Accelerated Beginning Spanish I and II
Spanish 100–101 Staff
Spanish 100 and 101 form an intensive introduction to basic Spanish that incorporates a task-oriented approach to language learning. The course has been designed to help students develop fluency in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Spanish. It also aims to prepare the student to acquire a deeper understanding of the civilization of the Spanish-speaking world. The class is conducted in Spanish and meets five hours per week. No prerequisites.
This sequence is offered every semester.
Intermediate Spanish I and II
Spanish 204–205 Staff
This course, conducted in Spanish, highlights a particular aspect of Spanish-speaking culture (e.g., music, politics, literature, film). Topics vary by semester and instructor. Building on what students have learned in Spanish 100–101 this course also enhances students’ communication skills through oral and written practice and grammatical refinement. This course fulfills the language requirement in one year for students with sufficient background. Prerequisite: Spanish 101 or appropriate score on the placement exam.
This sequence is offered every semester.
Intermediate Spanish III: Language Through Literature
Spanish 206 Roe
This course is designed to improve oral and written proficiency through the reading and analysis of works by modern Spanish and Latin American authors. The principal points of grammar and syntax are reviewed. Prerequisite: Spanish 205 or permission of the instructor.
This course is generally offered once every two years. Last taught F11.
Latin American Novellas: Love and Other Demons
Spanish 212 CP Roe
Designed for students with a significant foundation in Spanish, this course features short novels and novellas by such authors as García Márquez, Sabato, Donoso, Carpentier, Sepulveda, Peri Rossi, Castellanos, and Puig. The authors selected are representative of innovative experimental writing, including magical realism. The works explore dreams, myth, legends, questions of power and identity, love, and death. Intended to acquaint the student with the artistic representation of Latin American culture, the course should prepare students to read full-length masterpieces. Prerequisites: Spanish 205 or equivalent or permission of the instructor.
This course is generally offered once every two years. Last taught F09.
Passion, Trickery, and Revenge: Latin American Detective Novels
Spanish 213 CP Roe
Latin American writers have created a number of significant literary sleuths who challenge and change the detective fiction that began in Europe and the United States. Why? What does it mean to parody Poe? To make a detective political? Course readings traverse the rich tradition of la novela detectivesca in Latin American letters. In an array of detective stories and novellas, we see the influence of dime novels and popular culture, an “upside down” form in which the state is criminal, the aesthetics of a labyrinthine plot, and nods to Poe and writers from Europe. All readings and discussions in Spanish. Prerequisites: Spanish 205 or equivalent or permission of the instructor.
This course is generally offered once every two years. Last taught S12.
Latin America Today
Spanish 214 CP Staff
This course considers a variety of contemporary issues central to the cultures, politics, and economies of Latin America. Topics include social conflict, cultural plurality, urbanization, drug trafficking, and national identity. Course materials include theoretical and literary works. This course is taught in Spanish. Prerequisites: Spanish 205 or permission of the instructor.
Last taught F10.
Modern Latin American Novel: The Boom and Beyond
Spanish 313 CP Roe
This course will analyze why and how certain novels by 20th-century Latin American writers catapulted to success and an international readership in the 1960s and after. Known as the Latin American Boom, this phenomenon continues to affect publishing, writing, and reading. Students will situate these novels and their writers in a historical-political-cultural context in order to understand their roles at home and abroad. Topics include: Reactions to Modernism, the Cuban Revolution, Magical Realism, innovative narrative strategies, the economics of publishing, and the growth of the media. Authors to be included: Cortázar, Fuentes, García Márquez, and Vargas Llosa, among others. Prerequisite: one 200-level literature class or permission of instructor.
This course is generally offered every three or four years. Last taught F10.
Spanish 300/400 Staff
Under these course numbers, juniors and seniors design tutorials to meet their particular interests and programmatic needs. A student should see the prospective tutor to define an area of mutual interest to pursue either individually or in a small group. A student may register for no more than one tutorial in any semester. Recent tutorials have included: Contemporary Fiction from Latin America, Women Writers from Spain, and Indigenous Literature and Culture of Latin America.