Hispanic Studies Courses

General Course Listings

Sub CRSE Title
LAS 342 The Latin American City (= SPA 342)
Prerequisites & Notes

(Spring)

Instructors
Maiz-Peña and Mangan

This course analyzes the Latin American city through historical and cultural perspectives.  In addition to cities such as Mexico City and Buenos Aires, the course will address Latino presence in US cities.  Course to be conducted in Spanish.

SPA 101 Elementary Spanish I
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall & Spring)

Instructor
Staff

An introduction to speaking, understanding, reading, and writing Spanish. Requires attendance at Assistant Teacher sessions twice a week and online work through the Language Resource Center. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 102 Elementary Spanish II
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 101 or its equivalent. (Fall and Spring)

Instructor
Staff

Development of further skills in speaking, understanding, reading and writing Spanish through a review of grammar and readings in the literature and culture of Spain and/or Latin America. Requires attendance at Assistant Teacher sessions twice a week and online work through the Language Resource Center. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 103 Intensive Elementary Spanish (2 credits)
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered in 2016-17)

Instructor
Staff

Intensive introductory course equivalent to Spanish 101 and 102. Meets six class-hours per week plus four hours weekly with an Assistant Teacher. Completes two semesters of Spanish in one semester. Counts as two courses. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 201 Intermediate Spanish
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 102 or its equivalent. (Fall and Spring)

Instructor
Santamaria, Scott

Extensive reading and discussion in Spanish of texts of moderate difficulty in the cultures and literatures of Spain, Latin America and US Latino; grammar study; extensive conversation practice. Requires attendance at Assistant Teacher sessions once a week and online work through the Language Resource Center. Service learning may be required. Meets the degree requirement for proficiency in foreign language. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 203 Advanced Intermediate Spanish Abroad
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 102 or Spanish 103 and concurrent enrollment in Spanish 272.

(Not offered in summer 2016)

Instructor
Staff

(Summer Program in Cadiz, Spain) Extensive reading, writing, and discussion of Spanish texts, grammar study, and intensive conversation practice.  Immersion course abroad meets the degree requirement for proficiency in foreign language at Davidson. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 219 Independent Study: Language and Linguistics
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered in 2016-17)

Instructor
Staff

Study under the direction and supervision of a faculty member who approves the topic(s) and determines the means of evaluation.

SPA 241 Latin American Literature in Translation
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered in 2016-17.)

Instructor
Staff

Selected works of Latin American literature in English translation. Readings and class discussions are in English.

Students entering before 2012 and after: satisfies the Literature distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

SPA 244 U.S. Latino Literature in English
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered in 2015-2016.)

Instructor
González

Reading and discussion of a variety of texts to develop a general idea of the complex experience of people of Latin American background living in the United States. Readings and instruction in English. 

Students entering before 2012 and after: satisfies the Literature distribution requirement.

SPA 260 Conversation and Composition
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 201 or its equivalent. (Fall and Spring)

Instructor
Boyer, Maíz-Peña, Peña, Sánchez-Sánchez

Writing-intensive course in Spanish. Training and practice to develop fluency, accuracy, and expressiveness in oral and written communication. Requires conversation session with an Assistant Teacher once a week. Strongly recommended for students planning to study abroad. This course should be taken before 270. Conducted in Spanish.

Counts towards the major and minor in Hispanic Studies.

SPA 261 Introduction to Latin American Culture and Globalization
Prerequisites & Notes

All students must be at least at the Spanish 260 level. (Not offered in 2016-17.)

Instructor
Gonzalez

This is a one-year Living and Learning Community Course in which all participants live together on a floor in Duke, commit to a language pledge, and attend events together with the professor in addition to completing readings and assignments and meeting weekly. Course conducted entirely in Spanish.

Satisfies a major requirement in Hispanic Studies.
Satisfies a requirement in the Ethnic Studies Interdisciplinary Minor.

SPA 270 Textual Analysis
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 or its equivalent. (Fall and Spring)

Instructors
Boyer, Peña, Willis


Reading and discussion of works by Spanish, Latino, and Latin American writers. Introduction to cultural, historical, and textual analysis of Hispanic literatures and cultures. Research papers in the target language. Conducted in Spanish.

