez Mejía, Sonetos del amor oscuro) and tragedies (Yerma, Bodas de sangre, La casa de Bernarda Alba), literary pieces that also come, as García Lorca himself would say, from "the quivering dark roots of the scream". Taught in Spanish.

Writing Intensive

Critical Interpretation (CI)

Counts Toward Latin American,Iberian,Latinx

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SPAN B244 Latinoamérica en shuffle: desde el Popol Vuh hasta la cumbia

Spring 2024

The sacred book of the Quiché nation (present-day Guatemala), the Popol Vuh (circa 1544), begins as follows: "This is the account of how all was in suspense, all calm, in silence; all motionless, still, and the expanse of the sky was empty" (Recinos 81). The soundtrack of the beginning of the world, for the Quiché people, was silence. Almost five centuries after the Popol Vuh was written, the soundtrack of the world for Ulises, the protagonist of the Mexican film Ÿa no estoy aquí" (Frías 2020), is made up of the slowed-down cumbias he listens to in his MP3 as he crosses the U.S.-Mexico border. Beginning with Popol Vuh, and ending with "Ya no estoy aquí," this class will examine the uses of sound, silence, noise, and music in Latin American literature, film, paintings, and performance. During class, we will spend time examining the creative uses of sound, and the following questions will guide our readings: What is the sound of social interactions such as protests, insults, speeches, jokes, and mockery? Is silence a tool for policing, or a tool for escaping? What is the relationship between sound and the representation of gender, race, and ethnicity? How does technology shape the way we listen? Is noise a frontier between the human and the non-human? At the end of the semester, students will choose between curating a thematic playlist in Spanish using Spotify, producing a podcast about a work of literature/film/performance not studied in the course, or adapting a work examined during the semester using the radionovela format. Prerequisites: SPAN B120.

Critical Interpretation (CI)

Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

Counts Toward Latin American,Iberian,Latinx

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

Fall 2023

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.) Course is taught in Spanish

Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

Counts Toward Film Studies

Counts Toward Latin American,Iberian,Latinx

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SPAN B260 Ariel/Calibán: colonialismo y neocolonialismo

Not offered 2023-24

A study of the transformations of Ariel/Calibán as images of Latin American and Caribbean cultures. Prerequisite: B120 or another SPAN 200-level course.

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SPAN B307 Cervantes

Not offered 2023-24

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. Course fulfills pre-1700 requirement and HC's pre-1898 requirement

Counts Toward International Studies

Counts Toward Latin American,Iberian,Latinx

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

Fall 2023

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. Course fulfills pre-1700 requirement and HC's pre-1898 requirement. Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies. Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies.

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Counts Toward Latin American,Iberian,Latinx

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SPAN B312 Latin American and Latino Art and the Question of the Masses

Not offered 2023-24

The course examines the ways in which Latin American and Latino texts (paintings, murals, sculptures, and some narratives) construct "minor," "featureless" and "anonymous" characters, thus demarcating how and which members of society can and cannot advance a plot, act independently and/or be agents of change. By focusing the attention on what is de-emphasized, we will explore how artistic works, through their form, are themselves political actors in the social life of Latin America, the US, and beyond. We will also consider the place of Latin American and Latino Art in the US imaginary and in institutions such as museums and galleries. Prerequisites: 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 120 and at least one other Spanish course at a 200-level, or received permission from instructor. Course does not meet an Approach. Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies. Counts toward Museum Studies.

Writing Attentive

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Counts Toward International Studies

Counts Toward Latin American,Iberian,Latinx

Counts Toward Museum Studies

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

Spring 2024

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 Toward Latin American,Iberian,Latinx

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SPAN B317 Poéticas de poder y deseo en el Siglo de Oro español

Spring 2024

The poetry cultivated during the Renaissance and Baroque Spain was not an idle aesthetic practice. We discover in the rich poetic practice of the era preoccupations with historical, social and political themes, including discourses of power and empire, racial difference, and the representation of women as objects of desire. In addition, we will consider the self-fashioning and subjectivity of the lyric voice, theories of parody and imitation, and the feminine appropriation of the male poetic tradition. Although the course will deal primarily with the poetry of Spain, readings will include texts from Italy, France, England, and Mexico. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisites: at least one 200-level course.

Counts Toward Latin American,Iberian,Latinx

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SPAN B321 Surrealismo al afrorrealismo

Not offered 2023-24

Examines artistic texts that trace the development and relationships of surrealism, lo real maravilloso americano, realismo mágico and afrorrealismo. 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, Lucía Charún-Illescas. Prerequisite: a 200-level Spanish course

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SPAN B324 Ideologías del Franquismo: arte, cultura, educación

Not offered 2023-24

This course offers a panoramic view of the building of Francoism as an ideology over the longest authoritarian regime in Western society during the 20th century (1939-1975). Through the study of its cultural, artistic, and mediatic expressions, as well as other national institutions such as education and religion, this course addresses the connections between cultural representations and the social, political, and economic experiences lived in Spain during that period. These representations will consist mainly of those produced during the Franco regime with comparisons to the contemporary era. Some of the issues we will focus on are the Spanish Civil War, international isolation and autarky, repression and exile, and censorship as a strategy of Francoist ideology, among many others. Prerequisite: At least one SPAN 200-level course

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SPAN B326 Voces trasplantadas: teoría y práctica de la traducción

Not offered 2023-24

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.

