Spanish Courses

Fall 2021

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Elementary Spanish I

SPAN 111 - Reino, Jayne E.

Emphasis on listening comprehension and speaking, with gradual introduction of reading and writing.

Intermediate Spanish I

SPAN 161 - Reino, Jayne E.

Intensive, concentrated course in review grammar and reading, with practice in listening and speaking.

Intermediate Spanish I

SPAN 161 - Konstantinova, Iana

Intensive, concentrated course in review grammar and reading, with practice in listening and speaking.

Intermediate Spanish I

SPAN 161 - Pinto-Bailey, Ana C. (Cristina)

Intensive, concentrated course in review grammar and reading, with practice in listening and speaking.

Intermediate Spanish I

SPAN 161 - Kuettner, Paul R. (Dick)

Intensive, concentrated course in review grammar and reading, with practice in listening and speaking.

Advanced Intermediate Spanish

SPAN 164 - Botta, Monica B.

Emphasis on reading and composition skills, with extensive practice in speaking and listening through class discussion. Some grammar review.

Advanced Intermediate Spanish

SPAN 164 - Barnett, Jeffrey C. (Jeff)

Emphasis on reading and composition skills, with extensive practice in speaking and listening through class discussion. Some grammar review.

Conversational Skills

SPAN 204 - Knowles, John

Development of speaking skills for communication in Spanish. Acquisition and use of practical vocabulary and development of pronunciation skills.

Spanish Civilization and Culture

SPAN 211 - Bailey, Matthew J.

A survey of significant developments in Spanish civilization. The course addresses Spanish heritage and the present-day cultural patterns formed by its legacies. Readings, discussions and papers, primarily in Spanish, for further development of communication skills.

Introducción a la literatura española

SPAN 220 - Hernandez, Julia C.

Spanish literary masterpieces from the Poema del Cid through the present. Readings and discussions are primarily in Spanish.

Introducción a la literatura hispanoamericana

SPAN 240 - Botta, Monica B.

Spanish-American literary masterpieces from colonial times through the present. Readings and discussions are primarily in Spanish.

Introducción al análisis literario

SPAN 275 - Hernandez, Julia C.

Preparation for analysis of Hispanic literature. Composition develops style and method for analyzing prose, poetry, and drama in Spanish. Conversation continues vocabulary building and concentrates on discussion of literary themes.

History of the Spanish Language

SPAN 309 - Hernandez, Julia C.

An introduction to the field of historical linguistics and to the genealogy and development of the Spanish language. It begins with an introduction to the field of historical linguistics: essentially, what it means to study the history of a language, the concept of linguistic change, and the types of language families. This is followed by the study of the genealogy and the development of the Spanish language from its Latin origins to present-day Spanish. These include the examination of the structures and peculiarities of Latin, the cultural and historical events that have influenced the shaping of the Spanish language, the properties of medieval Spanish, the most stubborn linguistic myths, and the development of Spanish outside the Iberian Peninsula, especially in Spanish America.

Spanish-American Short Story

SPAN 340 - Barnett, Jeffrey C. (Jeff)

A study of the Spanish-American short story with special attention to the works of Quiroga, Borges, Cortázar, and Valenzuela.

Literature of Spain Seminar

SPAN 397A - Bailey, Matthew J.

A seminar focusing on a single period, genre, motif, or writer. The specific topic will be determined jointly according to student interest and departmental approval. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Fall 2021, SPAN 397A-01: Literature of Spain Seminar: Legendary Lives in the Spanish Epic, Ballad, and Theater (3) . Prerequisite: SPAN 220 and 275. This course will examine the legendary lives of the male and female protagonists of epic poetry, their later emergence in the popular ballads of the sixteenth century, and finally their portrayal on the stages of early modern theater. This examination will help us understand the way legendary figures are transformed by the expectations of audiences and societies change, the effects of literary genres on characterization, and the impact on legends of the increasing powers of church and state. (HL) Bailey .

Directed Individual Study

SPAN 401 - Hernandez, Julia C.

Nature and content of course to be determined by students' needs and by instructors acquainted with their earlier preparation and performance. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2021

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Directed Individual Study

SPAN 401 - Mayock, Ellen C.

Nature and content of course to be determined by students' needs and by instructors acquainted with their earlier preparation and performance. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Winter 2021

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Elementary Spanish II

SPAN 112 - Reino, Jayne E.

Emphasis on listening comprehension and speaking, with gradual introduction of reading and writing.

Intermediate Spanish II

SPAN 162 - Michelson, Seth R.

Intensive, concentrated course in review grammar and reading, with practice in listening and speaking.

Intermediate Spanish II

SPAN 162 - Reino, Jayne E.

Intensive, concentrated course in review grammar and reading, with practice in listening and speaking.

Advanced Intermediate Spanish

SPAN 164 - Hernandez, Julia C.

Emphasis on reading and composition skills, with extensive practice in speaking and listening through class discussion. Some grammar review.

Advanced Intermediate Spanish

SPAN 164 - Botta, Monica B.

Emphasis on reading and composition skills, with extensive practice in speaking and listening through class discussion. Some grammar review.

