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Spanish Courses (SPAN) College of Arts and Sciences


Subject Area Course # Course Title Semester Credit Hours Expand
SPAN 1005 Intensive Beginning Spanish I Summer 3
Course Description

This two-course sequence covers in six weeks the first and second semesters of a full-year elementary Spanish course. A practical knowledge of the Spanish language as spoken by native speakers will be developed in five areas: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural competence. Specific objectives include attaining at least a novice high level of oral proficiency. Because this is an intensive course, daily homework assignments, regular attendance and class participation are essential.


Instructor(s): Christopher Wood

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SPAN 1006 Intensive Beginning Spanish II Summer 3
Course Description

You will begin to narrate personal and objective experiences using past tenses and to express needs, advice, doubts and opinions through the use of the subjunctive mood.


Instructor(s): Christopher Wood

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: This two-course sequence covers in six weeks the first and second semesters of a full-year elementary Spanish course. A practical knowledge of the Spanish language as spoken by native speakers will be developed in five areas: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural competence. This is an advanced accelerated course; students are expected to have some prior experience with the Spanish language. Specific objectives include attaining at least a novice high level of oral proficiency. Because this is an intensive course, daily homework assignments, regular attendance and class participation are essential.

SPAN 1015 Elementary Spanish I Fall 3
Course Description

This introductory course is designed for students with no prior Spanish experience as well as those who have had some high school Spanish. Elementary Spanish I provides a strong foundation in speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing as well as exploring the products, practices and perspectives that are unique to Hispanic cultures. This course follows a communicative approach, which springs from the idea that languages are best learned when real-world information becomes the focus of student activities. Students will interact in Spanish with the instructor and with classmates. By the end of this course, students should be able to successfully handle in Spanish a significant number of basic communicative tasks.


Instructor(s): Silvana Falconi, Coordinator

Prerequisites: This course is for beginners. Students with prior Spanish experience are admitted only after taking the placement test.

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish

SPAN 1016 Elementary Spanish II Spring 3
Course Description

Elementary Spanish II is the second course in the first-year Elementary Spanish I and II sequence. It continues to provide a strong foundation in speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing as well as exploring the products, practices and perspectives that are unique to Hispanic cultures. This course follows a communicative approach, which springs from the idea that languages are best learned when student activities involve critical thinking about real-world information. Students will interact in Spanish with the instructor and with classmates. By the end of this course, students should be able to successfully handle in Spanish a significant number of communicative and writing tasks in different time frames.


Instructor(s): Silvana Falconi, Coordinator

Prerequisites: SPAN1015 or admission by placement test

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted primarily in Spanish

SPAN 1017 Elementary Spanish Practicum I Fall 1
Course Description

This intensive 50-minute supplementary course is open to all students concurrently enrolled in SPAN1015 who feel they need extra practice to fine-tune their Spanish skills. The main focus of the practicum will be writing practice and grammar review as well as oral communication. All concepts presented in this course review those covered in SPAN1015.


Instructor(s): Silvana Falconi (Coordinator)

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Students with no previous experience in Spanish will be given priority for enrollment.

SPAN 1018 Elementary Spanish Practicum II Spring 1
Course Description

This intensive 50-minute supplementary course is open to all students concurrently enrolled in SPAN1016 who feel they need extra practice to fine-tune their Spanish skills. The main focus of the practicum will be writing practice and grammar review as well as oral communication. All concepts presented in this course review those covered in SPAN1016.


Instructor(s): Silvana Falconi (Coordinator)

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SPAN 1041 Intensive Elementary Spanish for Proficiency Spring 6
Course Description

The aim of this six-credit course is to provide motivated beginning students an opportunity to study Spanish language and culture in an intensive oral environment. The course's materials are particularly suitable for students wishing to acquire listening comprehension and speaking skills that may be put to immediate use.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Classes are conducted in Spanish
Open to students with no prior experience in Spanish
The course meets five days per week.

SPAN 1115 Intermediate Spanish I Fall 3
Course Description

Intermediate Spanish I is the first course in the second-year sequence. It continues to develop and strengthen students’ proficiency in the Spanish language as well as to increase their cultural understanding. Emphasis remains on the four skills and on critical thinking. Throughout the course, students will develop fluency and accuracy, and focus on communication. They will expand the vocabulary and enhance their understanding of essential Spanish grammar concepts. Short literary texts, cultural readings and audiovisual materials will provide opportunities to learn to appreciate cultural differences and impart authentic insight into the Hispanic world.


Instructor(s): Silvana Falconi (Coordinator)

Prerequisites: SPAN1016 or admission by placement test

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish

SPAN 1116 Intermediate Spanish II Spring 3
Course Description

Intermediate Spanish II is the second course in the second-year sequence with a continued emphasis on the four skills and on critical thinking. This course focuses on vocabulary building, the examination of some of the finer grammar points, and moving students towards a more complex level of comprehension and expression. Students will work with short literary texts, cultural readings and audiovisual materials. After successful completion of this course, the foreign language requirement will be fulfilled for schools that require a 4th-semester proficiency.


Instructor(s): Silvana Falconi (Coordinator)

Prerequisites: SPAN1115 or admission by placement test

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish.

SPAN 1117 Intermediate Spanish Practicum I Fall 1
Course Description

This intensive 50-minute supplementary course is open to all students concurrently enrolled in SPAN1115 who feel they need extra practice to fine-tune their Spanish skills. The main focus of the practicum will be writing practice and grammar review as well as oral communication. All concepts presented in this course review those covered in SPAN1115.


Instructor(s): Silvana Falconi (Coordinator)

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SPAN 1118 Intermediate Spanish Practicum II Spring 1
Course Description

This intensive 50-minute supplementary course is open to all students concurrently enrolled in SPAN1116 who feel they need extra practice to fine-tune their Spanish skills. The main focus of the practicum will be writing practice and grammar review as well as oral communication. All concepts presented in this course review those covered in SPAN1116.


Instructor(s): Silvana Falconi (Coordinator)

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SPAN 1181 Intensive Intermediate Spanish for Proficiency Fall 6
Course Description

The aim of this six-credit course is to provide motivated students an opportunity to study Spanish language and culture in an intensive oral environment. The course's materials are particularly suitable for students wishing to strengthen previously acquired conversational skills. Reading and writing practice helps students develop greater accuracy in self-expression.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SPAN1016, SPAN1041 or Admission by placement test

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish. The course meets five days per week.

SPAN 2210 Spanish CCR Practicum II Spring 1
Course Description

This intensive, 50 minute supplementary course gives Spanish students the extra practice they need to fine-tune their Spanish skills at the third year of college-level. The main focus of the practicum will be oral and writing practice as well as grammar review. Oral communication will be improved through regular class discussions and additional practices in the Language Lab. All concepts presented in this course review those covered in SPAN2216.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish. Concurrent enrollment in CCR2 necessary. Open to all students but Hispanic Studies majors and minors will be given priority for enrollment.

SPAN 2215 Spanish Conversation, Composition, and Reading I Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

The main objective of this course is to consolidate students’ skills so that upon successful completion of the sequence (CCR1 and CCR2) they will have acquired a proficient level of Spanish. Students will acquire discursive fluency and accuracy by working on the following skills: listening and reading comprehension, writing, speaking and oral interaction. The course focuses on complex grammar topics and extensive vocabulary, as well as on expanding students’ knowledge of cultural and historical aspects of Spanish speaking countries. Likewise, the course will foster students’ analytical, critical, and creative skills in the target language through the use of a variety of authentic materials such as literary texts, newspaper texts, and audiovisual materials.


Instructor(s): Esther Gimeno Ugalde (Coordinator)

Prerequisites: SPAN1116 or Admission by placement test or Appropriate score on SAT II or AP Exam

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish. Satisfies Foreign Language Proficiency core requirement.

SPAN 2216 Spanish Conversation, Composition, and Reading II Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

The main objective of this course is to consolidate students’ skills so that upon successful completion of the sequence (CCR1 and CCR2) they will have acquired a proficient level of Spanish. Students will acquire discursive fluency and accuracy by working on the following skills: listening and reading comprehension, writing, speaking and oral interaction. The course focuses on complex grammar topics and extensive vocabulary, as well as on expanding students’ knowledge of cultural and historical aspects of Spanish speaking countries. Likewise, the course will foster students’ analytical, critical, and creative skills in the target language through the use of a variety of authentic materials such as literary texts, newspaper texts, and audiovisual materials.


