The department of Spanish aims to give students a thorough knowledge of the Spanish language and the ability to understand and interpret Spanish and Spanish American texts and cultures. In order to accomplish these general goals, the department offers a broad range of courses:
1) Elementary and Intermediate language courses, which introduce and develop the basics of the language and emphasize the active use of Spanish for communication and understanding of the cultures that use it. Please note that language courses taught in the Spanish department require attendance to all classroom sessions and all tutorials. Successful language learning demands continuous study and practice, and tutorials provide crucial complementary activities to fulfill this goal. Classroom and tutorial participation are integral parts of the coursework and therefore will be part of the final grade (Spanish 001-002, 101, and 102).
2) Language instruction is followed by courses in literature, film, culture and civilization, and linguistics that introduce writers and significant themes as well as further develop Spanish language skills in reading, writing, speaking, and oral comprehension (Spanish courses at the 200 level).
3) Advanced offerings that explore in greater depth a specific line of inquiry, literary, cultural or historical issue, or theme in Spanish and Spanish American writing and thought (Spanish courses at the 300 level).
4) Courses taught in English, with readings in English or English translation, which aim to bring to a wider audience and across disciplinary boundaries important themes, issues, and accomplishments of the Spanish-speaking world (e.g.: Spanish/General Programs 240: Latin American and Iberian Culture and Civilization; Spanish/Comparative Literature 250: Quixotic Narratives).
All students are expected to enroll in Spanish department courses at the level of placement as determined by the department at the beginning of every academic year. On occasion, requests by individual students to be moved to a higher or lower placement level will be considered, after close and detailed consultation with the student’s advisor, the course instructor, and the department chairperson. Placement test results are otherwise mandatory.
Barbara Riley Levin Professor of Spanish Israel Burshatin
Associate Professor Roberto Castillo Sandoval
Associate Professor Graciela Michelotti, Chair
Assistant Professor Ana López Sánchez
Visiting Assistant Professor Asima Saad Maura
Instructor Aurelia Gómez Unamuno
Six courses in Spanish and Spanish American literature or film are required for a major in Spanish, along with enrollment in the senior seminar, Spanish 490 (two semesters), in which students write a senior essay. Of the six required courses, three should be at the 200 level and three at the 300 level (two of these 300-level courses must be taken at Haverford or Bryn Mawr). Students who qualify by pre-college training or study abroad may substitute 300-level courses for the 200-level offerings. The program must include at least two courses at the 200 or 300 level that focus substantially on literature prior to 1898.
Six courses at the 200 or 300 level, with a minimum of one course at the 300 level to be taken at Haverford or Bryn Mawr. One of the six courses should focus substantially on literature prior to 1898.
Students who are considered qualified will be invited to become candidates for Departmental Honors during the second semester of their senior year. Honors candidates will be expected to do superior work in upper-level literature and culture courses (3.7 average). Honors and High Honors are awarded on the basis of the quality of the senior thesis.
- 001 Elementary Spanish HU
Development of basic phonetic and structural skills. Greatest emphasis is placed on spoken Spanish, with grammar and written exercises, to develop oral proficiency. Compulsory attendance in two one-hour tutorial sessions. This is a two-semester course. Both semesters are needed to receive credit. Students must register in the same section in the Spring semester even if the instructor changes. Does not count toward the major. Typically offered every Fall.
- 002 Elementary Spanish HU
A.Gómez Unamuno, A.López-Sánchez, A.Saad-Maura
Development of basic phonetic and structural skills. Greatest emphasis is placed on spoken Spanish, with grammar and written exercises, to develop oral proficiency. Includes compulsory attendance to two weekly tutorial sessions. This is a two-semester course. Both semesters are needed to receive credit. Prerequisite: Spanish 001. Does not count toward the major. Typically offered every Spring.
- 101 Intermediate Spanish HU
Review of conversational skills and grammar and development of writing abilities. Literature readings are combined with materials from magazines, newspapers, and films from Spain and Spanish America. Prerequisite: Span 002, placement, or consent of instructor Does not count toward the major. Typically offered every Fall.
- 102 Advanced Intermediate Spanish HU
Refinement of writing and communicative skills. Readings are drawn from a variety of literary genres. Students are expected to involve themselves with Hispanic culture in order to improve and test their ability to use Spanish. Prerequisite: Span 101 or consent of instructor. Does not count toward the major.
