Courses in Spanish


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IMPORTANT NOTE: Language courses taught in the Spanish Department require attendance to all classroom sessions and all tutorials. Succesful 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.

Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced Intermediate sections have an enrollmente limit of 18.

200-Level courses have an enrollment limit of 25.

Indicates course offered in the Fall semester of 2005

Indicates course offered in the Spring semester of 2006

Language courses

,Spanish 001-002, Elementary Spanish. This two-semester course is an introduction to the basic phonetic and structural skills. Greatest emphasis is placed on spoken Spanish, with some grammar and written exercises, to develop oral proficiency. In addition to regularly scheduled classes, students meet in small tutorials designed to provide an opportunity to use the language. Please note that Section 01 is reserved exclusively for students with no previous experience with Spanish.

,Spanish 101, Intermediate Spanish. This class offers a 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: 001, or consent of instructor. In addition to regularly scheduled classes, students meet in small tutorials designed to provide an opportunity to use the language.

,Spanish 102A, B Advanced Intermediate Spanish. This semester focuses on the refinement of writing and communicative skills. Readings are drawn from a variety of literary genres, including short novels, as preparation for more advanced courses. Students are expected to involve themselves with Hispanic culture in order to improve and test their ability to use Spanish. Prerequisite: 101, or consent of instructor. In addition to regularly scheduled classes, students meet in small tutorials designed to provide an opportunity to use the language.

Literature and culture courses

IMPORTANT NOTE: Students enrolled in literature and culture courses in the Haverford Spanish Department are required to attend all classroom sessions, and they are expected to come to every class fully prepared to participate in the day's discussion, having done the reading and completed other work assigned.

203 Writing the Jewish Trajectories in Latin America (Comparative Literature) Graciela Michelotti

205 Studies in the Spanish-American Novel (Comparative Literature 205a) Ramón García Castro

An introduction to selected 20th century Spanish-American novelists. Prerequisite: Spanish 102 or consent of instructor.

207 The Fictions of Spanish American History (Comparative Literature 207a) Roberto Castillo Sandoval

The relationship between history and literature in Spanish America through examination and comparison of selected historiographical and literary texts. Particular attention is 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 instructor.

210 Spanish Film Studies. Graciela Michelotti

Exploration of the art of narrative film as practiced in Spain and Spanish America by leading directors, including Buñuel, Saura, and Almodóvar; and advanced language training, with particular emphasis on refining oral and writing skills. Prerequisite: Spanish 102 or consent of instructor.

214 Writing the Nation: 19th-century Literature in Latin America. Roberto Castillo Sandoval

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 or consent of instructor.

220 Spanish-American Contemporary Literature (General Programs and Comparative Literature 220b) Ramón García Castro

Study of 20th century Spanish-American writers in translation, including Garcia Márquez, Parra, Soto, Puig and Borges. Course taught in English.

230 Medieval and Golden Age Spain: Literature, Culture, and Society. Asima Saad Maura

Introduction to the culture and literature of medieval and early modern Spain: Castilian expansion, religious diversity, and cultural transformations, from the Reconquest to the Hapsburgs. Prerequisite: Spanish 102 or consent of the instructor.

235 Spanish American Theater (Comparative Literature 235a) Graciela Michelotti

A study of the development of the genre from pre-colonial and colonial times to the 20th century theater as art and social discourse. Prerequisite: Spanish 102 or consent of instructor.

240 Latin American and Iberian Culture and Civilization (General Programs and Comparative Literature 240b) Roberto Castillo Sandoval or Enrique Sacerio-Garí (BMC)

An interdisciplinary exploration of Latin America and Spain. Topics will include imperial expansion, colonialism, independence, revolution, authoritarianism and democracy. This course is designed to serve as the introduction to the Area of Concentration in Latin American and Iberian Studies and is a requirement for all concentrators. Course taught in English.

248 Poetry and Politics in Spain. Israel Burshatin

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 in a wide variety of contexts and periods: panegyric and the erotics of power in Islamic al- Andalus; popular ballads (romancero) and satirical poems in al-Andalus and medieval Castile; courtier-poets and the Spanish Empire (Garcilaso, Góngora, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz); the 19th-century rise of literary study and nationalism; avant-garde aesthetics, the Spanish Civil War, and post-war generations (García Lorca, Cernuda, Hernández, Fuertes). Prerequisite: Spanish 102 or consent of the instructor.

250 Quixotic Narratives (Comparative Literature 250a) Israel Burshatin

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, and Kathy Acker. Course taught in English.

298 Latin America and the American Empire (History 298) Roberto Castillo and James Krippner-Martínez

An interdisciplinary exploration of the relations between Latin America and the United States, with a focus on the genesis and development of patterns of cultural contact, conflict and responses to economic and political domination and intervention. The Spanish colonial legacy will be used as backdrop for comparison and constrast with the rise of US hegemony in the hemisphere after 1898. Latin American traditional elite notions of cultural nationalism, pro- or anti-Americanism, historical destiny, nation-building, etc., will be examined along with the discourse of historical and cultural identity articulated more recently by non-elite groups at the national and continental level. US presence in particular cases (Cuba and Puerto Rico, Mexico,Chile, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Colombia) will be documented through essays, fiction, film and other forms of popular culture, and analysed with the aid of scholarship produced by US and Latin American authors.


