Spanish Courses

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 of language and power, and therefore the relationship between language use and social processes. In particular, it observes how meaning is constructed and reconstructed in discourse, especially by the dominant classes with access to public discourse: politicians, academics, journalists, etc., whose messages generally reach and influence large audiences. For this reason, political discourse is an important source of data to observe how social actors employ specific linguistic choices to achieve political goals.

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.

 

Fall 2020

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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 - Bailey, Matthew J.

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

Intermediate Spanish I

SPAN 161 - 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.

Advanced Intermediate Spanish

SPAN 164 - Reyes, Antonio

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

Conversational Skills

SPAN 204 - Hernandez, Julia C.

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

Intro to Hispanic Linguistics

SPAN 209 - Reyes, Antonio

This course provides a broad view of major subfields of linguistic study with a particular focus on data drawn from the Spanish language. Class discussions begin with broader questions, such as "What is language?" and "How do language and human behavior intersect?"; throughout the term students revisit those questions in light of topics presented in class. By the end of the course, students demonstrate an understanding of the many facets of the Spanish language and also the linguistic principles as can be applied to any language. The course covers major concepts in Spanish phonology and phonetics, Spanish morphology and syntax, and lastly, Spanish dialectology.

Spanish Civilization and Culture

SPAN 211 - Mayock, Ellen C.

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 - Mayock, Ellen 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 - Michelson, Seth R.

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.

Spanish-American Poetry

SPAN 344 - Michelson, Seth R.

Analysis of the most relevant poetic texts of Spanish-America, including U.S. Hispanic poetry, beginning with precursors of 20th-century poetry and spanning to contemporary works. Representative works include those by Octavio Paz, Gabriela Mistral, Pablo Neruda, Nicanor Parra, Ernesto Cardenal, Raúl Zurita, among others.

Spanish-American Theater: 20th Century to the Present

SPAN 354 - Botta, Monica B.

This course provides a panoramic view of the theatrical traditions that have emerged in Spanish-American theater, beginning with the independent theater movement of the 1930s and concluding with the most recent trends in theatrical practices. In particular, the plays are studied as vehicles that reveal how theater practitioners engaged with their historical and cultural contexts in aesthetic terms. Therefore, the focus is also on the plays as performative texts. In order to develop this objective, students are expected to read, discuss, and analyze the dramatic texts, as well as perform scenes from the plays. This course includes works from playwrights such us Arlt, Triana, Diaz, Gambaro, Carballido, Castellanos, and Berman, among others. In addition, we study the political and aesthetic theories of theater developed by Enrique Buenaventura and Augusto Boal.

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 2020, SPAN 397A-01: Literature of Spain Seminar: Gender, Desire and Social Repression in Early Spanish Literature (3). Readings of classic texts of early Spanish literature: Cantar de mio Cid, Libro de buen amor, Celestina, writings by Santa Teresa de Jesús, and María de Zayas' Novelas amorosas y ejemplares. Discussions focus on the portrayal of women as objects of male desire, as agents of their own desire, its repression in response to social strictures, and women's voices as conveyed by others and by themselves. (HL) Bailey .

Spring 2020

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Topics in Hispanic Culture and Expression

SPAN 296 - Reyes, Antonio

This course offers students the opportunity to further their understanding of Hispanic cultures and their expression by focusing on a relevant cultural, linguistic or literary topic, on an historical period, or on a region of Spain, Latin America or the U.S. Readings, discussions, and assignments are primarily in Spanish. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2020, SPAN 296-01: Social and Cultural Practices in Spain: The Construction of National Identity (4). Prerequisite: SPAN 162 or 164, or instructor consent. An examination of contemporary socio-cultural practices contributing to a multiplicity of understandings and manifestations of Spain, its cultures, and its peoples. Students investigate and discuss different aspects of the diversity of Spanish cultures in order to understand better the complexity of the notion of a Spanish national identity. Reyes.