Courses

Fall 2018

  • 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 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2018 · Claudia M Lange, William G Franklin, Vera R Coleman
  • 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. Prerequisites: Spanish 103 or equivalent 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2018, Winter 2019 · Linda D Burdell, Claudia M Lange, Fernando I Contreras, Eva M Palma, Yansi Y Pérez, Jorge Brioso
  • 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. Prerequisites: Spanish 204 or equivalent 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019 · José Cerna-Bazán, Humberto R Huergo, Jorge Brioso
  • 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 País, everyday on the internet (El País), and then meeting once a week to exchange ideas over coffee with a small group of students like yourself. Prerequisites: Spanish 204 or equivalent 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019 · Silvia López
  • SPAN 212: Navigating Madrid

    This is an intense grammar/cultural workshop intended to help program participants navigate successfully through everyday situations such as ordering food at a restaurant, getting a haircut, describing your symptoms to a doctor, buying clothes or simply hanging out with your new Spanish friends.  The course has two components—one strictly grammatical (“how do you say X exactly?”) and another cultural (“is it right to use the informal  with a waiter?”).

    2 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2018 · Humberto R Huergo
  • SPAN 229: Madrid Program: Current Issues in Spanish Politics

    This course offers a fresh look of Spain's current political and economic life. Discussion topics include the rise of Podemos and the new Spanish political scene, the Catalan separatist movement, political corruption, illegal immigration, and the role of the European Union.

    Prerequisites: Spanish 205 or higher and acceptance in Madrid OCS Program 6 credit; Social Inquiry, International Studies; offered Fall 2018 · Humberto R Huergo
  • SPAN 277: The Poem as Artifact: Art and Work in Contemporary Spanish American Poetry

    Poetry will be studied as an activity that shares a common ground with other social practices. In particular, we will examine particular moments and cases of Latin American literature in which the poem (the making of poetry and the form of the text) has been conceived in its connection with work, that is, with the process of transformation of materiality into specific "objects," involving a necessary social use of time and space. We will explore this topic starting with Modernismo and, after covering the Vanguardias, will get to some key developments from the 1960s to present. Prerequisites: Spanish 204 or equivalent 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis; offered Fall 2018 · José Cerna-Bazán
  • SPAN 278: Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Linguistics

    After an overview of the history of the Spanish language, we examine its sound system, and then concentrate on the morphology and syntax of modern Spanish. The final portion of the course is devoted to an introduction to the linguistic variation of the Hispanic world areas. A main course objective is to improve the students' ability to analyze and thus increase their knowledge of the language. The course consists of lectures, group activities, problem solving assignments, and discussion.

     

    Prerequisites: Spanish 204 or equivalent 6 credit; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Fall 2018 · José Cerna-Bazán
  • SPAN 349: Madrid Program: 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 cosmopolitan city through a variety of disciplines, including Urban Studies, Geography, Architecture, Sociology, and Spanish poetry and fiction. Special attention will be given to imaginative walking and counter-tourist tactics as theorized by Phil Smith and the British psychogeographic movement.

    Prerequisites: Spanish 205 or above 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Fall 2018 · Humberto R Huergo
  • SPAN 366: Jorge Luis Borges: Less a Man Than a Vast and Complex Literature

    Borges once said about Quevedo that he was less a man than a vast and complex literature. This phrase is probably the best definition for Borges as well. We will discuss the many writers encompassed by Borges: the vanguard writer, the poet, the detective short story writer, the fantastic story writer, the essayist. We will also study his many literary masks: H. Bustoc Domecq (the apocryphal writer he created with Bioy Casares) a pseudonym he used to write chronicles and detective stories. We will study his impact on contemporary writers and philosophers such as Foucault, Derrida, Roberto Bolaño, etc. Prerequisites: Spanish 205 or above 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Fall 2018 · Jorge Brioso
  • SPAN 400: Integrative Exercise

    6 credit; S/NC; offered Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019

Winter 2019

  • 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.

    Prerequisites: Spanish 101 or equivalent 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2019 · Linda D Burdell, Claudia M Lange, Fernando I Contreras, Vera R Coleman, Silvia López, Beatriz Pariente-Beltrán
  • 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. Prerequisites: Spanish 103 or equivalent 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2018, Winter 2019 · Linda D Burdell, Claudia M Lange, Fernando I Contreras, Eva M Palma, Yansi Y Pérez, Jorge Brioso
  • 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. Prerequisites: Spanish 204 or equivalent 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019 · José Cerna-Bazán, Humberto R Huergo, Jorge Brioso
  • 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 País, everyday on the internet (El País), and then meeting once a week to exchange ideas over coffee with a small group of students like yourself. Prerequisites: Spanish 204 or equivalent 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019 · Silvia López
  • 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. Prerequisites: Spanish 204 or proficiency 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Winter 2019 · Silvia López
  • SPAN 265: The Old and the New in Contemporary Peru

    This class focuses on the cultural manifestations of social fragmentation brought to Peru by the uneven development resulting from increasing insertion of both "traditional" and "modern" sectors of society into global capitalism. We will examine a variety of cultural artifacts simultaneously and indelibly marked by traditional-popular culture and by the changing effects of mass-media culture and technology. Classes will be supplemented by visits to relevant sites and events, and lectures by local experts.

    6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2019 · José Cerna-Bazán
  • SPAN 321: Murder as a Fine Art: The Detective Novel in Latin America

    We will study the socio-historical factors that gave rise to the genre as well as some of its classical predecessors (Poe, Chandler). We will then turn our attention to some prominent heirs of this genre in Latin America (Borges, Piglia, Bolaño) and end by studying why in contemporary Central American literature the genre is enjoying a resurgence (Menjívar, Castellanos Moya and Rey Rosa). We will study the specific traits the genre has adopted in Latin America and how it has become a mirror that often reflects the political and social realities confronting the region, particularly in Central America. Prerequisites: Spanish 205 or above 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Winter 2019 · Yansi Y Pérez
  • SPAN 326: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Early Modern Spain

    Muslims and Jews lived in the country we now call "Spain" for nearly 1000 years before they were both expelled in 1492 and 1609. No other European nation has ever experienced this kind of cultural hybridity. This course examines the tense coexistence of all three cultures between the twelfth and the seventeenth centuries, as reflected in historical documents, civil law, literature, and art. Readings include: Hispano-Arabic women poets mocking the Koran, Sephardic literature, Hispano-Arabic gay poetry, letters from Queen Isabella defending “her” Jews, the expulsion of Jews as narrated by Jewish chroniclers of the time, Núñez de Muley’s Memoradum in defense of moriscos (Spanish Muslims), Father Agustín Salucio’s stunning plea for an amnesty that would stop the persecution of Spanish Jews, Cervantes, and others. If you thought Muslims were newcomers to Europe, think again—you are in for a ride.             

    Prerequisites: Spanish 205 or above 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Winter 2019 · Humberto R Huergo
  • SPAN 400: Integrative Exercise

    6 credit; S/NC; offered Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019

Spring 2019

  • 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. Prerequisites: Spanish 102 or equivalent 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2019 · Vera R Coleman, Linda D Burdell, Fernando I Contreras, Beatriz Pariente-Beltrán, Silvia López
  • 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. Prerequisites: Spanish 204 or equivalent 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019 · José Cerna-Bazán, Humberto R Huergo, Jorge Brioso
  • 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 País, everyday on the internet (El País), and then meeting once a week to exchange ideas over coffee with a small group of students like yourself. Prerequisites: Spanish 204 or equivalent 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019 · Silvia López
  • SPAN 223: Women and Revolution in Latin America

    We will study works by some of the most prominent female voices from Latin America and examine the central role that women held in various Latin American struggles of liberation, civil war and revolution. Through an examination of crucial historical events (Sandinista, Cuban, and Mexican Revolutions, Salvadoran Civil War, etc.) we will analyze forms of artistic and literary expressions such as novels, poetry, murals, songs and films, which were an intrinsic part of these events and participated in defining their philosophical and cultural parameters.

    Prerequisites: Spanish 204 or proficiency 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Spring 2019 · Yansi Y Pérez
  • 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. Prerequisites: Spanish 204 or equivalent 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Spring 2019 · Jorge Brioso
  • SPAN 325: Latin American Narrative: The Boom and After

    In this course, we will study a selection of Latin American novels and stories that range from the experimental novels of the Boom and magical realism to the postmodern narratives of the Postboom. These narratives stand out and have marked and shaped the various pathways taken by Latin American narrative since the 1960s to the present. Likely authors: Carlos Fuentes, Gabriel García Márquez, Rosario Castellanos, Manuel Puig, Luis Sepúlveda, Laura Restrepo, Valeria Luiselli.

    Prerequisites: Spanish 205 or above 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Spring 2019 · Becky Boling
  • SPAN 371: Yours Truly: The Body of the Letter

    This course will focus on letters and their significance as acts of symbolic and material exchange, as objects that bear the mark of the bodily act of writing, and as a staging of the scene of writing itself. We will study different types of letters (love letters, prison letters, literary letters, letters imbedded in other texts, fictional letters, epistolary novels, etc.), but always as the site of production of a modern and gendered self. Texts by Simón Bolívar, Manuela Sáenz, Rosa Luxemburg, Simone de Beauvoir, André Gorz, Pedro Salinas, Marina Tsvetaeva, Boris Pasternak, Paul Celan, Ingeborg Bachmann, Elena Poniatowska, Alan Pauls and Alfredo Bryce Echenique.

    Prerequisites: Spanish 205 or above 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Spring 2019 · Silvia López
  • SPAN 400: Integrative Exercise

    6 credit; S/NC; offered Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019