Instructor(s): Esther Gimano Ugalde (Coordinator)

Prerequisites: SPAN2215 or Admission by placement test or Appropriate score on SAT II/AP exam

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish
Since CCR2 is designed as a continuation of CCR1 we highly recommend it after successful completion of CCR1. Satisfies Foreign Language Proficiency core requirement.

SPAN 3322 Argentina: History and Culture Fall 6
Course Description

TBD


Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: HIST2671

Comments:

SPAN 3324 Surrealism Spring 3
Course Description

This course will explore twentieth-century crosscurrents in literature and art by examining the artistic works and the literary influences of the Surrealist movement. This movement was expressed in a revolution of forms and ideas drawing from psychology, African cultures and indigenous American cultures. In the process, as Jean-Paul Satre noted, the dominant European colonial tradition was "colonized in reverse." Six readings and artistic works will be chosen from but will not be limited to the following list: André Breton, Paul Eluard, Federico García Lorca, Octavio Paz, Alejo Carpentier, Salvador Dalí, and Max Ernst among others.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Claude Cernuschi and Elizabeth T. Goizueta

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: ARTH4458

Comments:

SPAN 3330 Andean History, Literature, and Culture Summer 4
Course Description

In this immersion course we will explore the extraordinarily rich cultural heritage of the Andes, focusing on the city of Cusco and environs. Once the center of the Inka empire and later an important colonial city during Spanish rule, Cusco has long amazed and inspired visitors for the imposing edifices and cultural artifacts stemming from its diverse and conflictive imperial heritages. We will read representative works by authors from colonial to contemporary times and explore Inka and colonial monuments and artifacts. Our readings will be complemented by recent scholarship in history, anthropology, and cultural studies, as well as lectures by specialists and visits to archeological sites, colonial churches and convents, and to a weaving cooperative near Cusco.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Sarah Beckjord

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in English
Elective for Hispanic Studies major or minor

SPAN 3366 Spanish Culture and Civilization Fall 3
Course Description

This course will examine Spain's multicultural civilization from the prehistoric cave paintings of Altamira through post-Franco Spain. The history of Spanish civilization will be integral to the study of examples of Spanish literature, art and film. We will consider struggles of religion, class, minority groups, and power in the creation and questioning of national identity.


Instructor(s): Kathy Lee

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish.
Elective for Hispanic Studies major or minor.
Satisfies Foreign Language Proficiency core requirement.

SPAN 3390 Advanced Spanish Practicum Spring/Fall 1
Course Description

This intensive, one-hour supplementary course gives Spanish students the extra practice they need to fine tune their Spanish skills at an advanced level. The main focus of the practicum will be writing practice and grammar review. Oral communication will be also improved through regular class discussions and additional practices in the Language Lab. All concepts presented in this course review those covered in SPAN3392.


Instructor(s): Esther Gimeno Ugalde (Coordinator)

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish. Concurrent enrollment in Advanced Spanish necessary. Also open to students who have already taken SPAN3392 (former RL392) only by permission of the Coordinator. Hispanic majors and minor will be given priority for enrollment.

SPAN 3391 Naturalmente I Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This is an intensive course in advanced Spanish proficiency. The proficiency goals for this course are the accurate and spontaneous control of the communicative functions associated with narration of the past. Films, videos, and selected cultural and literary readings, all centering on Hispanic immigration in the United States, will form the basis for classroom discussion and essays.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Christopher Wood, Kathy Lee and The Department

Prerequisites: SPAN2216 or With the permission of instructor, the equivalent level of proficiency

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish. Counts as elective for Perspectives on Spanish America (LSOE).
Counts as elective for Hispanic Studies major and/or minor.
Satisfies Foreign Language Proficiency core requirement.

SPAN 3392 Advanced Spanish Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This course will allow students to improve their command of the Spanish language at an advanced level. By activating communicative and discursive strategies, they will be able to achieve a fluent use of the oral, as well as of the written language, emphasizing linguistic correction and adequacy. Students will become capable of appropriately interpret a wide variety of complex texts and produce descriptive, narrative, expositive and argumentative texts autonomously and efficaciously in the target language. The materials provided throughout the course will incite an approximation to different cultural, political, and social aspects related to current issues of the Spanish-speaking world.


Instructor(s): Esther Gimeno Ugalde (Coordinator)

Prerequisites: SPAN2216: Spanish CCR II, or a score of 5 on the AP Spanish Language Exam, or proficiency equivalent to students completing SPAN2216, to be determined by the Department.

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish
Elective for the Hispanic Studies major and minor
Formerly Naturalmente. Satisfies Foreign Language Proficiency core requirement.

SPAN 3395 Contextos: Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

Contextos introduces students to the analysis of a wide range of Hispanic texts, including genres such as poetry, narrative, drama, essay, and film. Special attention to written work and discussion allows them to become familiar with the concepts and terminology essential for original critical thinking.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SPAN3392 or instructor's permission

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish Required for Hispanic Studies majors and minors

SPAN 3397 El Espanol de Los Negocios Spring 3
Course Description

In this advanced level language course, students learn vocabulary and basic concepts used in oral and written transactions in the Hispanic business world, in such areas as management, finance, and marketing. At the same time, cultural differences that affect Hispanic and American business activities will be explored. An overview of Hispanic geography, politics, and current economic standing is also presented.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Catherine Wood Lange

Prerequisites: SPAN3392

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish. Satisfies Foreign Language Proficiency core requirement.

SPAN 6601 Texts of Reflection: Introduction to the Spanish Empire Fall 3
Course Description

This course studies important texts of early modern Spain of several genres that not only enable but require a response from their readers, asking us to examine important questions: what is love, what makes a good friend, how important is money, what is honor and how important is public reputation versus private behavior and who decides these things?


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Elizabeth Rhodes

Prerequisites: SPAN3395 Contextos

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish. Fulfills pre-1800 Peninsular major requirement. For sophomores and juniors only. Students who take this course may not receive credit for SPAN6659.

SPAN 6605 Social history of the Spanish Language: from its Latin roots to Contemporary Spanish Fall 3
Course Description

This course introduces students to the linguistic development of the Spanish language from its Latin roots to Contemporary Spanish. The focus of study will be on the sociocultural, historical and literary influences that have affected the evolution of the Spanish language around the world. The course will describe both the internal (linguistic) factors and external (social, economic and political) factors that have impacted language changes. Special emphasis will be also given to the status of Spanish today. It will critically analyze its presence in all four continents, its impact on U.S. society, current and emerging language policies and ideologies, and the role of the Language Academies and the Association of Spanish Language Academies in its standardization and international diffusion. In addition to analyzing the presence of Spanish in the U.S., Guinea Equatorial and the Philippines, students will also learn about the history of Judeo Spanish and its status in the world today.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Esther Gimeno Ugalde

Prerequisites: Open to undergraduate students who have already taken Contextos (SPAN3395).

Cross listed with:

Comments: This course is designed for graduate students (SPAN9905) who are especially interested in Linguistics, as well as for undergraduate students who are majoring or minoring in Hispanic Studies and have an excellent command of the Spanish language (SPAN6605). Open to undergraduate students who have already taken Contextos (SPAN3395). Counts as an elective of Hispanic Studies major or minor.

