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Students must choose a major subject and may choose a minor subject. Students may also select from one of seven concentrations, which are offered to enhance a student's work in the major or minor and to focus work on a specific area of interest.

Concentrations are an intentional cluster of courses already offered by various academic departments or through general programs. These courses may also be cross-listed in several academic departments. Therefore, when registering for a course that counts toward a concentration, a student should register for the course listed in her major or minor department. If the concentration course is not listed in her major or minor department, the student may enroll in any listing of that course.

Fall 2017

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
ENGL B320-001Black Feminist LiteratureSemester / 1LEC: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHDalton Hall 119Sullivan,M.
HIST B212-001Pirates, Travelers, and Natural Historians: 1492-1750Semester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MWTaylor Hall GGallup-Diaz,I.
HIST B215-001Europe and the Other 1492-1800Semester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWTaylor Hall EGallup-Diaz,I.
SOCL B235-001Mexican-American CommunitiesSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHTaylor Hall EMontes,V.
SPAN B110-001Análisis cultural y grámatica en contextoSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWCollege Hall 111Song,R.
SPAN B120-001Introducción al análisis literarioSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHCollege Hall 116Sacerio-Garí,E.
SPAN B234-001El cuento de lo fantástico en HispanoaméricaFirst Half / 0.5Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWCollege Hall 116Sacerio-Garí,E.
SPAN B260-001Ariel/Calibán y el discurso americanoSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHCollege Hall 102Sacerio-Garí,E.
SPAN B318-001Adaptaciones literarias en el cine españolSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TDalton Hall 212ASong,R.
SPAN B370-001Literatura y delincuenciaSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MWDalton Hall 6Quintero,M.

Spring 2018

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
ANTH B288-001Global Latin AmericaSemester / 1LEC: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHDalton Hall 2Campoamor,L.
CITY B229-001Topics in Comparative Urbanism: Global SuburbiaSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWCollege Hall 116McDonogh,G.
ENGL B239-001African American PoetrySemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWEnglish House ISullivan,M.
GNST B245-001Introduction to Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o StudiesSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWTaylor Hall BGaspar,M.
HIST B127-001Indigenous Leaders 1492-1750Semester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWTaylor Hall EGallup-Diaz,I.
HIST B371-001Topics in Atlantic History: The Early Modern Pirate in Fact and FictionSemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM FCollege Hall 102Gallup-Diaz,I.
SOCL B246-001Sociology of Migration: A Cross-Cultural Overview of Contemporary ChallengesSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWTaylor Hall DMontes,V.
SPAN B110-001Análisis cultural y grámatica en contextoSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWTaylor Hall BGaspar,M.
SPAN B120-001Introducción al análisis literarioSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHCollege Hall 116Quintero,M.
SPAN B231-001El cuento y novela corta en EspañaSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHCarpenter Library 17Quintero,M.
SPAN B265-001Escritoras españolas: entre tradición, renovación y migraciónSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHCollege Hall 116Song,R.
SPAN B315-001El futuro ya llegó: relatos del presente en América LatinaSemester / 1Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM THCollege Hall 118Gaspar,M.
SPAN B323-001Memoria y Guerra CivilSemester / 1Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM TCollege Hall 116Song,R.

Fall 2018

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

2017-18 Catalog Data

HIST B200 The Atlantic World 1492-1800
Not offered 2017-18
The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of the way in which peoples, goods, and ideas from Africa, Europe. and the Americas came together to form an interconnected Atlantic World system. The course is designed to chart the manner in which an integrated system was created in the Americas in the early modern period, rather than to treat the history of the Atlantic World as nothing more than an expanded version of North American, Caribbean, or Latin American history.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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CITY B229 Topics in Comparative Urbanism
Section 001 (Spring 2017): Colonial and Post-Colonial Cities
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Global Suburbia
Spring 2018
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: City, Nature and Culture - Creativity, sprawl, alienation, mobility, nature and artifice --what do developments beyond the metropolis tell us about urban life. Probing suburban places, experiences, imagery and reforms around Paris, Hong Kong, Buenos Aires and Philadelphia, this required major writing seminar examines suburbs for both problems from the past and ideas for the future.

Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o

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GERM B231 Cultural Profiles in Modern Exile
Not offered 2017-18
This course investigates the anthropological, philosophical, psychological, cultural, and literary aspects of modern exile. It studies exile as experience and metaphor in the context of modernity, and examines the structure of the relationship between imagined/remembered homelands and transnational identities, and the dialectics of language loss and bi- and multi-lingualism. Particular attention is given to the psychocultural dimensions of linguistic exclusion and loss. Readings of works by Julia Alvarez, Albert Camus, Ana Castillo, Sigmund Freud, Eva Hoffman, Maxine Hong Kingston, Milan Kundera, Friedrich Nietzsche, Salman Rushdie, W. G. Sebald, Kurban Said, and others.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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ANTH B288 Global Latin America
Spring 2018
This course will explore how the region has been constituted and shaped by global forces and how Latin America and its people also influence the world on a global scale. We will focus on three historical moments - the colonial encounter, the Cold War, and the neoliberal era - and their legacies. Guiding questions will include: how has the patriarchal system instituted under Spanish colonialism influenced ideas about gender, race, and religion? How does the legacy of U.S. Cold War intervention in Latin America subtly play out in within contemporary discussions about democracy, human rights, and development? How have neoliberal policies produced a discourse of economic growth that ignores increasing economic polarization in the region? How do these broad structures of power influence the everyday lives of Latin Americans? The course will focus primarily, although not exclusively, on South America.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Counts toward International Studies

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CITY B229 Topics in Comparative Urbanism
Section 001 (Spring 2017): Colonial and Post-Colonial Cities
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Global Suburbia
Spring 2018
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: City, Nature and Culture - Creativity, sprawl, alienation, mobility, nature and artifice --what do developments beyond the metropolis tell us about urban life. Probing suburban places, experiences, imagery and reforms around Paris, Hong Kong, Buenos Aires and Philadelphia, this required major writing seminar examines suburbs for both problems from the past and ideas for the future.

Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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GNST B245 Introduction to Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Spring 2018
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)
Counts toward Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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SPAN B211 Borges y sus lectores
Not offered 2017-18
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.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o

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COML B225 Censorship: Historical Contexts, Local Practices and Global Resonance
Not offered 2017-18
The course is in English. It examines the ban on books and art in a global context through a study of the historical and sociopolitical conditions of censorship practices. The course raises such questions as how censorship is used to fortify political power, how it is practiced locally and globally, who censors, what are the categories of censorship, how censorship succeeds and fails, and how writers and artists write and create against and within censorship. The last question leads to an analysis of rhetorical strategies that writers and artists employ to translate the expression of repression, trauma, and torture into idioms of resistance. German majors/minors can get German Studies credit. Prerequisite: EMLY B001 or a 100-level intensive writing course.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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GERM B231 Cultural Profiles in Modern Exile
Not offered 2017-18
This course investigates the anthropological, philosophical, psychological, cultural, and literary aspects of modern exile. It studies exile as experience and metaphor in the context of modernity, and examines the structure of the relationship between imagined/remembered homelands and transnational identities, and the dialectics of language loss and bi- and multi-lingualism. Particular attention is given to the psychocultural dimensions of linguistic exclusion and loss. Readings of works by Julia Alvarez, Albert Camus, Ana Castillo, Sigmund Freud, Eva Hoffman, Maxine Hong Kingston, Milan Kundera, Friedrich Nietzsche, Salman Rushdie, W. G. Sebald, Kurban Said, and others.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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SPAN B260 Ariel/Calibán y el discurso americano
Fall 2017
A study of the transformations of Ariel/Calibán as images of Latin American culture. Prerequisite: SPAN B110 and/or B120 (previously SPAN B200/B202); or another SPAN 200-level course.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o

