Spanish

Chair: Janis Breckenridge
Carolyn Chandler
Heather Cleary
Nicholas Parmley
Nelly Pilares-Manrique
Carlos Vargas-Salgado

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Courses in Spanish focus on critical thinking and language skills. Areas covered are Peninsular literature, Latin American literature, film and theater, and U.S. Latino and Latina literature and culture.

Placement in Spanish courses: Students who have previously studied Spanish in secondary school, college, or elsewhere must take a placement test before enrolling in a Spanish course at Whitman College. The Spanish placement test provides information on the appropriate course level in which students should register. Students with no previous language experience are not required to take the placement examination.

Students who have already taken a Spanish course at the college level cannot repeat the same level course and receive both transfer and Whitman credit for it. Placement of students who wish to continue studying Spanish will be based on placement test results. Repeat of equivalent coursework will result in Whitman credit with the forfeiture of equivalent transfer credit.

Learning Goals: Upon graduation, a student will be able to:

  • Major-Specific Areas of Knowledge
    • Obtain fluency in the Spanish language (in reading, writing, speaking, and listening). Acquire an intellectually sophisticated understanding of important themes, styles, genres, periods, and issues in Peninsular Spanish, Latin American, and U.S. Latina and Latino literary, poetic, dramatic, cinematic, visual, performative and cultural production. Acquire a critical and nuanced understanding of Spanish, Latin American, and U.S. Latina and Latino cultures, traditions, and peoples.
  • Communication
    • Develop analytical, writing, and creative skills. Present individual and critical perspectives, concepts, readings, theories, and analyses academically.
  • Critical Thinking
    • Develop individual and original critical perspectives, concepts, theories, and analyses.
  • After College
    • Pursue intellectual curiosity and original research related to the discipline after graduating from Whitman.

The Spanish major: A total of 34 credits to include:

Twelve credits taken at Whitman in the following required courses: four credits from Spanish 490; and eight credits from any two (2) of these three courses: Spanish 341, Spanish 342, Spanish 343;

At least 22 additional credits to fulfill the following five areas:

  1. At least one course in Peninsular literature taught in Spanish at the 400 level.
  2. At least one course in Latin American literature taught in Spanish at the 400 level.
  3. At least one course in Peninsular, Latin American, or U.S. Latino and Latina film and/or theater taught in Spanish at the 400 level.
  4. At least one course in U.S. Latino and Latina literature and culture taught in Spanish at the 400 level. This requirement may be filled by a 300- or 400-level seminar taught in English if the course is taken at Whitman and taught by a member of the Spanish faculty.
    Note:
    A course that combines two or more of the four areas listed above can fulfill only one of the areas.
  5. At least one upper-level language skills course from this list: Spanish 306, 320, 321, 325, or 326, or the equivalent in transfer or study abroad credit.
  6. Remaining credits may be earned through the completion of additional courses at the 300- or 400-level taught in Spanish; one 300- or 400-level seminar taught in English at Whitman by a member of the Spanish faculty (the course may be listed through world literature, film and media studies, or through another humanities department); or the equivalent in transfer or study abroad credit.

Note: At least 23 of the 34 credits required for the major in Spanish literatures and cultures must be completed on-campus at Whitman and none may be taken for P-D-F or as independent study. Courses taught in English at other institutions (including study abroad) cannot count toward the major. All courses taught in English used to fulfill the major must be taken at Whitman, be seminars taught at the 300 or 400 level, and be taught by members of the Spanish faculty; no more than eight credits toward the major can be from such courses taught in English. Students interested in applying transfer or study abroad credit toward the major must consult members of the Spanish faculty for approval. AP credits do not count toward the fulfillment of the major or minor requirements in Spanish literatures and cultures.

In the fall semester of the senior year students majoring in Spanish must pass a senior assessment consisting of:

  1. The successful completion of Spanish 490;
  2. The completion of an original research project discussing an aspect of Spanish, Latin American, and/or U.S. Latino and Latina literature, film, or theater. This project will be written in Spanish, use primary and secondary sources, be approximately 20 pages in length (minus footnotes and bibliography), and be approved and guided by the Spanish senior seminar adviser and;
  3. An hour-long oral exam in Spanish, where the student will defend the research project, answer questions about the project in context of the field of Spanish, Latin American, and/or U.S. Latino and Latina literature, film, or theater, and answer general questions about the student’s Spanish major program of study.