SPAN 6607 Warrior Women of Spain (19th-21st centuries) Spring 3
Course Description

This course examines the portrayal of strong female figures in Spanish literature and film from the nineteenth century to the present. Beginning with the writings of outspoken nineteenth-century authors such as Concepcin Arenal and Emilia Pardo Bazn, we move towards literary and filmic depictions of female involvement in the Spanish Civil War, and feminist narrative of recent decades from authors such as Montserrat Roig and Almudena Grandes. This course focuses on the variety of ways in which literature and film have defied gender stereotypes.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Wan Tang

Prerequisites: Contextos, concurrent enrollment in Contextos, or permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish
Fulfills post-1800 Peninsular requirement for major

SPAN 6610 Latin American Cinema Spring 3
Course Description

The course serves as introduction to Latin American Studies in general and Latin American film in particular. We will look at the historical and aesthetic changes of Latin American film through history. How were those films defined by their political circumstances? What is the relation between form and content in films that are consistenly concerned with national identity? And what do they tell us about Latin America’s search for a film poetics of its own? We will see films and read texts by Tomás Gutierrez Alea, Albertina Carri, Carlos Reygadas, Glauber Rocha, Fernando Solanas, and Susan Sontag among others. This class requires that in addition to critical readings students watch movies outside class time.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Ernesto Livon-Grosman

Prerequisites: Contextos, concurrent enrolment in Contextos, or permission of instructor

Cross listed with: FILM3380

Comments: Class and readings in English. Elective for the Hispanic Studies major or minor when taken as first course in language sequence. Fulfills post-1900 Latin American requirement for major.

SPAN 6611 Medieval Spain: Crossroads of the World Fall 3
Course Description

This course is devoted to Spanish literature composed between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries. We will examine the main literary genres of the period, including lyric and epic poetry, exemplary tales, and the origins of the novel. Special attention will be given to the Poema de mio Cid, Libro de buen amor, and Celestina. Each work will be studied within its socio-historical context.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Dwayne E. Carpenter

Prerequisites: Contextos or permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish.
Fulfills Peninsular pre-1800 major requirement. Satisfies Foreign Language Proficiency core requirement.

SPAN 6612 Topics in Pre-1900 Latin American Literature & Culture Fall 3
Course Description

THE FACE OF THE OTHER: IDENTITY & COLONIALISM The principal objective of this course is to some discuss key texts of the extensive corpus that was one of the consequences of the process of Spanish colonialism. Special attention will be given to the emergence and expression of social subjects that lived in Latin America, usually in conflict, between the Sixteenth and the late Nineteenth centuries, as well as to the early formation of the Hispanic American nation-states and their consequences to this day. In some cases, there will be brief examples taken from modern Latin American texts in order to assess the weight of the Colonial past on the contemporary problems of the region.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): The Department and Antonio Ochoa

Prerequisites: Contextos or permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Fulfills the pre-1900 Latin American distribution requirement

SPAN 6614 The Colonial Imagination: History and Identity in Spanish America Fall 3
Course Description

This course provides an overview of texts written from the colonial period to the nineteenth century and their connections to contemporary works. We will focus on the representation of historical actors (conquerors, captives, others) as well as geographical spaces (city, jungle, pampa) as imaginary regions where history and identity are forged. Readings will be drawn from a variety of genres (historiography, novel, short story, essay, poetry) and will include selections by authors such as Bernal Daz, Cabeza de Vaca, El Inca Garcilaso, Rodriguez Freile, Sarmiento, Palma, Gorriti, Paz, Borges, and Garro.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Sarah H. Beckjord

Prerequisites: Contextos or permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish
Fulfills Latin American pre-1900 major requirement
Satisfies Cultural Diversity Requirement

SPAN 6619 Spanish Short Stories from Medieval to Modern Spring 3
Course Description

This course presents a panoramic study of Spanish short fiction from the Middle Ages through the nineteenth century. We will focus on the evolution of the short story genre, examining changes in the format and content of short fiction ranging from the medieval exempla to works from the Siglo de Oro, the Enlightenment, and the Romantic and Realist movements.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Wan Tang

Prerequisites: Contextos, concurrent enrollment in Contextos, or permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish
Fulfills pre-1800 Peninsula requirement for major

SPAN 6620 Ancient Selfies: the Mirror-Text and the Representation of the Self in Spanish Golden Age Literature Fall 3
Course Description

Contemporary culture is flooded with visual self-representations: through social media, we access daily the images of others as they choose to present themselves to us, while we also build our own identity through the combination of text and image. But how did people represent themselves in the pre-modern era, before the selfie existed? In this course, we will explore how Renaissance and Baroque writers employed the mirror-text in order to explore, question, and portray their own nature, much before selfies were even imagined.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Leticia Mercado

Prerequisites: Contextos, concurrent enrolment in Contextos, or permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish. Fulfills pre-1800 Peninsular requirement for major.

SPAN 6627 Passion at Play Fall 3
Course Description

In this course, students interrogate the relationship between love and passion, using early modern theater and love poetry as tools. The themes uniting the dramas examined will be love, honor, and death, with particular attention paid to those works in which violence is represented. What would lead a society to sanction such violent behavior in the name of love? To what extent is that definition still ingrained in Hispanic culture and in our own culture today?


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Elizabeth Rhodes

Prerequisites: Contextos or equivalent

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish
Counts as pre-1800 Peninsular distribution requirement

SPAN 6629 Latin American Novels Spring 3
Course Description

The focus of this course will be on the shift in Latin American novels of the twentieth century from exterior descriptions to the interior dimensions of the self. It examines the themes and techniques of selected writers, including Ernesto Sbato, Mara Luisa Bombal, Alejo Carpentier, Carlos Fuentes, Mario Vargas Llosa, Elena Poniatowska, Gabriel Garca Mrquez, Laura Esquivel, and Antonio Skarmeta.


Instructor(s): Harry L. Rosser

Prerequisites: Contextos or permission of instructor.

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish
Fulfills post-1900 Latin American requirement for major

SPAN 6630 Studies in pre-1900 Peninsular Literature & Culture Spring 3
Course Description

See department for further details.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: Contextos or permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish

SPAN 6633 Studies in pre-1900 Latin American Literature & Culture Spring 3
Course Description

See department for further details.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: Contextos or permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish

SPAN 6636 Borderlines: Films of Immigration & Exile Fall 3
Course Description

An advanced undergraduate seminar in film analysis using recent works of cinema that represent the drama of immigration into first-world countries (Spain, the United States). Students will explore the historical, economic, and cultural motivations and consequences of the immigration of people and drugs and the ways in which directors marshal specific cinematographic techniques to achieve their political and artistic objectives in each film. Emphasis will be on the Mexico/US border and the Strait of Gibraltar, the deadliest point of immigration in the world. We will begin with George Nava's "El Norte" (1983) and finish with Moiss Salama's "Melillenses" (2004).


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Elizabeth Rhodes

Prerequisites: Contextos, SPAN6671 (Intro to Hispanic Film) or permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish. Fulfills Post-1800 Peninsular requirement.

SPAN 6637 Spanish-American Short Story Fall 3
Course Description

Close study and discussion of major contributors to the genre in Spanish America in the twentieth century, including Darío, Quiroga, Bombal, Borges, Cortázar, Rulfo, Donoso, García Márquez, Allende, and Ferré


Instructor(s): Harry L. Rosser

Prerequisites: Contextos or permission of Instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish
Fulfills post-1800 requirement in Latin American literature for Hispanic Studies majors. Satisfies Foreign Language Proficiency core requirement.

SPAN 6638 Building the Modern Latin American Metropolis Spring 3
Course Description

This course will explore the development of the modern Latin American city through poetry, fiction, and film. We will discuss the cultural and political implications of its evolution, from patterns of space distribution to inner city violence and ecological crisis, looking closely at social issues and their representations. We will discuss works by Allison Anders, Roberto Arlt, Washington Cucurto, Gonzlez Tun, Fernando Vallejo, and Luis Zapata, among others.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Ernesto Livon-Grosman

Prerequisites: Contextos or permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish
Fulfills Latin American post-1900 major requirement

SPAN 6639 Rethinking Realism: The Realist Novel in Nineteenth-Century Spain Fall 3
Course Description

This course undertakes a theoretical study of Realism as the prominent aesthetic movement in late nineteenth-century Spain. We will examine the novels of literary giants Pedro Antonio de Alarcn, Benito Prez Galds, Emilia Pardo Bazn, and Leopoldo Alas (Clarn), as well as subsequent renderings of these works in various media, from music to film. Students will consider the socio-historical context in which Realism flourished as they seek to understand its multiple forms, from costumbrismo to Naturalism and Spiritualism.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Wan Tang

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Fulfills post 1800 peninsular requirement

