Spanish Program

Spanish Department Courses

SPAN 110 Basic Sequence I

An intensive language course that teaches the basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing the language. This course also includes relevant cultural material.

SPAN 120 Basic Sequence II (FL)

Continues the development of the four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. This course also serves as a brief introduction to the study of culture and literature. Prerequisite: SPAN 110, its equivalent, or credit by examination.

SPAN 210 Conversation and Composition (W2)

This course further develops language skills and introduces students to textual analysis and literary composition. Prerequisite: SPAN 120, its equivalent, or credit by examination. Students who have already taken a 300-level course or higher in Spanish, are not to enroll in this course except by consent of instructor.

SPAN 220 Advanced Grammar and Composition (W2)

A study of advanced grammar and syntax. Open to students who have completed the basic sequence, this course further develops knowledge of grammar and writing skills. Prerequisite: SPAN 120, its equivalent, or credit by examination. Students who have alrady taken a 300-level course or higher in Spanish are not to enroll in this course except by consent of instructor.

SPAN 251 Medical Spanish

An introduction to the specialized Spanish terminology used in the medical field. This course assumes an intermediate knowledge of Spanish and will be primarily taught during Maymester. Prerequisites: SPAN 210 or placement into a 300-level Spanish course.

SPAN 310 Survey of Spanish Literature to 1800 (LS, W2)

An overview of Spanish literature from the Cid through the poets and dramatists of the Golden Age. Prerequisite: SPAN 210, SPAN 220, or consent of instructor.

SPAN 320 Survey of Spanish Literature since 1800 (LS, W2)

An overview of Spanish literature from the Romantic movement of the early 19th century to contemporary works. Prerequisite: SPAN 210, SPAN 220, or consent of instructor.

SPAN 330 Survey of Latin-American Literature (LS, W2)

An overview of Spanish-language Latin-American literature from pre-Columbian times to the present. Prerequisite: SPAN 210, SPAN 220, or consent of instructor.

SPAN 335 Latin American Poetry (LS, W2)

A study of the most recognized figures in Latin American poetry. Special attention is given to works produced by women and working-class poets. Prerequisite: SPAN 210, SPAN 220, or consent of instructor.

SPAN 340 Modernism and Vanguardism (LS, W2)

A study of Iberoamerican literature of the late 19th and first half of the 20th century. The course includes the study of figures such as Rubén Darío, José Martí, Antonio Machado, Federico García Lorca, Gabriel García Márquez, Pablo Neruda, etc. Prerequisite: SPAN 210, SPAN 220, or consent of instructor.

SPAN 350 Latin American Essay (LS, W2)

An overview of the history and evolution of Latin American thought through fundamental essays that focus on the political positions, ideologies, identity, economic programs, and philosophical perspectives of great essayists of Spanish letters. Prerequisite: SPAN 210, SPAN 220, or consent of instructor.

SPAN 360 Queer Literature in Spain (LS, W2)

This course explores peninsular Spanish literary production of topics related to queer and gay during the 20th and 21st centuries in Spain. Objecives include acquisition of broad knowledge about LGBTQ works and authors, recognition of the diversity in style and topics of this literary production, and an understanding of the evolution of Spanish gay literature from the early 20th century to the present. Genres treated include novels, essays, poetry and short stories. Prerequisite: SPAN 210, SPAN 220, or consent of instructor.

SPAN 370 Love, Sex and Romance in 20th and 21st Century Short Story (LS, W2)

In this course we read contemporary peninsular short stories that deal with love in its various forms, including familial love, romance, sexual and erotic relationships. We examine previously ignored topics in Spanish literature including domestic violence, fetishism and the use of new technologies in personal relationships. Special attention is paid to issus of gender when reading authors such as Lucia Etxebarria, Espido Freire and Jasone Osoro. Some Spanish translations from Galician and Basque—other official languages of Spain—are also treated. Prerequisite: SPAN 210, SPAN 220, or consent of instructor.

SPAN 390 Studies in Popular Hispanic Culture

A course designed to offer students an opportunity to study a current topic of interest in Spanish and Spanish American literature and culture through the reading of a wide variety of literary and cultural texts. Topics vary by semester. Prerequisite: SPAN 210, SPAN 220, or consent of instructor.

SPAN 410 The Latin American Short Story (LS, W2)

A study of the genre with particular emphasis on works of the 20th century. Prerequisite: SPAN 210, SPAN 220, or consent of instructor.

SPAN 430 Poetry of the Golden Age (LS, W2)

An in-depth study of the Renaissance and Baroque poetry of the 16th and 17th centuries in Spain. Prerequisite: SPAN 210, SPAN 220, or consent of instructor.

SPAN 450 The Generation of ‘98 (LS, W2)

A study of the authors of the Generation of ’98 and of Ortega y Gasset. Prerequisite: SPAN 210, SPAN 220, or consent of instructor.

SPAN 460 Spanish Poetry & Drama of the Generations of ’98 and ’27 (LS, W2)

A study of the poetry of the Generations of ’98 and ’27; concentration is on the poetry and drama of García Lorca. Prerequisite: SPAN 210, SPAN 220, or consent of instructor.

SPAN 473 The Conquest of America (HP)

A study of the conquest and colonization of Latin America as portrayed by historical and literary texts. Indigenous accounts and the chronicles of conquistadors such as Columbus and Cortés are studied. Theoretical interpretive texts by Tzetvan Todorov and Beatriz Pastor Bodmer are also studied. Prerequisite: SPAN 210, SPAN 220, or consent of instructor.

SPAN 474 Indigenous Representations in Latin America (CW, LS, W2)

An examination of the influence that the indigenous populations, past and present, have had on contemporary works from Latin America. Works studied may include texts by Arguedas or Asturias, who both show indigenous influence in their narrative style, or works by Castellanos or Vargas Llosa, who both deal with the treatment of the indigenous and their beliefs. Prerequisite: SPAN 210, SPAN 220, or consent of instructor.

SPAN 475 Politics, Human Rights, and Vocation in Latin American Literature (CW)

An introduction to major works and literary figures who have shaped the political and cultural landscape of Latin America. This course examines the way that a person’s vision of social change has entered into political discourse and the role that vocation plays in that interaction. Topics include liberation theology and authors such as Menchú Tum and Freire. Prerequisite: SPAN 210, SPAN 220, or consent of instructor.

SPAN 480 New Trends (LS, W2)

A survey of new literary trends in Iberoamerican literature, with emphasis on popular genres, science fiction, and the historical novel. Attention is given to postmodernist concepts and literary production. Prerequisite: SPAN 210, SPAN 220, or consent of instructor.

SPAN 485 Gender and Power in the Latin American Novel (LS)

A course geared toward the reading of novels that have captured international attention and deal with questions of gender, socioeconomic classes, and power. Authors studied may include Gabriel García Márquez and Isabel Allende. Prerequisite: SPAN 210, SPAN 220, or consent of instructor.

SPAN 488 Echoes of the Spanish Civil War (LS, HP, W2)

This course studies the Spanish Civil War using films and texts set during this period. We study not only what happened in Spain from 1936-1939, but also the circumstances which led to the war and the long-term consequences of this conflict. Historical information from before, during and after the war as well as the ideologies of both sides as expressed in songs, anthems and propaganda are examined. Prerequisite: SPAN 210, SPAN 220, or consent of instructor.

SPAN 490 Special Topics

An intensive study of primary and secondary sources dealing with a specific topic or author. Prerequisite: SPAN 210, SPAN 220, or consent of instructor.