The Spanish minor: A total of 18 credits to include:

  1. Eight credits from any two (2) of these three courses: Spanish 341, Spanish 342, Spanish 343; these must be taken at Whitman;
  2. A 400-level Peninsular, Latin American, and/or U.S. Latino literature, film, or theater seminar taught in Spanish at Whitman, on study abroad, or the equivalent;
  3. A maximum of eight hours of advanced language skills credit can be counted for the minor (the advanced language skills courses offered at Whitman are Spanish 305, 306, 320, 321, 325, or 326; or the equivalent in transfer credit);
  4. Additional credits to fulfill the minor may be earned from any other course in Spanish numbered above 326 or equivalent.

Note: At least 12 of the 18 credits for the minor in Spanish literatures and cultures must be completed on-campus at Whitman, and none of these credits may be taken P-D-F or as independent study. Courses taught in English (even if offered through the Spanish department and/or taught by Spanish faculty) cannot be applied toward the minor. Students interested in applying transfer or study abroad credit toward the minor must consult members of the Spanish faculty for approval. AP credits do not count toward the fulfillment of the major or minor requirements in Spanish literatures and cultures.

The Latin American Studies minor for Spanish majors: Twenty credits as follows:

  1. Three Latin American history courses, of which a minimum of eight credits must be completed at Whitman, and none of these credits may be taken P-D-F or as independent study.
  2. Eight credits from among the following supporting courses: Anthropology 250, 259, History 283, 287, 381, 382, 384, 387, 389, 495, Spanish 411, 421, 437, 449, 454, 457, and World Literature 387-390, when the topic is Spanish American cinema or literature (not to be duplicated in major requirement credit), and other courses by consent of the adviser(s) in Latin American studies.

Note: Courses taken P-D-F prior to the declaration of a language major or minor will satisfy course and credit requirements for the major or minor. Courses taken P-D-F may not be used to satisfy course and credit requirements for the major or minor after the major or minor has been declared. Courses numbered 206 and below (or equivalent) will not count toward the major grade-point average in Spanish.

105, 106 Elementary Spanish
4, 4 Pilares-Manrique

A yearlong progressive basic language course taught principally in Spanish for purpose of communication in and about real-life situations. The course studies Spanish grammar and vocabulary with daily conversation, reading and writing in paragraph-length text, including present tense and three past verb tenses. The course introduces cultural components from four Spanish-speaking countries through art, history, geography, customs, and language. Evaluation includes daily homework and several unit exams. The course meets four periods per week plus required conversation groups. Students with any previous coursework in Spanish are required to take the Spanish placement exam before registering. This course is open only to first- and second-year students; other students by consent of instructor.

205, 206 Intermediate Spanish
4, 4 Chandler

A yearlong in-depth, comprehensive, and progressive language course taught principally in Spanish for mastery of grammar and vocabulary with the purpose of communicating correctly in all four language skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Evaluation includes individual oral presentations, daily conversation, as well as reading and writing in and about real-life situations and literary texts. Language skills include verb forms and uses of all tenses. Introduction to cultural components through history, short stories, a novel, customs, language and geography of Spanish-speaking countries. Other evaluation methods include daily homework and several unit exams. The course meets four periods per week plus required conversation groups. Prerequisite: Spanish 106. Students who have not taken Spanish at Whitman previously are required to take the Spanish placement exam before registering. This course is open only to first and second year students; other students by consent of instructor.

305, 306 Advanced Spanish: Topics in Contemporary Hispanic Culture
4, 4 Fall: Pilares-Manrique, Vargas-Salgado; Spring: Vargas-Salgado, Cleary

Use of various text and media sources (literature, film, music, popular culture, etc.) to access contemporary topics in Hispanic culture for advanced conversation, academic writing, and grammar practice. Students will be required to do research projects using primary and secondary sources in Spanish, write short compositions, participate in all daily in-class discussions, complete advanced grammar exercises, and collaborate in at least one group creative project. Class participation, including attendance, is part of the grade for the course. Course taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Students who have not taken Spanish at Whitman previously are required to take the Spanish placement exam before registering. This course is open only to first- and second-year students; other students by consent of instructor.