Required of all majors and minors.
Counts towards the interdisciplinary minor in Global Literary Theory.
Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies the Literature distribution requirement.

SPA 272 Intermediate Seminar in Spanish Cultures
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 102, or Spanish 103 and concurrent enrollment in Spanish 203.

(Not offered in Summer 2016)

(Summer Program in Cadiz, Spain) An introductory cultural course examining Spanish contemporary culture through film, literature, music, and other artistic modes of expression.

SPA 302 Advanced Grammar
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 or its equivalent.  Placement exam is required. (Not offered in 2016-17)

Instructor
Staff

Problems in Spanish grammar and idiom-building, particularly those faced by English-speaking people; problems of translation; an overview of Spanish phonetics; and a brief study of the evolution of the Spanish language. Conducted in Spanish.

Counts towards the major and minor in Hispanic Studies.

SPA 303 Advanced Grammar and Composition
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 or its equivalent.  Placement exam may be required. (Not offered in 2016-17.)

Instructor
Staff

Writing-intensive course. Review, expansion, and fine-tuning of grammatical knowledge; building and use of a growing body of vocabulary and idiomatic expressions. Conducted in Spanish.

Counts towards the major and minor in Hispanic Studies.

SPA 304 Spanish Sociolinguistics
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 and Spanish 270. (Not offered in 2016-17)

Instructor
Sánchez-Sánchez

This class explores language as a social and dynamic phenomenon that reflects the idiosyncrasies of those who produce it. Drawing on both theory and direct analysis of primary sources, we will study the linguistic behavior of Spanish speaking communities in Latin America, Spain and the United States as determined by sociocultural factors that influence linguistic production: historical, ethnic and cultural factors, contexts of production, and individual features such as gender, age, social class, economic status, or professional occupation. Conducted in Spanish.

Satisfies a major requirement in Hispanic Studies.
Satisfies a minor requirement in Hispanic Studies.

SPA 311 Teaching Spanish in the Elementary School
Prerequisites & Notes

SPA 260 or equivalent required. Students concurrently enrolled in SPA 260 are eligible.
(Fall 2016)

Instructor
Kietrys

In this course, students will read theoretical material about language learning and language pedagogy as specifically related to children learning Spanish as a foreign language and put the readings into practice through participation in the Davidson FLES (Foreign Language in the Elementary School) program. Students will learn how to plan a curriculum, develop lesson plans, implement lessons, and assess their students' learning. Teaching in the  Davidson FLES is required. Conducted in Spanish with readings in English and Spanish; counts toward the Major and Minor in Hispanic Studies. 

SPA 320 Spanish Literature Through the Golden Age
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 and 270 or their equivalents. (Fall 2016)

Instructors
Sánchez-Sánchez

Major works from medieval times through the seventeenth century, studied against a background of historical developments and literary currents. Conducted in Spanish.

Satisfies Area I for the major in Hispanic Studies and counts towards the interdisciplinary minor in Global Literary Theory.
Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies the Literature distribution requirement.

SPA 321 Theater of Spain's Golden Age
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 and 270 or their equivalents.

Instructors
Willis

Development of 16th and 17th century Spanish theater, including works by Lope de Vega, Cervantes, Tirso de Molina, Ruiz de Alarcón, and Calderón de la Barca. Conducted in Spanish.

Satisfies Area I for the major in Hispanic Studies and counts towards the interdisciplinary minor in Global Literary Theory.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies the Literature distribution requirement.

SPA 322 Cervantes
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 and 270 or their equivalents.
(Not offered in 2016-17)

Instructor
Willis

Advanced study of Don Quixote and the literary criticism it has generated. Other works by Cervantes may be included. Conducted in Spanish.

Satisfies Area I for the major in Hispanic Studies and counts towards the interdisciplinary minor in Global Literary Theory.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies the Literature distribution requirement.