SPAN 6640 What's Modern about Modernismo Spring 3
Course Description

Beginning with Modernismo this course will explore, through some of the most relevant writers of the period, the idea of Modernity and its impact as a major cultural force in Latin America. We will focus on the innovative cultural and textual politics of writers such as Rubén Darío, Leopoldo Lugones, Delmira Agustini and José Juan Tablada among others.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Ernesto Livon-Grosman

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish. Fulfills the post-1900 Latin American requirement for majors in Hispanic Studies

SPAN 6645 Topics in post-1800 Iberian Literature & Culture Fall 3
Course Description

Topics in post-1800 Iberian Literature & Culture will be discussed


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: Contextos or permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish. Satisfies the Post-1800 Peninsular distribution requirement

SPAN 6646 The "Eye" of Latin American Film Spring 3
Course Description

This course focuses on recent Latin American cinema in order to explore the aesthetic and critical trends of its most recent films. How are those films shaped by always changing political circumstances? What do they tell us about Latin America's present political realities? We will see films and read texts by Gonzalo Aguilar, Carlos Reygadas, Fernando Solanas and Robert Stam among others. This class requires that in addition to critical readings students watch movies outside class time. Screenings will be on Wednesday evenings.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Ernesto Livon-Grosman

Prerequisites: Contextos or permission of instructor.

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish
Fulfills post-1800 Latin American requirement for major
Readings in English and Spanish

SPAN 6647 Spanish Short Stories since Clarin Fall 3
Course Description

A panoramic study of Spanish short fiction since Leopoldo Alas (Clarin). We will study this genre, which achieves its most mature expression in the twentieth century. During the semester, we will analyze a representative sample of writers of both sexes, paying particular attention to modern and postmodern contributions.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Irene Mizrahi

Prerequisites: Contextos or permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Fulfills post-1800 requirement in Peninsular Literature for Hispanic Studies majors. Satisfies Foreign Language Proficiency requirement.

SPAN 6648 Literature of Cultural Migration in the Americas Spring 3
Course Description

Ever since Columbus, the culture and literature of the Americas has been forged by the conflictive and yet rich mixing of peoples and cultures. In this course we will focus on three regions: the Caribbean, the Andes, and Latinos in the United States, basing our inquiry on major literary texts spanning the colonial to modern periods, as well as sources in music and film, as we seek to grapple with questions of coloniality and modernity, transculturation and assimilation, in an increasingly global world.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Sarah H. Beckjord

Prerequisites: Contextos, concurrent enrollment in Contextos, or permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish
Fulfills pre-1900 requirement in Latin American literature for Hispanic Studies majors

SPAN 6649 Haunting Modernity: The Fantastic Short Story in 19th Century Spain Fall 3
Course Description

This course examines the fantastic short fiction of canonical nineteenth-century Spanish writers as reflective of turn-of-the-century socio-historical concerns, particularly as related to the struggle for modernity. Aside from examining the stories within their historical moment, we will place these works in dialogue with fantastic narratives from other periods and literary traditions, striving for a more complete appreciation for the evolution of the literary fantastic.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Wan Tang

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Counts as post-18th century Peninsular distribution requirement

SPAN 6651 Exile in Medieval and 20th Century Spanish Literature Spring 3
Course Description

A narration of exile, the eleventh century Cantar de mo Cid, is a foundational work in the Spanish literary canon, and exile is a structuring principle in a vast corpus of significant Spanish texts from the Middle Ages to today. In this course students read several narratives either about exile or by exiled writers, and in the process study important intersections of history and literature, in a sense drawing a geographical and ideological map of the exilic text.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Christopher Wood

Prerequisites: Contextos, concurrent enrolment in Contextos, or permission of instructor.

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish.
Elective for Hispanic Studies major or minor.
Fulfills pre-1800 Peninsula requirement for major.
Fulfills post-1800 Peninsular requirement for major.

SPAN 6652 Hispanic Nobel Prize Winners in Literature Spring 3
Course Description

A wide variety of Spanish and Latin American writes have been honored by the Swedish Academy since the first literary Nobel Prize award in 1901. The literary achievements of these authors play an essential role in the development of twentieth-century Hispanic literature. Although all the Hispanic prize recipients will be taken into account, we will concentrate on eight winners spanning the twentieth century, Gabriel García Márquez and Camilo José Cela among them. By studying limited selections of their representative works, of different genres, students gain an understanding of linguistic and ideological dimensions responsible for the Nobel award to each laureate.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Irene Mizrahi

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish
Fulfills Peninsular or Latin American post-1900 major requirement

SPAN 6653 Paradise Unbound: Literature and Nature in Latin America Fall 3
Course Description

Taking an earth-centered approach, this course studies the different representations of nature throughout the 20th and 21st century, and the relationship between man and the environment, man and animals, nature and gender, natural environment and indigenous movements, and the politics and economics of nature. Authors include Horacio Quiroga, Mario Vargas Llosa; and films such as The Accidental Eden, Avatar, and The Enemy God.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Cinthya Torres

Prerequisites: Contextos, concurrent enrolment in Contextos, or permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish. Elective for Hispanic Studies major or minor. Fulfills post-1900 Latin American requirement for major.

SPAN 6655 Writing and Memory in the Andean World Fall 3
Course Description

A survey of textual reconstructions of the Andean World from the histories of colonial times to nineteenth-century fictions of nation and community and twentieth-century debates. Readings will include works by authors such as Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Guaman Poma de Ayala, Clorinda Matta de Turner, Manuel Gonzlez Prado, Ricardo Palma, and Jos Mara Arguedas.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Sarah H. Beckjord

Prerequisites: Contextos, concurrent enrollment in Contextos, or permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish
Elective for Hispanic Studies major or minor
Fulfills pre-1900 Latin American requirement for major

SPAN 6657 Galdos: An Introduction Fall 3
Course Description

This course provides a survey of the literary production of Benito Perez Galdos, the foremost Spanish writer of the nineteenth century. Beginning with the author's famous discourse "La sociedad presente como materia novelable," we will study a range of Galdos's novels and short stories with a focus on his representations of nineteenth-century Spanish society. We will also examine film adaptations of Galdos's works, and discuss the author's continued relevance in Spanish culture.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Wan Tang

Prerequisites: Contextos, concurrent enrollment in Contextos, or permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish
Fulfills post-1800 Peninsular requirement for major

SPAN 6658 Don Quijote (Spanish) Spring 3
Course Description

Don Quijote is universally recognized as one of the most important texts of all literary history. Why? What does this funny, poignant book continue to say to ongoing generations? Students will read the entire text of Cervantes' masterpiece and consider its relationship to texts of other media and other ages (Velázquez, Cortázar, the Russian film version, and The Man of La Mancha, for example). Contextos extremely helpful.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Elizabeth Rhodes

Prerequisites: Contextos, concurrent enrollment in Contextos, or permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish
Fulfills the pre-1800 Peninsular requirement for Hispanic Studies majors.

SPAN 6659 The Hero's Other Half: Bad Guys and Girls in Early Modern Spain Spring 3
Course Description

Based on the idea that heroes depend on anti-heroes to exist, this course examines Early Modern Spanish heroic figures in light of social misfits and minorities, such as women, fools, and sinners. The changing nature of the heroic figure across the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries is considered.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Elizabeth Rhodes

Prerequisites: Contextos or permission of instructor.

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish. Fulfills Peninsular pre-1800 major requirement. Students who have taken SPAN6601 Texts of Reflection may not take this class.

SPAN 6660 Literature of the Hispanic Caribbean Spring 3
Course Description

This course will examine the literature of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean from the colonial period to the twentieth century. Particular attention will be given to the ways in which writers seek to represent social concerns related to issues of race, gender, criollo culture, and emerging nationalism in the context of aesthetic and political debates. Course materials will explore the phenomenon of transculturation in literature (essay, short story, autobiography, novel, poetry) as well as in film, music, and the visual arts.


Instructor(s): Sarah Beckjord

Prerequisites: Contextos, concurrent enrollment in Contextos, or permission of instructor.
Open to undergraduates with permission of instructor.

