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Spring 2021

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION / INSTRUCTION MODE INSTR(S)
SPAN B002-001Beginning Spanish IISecond Half / 1Lecture: 8:10 AM- 9:00 AM M-FRemote InstructionCorujo-Martín,I.
SPAN B002-002Beginning Spanish IISecond Half / 1Lecture: 9:40 AM-10:30 AM M-FRemote InstructionGozalo-Salellas,I.
SPAN B002-003Beginning Spanish IISecond Half / 1Lecture: 9:40 AM-10:30 AM M-FRemote InstructionArribas,I., Arribas,I., Arribas,I.
TA Session: 8:10 AM- 9:00 AM TTaylor Hall F
Remote Instruction
TA Session: 9:40 AM-10:30 AM TTaylor Hall F
Remote Instruction
TA Session: 9:40 AM-10:30 AM TTaylor Hall G
Remote Instruction
SPAN B002-004Beginning Spanish IISecond Half / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM M-FRemote InstructionArribas,I.
SPAN B101-001Intermediate SpanishSecond Half / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFRemote InstructionBerard,K.
SPAN B101-002Intermediate SpanishSecond Half / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM MWFRemote InstructionBerard,K.
SPAN B102-001Advanced Language Through CultureSecond Half / 1Lecture: 9:40 AM-10:30 AM MWFRemote InstructionCorujo-Martín,I.
SPAN B102-002Advanced Language Through CultureSecond Half / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM MWFRemote InstructionArribas,I., Arribas,I.
TA Session: 6:10 PM- 7:00 PM MTaylor Hall F
Remote Instruction
TA Session: 7:10 PM- 8:00 PM MTaylor Hall F
Remote Instruction
SPAN B120-001Introducción al análisis literarioSecond Half / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MTHRemote
Remote Instruction
Quintero,M.
SPAN B120-002Introducción al análisis literarioSecond Half / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MTHRemote InstructionGozalo-Salellas,I.
SPAN B120-00RIntroducción al análisis literarioSecond Half / 1LEC: 11:10 AM-12:30 PM MTHOld Library 118
Remote Instruction
Quintero,M.
SPAN B211-001Borges y sus lectoresSecond Half / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM TFTaylor Hall E
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Sacerio-Garí,E.
SPAN B216-001Introducción a la lingüística hispánicaSecond Half / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MTHRemote InstructionBerard,K.
SPAN B252-001Compassion, Indignation, and Anxiety in Latin American FilmSecond Half / 1Lecture: 9:40 AM-11:00 AM MTHRemote InstructionGaspar,M.
SPAN B309-001La mujer en la literatura española del Siglo de OroSecond Half / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WRemote InstructionQuintero,M.
SPAN B351-001Tradición y revolución: Cuba y su literaturaSecond Half / 1Lecture: 4:10 PM- 5:30 PM MTHTaylor Hall G
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Sacerio-Garí,E.
SPAN B400-001Senior EssaySecond Half / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBAIn PersonDept. staff, TBA
SPAN B403-001Supervised WorkSecond Half / 1Dept. staff, TBA
SPAN B403-001Supervised WorkSecond Half / 1Dept. staff, TBA
ENGL B217-001Narratives of LatinidadSecond Half / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MTHRemote InstructionHarford Vargas,J.

