2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog

Spanish

Students may complete a major or minor in Spanish. Majors may pursue state certification to teach at the secondary level.

Faculty

Ines Arribas, Senior Lecturer
Dina Brena, Instructor
Bryan Cameron, Instructor
Kaylea Mayer, Lecturer
Maria Cristina Quintero, Professor and Interim Chair
Enrique Sacerio-Garí, Professor
H. Rosi Song, Associate Professor (on leave semesters I and II)

The major in Spanish offers a program of study in the language, literature, and culture of Spain, Latin America, and U.S. Latino communities. The program is designed to develop linguistic competence and critical skills, as well as a profound appreciation of the culture and civilization of the Hispanic world.

The language courses provide solid preparation and practice in spoken and written Spanish, including a thorough review of grammar and vocabulary, supplemented with cultural readings and activities. SPAN 200 and SPAN 202 prepare students for advanced work in literature and cultural studies while improving competence in the language. The introductory literature courses treat a selection of the outstanding works of Spanish and Spanish-American, and U.S. Latino literature in various periods and genres. Three-hundred-level courses deal intensively with individual authors, topics, or periods of special significance.

Students in all courses are encouraged to make use of the Language Learning Center and to supplement their coursework with study in Spain or Spanish America either in the summer or during their junior year. All students who have taken Spanish at other institutions and plan to enroll in Spanish courses at Bryn Mawr must take a placement examination. The exam is offered online by the department. Details are available from the Dean's Office.

All students who have taken Spanish at other institutions and plan to enroll in Spanish courses at Bryn Mawr must take a placement examination. The exam is offered online by the department. Details are available from the Dean's Office.

The Department of Spanish also cooperates with the Departments of French and Italian in the Romance Languages major. It also collaborates with the Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Peoples and Cultures Concentration (LALIPC).

College Foreign Language Requirement

Before the start of the senior year, each student must complete, with a grade of 2.0 or higher, two units of foreign language. Students may fulfill the requirement by completing two sequential semester-long courses in one language, either at the elementary level or, depending on the result of their language placement test, at the intermediate level. A student who is prepared for advanced work may complete the requirement instead with two advanced free-standing semester-long courses in the foreign language(s) in which she is proficient.

Major Requirements

Requirements for the Spanish major are SPAN 200 (formerly 110, Temas culturales), SPAN 202 (formerly 120, Análisis literario), four 200-level courses, three 300-level courses, and SPAN 398 (Senior Seminar). Two courses must be in Peninsular literature, and one should focus on pre-1700 literature. Students whose training includes advanced work may, with the permission of the department, be exempted from taking SPAN 200 and/or SPAN 202. SPAN 399 (Senior Essay) is optional for majors with a grade point average of 3.7 who want to graduate with honors, and may not be counted as one of the 300-level requirements. This major program prepares students appropriately for graduate study in Spanish.

Please note: the department offers some courses taught in English. In order to receive major and minor credit, students must do substantial reading and written work in Spanish. No more than two courses taught in English may be applied toward a major, and only one toward a minor.

Independent research (SPAN 403) is offered to students recommended by the department. The work consists of independent reading, conferences, and a long paper.

Honors

Departmental honors are awarded on the basis of a minimum grade point average of 3.7 in the major, the recommendation of the department and a senior essay (SPAN 399).

Minor Requirements

Requirements for a minor in Spanish are six courses in Spanish beyond Intermediate Spanish, at least one of which must be at the 300 level. At least one course should be in Peninsular literature.

Concentration in Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Peoples and Cultures

The Department of Spanish participates with other departments in offering a concentration in Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Peoples and Cultures.

Teacher Certification

The department also participates in a teacher-certification program. For more information see the description of the Education Program.

SPAN B001 Elementary Spanish I

Grammar, composition, conversation, listening comprehension; readings from Spain, Spanish America and the Hispanic community in the United States. Assumes no previous study of Spanish. Additional practice sessions with a language assistant.
Language Level 1
1.0 units
Staff, Mayer,K.

SPAN B002 Elementary Spanish II

Grammar, composition, conversation, listening comprehension; readings from Spain, Spanish America and the Hispanic community in the United States. Additional practice sessions with a language assistant. Prerequisite: 001 or placement.
Language Level 1
1.0 units
Mayer,K., Staff

SPAN B010 Intensive Elementary Spanish I

The first half of a year long course in grammar, composition, conversation, listening comprehension; readings from Spain, Spanish America, and the Hispanic community in the United States. Meets for 9 hours per week.
(Arribas, Language Level 1)
Not offered in 2010-11.