Cross listed with: AADS6660

Comments: Conducted in Spanish
Fulfills the pre-1800 requirement for Hispanic Studies Majors
Elective for Latin American Studies Minors

SPAN 6661 Contemporary Spanish Theater Spring 3
Course Description

An intense examination of post-Civil War Spanish drama. We will discuss the dramatic structure, stagecraft, and thematic content of ten plays written by exemplary figures such as Buero Vallego, Sastre, Arrabal, Olmo, Gala, Pedrero, and Manuela Reina. Special attention will be given to the national context, including the experience of dictatorship, transition, and democracy.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Irene Mizrahi

Prerequisites: Contextos or permission of instructor.

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish
Fulfills Peninsular post-1800 major requirement. Satisfies Foreign Language Proficiency core requirement.

SPAN 6662 Violence in Hispanic Culture Spring 3
Course Description

In this writing-intensive course, students will interrogate the nature and representation of violence in specific Peninsular and Latin American texts, from the pre-Columbian to the contemporary periods. Painting, plastic arts, cinema, and literature are considered. Discussion-based class meetings with heavy emphasis on vocabulary building.


Instructor(s): Elizabeth Rhodes

Prerequisites: Contextos

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish
Counts as an elective for the major and the minor

SPAN 6663 Postwar Spanish Novel Spring 3
Course Description

This course reflects the diversity of modern Spanish literature and the struggle to understand and translate history into art. We will study a representative selection of Spanish novels, taking into consideration historical and cultural circumstances (dictatorship and transition to democracy) as well as critical/theoretical materials relevant to the topic such as narrative, point of view, and spatial and temporal dimensions.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Irene Mizrahi

Prerequisites: Contextos, concurrent enrolment in Contextos, or permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish
Required for Hispanic Studies major or minor; priority for enrollment is given to them.
Fulfills post-1800 Peninsular requirement for major

SPAN 6664 Visions of the New World: Totems and Taboos in the New World Fall 3
Course Description

A survey of key texts from the period of discovery and conquest to the nineteenth century and connections to contemporary works. We will focus on the representation of the self and the Other in the New World, as well as on changing notions of civilization and barbarism, totem and taboo. Readings will be drawn from a variety of genres (travel writing, historiography, novel, short story, essay), and course materials will also include film and visual arts.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Sarah H. Beckjord

Prerequisites: Contextos or permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Fulfills pre-1800 requirement in Latin American literature for Hispanic Studies Majors.
Conducted in Spanish.

SPAN 6665 Meditations on Madness Fall 3
Course Description

This course will take an interdisciplinary and transatlantic approach to explore the relationship between madness and other major motifs such as love, creativity, reason, the uncanny, and the feminine. Through the exploration of various manifestations of madness in literature and the visual arts, we will trace the role it has played in Spanish and Spanish-American culture. We will discuss texts ranging from the Spanish Golden Age to contemporary Latin America.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Silvia Goldman

Prerequisites: Contextos, concurrent enrollment in Contextos, or permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish

SPAN 6667 Poetry, Generation of 27 Spring 3
Course Description

Detailed study of the essays, novels, poetry, and theater of major turn-of-the-century writers, including Unamuno, Baroja, A. Machado, and "Azorín."


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Irene Mizrahi

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Estudio avanzado for Hispanic Studies majors
Conducted in Spanish

SPAN 6668 The Experimental Tradition Spring 3
Course Description

Through a combination of poetry, theory and visual art this course will follow the impact of the historical avant-garde in Twentieth Century Latin America. Attention will be paid to the dialogue between different experimental and critical texts by a variety of poets and critics. From Csar Vallejo, Vicente Huidobro and Edgardo Antonio Vigo to critics such as Peter Brger and Beatriz Sarlo we will look at the evolution of Spanish American experimental poetics and the role they play in modern cultural history.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Ernesto Livon-Grosman

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish
Fulfills the post-1800 Latin American requirement for the Hispanic Studies major

SPAN 6669 Hispanic Women Writers, a Post-feminist Approach Fall 3
Course Description

This course re-examines well-known texts by Hispanic women in a post-feminist context. While the theoretical approach is feminist, we will tred the limitations of feminism to observe how inappropriate feminist interpretation can have a backlash against the text, and ultimately against feminism. Recommended for advanced students in Hispanic Studies.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Elizabeth Rhodes

Prerequisites: Contextos, concurrent enrolment in Contextos, or permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish

SPAN 6671 Introduction to Hispanic Film Fall 3
Course Description

It's easy to watch a movie, but can you see it? This course uses films of several genres from Spain and Latin America to teach students to view visual culture intelligently. Principles of mise en scne, sound, narrative games, and techniques of propaganda and horror are among the components studied. Students build on the skills acquired in Contextos (RL395), learning to apply them to visual media. Films include Fresas y Chocolate, Todo Sobre Mi Madre, Como Agua Para Chocolate, and others.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Elizabeth Rhodes

Prerequisites: SPAN3395 Contextos, or permission of instructor.

Cross listed with: FILM4471

Comments: Conducted in Spanish.

SPAN 6672 Spanish Romanticism Fall 3
Course Description

This course provides detailed analyses of major works (prose, poetry, and theater) of 19th-century Spanish Romanticism. The first part is dedicated to the historical romantic drama of Martnez de la Rosa, Duque de Rivas, Garca Gutirrez, Harzenbuch, and Zorilla. The second part concentrates on Larra's Artculos literarios y de costumbres, and the third focuses on the lyric poetry of Espronceda, Bcquer, Campoamor, and Rosala de Castro.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Irene Mizrahi

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish
Fulfills post-1800 Peninsular requirement

SPAN 6673 The Politics of Latin American Culture Fall 3
Course Description

This course will look at the Spanish American essay from the nineteenth century to the present following the historical evolution of the notion of the Americas. We will examine the process of Nation building vis a vis the political and intellectual challenges that defined the continental history of Latin America. The readings include a series of essays from Domingo Faustino Sarmiento and José Marti to Beatriz Sarlo and Carlos Monsivais in order to explore among others the notion of cultural Identity. Readings in English and Spanish.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Ernesto Livon-Grosman

Prerequisites: Contextos, concurrent enrolment in Contextos, or permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish. Fulfills post-1800 Latin American requirement for major. Elective for Hispanic Studies major or minor

SPAN 6674 Latin American Literature of the Fantastic Spring 3
Course Description

This course will examine the literary "fantastic" in Latin America, from its origins in the late 19th century to the internationally acclaimed works of the 20th. From early tales of the supernatural and the "marvelous" to the later avant-garde fictions, writers of the fantastic seek new and authentic ways of representing the human condition. We will consider essays by some of the authors concerning the practice of the fantastic as well as comparative works from other traditions.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Sarah Beckjord

Prerequisites: Contextos or permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish
Fulfills post-1900 requirement in Latin American literature for Hispanic Studies Majors
Elective for Latin American Studies Minors

SPAN 6675 Latin American Short Story Fall 3
Course Description

Rooted in local legends and popular traditions, the short story has firmly held relevance in the Latin America tradition, becoming one of the most popular genres of the last century. Drawing on cultural, social, and political processes, this course will show how the short story has evolved from earlier modes and genres, such as criollism, indigenism, avant-garde, realism, the boom, up to contemporary authors. In the last decades, writers have experimented with new aesthetics and topics reflecting their reality and the developments in the region. Some of the featured writers in this course include Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Juan Rulfo, Mario Vargas Llosa, Clarice Lispector, Edmundo Paz Soldan, Roberto Bolaño, and Daniel Alarcon. Weekly critical readings will supplement the assigned short stories. Class time will be divided into both lecture and discussion.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Cinthya Torres

Prerequisites: Contextos or permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish Fulfills post-1900 Latin American literature and culture distribution requirement

SPAN 6676 Navigating the Nation: Cityscapes and Countryside in Spanish literature and film of the 18th-21st Centuries Spring 3
Course Description

This course examines the portrayal of the Spanish city in conjunction or juxtaposed with the Spanish countryside in literature and film of the 18th-21st centuries, particularly as relates to the idea of forging a national identity. Topics to be explored include the concept of geographic determinism, the idea of a home-grown and country-bred Spanish identity, the dynamics of center versus periphery in the Spanish state, the processes of urban renewal and the development of the Spanish capital, and the social problems engendered by urbanization.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Wan Tang