SPA 323 Spanish Picaresque Novel
Prerequisites & Notes

SPA 260 and 270 or equivalents. (Not offered in 2016-17)

Instructor
Willis

This course principally examines Spain's Golden Age Picaresque Novels in conjunction with specific socio-historico-cultural contexts.  We begin by defining genre and the picaresque, as well as by exploring the times in which these great works of social criticism were written by studying the circumstances of early modern Spain. Later, we read texts less often referred to as "picaresque" to explore the continuity of the picaresque in Hispanic Letters and in world literature. Conducted in Spanish.

Satisfies Area I for the major in Hispanic Studies and counts towards the interdisciplinary minor in Global Literary Theory.

SPA 329 Independent Study: Spanish Literature prior to 1700
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered in 2016-17)

Instructor
Staff

Independent study under the direction and supervision of a faculty member who approves the course content, and the research project, and determines the means of evaluation.

SPA 330 Cultural Production and Crisis in Contemporary Spain
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 and 270 or their equivalents.

Instructor
Lopéz  Martín

The global financial crisis of 2008, from which Spain still struggles to recover, has also revealed itself as a deep crisis in the realms of social relations and cultural production. Popular initiatives such as the Occupy movement on a global scale or the 15-M in Madrid's central Sol Square have unveiled the need of new models of coexistence and expression, from both an ethical and an aesthetic point of view. In this course, we will study a selection of visual and verbal texts from a wide array of cultural domains and literary genres (including cinema, music or graphic novel), which reflect and at the same time contribute to this change in cultural sensibility. With the support of critical texts, we will explore key concepts such as mass culture, cultural resistance or poetic commitment/consciousness; furthermore, we will pay attention to the role that emotions and affect play within the texts object of study as elements of social struggle and mobilization.

Satisfies Area II for the major in Hispanic Studies and counts towards the interdisciplinary minor in Global Literary Theory.
Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies the Literature distribution requirement.

SPA 331 Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Spain
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 and 270 or their equivalents. (Not offered in 2016-17)

Instructors
Kietrys, Vásquez

Writers of the early decades, the Generation of 1927 and the Spanish Civil War, the Franco and democratic years, into the 1980s, 1990s, and the new century films.  Study and analysis of socio-historical, ideological, and cultural contexts. Conducted in Spanish.

Satisfies Area II for the major in Hispanic Studies and counts towards the interdisciplinary minor in Global Literary Theory.
Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies the Literature distribution requirement.

SPA 339 Independent Study: Spanish Literature since 1700
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 and 270 or their equivalents.
(Not offered in 2016-17)

Instructor
Staff

Independent study under the direction and supervision of a faculty member who approves the course content and the research project, and determines the means of evaluation.

SPA 340 Latin American Literature I
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 and 270 or their equivalents. (Fall)

Instructor
Boyer

Literature and the arts against a background of history and socio-political developments from 1492 to 1900, with a focus on major currents of thought and world views. Conducted in Spanish.

Satisfies Area IV for the major in Hispanic Studies.
Counts towards Latin American Studies as well as the interdisciplinary minor in Global Literary Theory.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies the Literature distribution requirement.

SPA 341 Latin American Literature II
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 and 270 or their equivalents. (Spring)

Instructors
Boyer

Ideas, aesthetics, and theoretical interpretations that have shaped modern Latin American literature and other cultural expressions from 1900 to the present. Conducted in Spanish.

Satisfies Area V for the major in Hispanic Studies.
Counts towards Latin American Studies as well as the interdisciplinary minor in Global Literary Theory.
Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies the Literature distribution requirement.

SPA 342 The Latin American City: Historical Narratives & Cultural Representations (= LAS 342)
Prerequisites & Notes

Cross-listed with LAS 342. (Not in 2016-17)

Maiz-Peña and Mangan

This course will study the Latin American city through historical and cultural perspectives. Students will learn about the history of select cities and then analyze the relationship between historical context and cultural production through texts offering historical, cultural and literary representations of the cities. The course will emphasize comparison of cities over time, with attention to the phehispanic city, the modern city and the contemporary Latin American City, as well as US cities with a strong Latino influence.

