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Winter 2014 Courses

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Cursos Estudios Hispánicos

HISP 226: Hispanic Civilization 2
Taught in English
Prof. Kay Sibbald
This course is designed to give students from all academic backgrounds a general overview of the Hispanic world from the year 1700 to the present day. The aim is to introduce students to the geography, history and culture of the diverse regions which make up the Spanish-speaking world. Key historical periods and events like 18th century Spain, the transition from colonial rule to independence in the Americas, the Mexican Revolution, the Spanish Civil War and a look at present day Argentina will be highlighted through representative works of art, literature, music and film.

HISP 242: Survey of Spanish Literature 2
Curso en español
Prof. José Jouve-Martin
El curso ofrece una visión panorámica del desarrollo de la literatura y la cultura española desde finales del siglo XVIII hasta nuestros días con particular atención al uso del lenguaje a nivel intermedio-avanzado. Los estudiantes analizarán textos y materiales procedentes de diferentes géneros literarios tales como la novela, la poesía o el ensayo así como de otras formas de expresión artística. Entre los temas a los que prestaremos particular atención se encuentra la búsqueda de un lenguaje capaz de representar las contradicciones de la realidad española de los últimos dos siglos.

HISP-244. Survey of Spanish-American Literature 2
Curso en español
Prof. Amanda Holmes
This course aims to familiarize students with general concepts in Latin American literature through a discussion of representative works from Modernism to the early twenty-first century.  Students will be exposed to a variety of literary genres from poetry and prose to historical documents, letters and essays.

HISP-301. Hispanic Literature English Translation 1 - Topic: Don Quixote
Taught in English
Prof. David Boruchoff
Through a close reading of the two parts (1605 and 1615) of Miguel de Cervantes’s Don Quixote de la Mancha, this course examines the evolution of the modern novel, from the one-dimensional texts known to Cervantes and his contemporaries to the complex and multi-voiced genre familiar to readers today.

HISP-351 Spanish American Novel I - Topic: Magical Realism and the Latin American Novel
Curso en español
Prof. José Jouve-Martin
This course will address the relationship between fiction and reality in the Latin American novel of the 20th century through an exploration of works by Juan Rulfo, Alejo Carpentier, and Gabriel García Márquez, among others.

HISP 356: Spanish-American Short Story
Curso en español
Prof. Amanda Holmes
This course examines the fantastic short story of twentieth-century Spanish America with a special focus on the literature of the Southern Cone.  Topics that will be considered include the role of the imagination in literature, the uncanny, self-reflexive narrative techniques, and fiction as a political tool. The short stories will be analyzed in their American and European historical contexts drawing analogies between fantastic narrative of Spanish America and that of other literary cultures.

HISP 380: Global Spanish
Curso en español
Prof.Luis Alonso Ovalle
This course offers a hands-on introduction to the different varieties of Spanish spoken throughout the world, with an emphasis on those spoken in America. These varieties will be characterized with respect to the kind of words that are most distinctive to them, how these words are pronounced, how they are built, and how they grouped into phrases and sentences. Throughout the course, you will learn to use basic analytic tools to describe these differences. These tools will prepare you to investigate basic facts about how Spanish worlds and will help you develop your knowledge of Spanish further. The descriptions of the varieties of Spanish spoken in each region will also make reference to the historical background leading to the use of the language, and to the contact between this and other languages in those areas.

HISP 437: Viceregal Spanish America - Colonial Texts / Postcolonial Theory Prof. Fernanda Macchi 
Curso en español
Prof. Fernanda Macchi
Uno de los mayores desafíos en el estudio de los textos coloniales es evitar repetir en la lectura e interpretación las estructuras binarias propias del colonialismo.
Los estudios poscoloniales, una corriente teórica desarrollada en las últimas décadas, han propuesto distintas alternativas de lectura para evitar esta trampa. El propósito de este curso es explorar esas alternativas, a través de un diálogo entre textos coloniales y formulaciones poscoloniales. Los autores coloniales seleccionados conforman para su propio período un discurso oposicional y han de ser interrogados a lo largo de nuestro curso como emblemas de la discursividad poscolonial. El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Felipe Guamán Poma de Ayala, Bartolomé de Las Casas, Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca y Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz servirán como guías de nuestro recorrido, y alrededor de ellos se organizarán las lecturas teóricas correspondientes (Albert Memmi, Hommi Bhabha, Franz Fannon,...).