- 201 Exploring Critical Issues Through Writing HU (Cross-listed in Linguistics)
The course aims to provide students with the skills necessary to successfully undertake writing assignments in the upper-division Spanish courses. Students will be engaged in discussions of, and write about topics such as identity, borders and migrations, and manifestations of violence. Prerequisite: Spanish 102, placement, or consent of instructor.
- 203 Writing the Jewish Trajectories in Latin America HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature and Latin American and Iberian Studies)
"Jewish Gauchos," "Tropical Synagogues," "Poncho and Talmud," "Matza and Mate." This course will examine the native and diasporic worlds described in the apparent dichotomies that come together in the Latin American Jewish Literature. The class will trace the different trajectories of time, space and gender of the Jewish experience in Latin America, where issues of migration, memory and hybridization come to life through poetry, narrative and drama. Prerequisite: Spanish 102 or consent of the instructor.
- 205 Studies in the Spanish American Novel HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature and Latin American and Iberian Studies)
Introduction to selected short 20th-century Spanish-American short stories and novels by García Márquez, Bombal, Cortázar, Ferré, Ramis, García Vega, etc. Prerequisite: Spanish 102 or consent.
- 207 Fictions of Spanish American History HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature)
The relationship between history and literature in Spanish America through examination and comparison of selected historiographical and literary texts. Particular attention will be paid to the ways in which historical and literary genres have interacted and influenced one another from the Discovery and Conquest through the Independence and national formation periods and the 20th century. Prerequisite: Spanish 102 or consent of the instructor.
- 210 Spanish and Spanish American Film Studies HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature and Latin American and Iberian Studies)
Exploration of films in Spanish from both sides of the Atlantic. The course will discuss approximately one movie per class, from a variety of directors, including Luis Buñuel, Carlos Saura, Pedro Almodóvar, María Luisa Bemberg, Lucrecia Martel, Miguel Littín. The class will focus on the cinematic discourse as well as the cultural and historic background of each film. The course will also provide advanced language training with particular emphasis in refining oral and writing skills. Prerequisite: Spanish 102 or consent of the instructor.
- 214 Writing the Nation: 19th-Century Literature in Latin America HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature and Latin American and Iberian Studies)
An examination of seminal literary texts written in Latin America in the nineteenth century. Novels, essays, travelogues, short stories, miscellaneous texts, and poetry will be analyzed and placed in the context of the process of nation-building that took place after Independence from Spain. A goal of the course will be to establish and define the nexus between the textual and ideological formations of 19th-century writings in Latin America and their counterparts in the 20th-century. Prerequisite: Spanish 102, placement, or consent of instructor.
- 221 Modernity and resistance in Twentieth-century Mexican narrative HU
The course focuses on cosmopolitanism and on representations of the rural world as a contradictory modernity in seminal Mexican novels. Prerequisite: Spanish 201 or consent of the instructor
- 225 Evita & Her Sisters HU (Cross-listed in Latin American and Iberian Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies)
The representation of female historical and mythical figures in Latin American writings. Women have been writing and written about since the beginning of times in Latin America. It is the intention of this course to explore how female the subject, with an historical and/or mythical presence, is portrayed, manipulated or rewritten by authors and other cultural agents of either gender. The course will investigate how female figures of the historical, political, or religious spheres are constantly being reshaped to conform with the cultural demands of each particular cultural moment. Besides the above mentioned Evita, other female subjects would include, among others: Malinche, Virgen de Guadalupe, La Llorona, Och n/Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre, Sor Juan In s de la Cruz, The Amazons, Testimonial literature: Alicia Kosameh, Domitila Barrios de Chungara, Rigoberta Mench , Jesusa Palancares, Josefina B rquez, Carlota (Mexican Empress), Madama Sui, Isabel de Guevara, Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, Frida Kahlo. Prerequisite: Span 102 or consent of the instructor.
- 230 Medieval and Golden Age Spain: Literature, Culture, and Society HU (Cross-listed in Latin American and Iberian Studies)
Introduction to the culture and literature of medieval and early modern Spain: Castilian expansion, religious diversity, and cultural transformations, from the Reconquest to the Habsburgs. Prerequisite: Spanish 102, placement, or consent of the instructor.
- 232 Inquiring Minds: Inquisition, writing, and the early modern subject HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature and Latin American and Iberian Studies)
This course examines the impact of the Holy Office on literature and on social and symbolic practices in early modern Spain and the Americas, with comparative study of other inquisitions in medieval Provence and England. Topics of discussion include the construction of heresy as a political act; inquisition as instrument of social control and as mode of rational inquiry; the crafting of subaltern subjects (racial, sexual, and gender minorities) and the surveillance of imperial lites. Texts studied include trial dossiers, literary and dramatic texts, and modern film adaptations. Prerequisite: Spanish H102 or consent of the instructor.
