SPAN 101. Elementary Spanish
This course introduces the basic structures of the Spanish language, everyday vocabulary and cultural situations. Students practice all four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) in Spanish. Taught five days a week in Spanish. Prerequisite: none (Placement score for students with previous experience in Spanish). 6 cr., ND; NE, FallStaff
SPAN 102. Elementary Spanish
This course introduces complex sentences and various tenses and short literary and cultural texts. Students practice all four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) in Spanish. Taught five days a week in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 101 or placement score. 6 cr., ND; NE, WinterStaff
SPAN 103. Intermediate Spanish
This course continues the study of complex sentence patterns and reviews basic patterns in greater depth, partly through the discussion of authentic short stories. Students practice all four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) in Spanish. Taught five days a week in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 102 or placement score. 6 cr., ND; NE, SpringStaff
SPAN 204. Intermediate Spanish
Through discussion of literary and cultural texts and films, as well as a review of grammar, this course aims to help students acquire greater skill and confidence in both oral and written expression. Taught three days a week in Spanish. Some Spanish 204 sections include a service-learning component, to enrich students' understanding of course material by integrating academic study with public service. The language classes team up with the Northfield public schools to help both Northfield and Carleton students improve their language skills. Prerequisite: Spanish 103 or placement score. 6 cr., ND; NE, Fall,Winter,SpringStaff
SPAN 205. Conversation and Composition
A course designed to develop the student's oral and written mastery of Spanish. Advanced study of grammar. Compositions and conversations based on cultural and literary topics. There is also an audio-video component focused on current affairs. Prerequisite: Spanish 204 or proficiency. 6 cr., ND; LA, IS, Fall,Winter,SpringJ. Brioso, H. Huergo
SPAN 206. Mexico Program: Grammar and Conversation
Together with a review of key grammar topics of previous language classes, this course takes advantage of on-site resources to further develop communicative skills in Spanish. The strong emphasis on studentsâ€™ projects and presentations, as well as interactions with the native setting are geared toward a greater fluency in oral Spanish. This class is especially oriented to students who have completed Spanish 204. Prerequisite: Spanish 204. 6 cr., ND; LA, IS, Not offered in 2010-2011.
SPAN 207. Exploring Hispanic Culture
Designed for the person who wants to develop greater fluency in speaking, writing, and reading Spanish in the context of a broad introduction to Hispanic culture. Short stories, plays, poems, films, and short novels are read with the goal of enhancing awareness of Hispanic diversity and stimulating classroom discussion. Prerequisite: Spanish 204 or proficiency. 6 cr., ND, RAD; LA, IS, Not offered in 2010-2011.
SPAN 208. Coffee and News
An excellent opportunity to brush up your Spanish while learning about current issues in Spain and Latin America. The class meets only once a week for an hour. Class requirements include reading specific sections of Spain's leading newspaper, El PaÃÂs, everyday on the internet (El PaÃÂs), and then meeting once a week to exchange ideas over coffee with a small group of students like yourself. Prerequisite: Spanish 204 or proficiency. 2 cr., S/CR/NC, ND; LA, IS, Fall,Winter,SpringJ. Brioso
SPAN 209. Spanish Seminar in Madrid: Current News
This course is a discussion of current events affecting Spain as reflected in the daily press. 6 cr., ND; LA, IS, FallH. Huergo
SPAN 210. Mexico Program: Grammar and Writing
While expanding communicative skills, this class focuses on compound sentence grammar and structures beyond the sentence level, and includes an intensive practice of different registers and varieties of writing in Spanish. Written work and in-class discussion focus on relevant aspects of Mexican and Latin American social reality. This class is especially oriented to students who have already completed Spanish 205. Prerequisite: Spanish 204. 6 cr., AL; LA, IS, Not offered in 2010-2011.