Fall 2021

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION / INSTRUCTION MODE INSTR(S)
SPAN B001-001Beginning Spanish ISemester / 1Lecture: 8:10 AM- 9:00 AM MWFIn PersonArribas,I., Arribas,I., Arribas,I.
Lecture: 7:55 AM- 8:45 AM TTHIn Person
TA Session: 7:55 AM- 8:45 AM TIn Person
SPAN B001-002Beginning Spanish ISemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWFIn PersonDept. staff, TBA
Lecture: 8:55 AM- 9:45 AM TTHIn Person
TA Session: 8:55 AM- 9:45 AM TIn Person
SPAN B001-003Beginning Spanish ISemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWFIn PersonArribas,I., Arribas,I., Arribas,I.
Lecture: 8:55 AM- 9:45 AM TTHIn Person
TA Session: 8:55 AM- 9:45 AM TIn Person
SPAN B001-004Beginning Spanish ISemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFIn PersonDept. staff, TBA
Lecture: 9:55 AM-10:45 AM TTHIn Person
TA Session: 9:55 AM-10:45 AM TIn Person
SPAN B100-001Basic Intermediate SpanishSemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWFIn PersonBerard,K., Berard,K., Berard,K.
Lecture: 8:55 AM- 9:45 AM TTHIn Person
TA Session: 8:55 AM- 9:45 AM TIn Person
SPAN B100-002Basic Intermediate SpanishSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFIn PersonDept. staff, TBA
Lecture: 9:55 AM-10:45 AM TTHIn Person
TA Session: 9:55 AM-10:45 AM TIn Person
SPAN B101-001Intermediate SpanishSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFIn PersonBerard,K.
SPAN B101-002Intermediate SpanishSemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWFIn PersonBerard,K.
SPAN B102-001Advanced Language Through CultureSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFIn PersonDept. staff, TBA
SPAN B102-002Advanced Language Through CultureSemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWFIn PersonDept. staff, TBA
SPAN B120-001Introducción al análisis literarioSemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWFIn PersonDept. staff, TBA
SPAN B120-002Introducción al análisis literarioSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWIn PersonArribas,I.
SPAN B238-001El giro visual en España(1960-2020): de la censura a NetflixSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWIn PersonDept. staff, TBA
SPAN B243-001Temas de la literatura hispanaSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWIn PersonDept. staff, TBA
SPAN B317-001Poéticas de poder y deseo en el Siglo de Oro españolSemester / 1Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM TIn PersonQuintero,M.
SPAN B398-001Senior SeminarSemester / 1Lecture: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM MIn PersonDept. staff, TBA
ENGL B237-001Cultural Memory and State-Sanctioned Violence in Latinx LiteratureSemester / 1Lecture: 11:40 AM- 1:00 PM MWDalton Hall 119
In Person
Harford Vargas,J.

Spring 2022

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION / INSTRUCTION MODE INSTR(S)
SPAN B002-001Beginning Spanish IISemester / 1Lecture: 8:10 AM- 9:00 AM MWFIn PersonDept. staff, TBA
Lecture: 7:55 AM- 8:45 AM TTHIn Person
SPAN B002-002Beginning Spanish IISemester / 1LEC: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWFIn PersonBerard,K., Berard,K.
Lecture: 8:55 AM- 9:45 AM TTHIn Person
SPAN B002-003Beginning Spanish IISemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWFIn PersonDept. staff, TBA
Lecture: 8:55 AM- 9:45 AM TTHIn Person
SPAN B002-004Beginning Spanish IISemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFIn PersonBerard,K., Berard,K.
Lecture: 9:55 AM-10:45 AM TTHIn Person
SPAN B101-001Intermediate SpanishSemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWFIn PersonDept. staff, TBA
SPAN B101-002Intermediate SpanishSemester / 1LEC: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWFIn PersonBerard,K.
SPAN B102-001Advanced Language Through CultureSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFIn PersonDept. staff, TBA
SPAN B102-002Advanced Language Through CultureSemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWFIn PersonDept. staff, TBA
SPAN B120-001Introducción al análisis literarioSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHIn PersonDept. staff, TBA
SPAN B120-002Introducción al análisis literarioSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHIn PersonDept. staff, TBA
SPAN B322-001Queens, Nuns, and Other Deviants in the Early Modern Iberian WorldSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWIn PersonGaspar,M.
GNST B245-001Introduction to Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o StudiesSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWTaylor Hall E
In Person
Harford Vargas,J.
ITAL B213-001Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the HumanitiesSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHOld Library 224
In Person
Dept. staff, TBA

2021-22 Catalog Data

SPAN B001 Beginning Spanish I
Fall 2021
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 2022
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.
Course does not meet an Approach

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SPAN B100 Basic Intermediate Spanish
Fall 2021
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 Tuesday class is a mandatory practice session with a teaching assistant. Prerequisite: SPAN 002 or placement or instructor's permission.
Course does not meet an Approach

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SPAN B101 Intermediate Spanish
Fall 2021, Spring 2022
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.
Course does not meet an Approach

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SPAN B102 Advanced Language Through Culture
Fall 2021, Spring 2022
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 2021, Spring 2022
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.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies

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SPAN B208 Drama y sociedad en España
Not offered 2021-22
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, and Latinx Studies

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SPAN B209 Lo que hemos comido: Identidades en España
Not offered 2021-22
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 permission of instructor. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC). Critical Interpretation (CI). Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies

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SPAN B211 Borges y sus lectores
Not offered 2021-22
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.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies

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SPAN B216 Introducción a la lingüística hispánica
Not offered 2021-22
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 B223 Género y modernidad en España
Not offered 2021-22
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: B120 or a SPAN 200-level course.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies

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SPAN B225 La poesía hispanoamericana
Not offered 2021-22
Study of poetic language from the Avant-garde movements to the present. Special attention to key figures. Prerequiste: Spanish 120 or another 200-level course. Critical Interpretation (CI).
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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SPAN B231 El cuento y novela corta en España
Not offered 2021-22
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)
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies

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SPAN B233 Focus: La Habana y sus textos
Not offered 2021-22
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, Reinaldo Arenas, Marilyn Bobes, Leonardo Padura. Selective films by Cuban directors. Prerequisite: SPAN B120 or one 200-level Spanish course.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies

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SPAN B234 Focus: El cuento de lo fantástico en Hispanoamérica
Not offered 2021-22
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: SPAN B120 or another 200-level Spanish course.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies

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SPAN B238 El giro visual en España(1960-2020): de la censura a Netflix
Fall 2021
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.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies

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SPAN B242 José Martí y el equilibrio mundial
Not offered 2021-22
An introductory course on José Martí: the writer, the thinker, the revolutionary. Texts include selections from La Edad de Oro (a magazine for children), essays on the arts, the United States, Nuestra América, political struggle and interdependence ("world equilibrium"), a selection of his poetic works and a novella. Prerequiste: SPAN B120 or another SPAN 200-level course.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies

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SPAN B243 Temas de la literatura hispana
Fall 2021
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: Conflicto y resistencia en el teatro latinoamericano; This course highlights theater as an oppositional force against hegemonic power structures, and as a lens by which one can study and analyze moments of conflict and resistance in the Latin American socio-political context. Students will be familiarized with the terminology and major theatrical and performance tendencies and theories that will allow them to situate these works in relation to theatrical practices in other parts of the world. Students will read and analyze representative works that respond to significant social and political moments of conflict such as the Mexican Revolution, the Cuban Revolution and Fidel Castro's regime, Mexico's 1968 Student Movement, and the Southern Cone dictatorial regimes (Chile and Argentina). In addition to the primary readings, students will read secondary and theoretical works that will situate the works within their historical and aesthetic contexts. This will reinforce students' critical analysis skills and will allow them to participate in academic discourse.

Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies

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SPAN B252 Compassion, Indignation, and Anxiety in Latin American Film
Not offered 2021-22
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 Latinx Studies

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SPAN B260 Ariel/Calibán: colonialismo y neocolonialismo
Not offered 2021-22
A study of the transformations of Ariel/Calibán as images of Latin American and Caribbean cultures. Prerequisite: B120 or another SPAN 200-level course.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies

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SPAN B307 Cervantes
Not offered 2021-22
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 Latinx Studies

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SPAN B309 La mujer en la literatura española del Siglo de Oro
Not offered 2021-22
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.
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies

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SPAN B311 Crimen y detectives en la narrativa hispánica contemporánea
Not offered 2021-22
An analysis of the rise of the hard-boiled genre in contemporary Hispanic narrative and its contrast to classic detective fiction, as a context for understanding contemporary Spanish and Latin American culture. Discussion of pertinent theoretical implications and the social and political factors that contributed to the genre's evolution and popularity. Prerequisite: at least one SPAN 200-level course.