- 235 Spanish American Theater HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature)
An exploration of various plays produced during the 20th Century in different Latin American countries and the US in the context of major theatrical movements and central themes in Latin American culture and history. The readings will include works by female and male playwrights. When possible, there will be a correlation with films, based on the plays discussed in class. The students will also be encouraged to perform in class one or more of the plays analyzed during the semester. Prerequisite: Spanish 102 or consent of the instructor.
- 240 Latin American and Iberian Culture and Civilization HU (Cross-listed in Independent College Programs and Latin American and Iberian Studies)
An interdisciplinary exploration of Latin America and Spain. Topics will include imperial expansion, colonialism, independence, national and cultural identities, and revolution. This course is designed to serve as the introduction to the Concentration in Latin American and Iberian Studies. Course taught in English. Typically offered yearly in alternation with Bryn Mawr.
- 248 Poetry and Politics in Spain HU (Cross-listed in Latin American and Iberian Studies)
This course examines the different ways in which poetry and poets are in the "world." Study of the relationships between poetics and power will guide a close reading of works written since 1898: poetry and national renewal after the collapse of empire, avant-garde aesthetics, the Spanish Civil War, and post-war generations (Machado, Garcíaa Lorca, Cernuda, Hernández, Fuertes). Prerequisite: Spanish 102 or consent of the instructor.
- 250 Quixotic Narratives HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature and Latin American and Iberian Studies)
Study of Cervantes, Don Quixote and of some of the works of fiction, criticism, philosophy, music, art and film which have drawn from Cervantes's novel or address its formal and thematic concerns, including self-reflexivity, nation and narration, and constructions of gender, class, and "race" in narrative. Other authors read include Borges, Foucault, Laurence Sterne, Graham Greene, Vladimir Nabokov, and Kathy Acker. Course taught in English.
- 273 The Invention of Pablo Neruda: Poetics and Politics HU
This course deals with the principle works of Pablo Neruda's long career as a poet. Close readings of his major poems will be accompanied by an examination of the criticism and reception of Neruda's poetry at different stages of his trajectory. Special attention will be paid to the creation and elaboration of Neruda's image as a poet, cultural icon, and political figure in Chile and in the Spanish-speaking world. Prerequisite: Spanish 102 or placement at 200 or 300 level.
- 280 Inter-American Dialogue: Cuba on my Mind HU
I.Burshatin, R.Castillo Sandoval
The goal of this course is to foster dialogue and understanding between Americans and Cubans by familiarizing students with the writing, thought, and other cultural expressions of contemporary Cuba. Students write several short papers during the semester (including a travel journal of their trip to Cuba) and submit a final research paper based, in part, on their experiences on the island (the one-week trip to Cuba during spring break is required). Course taught in English. Prerequisite: Application which demonstrates student interest in participating in activities that will facilitate personal one-on-one contacts in Cuba. Offered occasionally.
- 307 Taller Literario: Writing Short Fiction in Spanish HU
A fiction-writing workshop for students whose Spanish-writing skills are at an advanced level. The class will be conducted as a combination seminar/workshop, with time devoted to discussion of syllabus readings and student work. The course will focus on essential matters of craft and technique in creative writing (point of view, voice, dialogue, narrative structure, etc.). Principally, we will be concerned with how stories work rather than what they mean. This perspective can prove a useful lens for reconsidering works long accepted as "great", and a practical method for developing individual styles and strategies of writing.
- 313 Literature of the Caribbean HU (Cross-listed in Latin American and Iberian Studies)
A selection of short stories and novels from Puerto Rico and Cuba, including Luis Rafael Sánchez, Magaly García Ramis, Rosario Ferré , Emilio Díaz Valcárcel, Senel Paz, Alejo Carpentier, Guillermo Cabrera Infante and others. Prerequisite: A 200 level course or consent of instructor.
- 315 Novísima literatura hispanoamericana HU
A selection of recent, representative Latin American fiction, examined in light of the transformations in the narrative discourse after the seminal novels of the Latin American "Boom" of the 60's and 70's. Prerequisite: A 200 level course or consent of instructor.
