Independent research projects by outstanding Hispanic Studies majors leading to a substantial honors essay, undertaken in close cooperation with a departmental faculty member, who must first approve the thesis proposal.
Research in Hispanic literature, Hispanic linguistics, Hispanic culture and civilization. Open to qualified juniors and seniors interested in a topic not covered in other courses.
This course explores the national cinemas of various regions of Latin America. Special attention is given to the different periods of its development, to the close relationship between political contexts and filmmaking, to the understanding of Latin American cinema from cultural studies views, and to the current shaping of Latin America in light of globalization.
Works by Asturias, Carpentier, Rulfo, Onetti, Vargas Llosa, Cortazar, Fuentes, and others. Examines how Spanish American novelists from the 1940s onward appropriated the techniques of European modernist literature and infused them with new cultural content.
This course will explore representations of the city in both new Latin American writings and films, with a special focus on the changing urban landscape, the representation of poverty and the excluded from the new global economy, environmental issues and biopolitics, as well as hybrid cultures and multicultural identities.
Latin American writers have achieved great distinction in the genre of the short story. This course studies texts by some of the continent's best-known short-story writers, such as Cortazar, Borges, Monterroso, Rulfo, Fuentes, Garcia Marquez, Elena Garro, Ana Lydia Vega, Clarice Lispector, Benedetti, Uslar Pietri, Massiani, Lemebel, Asis, and Carpentier.
An introduction to the literature of the region known as "Cono Sur." Often considered the national literature of Argentina and Uruguay, the "gaucho literature" encompasses a wide variety of texts, from traditional ballads to novels, plays and poetry.
Formerly SPAN 350. Course will analyze the essence of language against the essence of dialects to determine (i) the logical and linguistic rationale behind judgments about language, (ii) social and political factors that lead to various decisions, and (iii) the role of popular beliefs on traditional views of proper language use.
In this writing intensive seminar, students will learn the skills to think and write critically in Spanish about literary and cultural production from the global Hispanic world.
Formerly SPAN 158. This course immerses students into Caribbean and Latin American studies by introducing them to the history, society, politics, and culture of the region, through a cross-disciplinary and a multi-national approach. Taught in English. Open to all students.