Satisfies Area III for the Hispanic Studies major and counts as an upper-level elective in Latin American Studies.

SPA 343 Contemporary Latin American Novel
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 and 270 or their equivalents. (Fall 2016.)

Instructors
Peña

Most important literary works of major contemporary writers from Latin America studied against a background of recent history and relevant ideologies and theoretical interpretations. Conducted in Spanish.

Satisfies Area V for the major in Hispanic Studies.
Counts towards Latin American Studies as well as the interdisciplinary minor in Global Literary Theory.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies the Literature distribution requirement.

SPA 344 Latino Culture in the U.S.
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 and 270 or their equivalents. (Spring)

Instructor
González

This survey course explores the development of a distinctly Latina/o culture in the U.S. Topics covered include: the changing nature of geographic and economic borders from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century; the history and legacy of racism and xenophobia; the construction of canons; the politics of bilingualism; Chicana and Latina feminisms; culturally specific manifestations of gender and sexuality; and the exoticization and marginalization of Latina/o culture. Conducted in Spanish.

Satisfies Area III for the major in Hispanic Studies.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
 

SPA 346 Latin American Theatre
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 and 270 or their equivalents. (Not offered in 2016-17.)

Instructor
Staff

Study of the most important Latin American playwrights, plays, and performances within the ideologies and aesthetics that have shaped contemporary Latin American theatre. Conducted in Spanish.

Satisfies the Literature distribution requirement.

SPA 347 Imperial Cities
Prerequisites & Notes

SPA 260 and 270 or their equivalents. (Not offered in 2016-17)

Instructor
Boyer

Focused study of the way urban space becomes the staging ground for the conquest of the New World, and ultimately, the administration and consolidation of global imperial order throughout the viceregal period. Although much of the semester focuses on Mexico City, this course develops a general vocabulary to talk about the ways urban literary and intellectual culture were inextricable from a discourse about empire and the increasingly urban character of imperial modernity. Conducted in Spanish.

Satisfies Area IV for the major in Hispanic Studies and counts towards Latin American Studies.

SPA 348 Hispanic Theatre and Performance
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 and 270 or their equivalents. (Not offered in 2016-17.)

Instructor
Staff

The course expands the communicative, interpretive, and analytical Spanish language skills of the students by using the most recent studies about contemporary Hispanic theatre theories and practices. Conducted in Spanish.

 

SPA 349 Latin American Literature - Independent Study
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered in 2016-17)

Instructor
Staff

Study under the direction and supervision of a faculty member who approves the course content and the research project, and determines the means of evaluation.

 

SPA 350 García Lorca and His Generation
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 and 270 or their equivalents. (Not offered in 2016-17)

Instructor
Vásquez

Theatre, narrative, and poetry of García Lorca's literary and intellectual generation in its pre-Civil War and exile years. Conducted in Spanish.

Satisfies Area II for the major in Hispanic Studies and counts towards the interdisciplinary minor in Global Literary Theory.
 

SPA 352 Contemporary Latin American Cinema
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 or 270 or their equivalents. (Fall 2016)

Instructor
Peña 

Exploration of the cinema and film-making traditions of Latin America since the 1950s with specific attention to the aesthetic media, political debates, and histories of national film industries.  Conducted in Spanish.

Satisfies Area III for the major in Hispanic Studies.
Counts towards the Film & Media Studies as well as Latin American Studies.
Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

SPA 353 Contemporary Spanish Film
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 and 270 or their equivalents. (Not offered in 2015-16)

Instructor
Vásquez

Study of Spanish film from the 1950s into the new century, within the complex matrix that is twentieth- and twenty-first-century Spain.  Cinematic theory and the lexicon of film analysis.  Spain's cinematic response to the Spanish Civil War and the subsequent exile and dictatorship years, gender definitions, and changing national identity during the democratic era. Conducted in Spanish.

Satisfies Area III for the major in Hispanic Studies.
Counts towards Film & Media Studies.