Prerequisites: Contextos, concurrent enrolment in Contextos, or permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish Fulfills post-1800 Peninsular requirement for major

SPAN 6677 The Poetics of Violence in Literature Spring 3
Course Description

This course will explore the various meanings and representations of violence in fiction and cinema in Latin America. Drawing on current examples, we will look at how literature and cinema depict, enact and/or reject violence in the construction of their narratives. Authors may include Julio Ortega, Diamela Eltit, Rodrigo Rey Rosa, and Laura Restrepo.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Cinthya Torres

Prerequisites: Contextos, concurrent enrolment in Contextos, or permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish. Elective for Hispanic Studies major or minor. Fulfills post-1800 Latin American requirement for major

SPAN 6678 Early Spanish American Women Writers Fall 3
Course Description

A close study of the intellectual and literary productions of women writers from the colonial period and nineteenth century, with special attention to Sor Juana Ins de la Cruz. Readings will be drawn from different genres and will also include works by Catalina de Erauso, la Madre Castillo, Juana Manuela Gorriti, Clorinda Matto de Turner, and Gertrudis Gmez de Avellaneda, among others.


Instructor(s): Sarah H. Beckjord

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish
Fulfills pre-1900 requirement in Latin American literature for Hispanic Studies Majors

SPAN 6679 Memory and Affect Spring 3
Course Description

This course will explore how collective memory is narrated in post-dictatorial Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. Specifically, it will analyze the ways in which memorial sites and objects of memory (sculptures, films, testimonial writings, short stories, and performances) construct narratives of the recent past in these countries. We will then reflect broadly on the ways that trauma can be communicated and articulated. Through this framework, students will analyze memorial sites and various objects of memory for how they engage the question of how to remember that which has not been lived.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: Contextos, concurrent enrollment in Contextos, or permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Fulfills post-1800 Latin American requirement for major. Conducted in Spanish.

SPAN 6680 A Contrastive Analysis of Spanish and English Spring 3
Course Description

This course is a rigorous introduction to Spanish linguistics; especially, phonology and second language acquisition. Emphasis will be placed on a contrastive study of Spanish and English. This course is required of students seeking certification to teach Spanish in Massachusetts.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Kathy Lee

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish.
Elective for Hispanic Studies majors and minors.
Especially appropriate for LSOE students.

SPAN 6681 Representations of the Spanish Civil War Spring 3
Course Description

This course critically examines representations of the Spanish Civil War across various media including propaganda posters, photography, film, television, and literature. Students will analyze texts produced during the Spanish Civil War as well as posterior cultural production, focusing in particular on the intersections between art and ideology, and examining how representations of the civil conflict serve political, religious, or feminist ends.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): WanTang

Prerequisites: Contextos, concurrent enrolment in Contextos, or permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish. Fulfills post-1800 Peninsular requirement for major

SPAN 6683 Crossing Borders: Frontiers and Identities in Latin American Literature Fall 3
Course Description

Broadly defined, a frontier is a border-line or the dividing mark separating two countries and through which a community identifies itself in relation to their own territory and in opposition to others. Created to separate, frontiers are also bridges, spaces of exchange in which peoples, cultures, languages, and markets encounter and dialogue. By exploring narratives of fenced political borders, dislocated sovereignties, gated vs. marginalized communities, bilingualism and the politics of language, and gendered relations south of the border, this course will study the different meanings of frontier. Drawing on current examples, such as the US-Mexico border, we will look at different texts, films, music, visual arts, performance, cartography and testimonies that address the question of frontiers in order to explore ideas of identity, race, class, language, and citizenship in Latin America. Authors may include Gloria Anzaldua, Junot Diaz, Mayra Santos, and Mexican corridos.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Cinthya Torres

Prerequisites: Contextos, concurrent enrolment in Contextos, or permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish. Fulfills post-1800 Latin American requirement for major.

SPAN 6685 Applied Linguistics and Teaching Methodology in Spanish Spring 3
Course Description

The aim of this seminar is to provide students with a solid basis in the tenets of second language acquisition (SLA) and recent developments in the field of applied linguistics, with an emphasis on teaching methodology of the Spanish language. Students will develop a reflective attitude toward the teaching-learning process and acquire the required pedagogical tools and metalinguistic awareness to conduct successful teaching. Practical aspects such as class planning, selection and production of teaching materials, and students' assessment will be discussed throughout the semester. Among other projects, students will work on their own pedagogical materials portfolio with the professor's supervision.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Esther Gimeno Ugalde

Prerequisites: Open to Undergraduates with permission of instructor or completion of SPAN3395 (Contextos)

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish. Elective for Hispanic Studies major or minor

SPAN 6686 Latin American Film: Recent Trends Fall 3
Course Description

This course will explore some of the most recent trends in Latin American Film. From new forms of documentary film as a tool for social change all the way to the latest experimental cinema of the past two decades, we will look at what is really happening in Latin American cinema today.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Ernesto Livon-Grosman

Prerequisites: Contextos, concurrent enrollment in Contextos, or permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Fulfills post-1900 Latin American requirement for major.
Conducted in Spanish

SPAN 6687 Modern Andean Literature and Film Spring 3
Course Description

This is an introductory course to the literature and film of the Andean highlands of Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador in the 20th and 21st century. Through the study of literary, non-literary, and visual resources, this course explores the various ways through which indigenous people have been portrayed, celebrated but also misunderstood in literature and reality. Authors include Jorge Icaza, José María Arguedas, Laura Riesco, Edmundo Paz Soldan, and films such as La teta asustada and La sangre del condor.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Cinthya Torres

Prerequisites: Contextos, concurrent enrolment in Contextos, or permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish

Fulfills post-1900 Latin American requirement for major

Elective for Hispanic Studies major or minor

SPAN 6688 Modern and Postmodern Spanish Theater Spring 3
Course Description

The purpose of the course is to analyze Spanish theater from the post-Civil War period to present day. By examining such concepts as language, style, context, character, themes, and structure, the course will provide students with important tools for text analysis. Students will also learn how theater responds to the Spain of these historical times, how it wrestles with political and social issues facing the country during the modern and postmodern periods. Plays will also be discussed from the perspective of theory and politics of theater (i.e., different views of Public officials and theater professionals, young writers’ situation, opposition between alternative and commercial theater, and confrontation between authors and directors).


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Irene Mizrahi

Prerequisites: Contextos, concurrent enrolment in Contextos, or permission of instructor. Open to undergraduates with permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish. Fulfills post-1800 Peninsular requirement for major.

SPAN 6689 Modern and Postmodern Spanish Novel Spring 3
Course Description

The course acquaints students with the development of the genre from the 19th-century to the end of the 20th-century. Members of the class acquire a detailed knowledge of the form and content of a selected number of representative novels, and an ability to comment on its development and its major trends. The course will also apply a range of critical theories to the texts and situate them in relation to prior, or subsequent counterparts.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Irene Mizrahi

Prerequisites: Contextos, concurrent enrolment in Contextos, or permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish

SPAN 6690 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics Spring 3
Course Description

This course provides an introduction to Hispanic Linguistics, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. Course readings and activities will include discussions of selected topics in historical linguistics, language acquisition, linguistic variation, and sociolinguistics. The content of the course will help students to improve their understanding of relevant issues of contemporary Hispanic linguistics, as well as the linguistic properties with a focus on Spanish language.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Esther Gimeno Ugalde

Prerequisites: Contextos, concurrent enrollment in Contextos, or permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish
Elective for Hispanic Studies major or minor

SPAN 6693 Borges: an Introduction Fall 3
Course Description

This course will discuss Jorge Luis Borges's work and its multiple philosophical and cultural implications. We will read his prose and poetry in direct dialogue with his predecessors and followers. Looking at how Borges read other writers and other writers read him, we will map the genealogy that makes him one of the most important intellectuals of our time.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Ernesto Livon-Grosman

Prerequisites: Contextos, concurrent enrollment in Contextos, or permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish
Fulfills post-1900 Latin American requirement for major
Elective for Hispanic Studies major or minor

SPAN 6695 Gender Games, from El Cid to Almodovar Spring 3
Course Description

This course, whose title takes a cue from The Hunger Games, analyzes how culture "encourages" individuals to conform to a particular set of gender expectations at a given moment in history. Considering how texts of various genres and media represent what means to be "a man," "a woman," or someone who identifies with both or neither, we will analyze how various art forms respond to established gender norms to support or subvert them, from the Middle Ages through contemporary Spain. Prerequisites: RL395 Contextos and one other 600 level course. Fulfills pre-1800 Peninsular requirement for major. Course conducted in Spanish. Experience with gender analysis helpful but not necessary.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Elizabeth Rhodes

Prerequisites: SPAN3395 Contextos and one other 6000 level course.