SPAN 220. Magical Realism in Latin American Narrative
Is it real? A concern with the interplay between reality and fiction rests at the heart of Magical Realism--a mode of discourse and a perspective on the problem of representation that informs a good many of the best known works in Latin American literature. This course will examine works in translation by authors such as Alejo Carpentier, Gabriel GarcÃa MÃ¡rquez, Julio CortÃ¡zar, Isabel Allende, Laura Esquivel. We'll close the course with a nod to those authors who reject Magical Realism as the primary mode of fiction in Latin American prose. In translation. No prerequisities. 6 cr., AL, RAD; LA, IS, FallB. Boling
SPAN 238. Images of the Indian in Spanish American Literature
After a historical survey of the relationship between national projects of social organization and the indigenous populations of the area, this course focuses on Indigenismo as a set of social discourses attempting to represent "the Indian," and on key works by Icaza (Ecuador), Asturias (Guatemala), Arguedas (Peru), and Castellanos (Mexico). While considering the specific literary quality of this writing, we will contrast its representation of "the Indian," with indigenous self-representation in oral-popular tradition and through intellectuals like Domitila Barrios, Rigoberta MenchÃº, Bernabe Condori and others, to better understand the relationship between official culture and its Other. Prerequisite: Spanish 204 or proficiency. 6 cr., AL; LA, IS, Not offered in 2010-2011.
SPAN 240. Introduction to Spanish Literature
This course will examine the uniqueness of Spanish literature from the Middle Ages to the present. What is unique about Spanish literature? The meeting of Arabs, Christians, and Jews; the discovery of the Indies as told by Christopher Columbus; the enormous cultural and ethnic complexity of the conquest of the New World; the creation of the modern novel in the Lazarillo and its destruction in Cervante's Don Quixote; the mystic eroticism of St. Therese and St. John of the Cross; the ruminative poetry of Antonio Machado and the mythical poetry of Lorca. Prerequisite: Spanish 204 or proficiency. 6 cr., AL; LA, IS, Not offered in 2010-2011.
SPAN 242. Introduction to Latin American Literature
An introductory course to reading major texts in Spanish provides an historical survey of the literary movements within Latin American literature from the pre-Hispanic to the contemporary period. Recommended as a foundation course for further study. Not open to seniors. Prerequisite: Spanish 204 or proficiency. 6 cr., AL, RAD; LA, IS, WinterS. LÃ³pez
SPAN 243. Latin American Theater in Translation: Nation, Power, Gender
Introduction to key themes and modes of production in twentieth century theater in Latin America. We will read representative plays from established playwrights such as Rodolfo Usigli, Griselda Gambaro, Manuel Puig, Sabina Berman, Mario Vargas Llosa, Mario Benedetti, Ariel Dorfman, Susana Torres Molina among others. The course will be organized around themes of national and cultural identity, relations of power, and the (de)construction of gender. Students will be asked to put on scenes and develop areas of research. Prerequisite: Spanish 204 or proficiency. 6 cr., AL; LA, IS, Not offered in 2010-2011.
SPAN 244. Spain Today: Recent Changes through Narrative and Film
Since the death of Franco in 1975, Spain has undergone huge political, socio-economic, and cultural transformations. Changes in the traditional roles of women, the legalization of gay marriage, the decline of the Catholic church, the increase of immigrants, Catalan and Basque nationalisms, and the integration of Spain in the European Union, have all challenged the definition of a national identity. Through contemporary narrative and film, this course will examine some of these changes and how they contribute to the creation of what we call Spain today. Prerequisite: Spanish 204 or proficiency. 6 cr., AL, RAD; LA, IS, SpringP. Ãlvarez-Blanco
SPAN 247. Spanish Seminar in Madrid: Spanish Art from El Greco to Picasso
This course is a survey of Spanish art from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries. Classes will meet at some of the finest museums in Madrid, including the Prado Museum and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (Museum of Modern Art). Art lectures will be supplemented by field trips to Toledo, Barcelona, Cordoba, and Seville. Prerequisite: Spanish 204 or proficiency. 4 cr., AL; LA, IS, FallNon-Carleton Faculty
SPAN 250. Spanish Cinema
This course will study Spanish film from 1950s to the present. Through the study of the social and political processes involved in the conception of time and memory we will discuss the work of internationally recognized filmmakers such as Luis BuÃ±uel, Luis GarcÃa Berlanga, Mario Camus, Carlos Saura, Victor Erice and Pedro AlmodÃ³var. Extra time. Prerequisites: Spanish 204 or proficiency. 6 cr., AL; LA, IS, Not offered in 2010-2011.