320 Reel Dialogues: Language, Conversation, and Introduction to Film Analysis
4, x Breckenridge

Spanish language cinema provides a stimulating medium for exploring issues of concern in Spain, Latin America and the United States including poverty, discrimination, urban violence, gender and sexuality. This course aims to improve proficiency in speaking and listening at the advanced-intermediate level as well as promote critical thinking through written responses to filmic texts. Course taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 306 or any other Spanish course taught in Spanish above 306; or consent of instructor. This course is open only to first- and second-year students; other students by consent of instructor.

321 El/la Problema: Advanced Grammar
4, x Cleary

The course is an intensive study of advanced Spanish grammar through literary and filmic texts. The course will focus on morphology (individual words and structures) and syntax (the order of the words). Topics may include: gender, subject-verb agreement, clauses, verb tenses, and vocabulary. Stress will be given to learning grammar and effective uses of language through class discussion and grammatical drills. Course taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 306 or any other Spanish course taught in Spanish above 306; or consent of instructor. This course is open only to first- and second-year students; other students by consent of instructor.

325 Translation: Healthcare and Language
4, x Cleary

This course is designed for students with an interest in Spanish-English translation in medicine, including nursing, medical science, human rights advocacy, and scientific research. Spanish-language literary texts and films will be used to explore the following topics: the uses of languages in patient/doctor relationships, health-care access, patients’ rights, equality, development, and human rights. Stress will be given to class discussion. The course also requires student participation in a collective translation project focused on public health issues. Course taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 306 or any other Spanish course taught in Spanish above 306; or consent of instructor. This course is open only to first- and second-year students; other students by consent of instructor.

326 Translation: Public Affairs, the Law and Language
x, 4 Cleary

This course is designed for students with an interest in Spanish-English translation in fields such as law, immigration, human rights, and development. Spanish-language literary texts and films will be used to explore the following topics: the uses of languages in the local and federal government, legal aid access, equality, and voters’ rights. Special attention will be devoted to the Federal Court Interpreter Certification Examination. Stress will be given to class discussion. The course also requires student participation in a collective translation project focused on public affairs. Course taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 306 or any other Spanish course taught in Spanish above 306; or consent of instructor. This course is open only to first- and second-year students; other students by consent of instructor.

341 Critical Thinking and Academic Writing: Media/Theatre/Performance
4, x Vargas-Salgado

Reading, analysis, and discussion of representative works from Spain, Latin America, and U.S. Latina/Latino communities. This course focuses on critical thinking and academic writing in Spanish through research papers, oral presentations, and class discussions. Texts studied may include television, film, radio, print and digital media, drama, and performance art. Course taught in Spanish. Includes a film screening. Prerequisite: Spanish 306 or any other Spanish course taught in Spanish above 306; or consent of instructor. Students who have previous work in Spanish are required to take a departmental placement examination for entrance. Note: Spanish 341, 342 and 343 can be taken in any order. Intended for first-year students, sophomores, and juniors; open to seniors by consent only.

342 Critical Thinking and Academic Writing: Art/Lyric/Verse
4, 4 Parmley

Reading, analysis, and discussion of representative works from Spain, Latin America, and U.S. Latina/Latino communities. This course focuses on critical thinking and academic writing in Spanish through research papers, oral presentations, and class discussions. Texts studied may include art, poetry, and music. Course taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 306 or any other Spanish course taught in Spanish above 306; or consent of instructor. Students who have previous work in Spanish are required to take a departmental placement examination for entrance. Note: Spanish 341, 342 and 343 can be taken in any order. Intended for first-year students, sophomores, and juniors; open to seniors by consent only.

343 Critical Thinking and Academic Writing: Fiction/Essay/Literary Criticism
x, 4 Breckenridge

Reading, analysis, and discussion of representative works from Spain, Latin America, and U.S. Latina/Latino communities. This course focuses on critical thinking and academic writing in Spanish through research papers, oral presentations, and class discussions. Texts studied may include short stories, essays, novels, and literary criticism. Course taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 306 or any other Spanish course taught in Spanish above 306; or consent of instructor. Students who have previous work in Spanish are required to take a departmental placement examination for entrance. Note: Spanish 341, 342 and 343 can be taken in any order. Intended for first-year students, sophomores, and juniors; open to seniors by consent only.