SPA 354 Dying of Love in Medieval Iberia
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 and 270 or their equivalents. (Not offered in 2016-17)

Instructor
Sánchez-Sánchez

This course examines literary and iconographic representations of love and death during the Iberian Middle Ages, with special emphasis on the 15th century sentimental novel.  Within the artistic tradition of the cults of love and death that characterize the Iberian Middle Ages, this course reflects upon the ways in which authors and artists created a distinctive tradition depicting the attitudes towards love and death that have ultimately shaped the modern Hispanic collective imaginary of these concepts.  Interdisciplinary theoretical approaches.  Conducted in Spanish.

Satisfies Area I for the major in Hispanic Studies.
 

SPA 356 Seminar on Special Topics
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 and 270 or their equivalents. (Not offered in 2016-17)

Instructor
Staff

Special Topics represent an area in literature or culture outside the content of other core courses.

 

SPA 357 Women in Contemporary Spanish
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 and 270 or the equivalents. (Spring)

Instructor
Kietrys

 

Satisfies Area II for the major in Hispanic Studies,
Satisfies the Literary Studies Creative Writing and Rhetoric distribution requirement.

SPA 359 Contemporary Latin American /Latino Short Story
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 and 270 or the equivalents. (Not in 2016-17)

Instructor: Maiz-Pena

This upper level course is designed to engage the student in a complex process of critical thinking and cross cultural interpretation as we explore a relevant body of milenio Latin American/Latino short narratives. Concentrating on analytical, creative, and argumentative reading practices, we will identify relevant textual, ideological, and cultural representational strategies of postmodern short narratives, sudden fiction, micro-fiction, film and animation adaptations. Conducted in Spanish.

Satisfies Area V for the major in Hispanic Studies. Satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.

SPA 360 Cultures of Southern Spain
Prerequisites & Notes

(Spring 2017)

Instructor
Sánchez-Sánchez

Interdisciplinary seminar that examines the concept of the South in 21st Century Spain as an ideological construction of hierarchical dichotomies such as the real and the imagined, tradition and modernity, the native and the foreign, cliché and factual, the African-Oriental and the European: the old South and the new South. By the end of the semester students will have an appreciation of cultural nuances and distinctions that will allow them to understand why Spanish Southerners are the way they are, how they see the world and themselves, and how they are imagined by others. Additionally, we will adopt a comparative approach in order to uncover connections and patterns between the South in Spain and the South in the United States. Conducted in Spanish. 

Satisfies Area III for the major in Hispanic Studies and the cultural diversity requirement.

SPA 361 Civilization of Spain
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 and 270 or their equivalents. (Not offered in 2016-17.)

Instructors
Kietrys, Sánchez-Sánchez, Vásquez, Willis

Reading, discussion, visual representations, and student research on Spain's social, economic, political, and religious life, and the fine arts. May follow a thematic or historical model. Conducted in Spanish.

Satisfies Area III for the major in Hispanic Studies.

SPA 369 Hispanic Cultures - Independent Study
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 and 270 or their equivalents.
(Not offered in 2016-17)

Instructor
Staff

Independent study under the direction and supervision of a faculty member who approves the course content and the research project, and determines the means of evaluation.

SPA 374 Caribbean Peoples, Ideas, and Arts
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 and 270 or their equivalents. (Not offered in 2016-17.)

Instructor
Staff

Literature and arts, ideas, and socio-economic structures in the Caribbean islands and rimlands (Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Colombia, and Central America). Conducted in Spanish.

Satisfies Area III for the major in Hispanic Studies.
 

SPA 375 Latin American Women Writers
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 and 270 or their equivalents. (Not offered in 2016-17)

Instructor
Maiz-Peña

An examination of genre, gender, and representation in women's writing in Latin America from the 20th century to the present.  Latin American women's textual and visual narratives: Practices and Theoretical Frameworks. Conducted in Spanish.

Satisfies Area V for the major in Hispanic Studies.
Counts towards Gender & Sexualities Studies, the interdisciplinary minor in Global Literary Theory, and Latin American Studies.
Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies the Literature distribution requirement.