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SPAN B317 Poéticas del deseo y el poder en la lírica del Siglo de Oro
Not offered 2017-18
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 toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latina/o Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o

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SPAN B322 Queens, Nuns, and Other Deviants in the Early Modern Iberian World
Not offered 2017-18
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 toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o

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SPAN B332 Novelas de las Américas
Not offered 2017-18
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 toward Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o

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ENGL B345 Topics in Narrative Theory
Section 001 (Fall 2016): Theory of the Ethnic Novel
Not offered 2017-18
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o

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SPAN B370 Literatura y delincuencia
Fall 2017
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.
Counts toward Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o

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ENGL B217 Narratives of Latinidad
Not offered 2017-18
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 and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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ENGL B236 Latina/o Culture and the Art of Migration
Not offered 2017-18
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.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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ENGL B239 African American Poetry
Spring 2018
This course explores the work of black poets in the Americas. Focusing on a range of poetic forms from the 18th century through the present, we will consider key questions that have animated the works of black poets in North America and the Caribbean, and how they have used poetic strategy to engage these questions. How do black poets explore black political and social life in various historical and geographical contexts? How do they use particular formal strategies (for example, form poetry, free verse, narrative poetry, and experimental modes) to interrogate notions of blackness? How do political movements around gender, class, and sexuality factor in? As we approach these questions, we will consider important critical conversations on African American poetry and poetics, examining how both well-known and underexplored poets use form to complicate blackness and imagine various forms of freedom. Our work will take us through several poetic genres and forms, including print works, performance poetry, hip hop music, and digital media. Throughout our analysis, we will consider how discourses on gender, sexuality, class, national and transnational identity, and other engagements with difference shape black poetic expression, both historically and in our current moment.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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ENGL B320 Black Feminist Literature
Fall 2017
This course explores contemporary black feminist literature and culture on a transnational stage. We will consider the works of prominent, emerging, and underexplored black feminist writers from various African diaspora locations, including South Africa, West Africa, Europe, North America, and the Caribbean. How do these writers engage with key currents in global black feminist politics, including understandings of gender, sexuality, class, nationality and colonialism? How do they complicate these discussions in their work? We will ground our exploration in close study of black feminist poetics--the specific formal and creative choices that black feminist poets, fiction writers, visual artists, hip hop artists, webseries producers and others use to examine gender end sexuality in their art. Paying particular attention to the work of queer and LGBTI+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans* and Intersex) artists, we will consider the various meanings of t erms such as "black," "feminist," and "queer" in various parts of the African Diaspora. Our work will emphasize close analysis of black feminist writers' works, as well as collaborative exercises and invited in-class discussions with several contemporary black diasporic feminist artists themselves. Requirements include two short papers, regular response papers, and a final project.
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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SPAN B332 Novelas de las Américas
Not offered 2017-18
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 toward Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o

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ENGL B345 Topics in Narrative Theory
Section 001 (Fall 2016): Theory of the Ethnic Novel
Not offered 2017-18
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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COML B225 Censorship: Historical Contexts, Local Practices and Global Resonance
Not offered 2017-18
The course is in English. It examines the ban on books and art in a global context through a study of the historical and sociopolitical conditions of censorship practices. The course raises such questions as how censorship is used to fortify political power, how it is practiced locally and globally, who censors, what are the categories of censorship, how censorship succeeds and fails, and how writers and artists write and create against and within censorship. The last question leads to an analysis of rhetorical strategies that writers and artists employ to translate the expression of repression, trauma, and torture into idioms of resistance. German majors/minors can get German Studies credit. Prerequisite: EMLY B001 or a 100-level intensive writing course.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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GERM B231 Cultural Profiles in Modern Exile
Not offered 2017-18
This course investigates the anthropological, philosophical, psychological, cultural, and literary aspects of modern exile. It studies exile as experience and metaphor in the context of modernity, and examines the structure of the relationship between imagined/remembered homelands and transnational identities, and the dialectics of language loss and bi- and multi-lingualism. Particular attention is given to the psychocultural dimensions of linguistic exclusion and loss. Readings of works by Julia Alvarez, Albert Camus, Ana Castillo, Sigmund Freud, Eva Hoffman, Maxine Hong Kingston, Milan Kundera, Friedrich Nietzsche, Salman Rushdie, W. G. Sebald, Kurban Said, and others.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Counts toward International Studies