405 (Neo) Baroque Perspectives: Aesthetics of Desconstruction
4, x Parmley

This course provides an overview of salient religio-historical, literary and cultural issues surrounding the Baroque period in the Iberian Peninsula (16th and 17th centuries) and the “Neo-Baroque” in Latin America (Colonial to 20th century). José Antonio Maravall defines the Baroque as a period concept (specifically the 17th century in Europe), while others de-historicize (Eugenio D’Ors) or tie the concept closely to Latin American art and life (Carpentier). Lezama Lima views it as a “condición americana.” The last several decades have witnessed the re-appropriation of the Baroque in novels, essays and poems; painting, sculpture and architecture. A prevalent view is that “the symbolic productions of the art and discourse of the Spanish Baroque contain within themselves the seed of its de-authorization, the seeds of a deconstruction.” This course explores the shared aesthetic of deconstruction through a critical analysis of Iberian and Latin American literary and cultural production. May be applied toward the Peninsular or Latin American literature requirement. Prerequisite: Spanish 341, 342, or 343 or consent of instructor.

411 Desperate Housewives: Feminism in Latin American Fiction
4; not offered 2014-15

This course analyzes diverse constructions of the feminine subject in the narratives of Latin American women writers from across the continent (Chile, Mexico, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Argentina, and Central America). While exploring numerous themes, styles, and literary techniques of the Latin American women’s short story, we will discover several recurring themes including: silence, desire and female body, literary representations of asphyxiating societal roles for women, and the creation of feminine/feminist literary discourses. Essays provide a sociohistoric, linguistic, and cultural foundation specific to the Latin American context from which to interpret these texts. This course satisfies the Latin American literature requirement for the major in Spanish literatures and cultures. Course taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 341, 342, or 343 or consent of instructor.

417 Visions of Paradise: Latin American Perceptions of What it Means to be Human
4; not offered 2014-15

What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to ask this question? What if, instead of inspiring self-examination, the question leads to the scrutiny and classification of other humans? “Definitions” of the human are shaped and determined within concrete power relations rooted in race, class, gender, citizenship and other divisive categories. This course examines perceptions of the human in Latin America, in the context of a specific historical background of premodern colonization; the slave trade; and today’s unglamorous entrance of Latin America in the globalized stage. This course satisfies the Latin American literature requirement for the major in Spanish literatures and cultures. Course taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 341, 342, or 343 or consent of instructor.

418 Soulscapes of Prison: Prison Narratives of Latin America
4; not offered 2014-15

The experience of being imprisoned disrupts our perception of the world. However, intellectuals writing from within prison walls give the impression that the experience can conjure up better insights on the world than so-called freedom. Writers who were never imprisoned also have wanted to write about confinement. The course examines fictional and nonfictional prison narratives. It explores the mysterious allure of such narratives and their strange potential for intellectual insight. Is there something about imprisonment that gives insight on free life? Themes discussed include the depictions of race and ethnicity within these narratives. This course satisfies the Peninsular literature requirement or the Latin American literature requirement for the major in Spanish literatures and cultures. Course taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 341, 342, or 343 or consent of instructor.

419 Cannibalizing Cannibalism: Re-appropriations of Savagery in Latin American Literature and Cinema
4; not offered 2014-15

Cannibalism is repellent and fearsome, but also attractive. Colonial power used the term to demonize the natives, which helped justify their enslavement. The colonizer’s gaze, however, also was rife with fascination — even desire. The course examines a range of Latin American literary texts and films that explore this dual legacy of cannibalism, and find in it the possibility for cultural empowerment and political agency. Themes discussed include the representation of race and ethnicity in these texts and films. This course satisfies the Latin American literature requirement or the film/theater requirement for the major in Spanish literatures and cultures. Course taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 341, 342, or 343 or consent of instructor.

421 Axis of Evil: Law and Literature in Latino America and the Caribbean
4; not offered 2014-15

This seminar focuses on the ways in which different aspects of the law are presented in Latino American and Caribbean literature. Topics to be discussed from the selected literary texts include: crimes and punishments, outlaws, penal systems, the death penalty, police and detective fictions, legality and illegality, and the uses of evidence. Students will be evaluated through papers, presentations, and participation. This course satisfies the Latin American literature requirement or the U.S. Latino and Latina literature and culture requirement for the major in Spanish literatures and cultures. Course taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 341, 342, or 343 or consent of instructor.