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SPAN B312 Latin American and Latino Art and the Question of the Masses
Not offered 2021-22
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.
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies
Counts toward Museum Studies

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SPAN B314 Latinoamérica:Diversidad Conflicto Cult
Not offered 2021-22
This class studies the representation of regional, national, and individual identity in contemporary Latin American novels. Works include novels from Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru written by female and male writers. The selected novels present different strands of cultural conflict due to the simultaneous presence of markedly different modes of identity. Several primary questions will guide our analysis of the course texts: What is identity? How are national and regional identities constructed and why? What are the socio-historical, cultural and political influences on identity? What does the study of the Latin American novel reveal about the relationship among economic development, the construction of social identities, and citizenship? How can the study of the novel help us to understand the dynamics of race, class and gender in specific Latin American contexts? Prerequisite: at least one SPAN 200-level course.
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies

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SPAN B315 El futuro ya llegó: relatos del presente en América Latina
Not offered 2021-22
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 Latinx Studies

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SPAN B316 Relatos en un mundo inestable
Not offered 2021-22
In this course, we explore fiction as it relates to our Contemporary world. Starting from the middle of the 20th Century, we will study the transition from modernism to postmodernism with Francisco Ayala, a major avant-garde Spanish author, who was exiled from Spain after the Civil War of 1936. We will read Ayala's El jardín de las delicias (The Garden of Earthly Delights), a collection of short stories, which he calls a "novel," and where he explores modern themes in dialogue with Hieronymus Bosch's painting of the same title. We examine how difficult it is to render meaning in a global and pluralistic society. Among other works, we consider: Eduardo Mendoza ("La ballena," a short story), Rosa Montero (La loca de la casa, a novel/autobiography/essay that explores relationships among genres) and women dystopian fiction writers included in the anthology Distópicas (works that explore relevant topics that closely resemble what we hear in the news today: effects of climate warming, exile, totalitarian systems, the plight of the poor and marginalized, social media and technology).

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SPAN B317 Poéticas de poder y deseo en el Siglo de Oro español
Fall 2021
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, and Latinx Studies

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SPAN B320 Visiones y revisiones del surrealismo español
Not offered 2021-22
A multimedia study of the development of a surrealistic ethic in Spain in the 20th century as represented chiefly in the works of Federico García Lorca, Luis Buñuel, and Salvador Dalí, among others. The scope and validity of the Spanish surrealistic movement will be examined in relation to its originating principles: Freud's psychoanalytic theory, and the artistic and political manifestos of the avant-garde. Through the study of works of poetry, art, and film, we will also discuss the relationship between the theoretical and historical background of this artistic movement as we contrast art and politics, artistic freedom and political commitment.

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SPAN B322 Queens, Nuns, and Other Deviants in the Early Modern Iberian World
Spring 2022
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 Latinx Studies

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SPAN B326 Voces trasplantadas: teoría y práctica de la traducción
Not offered 2021-22
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.
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SPAN B351 Tradición y revolución: Cuba y su literatura
Not offered 2021-22
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 2021-22
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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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 2021-22
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)
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ENGL B236 Latina/o Culture and the Art of Migration
Not offered 2021-22
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)
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ENGL B237 Cultural Memory and State-Sanctioned Violence in Latinx Literature
Fall 2021
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)
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ENGL B274 Ethnic Speculative Fiction
Not offered 2021-22
This course will explore how Latina/os, Latin Americans, African Americans, and Native Americas deploy speculative fiction to interrogate white supremacy and imperialism and to imagine decolonial futures. We will analyze representations of racism, heteropatriarchy, classism, colonialism, environmental destruction, and anti-immigrant discrimination in what Walidah Imarisha terms "visionary fiction." Students will be introduced to theoretical concepts such as intersectionality, modernity/coloniality, Afrofuturism, marvelous realism, and zombie capitalism that will help them unpack the critical work accomplished by genre fiction. Over the course of the semester, we will probe the role that literature, comic books, film, and art can play in the struggle to build more radically egalitarian societies, querying how the imagination and aesthetics can contribute to social justice.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
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GNST B245 Introduction to Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Spring 2022
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)
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ITAL B213 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities
Spring 2022
What is a postcolonial subject, a queer gaze, a feminist manifesto? And how can we use (as readers of texts, art, and films) contemporary studies on animals and cyborgs, object oriented ontology, zombies, storyworlds, neuroaesthetics? In this course we will read some pivotal theoretical texts from different fields, with a focus on race&ethnicity and gender&sexuality. Each theory will be paired with a masterpiece from Italian culture (from Renaissance treatises and paintings to stories written under fascism and postwar movies). We will discuss how to apply theory to the practice of interpretation and of academic writing, and how theoretical ideas shaped what we are reading. Class conducted in English, with an additional hour in Italian for students seeking Italian credit.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
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