Counts Toward International Studies

Counts Toward Latin American,Iberian,Latinx

Counts Toward Praxis Program

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SPAN B330 La novela de formación femenina en América Latina

Not offered 2023-24

Perhaps the most successful novelistic genre is the Bildungsroman or "coming-of-age": novels that follow the development of a person from youth to adulthood, from inexperienced to mature. But what happens when these protagonists are women, often facing the hurdles of societies that impede or limit growth and choice? Since the 19th Century, Latin American female authors have explored the struggles of "growth" and the various models of womanhood available in their societies. In this course, we will read a total of six Latin American Bilgunsromane of the 19th, 20th, and 21st century written by women authors from various countries. We will look at normative definitions and expectations of coming-of-age novels and how these authors created new options for themselves, for their characters, and for their readers.

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SPAN B332 Novelas de las Américas

Not offered 2023-24

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.

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SPAN B333 La invención de América: Escrituras europeas del Nuevo Mundo

Not offered 2023-24

Beginning in 1492, Spanish explorers, soldiers, and friars visited, noted, and imagined what they initially would call the New World. According to Alfonso Reyes, America was for Europe, rather than a sudden and new reality, a complete poetic invention. The astonished -pleased, marveled, horrified- writings of newly arrived Spaniards drew not only the real components of a vast and very different world from the European one, but also the fictional components: everything obscure, remote, or misunderstood that experience or the senses could not grasp, and the powers of imagination would. This course seeks to explore some of the key texts of the "invention of America" (Reyes) in the first centuries of the Conquest and Colonization. Our goal is to analyze how "the imperial eye" (Pratt) looked at and noted the American lands -its men and women, its cultures and wealth- projecting on them its oldest fears, fantasies, ambitions, and hopes: America was also "a new Europe", says Ángel Rosenblat, with all the political, literary and epistemic weight that such an idea implies. We will work with fragments of stories, chronicles, and poems on the following thematic axes: the first contacts, a rich and abundant nature (pearls, gold, silver, fish, fruits, spices, wood), the great Mesoamerican cultures, the Andean "empire", the extreme south and the eternal horizon, the interior lands and their immense rivers and mountains, the "bestiary of the Indies", the American myths (El Dorado, the Amazons) and some of the great and tragic historical native American figures as they were perceived and written by the Spaniards. Prerequisite: At least one SPAN 200 level course

Writing Attentive

Course does not meet an Approach

Counts Toward International Studies

Counts Toward Latin American,Iberian,Latinx

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SPAN B336 Afro-Diasporic Networks in Latin America

Fall 2023

This interdisciplinary seminar will center the artistic and intellectual production of Afro-Latin American and Afro-Latinx thinkers across the Americas from 1492 to the present day. The class will be divided into four thematic units: Time, Space, Memory, and the Body. In each thematic unit, we will first read about how Black thinkers have theorized those concepts, and then we will analyze primary texts that dialogue directly with said theme. For example, during the Space unit, we will read the work of Afro-Brazilian geographer Milton Santos. Then we will read the novel by Afro-Colombian writer Manuel Zapata Olivella Chambacú corral de negros (1963), paying particular attention to issues of space. Course is taught in Spanish.

Writing Attentive

Power, Inequity, and Justice (PIJ)

Counts Toward Latin American,Iberian,Latinx

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SPAN B351 Tradición y revolución: Cuba y su literatura

Not offered 2023-24

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 toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies.

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SPAN B370 Literatura y delincuencia

Not offered 2023-24

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 fictive self, the poetics and politics of criminality, transgression in gender and class. Among the topics to be discussed: criminalization of poverty, prostitution, and the feminine picaresque. Prerequiste: At least one SPAN 200-level course. Course fulfills pre-1700 requirement and HC's pre-1898 requirement.

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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.

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SPAN B400 Senior Essay

Available only to Spanish majors whose proposals are approved by the department, Students must identify a faculty member as director of the essay during the Fall semester of the senior year.

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SPAN B403 Supervised Work

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

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ENGL B217 Narratives of Latinidad

Not offered 2023-24

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.

Critical Interpretation (CI)

Counts Toward Africana Studies

Counts Toward Gender/Sex Studies (Min/Conc)

Counts Toward Latin American,Iberian,Latinx

Counts Toward Praxis Program

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ENGL B237 Cultural Memory and State-Sanctioned Violence in Latinx Literature

Fall 2023

This course examines how Latinx literature grapples with state-sanctioned violence, cultural memory, and struggles for justice in the Americas. Attending to the histories of dictatorship and civil war in Central and South America, we will focus on a range of genres-including novels, memoir, poetry, film, and murals-to explore how memory and the imagination can contest state-sanctioned violence, how torture and disappearances haunt the present, how hetereopatriarchal and white supremacist discourses are embedded in authoritarian regimes, and how U.S. imperialism has impacted undocumented migration. Throughout the course we will analyze the various creative techniques Latinx cultural producers use to resist violence and imagine justice.

Critical Interpretation (CI)

Counts Toward Gender/Sex Studies (Min/Conc)

Counts Toward Latin American,Iberian,Latinx

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GNST B245 Introduction to Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

Spring 2024

A broad, interdisciplinary survey of themes uniting and dividing societies from the Iberian Peninsula to the Americas. The class introduces the methods and interests of all departments in the concentration, posing problems of cultural continuity and change, globalization and struggles within dynamic histories, political economies, and creative expressions. Course is taught in English.

Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

Power, Inequity, and Justice (PIJ)

Counts Toward International Studies

Counts Toward Latin American,Iberian,Latinx

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Department of Spanish

Old Library 103
Bryn Mawr College
101 N. Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899
Phone: 610-526-5198
Fax: 610-526-7479

Martín Gaspar, Chair
Phone: 610-526-5681
mgaspar@brynmawr.edu

Oliva Cardona, Program Assistant
Phone: 610-526-5198
ocardona@brynmawr.edu