425 The Rise of Latinos in the U.S.
4; not offered 2014-15

This seminar focuses on the literature, history, and culture of Latinos in the United States until the 21st century. The seminar addresses the possibilities and consequences of establishing Latino identities and marketing targets. Discussions will focus on politics, socioeconomic and cultural issues that form part of the current debates about Latino demographics. Topics to be discussed include: immigration, citizenship, gender and sexuality. Stress will be given to class participation. Readings will include fiction and nonfiction literature along with film and visual arts. This course satisfies the film/theater requirement or the U.S. Latino and Latina literature and culture requirement for the major in Spanish literatures and cultures. Course taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 341, 342, or 343 or consent of instructor.

430 Tri-Cultural Spain: Islam, Judaism and Christianity on the Iberian Peninsula (632-1492)
4; not offered 2014-15

Why is the Andalusia period considered a “golden age” of Islamic civilization? How was Iberian identity molded by this period of Muslim control? And, consequently, how did it mediate the way in which the inhabitants of the Peninsula confronted and interacted with various religious, linguistic and ethnic communities? Beginning with the overthrow of the damascene Umayyad in 750 CE and culminating in the fall of Muslim Granada in 1492, this course examines the three dominant cultures of the Iberian Peninsula: Muslim, Christian and Jew. Readings include historical, religious, political and literary studies of medieval and early modern Iberia and North Africa. Historiographies, travel narratives, wine/garden songs, Inquisition records, theological treatises and epic poetry may be incorporated. This course is taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 341, 342, or 343 or consent of instructor.

439 The horror, the horror: Gore, Sex, and Politics in Peninsular Film and Literature
4; not offered 2014-15

Through a critical examination of early, modern, and contemporary Peninsular horror literature and 20th and 21st century Peninsular horror film, this course will explore the political, social, and cultural themes and issues in these texts and their continued symbolic importance in contemporary Spanish imagery. Other themes discussed include the portrayal of gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity in these texts. This course satisfies the Peninsular literature requirement or the film/theater requirement for the major in Spanish literatures and cultures. Course taught in Spanish with stress on oral discussion. Prerequisite: Spanish 341, 342, or 343 or consent of instructor.

449 The Persistence of Memory: Cultural Representations of Argentina’s “Guerra sucia”
4; not offered 2014-15

This course analyzes aesthetic representations and denunciations of state terrorism, especially forced disappearance and torture, committed during Argentina’s latest dictatorial regime (1976-1983). We will explore the artistic and social character of memory culture in Buenos Aires from a variety of perspectives: historical, political, philosophical, psychological and aesthetic. We will consider ethical and epistemological issues arising from remembrance and commemoration, the construction of collective memory, the possibility of adequately knowing the past and the responsibilities of remembering and forgetting. This course satisfies the Latin American literature requirement or the film/theater requirement for the major in Spanish literatures and cultures. Course taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 341, 342, or 343 or consent of instructor.

450 Night Chicas: Sex Workers in Film and Literature from Spain, Mexico, and Brazil
4; not offered 2014-15

A critical examination of film and literature from Spain, Mexico, and Brazil depicting sex workers. Themes discussed will include male and female prostitution, client and sex worker relations, gender roles, immigration, politics, transgender issues, feminism, violence, sex tourism, and the law. Evaluation will be based on class participation, presentations, a group video project, and a final research paper tailored to students’ majors and interests. This course satisfies the Peninsular literature requirement or the film/theater requirement for the major in Spanish literatures and cultures. Course taught in Spanish with stress on oral discussion. Prerequisite: Spanish 341, 342, or 343 or consent of instructor.

453 Seeing and not Seeing: Photography and Film in Latin American Literature
4; not offered 2014-15

Is the difference between photography and film self-evident? If it’s true that “moving” photographs “tell stories,” and that only films narrated through accomplished imagery interest us, then the distinction is not so obvious. This seminar explores the representation of photography and film in Latin American literature. It studies photographs and films we don’t see but only read about, in texts that use “invisible visual materials” until they alter our notions about their visible counterparts, but which are, themselves, altered in the process. This course satisfies the Latin American literature requirement or the film/theater requirement for the major in Spanish literatures and cultures. Course taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 341, 342, or 343 or consent of instructor.