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GNST B245 Introduction to Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Spring 2018
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)
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Counts toward International Studies

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HIST B127 Indigenous Leaders 1492-1750
Spring 2018
Studies the experiences of indigenous men and women who exercised local authority in the systems established by European colonizers. In return for places in the colonial administrations, these leaders performed a range of tasks. At the same time they served as imperial officials, they exercised "traditional" forms of authority within their communities, often free of European presence. These figures provide a lens through which early modern colonialism is studied.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Counts toward Peace, Justice and Human Rights

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HIST B129 The Religious Conquest of the Americas
Not offered 2017-18
The course examines the complex aspects of the European missionization of indigenous people, and explores how two traditions of religious thought/practice came into conflict. Rather than a transposition of Christianity from Europe to the Americas, something new was created in the contested colonial space.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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HIST B200 The Atlantic World 1492-1800
Not offered 2017-18
The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of the way in which peoples, goods, and ideas from Africa, Europe. and the Americas came together to form an interconnected Atlantic World system. The course is designed to chart the manner in which an integrated system was created in the Americas in the early modern period, rather than to treat the history of the Atlantic World as nothing more than an expanded version of North American, Caribbean, or Latin American history.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Counts toward International Studies

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HIST B212 Pirates, Travelers, and Natural Historians: 1492-1750
Fall 2017
In the early modern period, conquistadors, missionaries, travelers, pirates, and natural historians wrote interesting texts in which they tried to integrate the New World into their existing frameworks of knowledge. This intellectual endeavor was an adjunct to the physical conquest of American space, and provides a framework though which we will explore the processes of imperial competition, state formation, and indigenous and African resistance to colonialism.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Environmental Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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HIST B215 Europe and the Other 1492-1800
Fall 2017
This course will introduce students to process through which Europeans created systems and categories of difference into which they placed Indigenous, African, and Asian peoples between the years 1492 and 1815. Topics of study include Indigenous leaders, slave and free communities, and cultural mediators on colonial frontiers.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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HIST B265 Colonial Encounters in the Americas
Not offered 2017-18
The course explores the confrontations, conquests and accommodations that formed the "ground-level" experience of day-to-day colonialism throughout the Americas. The course is comparative in scope, examining events and structures in North, South and Central America, with particular attention paid to indigenous peoples and the nature of indigenous leadership in the colonial world of the 18th century.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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SPAN B323 Memoria y Guerra Civil
Spring 2018
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 toward Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o