SPAN B101 Intermediate Spanish I

A thorough review of grammar with intensive practice in speaking, reading, and writing (group activities and individual presentations). Readings from the Hispanic world. Additional practice and conversation sessions with a language assistant. Prerequisite: 002 or placement.
Language Level 2
1.0 units
Staff, Mayer,K., Arribas,I.

SPAN B102 Intermediate Spanish II

Continuation of a thorough review of grammar with special emphasis on reading and writing. Selected readings from the Hispanic world. Additional practice and conversation sessions with a language assistant. Prerequisite: 101 or placement.
Language Level 2
1.0 units
Staff, Arribas,I.

SPAN B107 Conversación: Intensive Practice in Conversational Spanish

This course seeks to enhance speaking proficiency through the development of vocabulary, pronunciation skills, and correct grammatical usage. Students participate in daily practice of speaking on a wide variety of topics, as well as give formal presentations. This course will not count towards the major or minor. Prerequisite: SPAN 102 or 105.
1.0 units
Song,H.
Not offered in 2011-12.

SPAN B115 Taller del español escrito

This class will encompass a detailed review of Spanish grammar and writing techniques. We will examine the most challenging grammar topics for non-native speakers. A selection of readings will be the point of departure for acquiring a greater control of grammar and expanding vocabulary through a diverse range of writing exercises. Prerequisite: SPAN B102 or Placement exam.
1.0 units
Arribas,I.

SPAN B200 Estudios culturales de España e Hispanoamérica

An introduction to the history and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world in a global context: art, folklore, geography, literature, sociopolitical issues, and multicultural perspectives. This course does not count toward the major, but may be counted for the minor. Prerequisite: SPAN 102 or 105, or placement.
Division III: Humanities
Counts toward Latin American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Cultures concentration
1.0 units
Song,H.,Cameron,B.

SPAN B202 Introducción al análisis literario

Readings from Spanish and Spanish-American works of various periods and genres (drama, poetry, short stories). Main focus on developing analytical skills with attention to improvement of grammar. Prerequisite: SPAN 102 or 105, or placement.
Division III: Humanities
1.0 units
Sacerio-Garí,E., Quintero,M.

SPAN B203 Tópicos en la literatura hispana

This is a topic course. Topics vary. Topic for Fall 2011: José Martí y el equilibrio mondial. Topic for Spring 2012: La razón de la sinrazón: locura y creatividad en la España contemporánea. This course analyzes representations of madness and creativity in Spanish cultural production from the 19th century to the present. By incorporating the art of unreason in their texts, the writers and filmmakers studied in this seminar critique a number of dominant social structures in contemporary Spain and, as a result, push the boundaries of what constitutes "rational" in modern narrative.
Division III: Humanities
Counts toward Latin American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Cultures concentration
1.0 units
Sacerio-Garí,E., Cameron,B.

SPAN B208 Drama y sociedad en España

A study of the rich dramatic tradition of Spain from the Golden Age (16th and 17th centuries) to the 20th century within specific cultural and social contexts. The course considers a variety of plays as manifestations of specific sociopolitical issues and problems. Topics include theater as a site for fashioning a national identity; the dramatization of gender conflicts; and plays as vehicles of protest in repressive circumstances.
Division III: Humanities
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Latin American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Cultures concentration
1.0 units
Quintero,M.
Not offered in 2011-12.

SPAN B211 Borges y sus lectores

Primary emphasis on Borges and his poetics of reading; other writers are considered to illustrate the semiotics of texts, society, and traditions.
Division III: Humanities
Critical Interpretation (CI)
CROSS-LISTED AS COML-B212
1.0 units
Sacerio-Garí,E.

SPAN B218 Border Crossing Narratives and Films

Our view of Latin American and U.S. Latino immigration and migration has affected film and literature. Studies border crossing and (im)migration and the debates about the nature of national affiliation for the Latino "minority" and the borders these groups transgress. Examines stereotypes about border-crossers in mainstream media and literature, and how Latino and Latin-American filmmakers have attempted to subvert these images by presenting a more complex representations and experiences. Prerequisite: Spanish B202 or equivalent.
Division III: Humanities
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies concentration
Counts toward Latin American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Cultures concentration
1.0 units
Staff
Not offered in 2011-12.

SPAN B223 Género y modernidad en la narrativa del siglo XIX

A reading of 19th-century Spanish narrative by both men and women writers, to assess how they come together in configuring new ideas of female identity and its social domains, as the country is facing new challenges in its quest for modernity.
Division III: Humanities
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies concentration
1.0 units
Song,H.
Not offered in 2011-12.

SPAN B225 La poesía hispanoamericana

Study of poetic language from the Avant-garde movements to the present. Special attention to key figures.
Division III: Humanities
1.0 units
Sacerio-Garí,E.
Not offered in 2011-12.