454 Contagio transatlántico: Doctors, Patients and Illnesses in Literature
4; not offered 2014-15

This seminar takes Boccaccio’s Decameron as a starting point in order to focus on narratives of contagion in a transatlantic context. Using literary texts from Latino/a U.S., Latin America and Spain, the course will address questions on issues such as quarantines, viruses, epidemics, plagues, bug-chasing, and organ donation. This course satisfies the U.S. Latino and Latina literature and culture requirement, or the Peninsular literature requirement, or the Latin American literature requirement for the major in Spanish literatures and cultures. Course taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 341, 342, or 343 or consent of instructor.

455 Vagos y maleantes: Queer Iberian Literature and Film
4; not offered 2014-15

A critical study of literature and film tracing the emergence of nondominant sexualities and identities from the middle ages to the 21st century in the Iberian Peninsula. Authors and directors studied might include: Arcipreste de Talavera, Don Juan Manuel, García Lorca, Almodóvar, Goytisolo, Moxi, Peri Rossi, and Tusquets. Themes discussed include the representation of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender identities; queer desire; homophobia and repression; and feminism and queer rights movements. This course satisfies the Peninsular literature or the film/theater requirement for the major in Spanish literatures and cultures. Course taught in Spanish with stress on oral discussion. Prerequisite: Spanish 341, 342, or 343 or consent of instructor.

457 Magical Realism
4; not offered 2014-15

Magical realism, with its unique blend of the marvelous and real, was once hailed for uniquely conveying the complex realities of the Latin American continent. Despite recent controversies surrounding the term, magical realism is now viewed as a significant trend in international literature. This course studies the thematic and stylistic development of magical realism in art and literature, considering key texts in their critical and cultural contexts. This course satisfies the Latin American literature requirement for the major in Spanish literatures and cultures. Course taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 341, 342, or 343 or consent of instructor.

458 Visual Voices/Voces visuales: Hispanic Graphic Narrative
4; not offered 2014-15

Graphic novels and comics (novelas gráficas, historietas, tebeos, cómics) maintain a rich literary tradition and strong popular appeal in Spain, Latin America, and Latino/a communities. We will study the relationship of text and image, visual composition, the impact of genre (conventions, limitations, expectations), and the nature of adaptations across media, particularly film. Thematic topics may include fantasy and the imagination, identity politics (gender, sexuality, and representations of queer/transgender identity), border issues and immigration, aging and illness, and social justice issues such as poverty, discrimination, homelessness, war, and human rights. Possible authors to be read: Carlos Gimenez, Lalo Alcárez, Jaime and Gilbert Hernández, Paco Roca, Maitena, Miguelanxo Prado, Oesterheld, and Quino, among others. This course satisfies the Latin American literature requirement or the Peninsular requirement for the major in Spanish literatures and cultures. It also satisfies the 400 level literature requirement for the Spanish minor. Course taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 341, 342, or 343 or consent of instructor.

460-468 Special Topics Taught in Spanish
4

These courses cover topics in Spanish, Latin American, and U.S. Latino/a literature, film, theater, and culture generally not considered in other courses offered by the department. The specific material will vary from semester to semester. These courses can be counted toward the major and minor in Spanish literatures and cultures. Each course description includes information about the major distribution areas covered by each course. Any current offerings follow.

460 ST: New Authors, New Texts: Creativity in the Digital Age
4, x Cleary

What does it mean, in the age of re-blogs, modified tweets, and mash-ups, to be the "author" of a work? What is so new about new media, and how active, really, is the reader of an interactive text? This course explores the concepts of authorship and creativity in the digital present through close readings of canonical and contemporary Latin American fiction and poetry. Though many of the works examined are native to digital technologies, "New Authors, New Texts" seeks to establish not only differences from, but also continuities with traditions of textual appropriation and play in the region. Readings include Jorge Luis Borges's "El Aleph" and its re-imagination by experimental writer Pablo Katchadjian, César Aira's El juego de los mundos, Carlos Labbé's vertiginous hypertext novel Pentagonal, and Hugo García Manríquez's "Anti-Humboldt," which turns a NAFTA document into a work of free verse. Assignments will include brief analytical responses, creative projects, and a final research paper. This course satisfies the Latin American literature requirement for the major in Spanish literatures and cultures. Course taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 341, 342, or 343 or consent of instructor. Prerequisite: Spanish 341, 342, or 343, or consent of instructor. Distribution: humanities or cultural pluralism.