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HIST B327 Topics in Early American History
Not offered 2017-18
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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HIST B339 The Making of the African Diaspora 1450-1800
Not offered 2017-18
This course explores the emergence, development, and challenges to the ideologies of whiteness and blackness, that have been in place from the colonial period to the present. Through the reading of primary and secondary sources, we will explore various ways through which enslaved people imagined freedom, personal rights, community membership, and some of the paths they created in order to improve their experiences and change the social order. In an attempt to have a comparative approach, we will look at particular events and circumstances that took place in few provinces in the Americas, with an emphasis on Latin America and the Caribbean. The course will also look at the methodological challenges of studying and writing history of people who in principle, were not allowed to produce written texts. Throughout, we will identify and underscore the contribution that people of African descent have made to the ideas of rights, freedom, equality, and democracy.
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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HIST B371 Topics in Atlantic History: The Early Modern Pirate in Fact and Fiction
Spring 2018
This course will explore piracy in the Americas in the period 1550-1750. We will investigate the historical reality of pirates and what they did, and the manner in which pirates have entered the popular imagination through fiction and films. Pirates have been depicted as lovable rogues, anti-establishment rebels, and enlightened multiculturalists who were skilled in dealing with the indigenous and African peoples of the Americas. The course will examine the facts and the fictions surrounding these important historical actors.
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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HIST B200 The Atlantic World 1492-1800
Not offered 2017-18
The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of the way in which peoples, goods, and ideas from Africa, Europe. and the Americas came together to form an interconnected Atlantic World system. The course is designed to chart the manner in which an integrated system was created in the Americas in the early modern period, rather than to treat the history of the Atlantic World as nothing more than an expanded version of North American, Caribbean, or Latin American history.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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GERM B231 Cultural Profiles in Modern Exile
Not offered 2017-18
This course investigates the anthropological, philosophical, psychological, cultural, and literary aspects of modern exile. It studies exile as experience and metaphor in the context of modernity, and examines the structure of the relationship between imagined/remembered homelands and transnational identities, and the dialectics of language loss and bi- and multi-lingualism. Particular attention is given to the psychocultural dimensions of linguistic exclusion and loss. Readings of works by Julia Alvarez, Albert Camus, Ana Castillo, Sigmund Freud, Eva Hoffman, Maxine Hong Kingston, Milan Kundera, Friedrich Nietzsche, Salman Rushdie, W. G. Sebald, Kurban Said, and others.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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GNST B245 Introduction to Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Spring 2018
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)
Counts toward Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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SOCL B235 Mexican-American Communities
Fall 2017
For its unique history, the number of migrants, and the two countries' proximity, Mexican migration to the United States represents an exceptional case in world migration. There is no other example of migration with more than 100 years of history. The copious presence of migrants concentrated in a host country, such as we have in the case of the 11.7 million Mexican migrants residing in the United States, along with another 15 million Mexican descendants, is unparalleled. The 1,933-mile-long border shared by the two countries makes it one of the longest boundary lines in the world and, unfortunately, also one of the most dangerous frontiers in the world today. We will examine the different economic, political, social and cultural forces that have shaped this centenarian migration influx and undertake a macro-, meso-, and micro-levels of analysis. At the macro-level of political economy, we will investigate the economic interdependency that has developed between Mexico and the U.S. over different economic development periods of these countries, particularly, the role the Mexican labor force has played to boosting and sustaining both the Mexican and the American economies. At the meso-level, we will examine different institutions both in Mexico and the U.S. that have determined the ways in which millions of Mexican migrate to this country. Last, but certainly not least, we will explore the impacts that both the macro-and meso-processes have had on the micro-level by considering the imperatives, aspirations, and dreams that have prompted millions of people to leave their homes and communities behind in search of better opportunities. This major life decision of migration brings with it a series of social transformations in family and community networks, this will look into the cultural impacts in both the sending and receiving migrant communities. In sum, we will come to understand how these three levels of analysis work together.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Counts toward Praxis Program

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SOCL B246 Sociology of Migration: A Cross-Cultural Overview of Contemporary Challenges
Spring 2018
The twenty-first century began much as the twentieth century did for the United States with high levels of immigration. This has affected not only the nation, but the discipline of sociology. Just as early twentieth century Chicago School sociology focused on immigration and settlement issues, so too the first decade of the twenty-first century shows a flurry of sociological imagination devoted to immigration scholarship. This course will center on the key texts, issues, and approaches coming out of this renovated sociology of immigration, but we will also include approaches to the study of immigration from history, anthropology, and ethnic studies. While we will consider comparative and historical approaches, our focus will be on the late twentieth century through the present, and we will spend a good deal of time focusing on the longest running labor migration in the world, Mexican immigration to the U.S., as well as on Central American migrant communities in the U.S. Students with an interest in contemporary U.S. immigration will be exposed to a survey of key theoretical approaches and relevant issues in immigration studies in the social sciences. Current themes, such as globalization, transnationalism, gendered migration, immigrant labor markets, militarization of the U.S.-Mexican border, U.S. migration policy, the new second generation and segmented assimilation, and citizenship will be included.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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SPAN B110 Análisis cultural y grámatica en contexto
Fall 2017, Spring 2018
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. Written and oral proficiency is emphasized. This course is a requisite for the Spanish major. Prerequisite: SPAN 102 or placement.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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SPAN B120 Introducción al análisis literario
Fall 2017, Spring 2018
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