SPAN B227 Genealogía de la literatura latina de los Estados Unidos

This course examines the emancipatory and sometimes collusive appropriation of "American" literature by Latina/os. The course begins a genealogical survey of Latino writing and cultural production from the 19th century to the present in order to contextualize the eventual rise of Latino ethnic particularisms from the 1960s. We will analyze how Latina/os, often living inside two languages and cultures, inflect the national landscape by erasing both literal and linguistic "American" borders in a country made up largely of immigrants. We will analyze how the mass media constructs "insiders" and "outsiders" by delimiting access to cultural capital with demands for assimilation.
Division III: Humanities
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Latin American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Cultures concentration
1.0 units
Staff
Not offered in 2011-12.

SPAN B231 El cuento y novela corta en España

Traces the development of the novella and short story in Spain, from its origins in the Middle Ages to our time. The writers will include Pardo Bazán, Cervantes, Clarèn, Don Juan Manuel, Matute, Marèa de Zayas, and a number of contemporary writers such as Julián Marèas and Soledad Puértolas. Our approach will include formal and thematic considerations, and attention will be given to social and historical contexts.
Division III: Humanities
Critical Interpretation (CI)
1.0 units
Quintero,M.

SPAN B248 Reception of Classical Literature in the Hispanic World

A survey of the reception of Classical literature in the Spanish-speaking world. We read select literary works in translation, ranging from Renaissance Spain to contemporary Latin America, side-by-side with their classical models, to examine what is culturally unique about their choice of authors, themes, and adaptation of the material.
Division III: Humanities
CROSS-LISTED AS CSTS-B248
CROSS-LISTED AS COML-B248
Counts toward Latin American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Cultures concentration
1.0 units
Staff
Not offered in 2011-12.

SPAN B260 Ariel/Calibán y el discurso Americano

A study of the transformations of Ariel/Calibán as images of Latin American culture. Counts toward the Latin American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Cultures Concentration.
Division III: Humanities
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
CROSS-LISTED AS COML-B260
Counts toward Latin American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Cultures concentration
1.0 units
Sacerio-Garí,E.
Not offered in 2011-12.

SPAN B265 Escritoras españolas: entre tradición, renovación y migración

Fiction by women writers from Spain in the 20th and 21st century. Breaking the traditional female stereotypes during and after Franco's dictatorship, the authors explore through their creative writing changing sociopolitical and cultural issues including regional identities and immigration. Topics of discussion include gender marginality, feminist studies and the portrayal of women in contemporary society.
Division III: Humanities
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies concentration
Counts toward Latin American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Cultures concentration
1.0 units
Song,H.
Not offered in 2011-12.

SPAN B307 Cervantes

A study of themes, structure, and style of Cervantes' masterpiece Don Quijote and its impact on world literature. In addition to a close reading of the text and a consideration of narrative theory, the course examines the impact of Don Quijote on the visual arts, music, film, and popular culture.
Division III: Humanities
Counts toward Latin American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Cultures concentration
1.0 units
Quintero,M.
Not offered in 2011-12.

SPAN B309 La mujer en la literatura española del Siglo de Oro

A study of the depiction of women in the fiction, drama, and poetry of 16th- and 17th-century Spain. Topics include the construction of gender; the idealization and codification of women's bodies; the politics of feminine enclosure (convent, home, brothel, palace); and the performance of honor. The first half of the course will deal with representations of women by male authors (Calderón, Cervantes, Lope, Quevedo) and the second will be dedicated to women writers such as Teresa de Ávila, Ana Caro, Juana Inés de la Cruz, and María de Zayas.
Division III: Humanities
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies concentration
Counts toward Latin American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Cultures concentration
1.0 units
Quintero,M.
Not offered in 2011-12.

SPAN B310 La condición pos-mortem: pos/modernidad periférica en la narrativa e historia actual mexicana.

The figuration of "death" in Mexican literature and culture has served as a central metaphor for the critique of modernity and has become one of Mexico's principle symbols of cultural identity. The counter revolutionary movements of the ‘60s, however, initiated a series of post-mortem (after death) identity projects that served as aesthetic responses to Mexico's considerable investment in modernity's unfulfilled cultural, political and economic promises. This new post-mortem aesthetic has begun to reconceptualize the fictions of national progress by focusing on the corporeality of citizenship and migration. Prerequisites: one 200-level Spanish course or permission of the instructor.
Division III: Humanities
1.0 units
Staff
Not offered in 2011-12.