SPAN 252. Love Stories in Latin American Prose
From soap operas (culebrones) and popular romance novels (la novela rosa) to stories written by Gabriel GarcÃa MÃ¡rquez and Laura Esquivel, love stories never seem to lose their appeal. In this course we will read a popular Spanish romance novel by CorÃn Tellado, watch a Latin American soap opera, and read and discuss variations on the basic novela rosa by Latin American authors. Among possible authors studied are Gabriel GarcÃa MÃ¡rquez, Laura Esquivel, DaÃna Chaviano, ZoÃ© ValdÃ©s, Manuel Puig, Isabel Allende, Gioconda Belli, Mayra Montero. Prerequisite: Spanish 204 or proficiency. 6 cr., AL, RAD; LA, IS, Not offered in 2010-2011.
SPAN 255. Women Dramatists in Latin America: Staging Conflicts
This course examines contemporary plays written by Latin American women from a gendered perspective. Issues range from women and political repression to a critique of gender roles. As we read the plays, we will consider both the literary qualities of dramatic texts and the semiotics of staging and its potential for reconceptualizing womenâ€™s roles in Latin American society and culture. Possible dramatists are Luisa Josefina HernÃ¡ndez, Rosario Castellanos, Griselda Gambaro, Elena Garro, Sabina Berman, Susana Torres Molina, Marcela del RÃo. Prerequisite: Spanish 204 or proficiency. 6 cr., AL, RAD; LA, IS, Not offered in 2010-2011.
SPAN 256. Lorca, BuÃ±uel, and DalÃ: Poetry, Film, and Painting in Spain
Lorca, BuÃ±uel, and DalÃ attended the same college in Madrid. It was the 1920s and the young were truly young and almost everything was possible. Soon Lorca became DalÃ's secret lover and muse, inspiring many of his early paintings and launching his career in the artistic circles of Barcelona and Madrid. At the same time, DalÃ collaborated with BuÃ±uel in two landmarks of experimental cinema--The Andalusian Dog and The Golden Age. This course examines the friendship between the three artists and their place in the history of twentieth-century art, film, and literature. Extra time. Prerequisite: Spanish 205 or proficiency. 6 cr., AL; LA, IS, Not offered in 2010-2011.
SPAN 259. Mexico Program: Images of Mexico in Literature and Popular Culture
Readings and discussion in this course focus on the cultural construction of "lo mexicano" (Mexicanness). Particular attention is paid to some cultural aspects of the Puebla-Veracruz area, and the human experiences and the ideological issues arising from the Mexico-United States cross-border situation. Prerequisite: Spanish 204 or proficiency. 6 cr., AL; LA, IS, Not offered in 2010-2011.
SPAN 260. Forces of Nature
This course examines nature and its relationship to Latin American identity across the last 200 years, but with emphasis on the twentieth century. Paradise regained and lost, monster or endangered habitat, nature plays a central role in Latin American development and its literature. Its literary image has varied greatly in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, at times suggesting the lost Garden of Eden, at other times mirroring human cruelty, and recently coming center stage in the ecological novel. Among the authors studied in this course are Sarmiento, Quiroga, Gallegos, Rulfo, Seplveda, Belli, and Montero. Prerequisite: Spanish 204 or proficiency. 6 cr., AL, RAD; LA, IS, Not offered in 2010-2011.