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SPAN B208 Drama y sociedad en España
Not offered 2017-18
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.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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SPAN B209 Lo que hemos comido: Identidades en España
Not offered 2017-18
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.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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SPAN B211 Borges y sus lectores
Not offered 2017-18
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.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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ENGL B217 Narratives of Latinidad
Not offered 2017-18
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 Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o

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SPAN B219 Focus: Imaginando Barcelona
Not offered 2017-18
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.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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SPAN B223 Género y modernidad en la narrativa del siglo XIX
Not offered 2017-18
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.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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SPAN B231 El cuento y novela corta en España
Spring 2018
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 B110 and/or B120; or another SPAN 200-level course.Critical Interpretation (CI) Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latino/a Studies.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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SPAN B233 Focus: La Habana y sus textos
Not offered 2017-18
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.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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SPAN B234 El cuento de lo fantástico en Hispanoamérica
Fall 2017
A survey of Spanish American short story, focused on the fantastic. Authors include Poe, Quiroga, Borges, Cortázar, Ocampo, Peri Rossi, Ferré, Mutis, Poniatowska and Valenzuela. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 120
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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ENGL B236 Latina/o Culture and the Art of Migration
Not offered 2017-18
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.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o

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SPAN B243 Temas de la literatura hispana
Section 001 (Spring 2017): Migration in the Hispan World
Not offered 2017-18
This is a topic course. Topics vary. Prerequisite: SPAN B110 and/or B120 (previously SPAN B200/B202); or another 200-level. 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

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GNST B245 Introduction to Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Spring 2018
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)
Counts toward Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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SPAN B252 Compassion, Indignation, and Anxiety in Latin American Film
Not offered 2017-18
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.)
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Film Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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SPAN B260 Ariel/Calibán y el discurso americano
Fall 2017
A study of the transformations of Ariel/Calibán as images of Latin American culture. Prerequisite: SPAN B110 and/or B120 (previously SPAN B200/B202); or another SPAN 200-level course.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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SPAN B265 Escritoras españolas: entre tradición, renovación y migración
Spring 2018
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.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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SPAN B307 Cervantes
Not offered 2017-18
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 Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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SPAN B309 La mujer en la literatura española del Siglo de Oro
Not offered 2017-18
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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SPAN B315 El futuro ya llegó: relatos del presente en América Latina
Spring 2018
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 and Latina/o Studies

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SPAN B317 Poéticas del deseo y el poder en la lírica del Siglo de Oro
Not offered 2017-18
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 toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latina/o Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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SPAN B318 Adaptaciones literarias en el cine español
Fall 2017
Film adaptations of literary works have been popular since the early years of cinema in Spain. This course examines the relationship between films and literature, focusing on the theory and practice of film adaptation. Attention will be paid to the political and cultural context in which these texts are being published and made into films. Students will be required to attend film screenings or view films on their own devices. Prerequisite: A 200-level course in Spanish.
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Film Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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SPAN B321 Surrealismo al afrorrealismo
Not offered 2017-18
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 toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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SPAN B322 Queens, Nuns, and Other Deviants in the Early Modern Iberian World
Not offered 2017-18
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 toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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SPAN B323 Memoria y Guerra Civil
Spring 2018
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 toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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SPAN B332 Novelas de las Américas
Not offered 2017-18
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 toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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SPAN B350 Lo fantástico y el cuento hispanoamericano
Not offered 2017-18
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 toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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SPAN B351 Tradición y revolución: Cuba y su literatura
Not offered 2017-18
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
Fall 2017
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.
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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