Literature Courses

SPAN 3100 - General Readings in Spanish and Latin American Literature
Readings, textual analysis, and writing on a broad selection of texts from different genres and periods. Hispanic literatures in their cultural contexts. Introduction to methods of literary analysis and criticism.
Course is taught in Spanish
Prerequisite: SPAN 2006
Additional info: G-PAC Course
SPAN 3400 - Theater of Spain and Latin America
Theatrical representation: presence and performance, body, voice, dialogue, and the unfolding of conflict. Theatrical traditions and movements may include Golden Age drama; neo-Classical and Romantic drama of the 19th century; drama of political protest; existentialist drama and the theater of the avant-gardes.
Course is taught in Spanish
Prerequisite: SPAN 3100 or equivalent
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SPAN 3410 - Spanish-American Short Fiction
Short prose narratives as agents of questioning textual meaning and subverting former literary traditions. Writers may include Arenas, Borges, Cortázar, Fuentes, García Márquez, Quiroga, Peri Rossi, Ana Lydia Vega, Zapata Olivella.
Course is taught in Spanish
Prerequisite: SPAN 3100 or equivalent
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SPAN 3420 - The Essayistic Tradition in Latin America
Relations between state and nation in post-independence literary and political polemics of 19th century Spanish America. Topics may include the essay as a new genre for a new age; the figure of the public intellectual vis-à-vis the processes of state and nation formation; the post-colonial state and its imagined national, ethnic, racial, and economic communities.
Course is taught in Spanish
Prerequisite: SPAN 3100 or equivalent
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SPAN 3430 - Afro-Latin America in the Diaspora
An inquiry into the place of Spanish and Portuguese speaking people of African descent in the discussion on Africa and the Diaspora. Major issues related to the Diaspora in Latin America receive detailed attention: racial-ethnic identity and nation; the myth of racial democracy; ties with “the motherland”; ties with other Diaspora communities; emigration; the role of the arts in these questions.
Course is taught in Spanish
Prerequisite:SPAN 3100 or equivalent
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SPAN 3440 - Caribbean Literature and Culture
This course introduces students to the main literary and cultural trends emanating from the Spanish-speaking Caribbean. Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico are the primary focus of the course. Where possible, the circum Caribbean regions of Central and South American countries also receive treatment. Celebrated for its musical, filmic and literary, outpouring, the Caribbean region is also rich in intellectual treatises that helped to shape a sense of the whole Americas.
Course is taught in Spanish
Prerequisite: SPAN 3100 or equivalent
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SPAN 3500 - Studies in Medieval Spanish Literature
Reading and analysis of the major literary texts from the 11th through the 15th century. Attention paid to linguistic aspects of Old Spanish.
Course is taught in Spanish
Prerequisite: SPAN 3100 or equivalent
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SPAN 3510 - Golden Age Literature
Major texts of the 16th and 17th centuries. Topics may include lyric poetry and the “invention” of subjectivity; prose fiction; comedia and the relation between private and public life; humanism and the classical tradition; the invention of the press, the status of writing, and the new culture of the book; the (post)modernity of Golden Age literature.
Course is taught in Spanish
Prerequisite: SPAN 3100 or equivalent
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SPAN 3520 - Latin American Colonial Literature
Analysis of chronicles, essays, memoirs, epistolary exchanges, and poetry contextualized vis-à-vis the medieval and Renaissance values of Imperial Spain. Authors may include Cabeza de Vaca, Bartolomé de las Casas, Colón, Cortés, Díaz del Castillo, El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Rodríguez Freile, Sepúlveda.
Course is taught in Spanish
Prerequisite: SPAN 3100 or equivalent
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SPAN 3530 - Enlightenment Spain
The limits of enlightenment thought in Spain and its colonies: the confrontation of reason and superstition; the autonomy of critical thought vis-à-vis the doctrines of the Catholic Church and the absolute powers of the monarchy; culture as state-sponsored spectacle; the split between elites and masses, high and low culture; the conjunction of neoclassical aesthetics and pedagogy.
Course is taught in Spanish
Prerequisite: SPAN 3100 or equivalent
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SPAN 3540 - Major Authors Spain and Latin America
Study of the works of a major author from Spain or Latin America through close readings of primary sources and an application of critical and theoretical material. Issues of style, identity, ethics, representation, gender and sexuality, and influence in national and transnational contexts. Authors may include; J.L. Borges, G. Garcia Marquez, Clarice Lispetor, M.L. Bombal, Juan Goytisolo, Juan Rulfo, Alejo Carpentier, Mauel Puig.