469 Anti/Fictions: Metafiction in Hispanic Fiction and Film
x, 4 Breckenridge

Self-referential novels unmask the conventions of literary invention, openly scrutinizing their narrative and linguistic identity. The authors of these (anti)fictions overtly thematize language and referentiality, techniques of novelization, and the complex relationship between fiction and reality. Our study of the theory and practice of metafiction emphasizes fictional creation (the world of the writer) and reader reception (the world of the reader) while considering recurring stylistic trends including parody and interior duplication. Does this self-conscious awareness signify a radical attack upon realism or a revolutionary continuation of social-realist tradition? This course satisfies the Peninsular literature requirement, the Latin American literature, and the film/theater, requirement for the major in Spanish literatures and cultures. Course taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 341, 342, or 343 or consent of instructor.

470, 471 Special Topics Taught in English
4

These courses cover topics in Spanish, Latin American, and U.S. Latino/a literature, film, theater, and culture generally not considered in other courses offered by the department. These courses taught in English include Spanish-language material in translation and/or present English-language literary and cultural production by Hispanic and Latino/a populations in the United States. The specific material will vary from semester to semester. These courses can be counted toward the major in Spanish literatures and cultures as electives, but do not count toward the minor in Spanish literatures and cultures as they are taught in English. Any current offerings follow.

477 Staging Memory & Cultural Identities: Performative Discourses in the Contemporary Hispanic World
x, 4 Vargas-Salgado

This seminar presents performative pieces that draw on elements of recent history across the Hispanic world. Such works can be understood as invitations to discuss historical issues—particularly memory of violent acts—as well as cultural identities at stake in global societies. Using performance studies and theatricality theories, this class analyzes works by contemporary Spanish (Sanchis Sinisterra, La Zaranda, Belbel), Latin American (Boal, La Candelaria, Yuyachkani, Ariel Dorfman) and US Latino/a (Gómez Peña, Tanya Saracho, Luis Valdez) authors and companies. This course satisfies the Latin American literature requirement or the U.S. Latino and Latina literature and culture requirement for the major in Spanish literatures and cultures. Course taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 341, 342, or 343 or consent of instructor.

490 Senior Seminar
4

A critical study of selected primary sources in Peninsular, Latin American, or U.S. Latino/a literature, culture, theater, or cinema. Topics vary. Course taught in Spanish. Required of and open only to senior Spanish majors. Offered every fall.

490 Senior Seminar: English v. Spanish
4, x Breckenridge

This seminar will introduce students to relevant theory and research methodologies in Spanish, Latin American, and U.S. Latina and Latino literary and cultural studies. The seminar will focus on the process of academic writing, devoting special attention to the development and completion of the senior project and assessment in Spanish. Topics in academic writing will include: project proposal, analysis of primary and secondary sources, methodology, and theoretical frameworks. Readings will include primary and secondary sources reflecting both established and current directions and research in the discipline. Course taught in Spanish. Required of and open only to senior Spanish majors.

491, 492 Spanish: Independent Study
2-4, 2-4 Staff

Designed to allow the advanced student to pursue an individually designed project, expressing a specific interest or topic in Peninsular literature, Latin American literature, film and/or theater, and/or U.S. Latino and Latina literature and culture. Independent study courses do not count toward the major or minor in Spanish literatures and cultures; and under no circumstances will an independent study be designed as a language skills course. The student must propose a project, arrange a scheduled time to discuss (in Spanish) the project and its progress with the faculty member, complete the project and submit written evidence (in Spanish) of the work. Evidence of the work also may be presented in an oral or multimedia format in Spanish, but the presentation must include or be accompanied by some written component commensurate to the credit awarded for the course. Prerequisites: a) Spanish 306 or any other Spanish course taught in Spanish above 306; b) consent of a tenure-track member of the faculty in Spanish to direct the project; c) a one-page proposal (written in Spanish) which sets forth a summary of the project and includes at least a preliminary bibliography. That proposal must be approved by a majority of the tenure-track members of the faculty in Spanish.

498 Honors Thesis
x, 4 Staff

Designed to further independent research projects leading to the preparation of an undergraduate thesis or a project report. Required of and limited to senior honors candidates in Spanish. Prerequisite: admission to honors candidacy.

See the World Literature section for literature courses offered in English by members of the Spanish department.