SPAN B311 Crimen y detectives en la narrativa hispánica contemporánea

An analysis of the rise of the hardboiled genre in contemporary Hispanic narrative and its contrast to classic detective fiction, as a context for understanding contemporary Spanish and Latin American culture. Discussion of pertinent theoretical implications and the social and political factors that contributed to the genre's evolution and popularity.
Division III: Humanities
CROSS-LISTED AS COML-B312
1.0 units
Song,H.
Not offered in 2011-12.

SPAN B318 Adaptaciones literarias en el cine español

Film adaptations of literary works have been popular since the early years of cinema in Spain. This course examines the relationship between films and literature, focusing on the theory and practice of film adaptation. Attention will be paid to the political and cultural context in which these texts are being published and made into films. Prerequisite: A 200-level course in Spanish, SPAN 208.
Division III: Humanities
Counts toward Film Studies minor
1.0 units
Song,H.
Not offered in 2011-12.

SPAN B320 Surrealismo español poesia, arte, y cine

A multimedia study of the development of a surrealistic ethic in Spain in the 20th century as represented chiefly in the works of Federico García Lorca, Luis Buñuel, and Salvador Dalí, among others. The scope and validity of the Spanish surrealistic movement will be examined in relation to its originating principles: Freud's psychoanalytic theory, and the artistic and political manifestos of the avant-garde. Through the study of works of poetry, art, and film, we will also discuss the relationship between the theoretical and historical background of this artistic movement as we contrast art and politics, artistic freedom and political commitment.
Division III: Humanities
1.0 units
Song,H.
Not offered in 2011-12.

SPAN B321 Del surrealismo al realismo mágico

Examines artistic texts that trace the development and relationships of surrealism, lo real maravilloso americano, and magic realism. Manifestos, literary and cinematic works by Spanish and Latin American authors will be emphasized. Prerequisite: a 200-level Spanish course.
Division III: Humanities
Counts toward Latin American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Cultures concentration
1.0 units
Sacerio-Garí,E.
Not offered in 2011-12.

SPAN B322 Queens, Nuns, and Other Deviants in the Early Modern Iberian World

The course examines literary, historical, and legal texts from the early modern Iberian world (Spain, Mexico, Peru) through the lens of gender studies. The course is divided around three topics: royal bodies (women in power), cloistered bodies (women in the convent), and delinquent bodies (figures who defy legal and gender normativity). Course is taught in English and is open to all juniors or seniors who have taken at least one 200-level course in a literature department. Students seeking Spanish credit must have taken BMC Spanish 202 and at least one other Spanish course beyond 202, or received permission from instructor.
Division III: Humanities
CROSS-LISTED AS COML-B322
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies concentration
Counts toward Latin American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Cultures concentration
1.0 units
Quintero,M.

SPAN B329 Brown Affect: Narrating Latina and Latino Lives

This course studies the construction of Latino lives in and through autobiographies and autobiographical fiction in the context of the civil rights movement and the rise of Latino nationalism. The course will focus on the Latino subversion of genre from the bildungsroman to its more recent (post)modernist traditions to its more culturally specific grounding in the Latin American crónica. We will study how "feeling brown" has made Latino life-writing a political and literary act of self-creation. Course is taught in English. Students seeking major credit in Spanish must do appropriate assignments in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 220, ENGL 250 or equivalent.
Division III: Humanities
CROSS-LISTED AS ENGL-B340
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies concentration
1.0 units
Staff

SPAN B331 TransNation: U.S. Latino and Latin American Queer Diasporas

This course engages the vanguard of U.S. Latino and Latin American theoretical debates about state formation in the construction of citizenship from the perspective of queer and transgender studies. Explores recent theoretical and cultural works that challenge traditional understandings of gender, sexuality, ethnic identity, nationalism, state-formation, citizenship, and the body. Analyzes the limits of cultural and theoretical interface between U.S. Latino, Latin American and Anglo-American cultural theory.
Division III: Humanities
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies concentration
Counts toward Latin American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Cultures concentration
1.0 units
Staff
Not offered in 2011-12.

SPAN B351 Tradición y revolución: Cuba y su literature

An examination of Cuba, its history and its literature with emphasis on the analysis of the changing cultural policies since 1959. Major topics include slavery and resistance; Cuba's struggles for freedom; the literature and film of the Revolution; and literature in exile.
Division III: Humanities
1.0 units
Sacerio-Garí,E.

SPAN B398 Senior Seminar

The study of special topics, critical theory and approaches with primary emphasis on Hispanic literatures. Topics will be prepared jointly with the students.
1.0 units
Sacerio-Garí,E.

SPAN B399 Senior Essay

Available to students whose proposals are approved by the department.
1.0 units
Staff

SPAN B403 Supervised Work

Independent reading, conferences, and a long paper; offered to senior students recommended by the department.
1.0 units
Staff