- 320 Spanish American Colonial Writings HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature and Latin American and Iberian Studies)
Representative writings from the textual legacy left by Spanish discovery, conquest, and colonization of the New World. Emphasis will be places on the transfiguration of historical and literary genres, and the role of Colonial literature in the formation of Latin-American identity. Readings include Columbus, Bernal Díaz, Gómara, Ercilla, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Cabeza de Vaca, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, and Sigüenza y Góngora. Prerequisite: A 200 level course or consent of the instructor.
- 334 Gender Dissidence in Hispanic Writing HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature and Gender and Sexuality Studies and Latin American and Iberian Studies)
Study of the dissenting voices of gender and sexuality in Spain and Spanish America and US Latino/a writers. Interrogation of "masculine" and "feminine" cultural constructions and "compulsory heterosexuality," as well as exemplary moments of dissent. Texts to be studied include Hispano-Arabic poetry, Fernando de Rojas's Celestina; Tirso de Molina, Don Gil de las calzas verdes; Teresa of Avila, Gloria Anzaldúa, and Reinaldo Arenas. Prerequisite: A 200 level course or consent of the instructor. (Satisfies the social justice requirement.)
- 340 The Moor in Spanish Literature HU (Cross-listed in African and Africana Studies)
The discourse concerning Spain's Muslims and their descendants: the Moor as other (sensual, fanatical or exemplary but flawed) and as a metaphor of power, from the Christian Reconquest and the expulsion of the Moriscos to Juan Goytisolo's Reivindicaci n del conde don Juli n. Prerequisite: A 200 level course or consent of the instructor. (Satisfies the social justice requirement.)
- 352 Evita and Her Sisters HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature and Gender and Sexuality Studies and Latin American and Iberian Studies)
The representation of female historical and mythical figures in Latin American writings. Women have been writing and written about since the beginning of times in Latin America. It is the intention of this course to explore how the female subject, with an historical and/or mythical presence, is portrayed, manipulated or rewritten by authors and other cultural agents of either gender. Other female subjects would include: Malinche, Virgen de Guadalupe, La Llorona, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Testimonial literature. Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, Frida Kahlo. Prerequisite: A 200 level course or consent of the instructor.
- 365 The Politics of Language in the Spanish-Speaking World HU (Cross-listed in Linguistics)
The course will explore the relationship between (national) identity and language, and the specific outcomes of (language) policies and educational practices in societies where Spanish is spoken, generally alongside other mother tongues, often as the dominant language, but also in a minority situation. Prerequisite: A 200 level course or consent of instructor
- 385 Popular Culture, Cultural Identity and the Arts in Latin American HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature and Latin American and Iberian Studies)
This course will examine the interaction among mass, elite, traditional, and indigenous art forms and their relationship with the dynamics of national/cultural identity in Latin America in the 19th and 20th centuries. Among the forms of expression to be studied are oral poetry and narrative, the "follet n" (19th-Century melodramas by installment) to 20th-Century "fotonovelas," "radionovelas," and "telenovelas," broadsides, comics, musical and political movements such as "neo-folklore," "New Song" and "Nueva Trova," artistic movements such as Mexican Muralism, popular dance, and the cinema. Prerequisite: A 200 level course in Spanish or consent of the instructor.
- 480 Independent Study HU
Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Offered occasionally.
- 490 Senior Departmental Studies HU
The course will consist of two one-semester parts. The first, taken in the Fall semester, will have the format of a seminar under the supervision of one Spanish Department faculty member. The purpose of this seminar will be to prepare students for the research and writing their Senior Theses by 1) enhancing and refining the reading tools and critical approaches to texts in Spanish acquired in previous courses; 2) elucidating and contextualizing relevant aspects of literary history, theory, and culture 3) determining the thesis topic, key secondary sources and approach to be deployed in writing the thesis, and 4) polishing the skills and methods for successful research and proper use of available resources. Problems in literary and cultural analysis-selected with a view to their pertinence in relation to the group's interests-will be presented through close readings of works from various periods and genres and through selected works of criticism or theory. The second semester will involve the process of writing the thesis. Seminar meetings will continue-albeit in a more sporadic schedule-for progress reports while students work under the supervision of individual professors.
COURSES AT BRYN MAWR COLLEGE
- 206 Composición avanzada
- 211 Borges y sus lectores
- 215 “Memoria negra”: la literatura afro-hispánica en Africa y las Américas
- 231 El cuento y la novela corta
- 265 Escritoras españolas
- 308 Teatro del siglo de oro
- 309 La representación de la mujer
- 318 Adaptaciones literarias en el cine español
- 329 Brown Affect: Narrating Latina/o Lives
- 398 Senior Seminar