SPA 390 Course in Special Topics
Prerequisites & Notes

SPA 260 or its equivalent.  (Not offered in 2016-17)

Instructor
González

This course will not only guide students in developing cultural analyses of key Spanish films, but also ask them to learn how film works by practicing some filmmaking techniques (equipment provided).  Our study of Spanish film will be enhanced by experiential travel that will deepen our understanding of several films' cultural context.  Putting into practice the principle that creating is a means of understnading, we will reinforce and expand our understanding of film's visual language by making short films. Our on-site experiences in different Spanish cities and towns will also give us several different opportunities to think about and arrange mise-enscène, and our use of iMovie will give us the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of film editing. Conducted in Spanish.

Counts as a course in residence towards the major and minor in Hispanic Studies.

SPA 393 Advanced Language Seminar
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 and concurrent enrollment in Spanish 394.
(Summer 2016)

Instructor
Staff

(Summer Program in Cadiz, Spain) Advanced language and composition course. Students will take advantage of their immersion experience for their writing and discussion. Conducted in Spanish.

Counts as a course in residence towards the major and minor in Hispanic Studies.

SPA 394 Advanced Seminar in Spanish Cultures
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 and concurrent enrollment in Spanish 393.

(Summer 2016)

Instructor
Staff

(Summer Program in Cadiz, Spain) An advanced course in Spanish culture studied through film, literature, music, and periodicals with a focus on contemporary culture. Conducted in Spanish.

Satisfies Area III for the major in Hispanic Studies.

Satisfies the Liberal Studies distribution requirement.

SPA 400 Seminar on Special Topics, SPA 401-410
Prerequisites & Notes

Any two literature or culture courses. Limited to juniors and seniors. Priority will be given to majors, then minors. (Fall and Spring)

Instructor
Staff

Research-oriented advanced seminar in an area of literature or culture outside the content of other core courses. Specific topics listed as 401-410. A substantial final research project will be conducted.

SPA 401 U.S.- Mex Border Cultures
Prerequisites & Notes

Any two literature or culture courses. Limited to juniors and seniors. Priority will be given to majors, then minors. (Not in 2016-17)
 

Instructor
Peña

 

US/Mexico Border Culture will explore the ways in which artists have depicted the diversity of experiences of crossing, settling or living in the border regions between the U.S. and Mexico.  We will focus on fiction poetry, essays, and films from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. We will reflect on: How and why have representations of the border changed over time?  How are political, social and economic events influencing artistic representations of it? How does national identities are constructed in the border context? What alternative cultural discourses have emerged from the contemporary of border artists?

A substantial final research project will be conducted.  Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 402 Transformation and Travel in Spain
Prerequisites & Notes

Any two literature or culture courses. Limited to juniors and seniors. Priority will be given to majors, then minors. (Spring 2017)

Instructor
Sánchez-Sánchez

This interdisciplinary seminar examines the concept of travel, migrations, and pilgrimages in Spain as transformational experiences for the individual. By the end of the semester students will have an appreciation of travel as a process through which an individual leaves the familiar and the comfortable and joins a liminal world of transition as he or she moves towards an experience which ultimately transforms the self. Interdisciplinary primary materials and theoretical approaches from the field of pilgrimage studies. A substantial final research project will be required. Conducted in Spanish.

Satisfies Area III for the major in Hispanic Studies and the cultural diversity requirement.
Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies the Philosophical and Religious Perspectives requirement.

SPA 403 Latino American Sexualities
Prerequisites & Notes

Any two literature or culture courses. Limited to juniors and seniors. Priority will be given to majors, then minors. (Not in 2016-17)

Instructor
González

This course explores theories of gender and sexuality from both North and South and their dialogue with transnational American cultural production. Throughout the semester, we will consider a diverse group of U.S. Latina/o and Latin American literary texts, films, and performances and investigate their construction of sexual, gendered, national, and ethnic identities.

A substantial final research project will be required. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 404 Writing and Rewriting the Hispanic Tradition
Prerequisites & Notes

Any two literature or culture courses. Limited to juniors and seniors. Priority will be given to majors, then minors. (Not offered in 2015-16.)