SPAN 261. Mexico Program: The Old and the New in Contemporary Mexico
This course presents a survey of political, social, economic, and religious institutions and movements of contemporary Mexico, with attention paid also to their historical background. Classes are supplemented by visits to relevant sites and by lectures by local intellectuals when appropriate. Prerequisites: Spanish 204 or proficiency. 6 cr., ND; LA, IS, Not offered in 2010-2011.
SPAN 262. Myth and History in Central American Literature
In this course we study the relationship between myth and history in Central America since its origins in the Popol Vuh, the sacred texts of the Mayans until the period of the post-civil wars era. The course is organized in a chronological manner. We will study, in addition to the Popol Vuh, the chronicles of Alvarado, some poems by RubÃ©n DarÃo and Francisco Gavidia, some of the writings of Miguel Ãngel Asturias and SalarruÃ©. The course will end with a study of critical visions of the mythical presented by more contemporary authors such as Roque Dalton and Luis de LiÃ³n. 6 cr., AL; LA, IS, Not offered in 2010-2011.
SPAN 263. History of Human Rights
This course proposes a genealogical study of the concept of Human Rights. The course will begin with the debates in sixteenth century Spain about the theological, political and juridical rights of "Indians." The course will cover four centuries and the following topics will be discussed: the debates about poverty in sixteenth century Spain; the birth of the concept of tolerance in the eighteenth century; the creation of the modern political constitution in the United States, France and Spain; the debates about women's rights, abortion and euthanasia, etc. 6 cr., AL, RAD; LA, IS, Not offered in 2010-2011.
SPAN 266. Postwar Central American LIterature
We study the resurgence of literature in Central America during the 1990s after the various political conflicts in the region (a civil war, a revolution and an insurgence). We will examine how the reconstruction of the public sphere in these countries included a rethinking of civil society via literature. We will study how literature from this period reimagines national frontiers as members of the diasporic communities that resulted from the political conflicts produced texts and posed difficult questions about what is a national literature. Among the authors studied will be Horacio Castellanos Moya, Jacinta Escudos Rodrigo Rey Rosa and Franz Galich. Prerequisite: Spanish 204 or equivalent. 6 cr., AL, RAD; LA, IS, Offered in alternate years. WinterY. PÃ©rez
SPAN 290. Spanish Seminar in Madrid: Independent Reading
Basic readings in Spanish history and culture in preparation for the program. 2 cr., S/CR/NC, ND; NE, FallH. Huergo
SPAN 301. Tragedy
This course explores the development of the tragic notion from Aristotle to Hegel, focusing on a number of Spanish classics such as Cervantes, CalderÃ³n, Lorca, Valle InclÃ¡n, and others. Prerequisites: Spanish 205 or above. 6 cr., AL; LA, IS, Not offered in 2010-2011.
SPAN 320. New Spanish Voices
Since 1980, Spain has experienced a literary and artistic boom, with scores of young novelists and filmmakers whose works challenge traditional notions of the individual and society. This course will examine some of these works, paying attention to regions of Spain normally excluded from the curriculum--Galicia, the Basque Country, and Catalonia. Discussions topics include gender and sexuality, cultural and personal memory, exile and migration, and the relationship between voice and power. Prerequisite: Spanish 205 or above. 6 cr., AL, RAD; LA, IS, FallP. Ãlvarez Blanco
SPAN 326. Writers in Exile
Two countries and four writers will be the protagonists of our course: Guillermo Cabrera Infante, a refugee from the Cuban revolution living in London while trying to recover his lost city Habana through his writing; Reinaldo Arenas, another Cuban refugee dying of AIDS in New York while writing about his illness and exile; Spanish novelist Jorge SemprÃºn, a deportee and survivor of a concentration camp established in Paris and writing in French; and Juan Goytisolo, a Spanish expatriated in Morocco, writing in Spanish and Arabic about his own country and the Muslim world. Prerequisite: Spanish 205 or above. 6 cr., AL; LA, IS, Not offered in 2010-2011.