Course is taught in Spanish
Prerequisite:SPAN 3100 or equivalent
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SPAN 3570 - Latin American Women Writers
Works of well-established women writers (e.g., Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Gabriella Mistral, and Luisa Valenzuela) and of more recent writers (e.g., Elena Poniatowska, Diamela Eltit, Ana Lydia Vega, Cristina Peri-Rossi, and Laura Esquivel) discussed in relation to feminist principles of criticism.
Course is taught in Spanish
Prerequisite:SPAN 3100 or equivalent
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SPAN 3600 - Special Topics in Spanish, Latin American & Latino Cultures & Lits
May be repeated if topic differs.
Course is taught in Spanish
Prerequisite:SPAN 3100 or equivalent
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SPAN 3650 - Literature and Dictatorship
Study of the dynamic relationship between literature and politics during periods of intense social repression and censorship in Spain and/or Latin America. Issues raised in and by literature when discourse is controlled, censored, and repressed by military dictatorships. Analysis of the role of culture in understanding traumatic historical events.
Course is taught in Spanish
Prerequisite: SPAN 3100 or equivalent
SPAN 3700 - Cinema of Spain and Latin America
Film as a language of cultural and historical testimony in Spanish America and Spain. Topics may include the Silent Era, Surrealism, the Mexican Golden Age of the ’40s, the New Cinema of the ’50s, Peronist cinema in Argentina, socialist film in Cuba, and postmodern production in the Hispanic world.
Course is taught in Spanish
Prerequisite: SPAN 3100 or equivalent
SPAN 4410 - Contemporary Narrative in Spanish America
Experimental fiction in Spanish America, with focus on literature of the mid-1960s through the present. Authors may include Alejo Carpentier, Julio Cortázar, Diamela Eltit, Carlos Fuentes, Cabrera Infante, Lezama Lima, García Márquez, Octavio Paz, Ricardo Piglia, Elena Poniatowska, Mario Vargas Llosa.
Course is taught in Spanish
Prerequisite: SPAN 3100 or equivalent
SPAN 4450 - Mexican Literature and Culture
Study and analysis of Mexico’s most significant intellectual, historical and cultural events from the Spanish Conquest of the Aztec empire to the present. Topics include the Spanish appropriation of the Aztec Empire, literature and cultural phenomena during the Colonial period, the Age of Independence, the Mexican Revolution and contemporary Mexico.
Course is taught in Spanish
Prerequisite:SPAN 3100 or equivalent
SPAN 4460 - Southern Cone Literature and Culture
Reading and analysis of some of the most significant writers, ideas, texts, and films produced in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Issues of tradition, identity, and representation, modernity, gender and sexuality, literature and politics as seen in different historical contexts.
Course is taught in Spanish
Prerequisite:SPAN 3100 or equivalent
SPAN 4510 - Cervantes' Don Quixote
Issues raised in the text of Don Quijote: literature and life, words and deed, the fashioning of self, the structures of narrative, the limits and possibilities of representation, and the relation between appearance and reality, knowledge and understanding, fiction and truth. Cervantes’ “invention” of the novel.
Course is taught in Spanish
Prerequisite:SPAN 3100 or equivalent
SPAN 4520 - Topics in the Avant-garde
Study of the literary and artistic avant-gardes of Spain and Latin America in relation to the dialect of enlightenment. Consideration of the avant-gardes both as successful interpretations of modernity and as movements that anticipate, and in some instances instigate, the “post-modern” end of modernity.
Course is taught in Spanish
Prerequisite:SPAN 3100 or equivalent
SPAN 4540 - The Myth of the Two Spains
Literature as an expression of the institutionalization of liberalism in 19th-century Spain and of official and popular resistance to this modernizing credo. Topics may include the romanticism of Quintana, Espronceda, Blanco-White and Becquer; the costumbrismo of Castro and Larra; the realism of Galdós; and the naturalism of Pardo Bazán and Clarín.
Course is taught in Spanish
Prerequisite: SPAN 3100 or equivalent
SPAN 4550 - 1898-1998 Spain's First Century without Empire
Spain’s imperial crisis and its persistence throughout the 20th century as a central theme in Spanish literary and intellectual culture. Topics may include decadence and regeneration; modern Spanish nationalism and cultural imperialism; Hispanicism and pan-nationalism; the Spanish Civil War, fascism and liberalism; the transition from fascism to democracy.
Course is taught in Spanish
Prerequisite: SPAN 3100 or equivalent
SPAN 4560 - Modern Poetry of Spain and Latin America
Poetry after modernism; forms and themes that characterize the work of authors such as Agustini, Guillén, Huidobro, Lezama, Mistral, Neruda, and Palés.
Course is taught in Spanish
Prerequisite:SPAN 3100 or equivalent