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required for Hispanic Studies major or minor, priority for enrollment is given to them. Elective for Hispanic Studies major or minor. Fulfills pre-1800 Peninsula requirement for major.

SPAN 6696 Mystery Films of Latin America Fall 3
Course Description

This course explores Latin American mystery films in order to expose shared concerns about politics, race, and culture. Special attention will be given to the rhetorical construction of suspense as well as the acquisition of film criticism. Readings will be mostly in Spanish with some in English. This course requires that, in addition to critical readings, students watch movies twice outside of class time in preparation for class discussion.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Ernesto Livon-Grosman

Prerequisites: Contextos or permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish. Fulfills post-1900 requirement in Latin American literature for Hispanic Studies majors.

SPAN 9901 Advanced Textual Analysis in Spanish Fall 3
Course Description

An intensive writing workshop designed to improve students' skills in textual analysis. This course includes the practice of various types of professional writing: summaries, critical analyses, book reviews, and oral presentations. Students confront a sophisticated range of critical terms from the fields of linguistics and critical theory and practice using those terms. Class members engage in peer review, summarize critical readings, and conduct advanced bibliographic research.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Irene Mizrahi

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish. Required of all beginning graduate students in Hispanic Studies.

SPAN 9905 History of the Spanish Language: from its Latin roots to Contemporary Spanish Fall 3
Course Description

This course introduces students to the linguistic development of the Spanish language from its Latin roots to Contemporary Spanish. The focus of study will be on the sociocultural, historical and literary influences that have affected the evolution of the Spanish language around the world. The course will describe both the internal (linguistic) factors and external (social, economic and political) factors that have impacted language changes. Special emphasis will be also given to the status of Spanish today. It will critically analyze its presence in all four continents, its impact on U.S. society, current and emerging language policies and ideologies, and the role of the Language Academies and the Association of Spanish Language Academies in its standardization and international diffusion. In addition to analyzing the presence of Spanish in the U.S., Guinea Equatorial and the Philippines, students will also learn about the history of Judeo Spanish and its status in the world today.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Esther Gimeno-Ugalde

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: This course is designed for graduate students who are especially interested in Linguistics, as well as for undergraduate students who are majoring or minoring in Hispanic Studies and have an excellent command of the Spanish language. Open to undergraduate students who have already taken Contextos (SPAN3395). Counts as an elective of Hispanic Studies major or minor.

SPAN 9907 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics Spring 3
Course Description

This course provides an introduction to Hispanic Linguistics, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. Course readings and activities will include discussions of selected topics in historical linguistics, language acquisition, linguistic variation, and sociolinguistics. The content of the course will help students to improve their understanding of relevant issues of contemporary Hispanic linguistics, as well as the linguistic properties with a focus on Spanish language.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Esther Gimeno Ugalde

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish

SPAN 9910 The Latin American Documentary Fall 3
Course Description

This course focuses on the Latin American documentary cinema in order to explore the aesthetic and critical trends of its most important films and to expose shared concerns about politics, race and culture. How are those films shaped by always changing social circumstances? What do they tell us about Latin America’s past and present political realities? And how do they relate to other documentary practices outside Latin America? We will see films and read texts by Albertina Carri, Nicolasito Guillén Landrián, Carlos Reygadas, Fernando Solanas, Bill Nichols and Robert Stam among others. This class requires that in addition to critical readings students watch movies outside class time. Class in Spanish, readings in English and Spanish.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Ernesto Livon-Grosman

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Class in Spanish, readings in English and Spanish.

SPAN 9912 Contemporary Spanish Drama Spring 3
Course Description

This course studies modern and post modern trends in Spanish theater from the post-Civil War period to the end of the 20th-Century by analyzing representative plays by authors such as Antonio Buero Vallejo, Alfonso Sastre, Fernando Arrabal, Ana Diosdado, Paloma Pedrero, and Juan Mayorga.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Irene Mizrahi

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish

SPAN 9913 Medieval Spanish Literature Fall 3
Course Description

Chronologically broad, politically chaotic, and religiously charged, the Spanish Middle Ages were also a literary cornucopia, abounding in epic poetry, oriental folktales, gaming treatises, ballads, erotic poetry, and novelistic stirrings. While gaining an overview of the entire literary spectrum, students will pay particular attention to the Poema de mio Cid, Libro de buen amor, and Celestina. The works' social, artistic, and historical contexts will be considered in detail.


Instructor(s): Dwayne E. Carpenter

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish.

SPAN 9914 Heroic Paradigms of Early Modern Spain Spring 3
Course Description

This course takes a historicist approach to the changing figure of the hero across Spain's imperial age (1492-1650), examining texts of multiple genres. An introduction to the period, it examines the role of the imagination in the production of and representation of history. Parallels with twentieth-century American imperial icons are encouraged: Amadeus de Gaula with Luke Skywalker, the literary shepherds with the hippies, the picaros (and picaras) with sports heroes, saints with rock stars, Baroque poets with inhabitants of the Matrix.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Elizabeth Rhodes

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish.

SPAN 9920 The Spanish Civil War in Words and Images Fall 3
Course Description

This course critically examines representations of the Spanish Civil War across various media including propaganda posters, photography, film, television, and literature. Students will analyze texts produced during the Spanish Civil War as well as posterior cultural production, focusing in particular on the intersections between art and ideology, and examining how representations of the civil conflict serve political, religious, or feminist ends. Secondary readings will draw upon a range of theoretical frameworks, including Marxist, feminist, and trauma theory.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Wan Tang

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish. Open to undergraduates with permission of instructor.

SPAN 9936 Seminar on Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz and the Baroque Literary Culture of New Spain Spring 3
Course Description

We will begin with a consideration of some important statements concerning the nature of the “barroco de Indias” and the relationship of criollo productions to Peninsular literary trends. The main focus will be close readings of a selection of both canonical and lesser-known lyrical, dramatic, and epistolary works in historical context, with an eye to grasping the aesthetic and ethical dimensions of her work.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Sarah Beckjord

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish
Open to undergraduates with permission of instructor

SPAN 9938 Reading Portraits: Poetry and Painting in Baroque Spain Spring 3
Course Description

This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to exploring one of the most important aspects of Golden Age Spanish culture: the relationship between poetry and painting. We will examine poetical texts that present the perspective of poets who painted, who wrote about painters and paintings, and who reflected on their own painted portraits. With the help of visual materials, we will study the aesthetic problems inherent to ekphrastic poetry, and its relationship with emblematic literature.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Leticia Mercado

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Conducted in Spanish

SPAN 9940 Dramatic Syntax in Early Modern Spanish Theater Spring 3
Course Description

This seminar considers the ontological syntax of seventeenth-century comedia,studying in particular the dynamic of subject versus object on the imperial stage. What constitutes an objectifying plot? Who can constitute a legitimate theatrical subject, and under what conditions, during the age of slavery, mysticism, and magic? Dramatic works by men and women, religious and secular, are studied.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Elizabeth Rhodes

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Conducted in Spanish

SPAN 9943 Historiography, Memory, and Autobiography in Colonial Latin American Texts Spring 3
Course Description

The European encounter with the New World brought about violent conflict and posed intellectual and material challenges perhaps unprecedented in Western civilization. In this course we will undertake a close study of the fascinating and extraordinarily rich works at the origins of the Latin American literary tradition, exploring literary themes such as discovery and shipwreck, possession and loss, and the ways in which authors use them to inscribe themselves as narrators. We will review the range of medieval and renaissance discursive practices at play in the texts and the ways that authors employ and subvert them, as well as critical debates and approaches of our times.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Sarah H. Beckjord

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Conducted in Spanish

SPAN 9944 Historiography, Memory, and Autobiography in Colonial Spanish-American Texts Fall 3
Course Description

An in-depth examination of narrative technique in major chronicles of the Conquest of America. We will explore the ways in which these authors inscribe themselves as narrators as well as their writings in the context the historiographical tradition and humanist norms for historiography. Consideration will also be given to recent thinking on problems of writing history. Special attention will be given to the Historia verdadera by Bernal Daz and the Comentarios reales by Garcilaso Inca de la Vega. Theoretical readings by White, de Certeau, Rigney, Cohn, and Lejeune.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Sarah Beckjord

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Conducted in Spanish.