Instructor
Willis

This course explores one of the most basic, yet complicated concepts of story-telling: re-telling. Using various literary theories--from Renaissance imitation to the neobarroco--this class examines two (or more) texts in tandem to better appreciate various interpretations of some of the foundational figures, texts, and myths of the Hispanic literary tradition. 

A substantial final research project will be required. Conducted in Spanish. 

SPA 405 Law, Letters, and Empire
Prerequisites & Notes

Any two literature or culture courses. Limited to juniors and seniors. Priority will be given to majors, then minors. (Not offered in 2016-17)

Instructor
Boyer

An exploration of the points of contact between humane letters and law, as disciplines that examine, shape and challenge normative claims about the world. Through close analysis of literary and theoretical texts, we will ask ourselves if justice is a faculty with identifiable structural, philosophical and aesthetic characteristics present in both literature and law, as well as how the underlying complementarity of the legal and literary shapes the emergence of the Atlantic early modern world.

A substantial final research project will be required. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 406 Life-writing, Gender, Performativity
Prerequisites & Notes

Any two literature or culture courses. Limited to juniors and seniors. Priority will be given to majors, then minors. (Spring 2017)

Instructor
Maiz-Peña

Interdisciplinary research oriented seminar designed to engage students in the politics of unsettling modes of life-writing, gender, and representation. Life-writing theory and cultural analysis of contemporary Latin American/Latino fictional and non-fictional narratives.

A substantial final research project will be required. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 407 Gender and Memory in Television and the Novel
Prerequisites & Notes

Completion of a 300-level course in Spanish, or permission of the instructor. Limited to juniors and seniors. Priority will be given to majors, then minors. (Fall 2016)

Instructor
Kietrys

What can prime-time television teach us about gender? What can a novel teach us about Fascism? What can a film teach us about memory? We'll consider these questions and more as we examine representations of women in Spanish media from the Second Republic through today. We'll also explore gender construction at different moments in recent history, including differences between the "ideal woman" of the early 20th century and the early 21st century. Discussion of the supporting roles of male characters will also inform our analyses. Course conducted in Spanish. Counts for Major & Minor in GSS and Hispanic Studies.

 

SPA 408 Sem: Spain and the Holocaust
Prerequisites & Notes

(Spring) an Area II course from the Hispanic Studies Major, though a student need not be a Hispanic Studies major to enroll in the course. The course will be conducted in Spanish.
(Not in 2016-17)

 

The course interrogates the still-little-known phenomenon of the presence of thousands of Spaniards in the Nazi concentration camps during World War II and explore the experience they lived and which only 2,000 survived. Course study will include interview, novel, memoir, journalistic reportage, poetry, and documentary film and guest speakers. Materials consulted in the Vienna archieves of the Mauthausen concentration camp, to which most Spanish prisoners of the Nazis were taken, will be incorporated into the course work.

 

SPA 429 Independent Study
Prerequisites & Notes

Any two literature or culture courses, or approval of the chair and the instructor.
(Not in 2016-17)

Instructor
Staff

Special topics, themes, genre, or a single figure in literature, history, or culture, outside the content of other courses under the direction and supervision of a faculty member who approves the topic(s), the research project, and determines the means of evaluation. Open to Senior Majors.

SPA 490 Senior Seminar: Rewriting the Hispanic Tradition
Prerequisites & Notes

Limited to senior majors in Hispanic Studies. (Fall)

Instructor
Willis
 
Intensive seminar of theoretical, literary, and cultural texts. Research is centered around a theme, which will vary each year. The fall 2015 theme is

Required of all majors in Hispanic Studies.

SPA 498 Senior Honors Thesis and Tutorial, SPA 498-499
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

Both SPA 498 and 499 are required to be eligible for Honors. Research and writing of the honors thesis begins in SPA 498 (in the spring of the junior year or the fall of the senior year) and is completed in SPA 499 during the last semester of the senior year. SPA 498 requires a thesis outline, annotated bibliography, progress reports, and an introductory chapter. An oral defense of the honors thesis proposal is held at the end of SPA 498. An oral presentation of the completed honors thesis is conducted at the end of SPA 499. Details of these requirements can be found on the department website.