Course will examine how Spanish film has represented the sociocultural and political life of the country â from the Francoist years, exposing the image of a Catholic and homogenous Spain, to a post-Francoist era open to reveal social problems from a more secular and global perspective.
Formerly SPAN 490. 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.
Formerly SPAN 345. Explores key issues in Latin American culture. Important aspects of the contemporary situation in Latin America are also studied, including phenomena such as globalization, the rise of mega-cites, migration, authoritarianism, the impact of colonization and the rise of national states.
Formerly SPAN 392. This research seminar will explore contemporary trends in Cuban culture through literary texts, films, music and works of art. We will examine the ways in which politics and the practices of artistic representation intersect in post-revolutionary Cuba. A research trip to Cuba has been organized as part of this seminar. Course taught in Spanish.
Formerly SPAN 352. Introduction to the study of the Spanish language covering the following areas of research: history, phonetics/phonology, morphosyntactic system, lexicon, semantics, pragmatics, sociolilnguistics, and language acquisition.
Formerly SPAN 388. 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.
Formerly SPAN 471. A variable topics course designed to build on student knowledge of chicano/a literature and culture gained earlier in the curriculum. Past topics have included the Chicano/a novel, and Transitions and Translations Chicano/a Autobiography.
Formerly SPAN 375. Prelude to World War II and culmination of perennial struggles between the so-called "two Spains," the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) is a watershed moment in modern Spanish and European history. Interdisciplinary, multi-media approach: the war seen through Spanish and foreign novels, poetry, film, painting, journalism, songs, and posters.
Formerly SPAN 408. 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.
Formerly SPAN 378. Exploration of diverse cultural aspects of today's Spain through films and newspaper articles. The topics discussed will serve as a springboard for further development of writing skills.