SPAN 328. The Roaring Twenties
The place: Madrid and Barcelona. The time: 1920s. The actors: the best minds of a brilliant generation of writers, painters, architects, and filmmakers GÃ³mez de la Serna, Gasch, MirÃ³, Moreno Villa, GutiÃ©rrez Soto, BuÃ±uel, DalÃ, Lorca, Ortega. The event: jazz and assembly lines, photography and boxing, African masks and mechanical reproduction, sport cars and comic cinema, glass buildings and montage, mass entertainment and collective ennui, the October revolution and the rise of Fascism. Prerequisite: Spanish 205 or above. 6 cr., AL, RAD; LA, IS, Not offered in 2010-2011.
SPAN 330. The Invention of the Modern Novel: Cervantes' Don Quijote
Among other things, Don Quijote is a "remake," an adaptation of several literary models popular at the time the picaresque novel, the chivalry novel, the sentimental novel, the Byzantine novel, the Italian novella, etc. This course will examine the ways in which Cervantes transformed these models to create what is considered by many the first "modern" novel in European history. Prerequisite: Spanish 205 or above. 6 cr., AL; LA, IS, SpringJ. Brioso
SPAN 331. Renaissance and Baroque
The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries are known as the Golden Age of Spanish literature and art, with famous names such as Cervantes, VelÃ¡zquez, GÃ³ngora, CalderÃ³n, St. Therese, St. John of the Cross, El Greco, and many others. This course offers an introduction to this extraordinary period by examining the works of some of its main writers and painters. Prerequisite: Spanish 205 or above. 6 cr., AL; LA, IS, Offered in alternate years. WinterH. Huergo
SPAN 336. Genealogies of the Modern: Turn of the Century Latin America
We will study the experience of literary modernity (1870-1910) in the context of the configuration of emergent cities, urban culture, mass media, technological innovation, the modernization of the figure of the writer, and the vicissitudes of modern bourgeois subjectivity. A key emphasis will be placed on the raid on the European artistic archive and its forms of subjectivity. Texts by MartÃ, DarÃo, RodÃ³, Lugones, Silva, GutiÃ©rrez NÃ¡jera, Nervo, Machado de Assis, and Agustini among others. Theoretical selections from Freud, Simmel, Benjamin, Corbain, Foucault, Montaldo, Molloy, Sarlo, and Rotker among others. Prerequisite: Spanish 205 or above. 6 cr., AL, RAD; LA, IS, FallS. LÃ³pez
SPAN 340. Latin American Prose: Dictatorships and Revolution in the Latin American Narrative
This course briefly examines the origins and development of the Latin American narrative and then focuses on the literary reaction to dictatorship and revolution. It stresses a critical reading and discussion of major works by Azuela, Castellanos, and Fuentes (Mexico), Asturias (Guatemala), and Allende (Chile). The emphasis is on Mexico and the literary interpretation of the Revolution of 1910 and the society that grew out of it. Prerequisite: Spanish 205 or above. 6 cr., AL, RAD; LA, IS, Not offered in 2010-2011.
SPAN 342. Latin American Theater: Nation, Power, Gender
Introduction to key themes and modes of production in twentieth century theater in Latin America. We will read representative plays from established playwrights such as Rodolfo Usigli, Griselda Gambaro, Manuel Puig, Sabina Berman, Mario Vargas Llosa, Mario Benedetti, Ariel Dorfman, Susana Torres Molina among others. The course will be organized around themes of national and cultural identity, relations of power, and the (de)construction of gender. Students will be asked to put on scenes and develop areas of research. Prerequisite: Spanish 205 or above. 6 cr., AL, RAD; LA, IS, Not offered in 2010-2011.
SPAN 344. Women Writers in Latin America: Challenging Gender and Genre
The course will study texts (written by women) that deal critically with issues of gender, challenging implicit and explicit patriarchal values. Emphasis will also be placed on how these women have experimented with narrative and poetic genres to express their personal concerns and to deconstruct orthodox structures. Authors usually included: Sor Juana InÃ©s de la Cruz, Storni, Agustini, Castellanos, Poniatowska, Molloy, Valenzuela, FerrÃ©, Garro, Peri Rossi, Allende. Prerequisite: Spanish 240 or a 300 level literature course is recommended. 6 cr., AL, RAD; LA, IS, Not offered in 2010-2011.