Conversational Skills

SPAN 204 - Reyes, Antonio

Development of speaking skills for communication in Spanish. Acquisition and use of practical vocabulary and development of pronunciation skills.

Spanish-American Civilization and Culture

SPAN 212 - Michelson, Seth R.

A survey of significant developments in Spanish-American civilizations. The course addresses Spanish-American heritage and the present-day cultural patterns formed by its legacies. Readings, discussions and papers primarily in Spanish for further development of communication skills.

Introducción a la literatura hispanoamericana

SPAN 240 - Botta, Monica B.

Spanish-American literary masterpieces from colonial times through the present. Readings and discussions are primarily in Spanish.

Introducción al análisis literario

SPAN 275 - Hernandez, Julia C.

Preparation for analysis of Hispanic literature. Composition develops style and method for analyzing prose, poetry, and drama in Spanish. Conversation continues vocabulary building and concentrates on discussion of literary themes.

Special Topics in Conversation

SPAN 295A - Mayock, Ellen C.

Further development of listening and speaking skills necessary for advanced discussion. Acquisition of both practical and topic-specific vocabulary. Appropriate writing and reading assignments, related to the topic, accompany the primary emphasis on conversational skills. Recent topics include: Hispanic Cinema and La Prensa. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Winter 2021, SPAN 295A-01: Special Topics in Conversation.  Vivir en comunidad/La migración en las Américas (3). Prerequisites: SPAN 162, 164, or equivalent. Students will meet MWF for extensive conversation in order to enhance aural and oral skills and to develop a deeper understanding of migration in the Spanish-speaking/Latinx world, including in Rockbridge County. Class time will be devoted primarily to speaking, in small groups and as a class, while assignments will require application of all language skills. The course textbook and the digital components are designed to facilitate learning Spanish. We review some grammar, but mostly we will be using Spanish to speak about everyday situations, to examine Latina/o/x cultures, and to analyze artistic, political, and journalistic representations of the migration experience. Over the course of the term, students will gain further confidence in speaking Spanish and broaden their understanding of migration in the Americas. This course counts for the LACS minor. (HL) Mayock.

Power and Ideology: (Critical) Discourse Perspectives

SPAN 308 - Reyes, Antonio

This course explores different theoretical approaches to account for the relationship between language and power, and therefore the relationship between language use and social processes. In particular, it observes how meaning is constructed and reconstructed in the discourse manifested in different settings and platforms ranging from social media to institutional and official communication. Examples include political discourse from Latin American leaders and media and academic discourses with a focus on Latin America. 

Literature of Spain Seminar

SPAN 397A - Mayock, Ellen C.

A seminar focusing on a single period, genre, motif, or writer. The specific topic will be determined jointly according to student interest and departmental approval. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Winter 2021, SPAN 397A-01: Literature of Spain Seminar: Representaciones de la Guerra civil española (3). Prerequisites: SPAN 220 and SPAN 275. This course examines the fundamental importance of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) in literary and visual texts of the Franco and contemporary periods of Spain.  Through readings and viewings of these texts, we will come to understand the evolution of often conflicting histories, ideologies, obsessions, and artistic notions surrounding the war itself and its consequences.  After a review of the events leading up to the Spanish Civil War and of the prelude to the Second World War, we will observe how the themes and issues of the war manifest in fiction, poetry, film, and other visual texts.  We will pay particular attention to the Franco regime, the pact of silence, historical memory, and the desire to uncover the past in myriad ways.  Literature includes works by Federico García Lorca, Jaime Gil de Biedma, Carmen Laforet, Alberto Méndez, and Mercè Rodoreda.  Visual texts include posters, newspapers, letters, government documents, documentaries, fictional and documentary films, and NO-DO reels from the Franco era. (HL) Mayock.

Literature of Spain Seminar

SPAN 397B - Hernandez, Julia C.

A seminar focusing on a single period, genre, motif, or writer. The specific topic will be determined jointly according to student interest and departmental approval. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Winter 2021, SPAN 397B-01: (Re)Reading Don Quijote : Cervantes from La Mancha to the Borderlands and Beyond (3).  Prerequisites: SPAN 275 and Span 220 . Even 400 years after the publication of Cervantes's masterwork, the image of the bedraggled knight tilting at windmills remains recognizable to many worldwide. Why does Don Quijote  persist as such a cultural touchstone, a "global classic"? In its own time, the novel served as a highly specific satire of the Spain of its day; its lasting legacy, however, lies in its interrogation of various tensions still central to modern life. This seminar will consist of a close, historically contextualized reading of Cervantes's text as it probes early 17th-century Spain's preoccupation with national and religious "purity," widening social and economic imbalance, and forced expulsions of large groups of citizens—themes still strikingly relevant today. Students will also conduct a semester long experiential-learning project tracing the 400-year trajectory of Don Quijote 's global transformations and its intersections with contemporary issues including the migration crisis at the US border and this summer's Black Lives Matter protests. (HL) Hernandez.

 

Directed Individual Study

SPAN 401 - Mayock, Ellen C.

Nature and content of course to be determined by students' needs and by instructors acquainted with their earlier preparation and performance. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.