307 Taller Literario: Writing Short Fiction in Spanish Roberto Castillo Sandoval

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. Limited to 14 students.

310 The Family in the Novels of the Past Forty Years in Spanish America Ramón García Castro

This course will pay attention to how the family is reflected in some Spanish American novels of the past forty years. This institution, as in the rest of the world, appears to be under pressure. The novels have been selected to show the effect of the family among adolescents in Jose Agustin's De perfil; Isabel Allende's El plan infinito;La "Flor de Lis" by Elena Poniatowska, and Elogio de la madrastra, by Mario Vargas Llosa. Adult couples in distress will be shown in El jardin de al lado, by José Donoso and La ciudad anterior, by Gonzalo Contreras. This course will finish with a reading on the role of the elderly in the configuration of family, as in Manuel Puig's Cae la noche tropical. Prerequisite: A 200 level course or consent of instructor.

313 Literature of the Caribbean. Asima Saad Maura

A selection of essays, novels and plays, including Carpentier, Luis Rafael Sánchez and others. Prerequisite: A 200 level course or consent of instructor.

315 Novísima Literatura Hispanoamericana. Ramón García Castro

Intended to show the latest developments in Spanish-American literature as seen in recent works by García Márquez, Isabel Allende, Manuel Puig, Laura Esquivel, José Leandro Urbina, Alberto Fuguet and others. Prerequisite: A 200 level course or consent of instructor.

317 Novels of the Spanish American "Boom". Ramón García Castro

Study of the novels that brought Spanish American literature to world attention: Readings include García Márquez, Cien años de soledad, Vargas Llosa, La ciudad y los perros, Fuentes, La muerte de Artemio Cruz, and Carpentier, Los pasos perdidos. Prerequisite: A 200 level course or consent of instructor.

320 Spanish American Colonial Writings. Roberto Castillo Sandoval

Representative writings from the textual legacy left by Spanish discovery, conquest,and colonization of the New World. Emphasis will be placed on the transformation 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, Waman Poma de Ayala, 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 instructor.

324 Sexual Minorities in the Spanish Speaking World (Comparative Literature 324b). Ramón García Castro

Sexual minorities as presented to the Spanish-speaking world. Readings include works by Puig, Cortázar, Vargas Llosa, Ferré, and Lugo Filippi; and films by Almodóvar. Fulfills Social Justice.

325 The Female Voice in Spanish and Spanish American Writing. Graciela Michelotti

Examination of the work of women writers in Spain and Spanish America; how women have voiced their struggles in different times, spaces, and genres. Authors studied include Sor Juana, María de Zayas, Emilia Pardo Bazán, Alfonsina Storni, Domitila Barrios de Chungara, Victoria Ocampo, Carmen Martín Gaite, Griselda Gambaro, and Laura Esquivel. Prerequisite: A 200 level course or consent of instructor.

334 Gender Dissidence in Hispanic Writing (Comparative Literature 334). Israel Burshatin

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 instructor.

340 The Moor in Spanish Literature. Israel Burshatin

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 Reivindicación del conde don Julián. Fulfills Social Justice. Prerequisite: A 200 level course or consent of instructor.

352 Evita and Her Sisters: The Representation of Female Historical & Mythical Figures in Latin American Writings. (Comparative Literature 352) Graciela Michelotti

Women have been writing and written about since the beginning of time 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. Departing from the recent popularity that the character of Eva Perón has obtained in the national and international media, the course will investigate how this and other female figures of the historical, political or religious sphere are constantly being reshaped to conform with the cultural demands of each particular historical moment. For that purpose the class will study biographical and autobiographical texts written about and/or by female figures representing particular milestones in Latin American social histories. Prerequisite: Span 200-level coursework or consent of the instructor.

380 Just Wars and Utopias: The Indian, National Identity and Ideology in Spanish America (Comparative Literature 380a). Roberto Castillo Sandoval

Examines the figure of the "Indian" in Latin America from colonial times to the present-- the ways in which Europeans, their descendants (criollos or mestizos), and indigenous peoples themselves have produced and reproduced those representations in order to legitimize, challenge, or in any way respond to political and social order and conditions. Study of literary texts and other writings, such as historical and contemporary narratives, political manifestos, and ethnographic texts. Fulfills Social Justice requirement. Prerequisite: One 200 level course in Spanish, preferably Spanish 240.

385 Popular Culture, Cultural Identity and the Arts in Latin America (Comparative Literature 385a).Roberto Castillo Sandoval

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 "folletín" (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," "Rock latino", artistic movements such as Mexican Muralism, traditional and popular crafts, popular dance, and the cinema. Prerequisite: A 200 level course in Spanish, Spanish 240, or consent of the instructor.

480 Independent Study. Staff

, 490 Senior Departmental Studies. Click here for a full description. First semester: Graciela Michelotti. Second semester taught jointly by Israel Burshatin, Ramón García Castro, Roberto Castillo Sandoval and Graciela Michelotti.


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