Fall term: Graciela Michelotti

Spring term: Full Spanish Department Faculty

The course consists of two one-semester parts.

The first, taken in the Fall semester of Senior year, has the format of a seminar under the supervision of one Spanish Department faculty member. The purpose of this seminar is 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.

  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-- are presented through close readings of works from various periods and genres and through selected works of criticism or theory. The second part involves the actual process of writing the thesis. Seminar meetings continue to take place, though less frequently, for progress reports while students work under the supervision of individual professors.

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