SPAN 349. Spanish Seminar in Madrid: Theory and Practice of Urban Life
More than a study of the image of Madrid in Spanish literature, this course examines the actual experience of living in a cosmoplitan city through a variety of disciplines, including Urban Studies, Philosophy, Architecture, Sociology, and Spanish poetry and fiction. 6 cr., AL, RAD; LA, IS, WinterH. Huergo
SPAN 350. Recent Trends in Latin American Narrative: Pop Culture and Testimony
Postboom narratives question the very nature of telling stories, from Rigoberta MenchÃºâ€™s testimony of genocide to the virtual reality of MacOndo. Eduardo Galeano, Manuel Puig, and Elena Poniatowska are some of the writers we will examine, writers who combine fiction and reportage, recontextualize the novela rosa, or write an urban literature within a global context. What makes these new texts literature? How has the craft of author changed, and what constitutes a postmodern narrative discourse? Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 205 or above. 6 cr., AL, RAD; LA, IS, WinterB. Boling
SPAN 353. History and Subjectivity in Latin American Poetry
In this course we will examine this poetic experimentation in relation to the major political and ideological trends that have shaped Spanish American societies and cultures in the twentieth century. While focusing on the work of one major figure, we will read it in relationship to the poetry of other authors. Some authors included will be Pablo Neruda, Csar Vallejo, Gabriela Mistral, Nicanor Parra, Octavio Paz, Enrique Lihn, Ernesto Cardenal, Blanca Varela and Alejandra Pizarnik. Prerequisite: Spanish 205 or proficiency. 6 cr., AL; LA, IS, SpringJ. Cerna-BazÃ¡n
SPAN 356. The Cuban Revolution and the Revolution of Literature
The Cuban Revolution symbolizes a moment of tremendous political, social, and cultural transformation in Latin America. Out of this political upheaval arose a cultural renovation that resulted in various forms of artistic experimentation as well as different narratives about the revolution. We will focus on several practices and discourses (literature, literary and cultural criticism, film and art) that were central to the debates fostered during this period. We will read some Latin American writers who wrote about the concept of revolution (Roque Dalton, Julio CortÃ¡zar, etc.), as well as Cuban authors who wrote about the Cuban Revolution (Heberto Padilla, Nancy MorejÃ³n, etc.). 6 cr., AL; LA, IS, SpringY. PÃ©rez
SPAN 358. Topics in Hispanic Literature: The Spanish Civil War
Considered by many historians the beginning of World War II, the Spanish Civil war served as the arena where the main ideologies of the twentieth century-Capitalism, Fascism, and Communism-first clashed. The result was not only one of the bloodiest wars in history, but also one of the most idealistic, with 40,000 volunteers from all over the world willing to die in defense of a country they did not even know. This course will explore the meaning of the war through a variety of mediums and disciplines, including literature, history, graphic arts, and films. Prerequisite: Spanish 205 or above. 6 cr., AL, RAD; LA, IS, Not offered in 2010-2011.
SPAN 360. Race and Nation in Caribbean Literature
We will study the Caribbean as the space, par excellence, of imperial, racial and cultural intersections. With a special emphasis on literary production in the Spanish Caribbean, we will focus on the formation of hegemonic nationalist discourses that often silenced the region's great racial and cultural diversity. We will analyze symbolic and cultural constructions of power rationalized with complex racialized beliefs to sustain the social and political structures in these countries. We will read texts by JosÃ© MartÃ, Juan Francisco Manzano, Lydia Cabrera, Nancy MorejÃ³n, NicolÃ¡s GuillÃ©n, and Derek Walcott among others. Prerequisite: Span 205. 6 cr., AL, RAD; LA, IS, Offered in alternate years. SpringYansi PÃ©rez