SPAN 9950 Introduction to Literary Theory Fall 3
Course Description

Organized as a seminar, this course will discuss some of the most influential theoretical schools of the last hundred years. From Structuralism, through Deconstruction to Cultural Studies and beyond, we will read a selection of essays as if in direct dialogue with each other not so much to create a linear sense of history but to point at the different concerns put forward by each of them. Those readings will include works by Roland Barthes, Jacques Derrida, Clifford Geertz, Barbara Johnson, Josefina Ludmer, Carlos Monsivais, Silviano Santiago, and Néstor García Canclini among others.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Ernesto Livon-Grosman

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Conducted in Spanish

SPAN 9952 Spanish Romanticism Spring 3
Course Description

In this course we will study the major works (prose, poetry, and theater) of nineteenth-century Spanish Romanticism. We will consider romantic irony, as well as the relations of gender differences to literature, and read essays in criticism, feminist history, theory, and interpretation.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Irene Mizrahi

Prerequisites: None

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Comments:

SPAN 9955 Literature and Culture of the Baroque Fall 3
Course Description

A close study of major Spanish-American works of the seventeenth century with special emphasis on Sor Juana. We will begin with a review of important twentieth-century statements concerning the nature and importance of the "barroco de Indias" and baroque culture in general as a framework for our readings. Texts will be drawn from a variety of genres, including poetry, narrative, theater, and historiography, and we will read them with an eye to common themes and stylistic concerns, from strategies of self-portrayal (revelation, apology, disguise) to explorations of the criollo world and imaginative attempts to escape from its strictures.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Sarah Beckjord

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Conducted in Spanish.

SPAN 9961 The Dynamics of Dissent in Contemporary Spanish-American Novels Fall 3
Course Description

A study of the ideological formation and stylistic development of major Spanish American novelists of the twentieth century, with special attention to the "Boom" and "post-Boom" periods. Works by such writers as Carpentier, Fuentes, Vargas Llosa, Allende, Garcia, Marquez, Poniatowska, Mastretta, and Ferre, among others, will be examined in detail. Focus on structure, characterization, and use of language will lead to an understanding of the directions that genre has taken in recent decades.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Harry L. Rosser

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish.

SPAN 9962 Machos ibericos: (De)constructing Masculinity in Contemporary Spain Fall 3
Course Description

This course critically examines representations of masculinity in Spanish literature, television and film from the 19th-21st centuries. Drawing upon sociological, psychoanalytical, and feminist theory, students will focus on the evolution of distinct masculine types that have permeated the Spanish imagination ranging from Zorilla’s alpha male don Juan to Almodovar’s gender fluid transexuals. Throughout the semester, the class will question the construction and legitimation of certain masculine models as a function of age, social class, race, and national identity.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Wan Tang

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Conducted in Spanish

SPAN 9965 Modern and Postmodern Spanish Short Story Spring 3
Course Description

The course acquaints students with the development of the genre since the end of the 19th century. Members of the class acquire a detailed knowledge of a selected number of representative works covering the main themes and techniques of the genre, and an ability to comment on its development and its major trends. We will also apply a range of critical theories to the texts and situate them in relation to prior, or subsequent counterparts.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Irene Mizrahi

Prerequisites: None

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Comments:

SPAN 9967 Contemporary Spanish Novel Fall 3
Course Description

An in-depth study of the Spanish novel from post-war to post-Franco. We will discuss the works and their evolution from Social Realism to New Realism in the context of political, social, and cultural changes. We will also pay attention to the way in which the Spanish novel has interfaced with trends in Europe and the Americas. Theoretical selections from formalism to post-structuralism will be considered as well.


Instructor(s): Irene Mizrahi

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Conducted in Spanish.

SPAN 9973 The Latin American 60's Fall 3
Course Description

From essays and fiction to protest songs and underground films, this course explores the dramatic political, and cultural changes triggered by the revolutionary movements of the sixties in Latin America. Special attention will be paid to the relation between politics and literature, women's role in society and the emergence of new genres like the testimonial novel and Latin America's cinema verite in light of today's renewed concern for the relation between art and politics. We will analyze, among others, works by Ariel Dorfman, Ernesto "Che" Guevara, Nicolasito Guillén Landrin, Elena Poniatowska and Pino Solanas.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Ernesto Livon-Grosman

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish.

SPAN 9974 Latin American Cityscapes Spring 3
Course Description

This course will explore, through essays, fiction and films the development of the modern Latin American city in its historical context. We will look at the cultural and political implications of its evolution, from patterns of space distribution to inner city violence and ecological crisis looking closely at social issues and their representations. Works by Walter Benjamin, Roberto Arlt, Fernando Vallejo, Beatriz Sarlo and Hugo Santiago among others.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Ernesto Livon-Grosman

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Course taught in Spanish, readings and films in Spanish and English

SPAN 9980 Fictions of the Present: After the Boom Fall 3
Course Description

Whether praised by its supporters as a moment that placed Latin American literature on the international map or condemned by its detractors as a commercial success, the Boom was a complex cultural phenomenon that sought to break from tradition and experiment with new narrative techniques. Starting in the 1970's, and gaining notoriety in the following decade, writers appear to reject the Boom´s emphasis on cosmopolitanism, aesthetic experimentation, and a questioning of conventional reality. While a Post-Boom period is nonetheless far from a unified movement, some common traits that stand out are an interest in simpler narrative, a conscious return to referentiality and the emergence of voices largely absent until then. This course will begin with a reconsideration of the Boom and its legacies, and from there study some of the most representative voices that appeared in the last decades. Authors include Vargas Llosa, Garcia Marquez, Manuel Puig, Alberto Fuguet, and Roberto Bolano.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Cinthya Torres

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Conducted in Spanish

SPAN 9982 The Art of the Short Story in Spanish America Fall 3
Course Description

Beginning with the elements of oral tradition as reflected in early writings, the development of the genre of the short story will be traced to the present. Attention will be given to major literary currents and their effects on form and content.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Harry L. Rosser

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish.

SPAN 9985 Applied Linguistics and Teaching Methodology in Spanish Spring 3
Course Description

The aim of this seminar is to provide students with a solid basis in the tenets of second language acquisition (SLA) and recent developments in the field of applied linguistics, with an emphasis on teaching methodology of the Spanish language. Students will develop a reflective attitude toward the teaching-learning process and acquire the required pedagogical tools and metalinguistic awareness to conduct successful teaching. Practical aspects such as class planning, selection and production of teaching materials, and students’ assessment will be discussed throughout the semester. Among other projects, students will work on their own pedagogical materials portfolio with the professor’s supervision.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Esther Gimeno Ugalde

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: The course is designed for graduate students who already have some experience in teaching and are looking for specific training in language teaching, as well as for undergraduate students with an excellent command of Spanish who are interested in language teaching.

SPAN 9996 Paradigms of Seeing: Advanced Film Analysis Spring 3
Course Description

This seminar introduces students to fundamentals and advanced concepts of film analysis, such as mise en scne, narrative and thematic structures, as well as theories of cinematography. Films used to illustrate these concepts are by Spanish, Latin American and Caribbean filmmakers of the last forty years. A workshop course in analysis, the class will not include the history of film nor the relationship between literature and cinema, but will emphasize skills of seeing and analyzing the artistic components of the medium, preparing students for continued film studies and teaching film.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Elizabeth Rhodes

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish