2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog

Spanish

Students may complete a major or minor in Spanish. Within the major, students may complete the requirements for secondary education certification. Students may, with departmental approval, complete an M.A. in the combined A.B./M.A. program (through 2014-2015 academic year).

Faculty

Ines Arribas, Senior Lecturer
Jose Gastanaga Ponce de Leon, Visiting Assistant Professor
Kaylea Mayer, Lecturer
Ashley Puig-Herz, Visiting Assistant Professor
Maria Christina Quintero, Professor (on leave semester I)
Enrique Sacerio-Garí, Professor
H. Rosi Song, Associate Professor and Chair

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.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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. Practice sessions with a language assistant.
Requirement(s): Language Level 1
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Arribas,I.
(Fall 2012)

SPAN B002 Elementary Spanish II

Grammar, composition, conversation, listening comprehension; readings from Spain, Spanish America and the Hispanic community in the United States. Practice sessions with a language assistant. Prerequisite: 001 or placement.
Requirement(s): Language Level 1
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Arribas,I., Mayer,K.
(Spring 2013)

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.
Requirement(s): Language Level 1
Units: 1.5
(Not Offered 2012-2013)

SPAN B011 Intensive Elementary Spanish II

The second part 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 9 hours per week. Prerequisite: SPAN B005.
Requirement(s): Language Level 1
Units: 1.5
(Not Offered 2012-2013)

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 on Monday evenings. Prerequisite: 002 or placement.
Requirement(s): Language Level 2
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Mayer,K., Gastanaga,J.
(Spring 2013)

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 on Monday evenings. Prerequisite: Span 101 or placement. (Language Level 2)
Requirement(s): Language Level 2
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Mayer,K., Gastanaga,J., Puig-Herz,A.
(Spring 2013)

SPAN B105 Intensive Intermediate Spanish

A thorough review of grammar with intensive oral practice, frequent writing assignments, readings, and oral presentations. Prerequisite: Enrollment in this class is limited to those students who completed 002 Intensive Elementary Spanish in spring semester 2010.
Requirement(s): Language Level 2
Units: 1.5
(Not Offered 2012-2013)

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.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-2013)

SPAN B115 Focus: 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. This is a half semester Focus course. Prerequisite: SPAN B102 or Placement exam.
Units: 0.5
Instructor(s): Arribas,I.
(Spring 2013)

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 placement.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts toward: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples and Cultures
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Puig-Herz,A., Song,H.
(Spring 2013)

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.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Sacerio-Garí,E.
(Spring 2013)

SPAN B203 Tópicos en la literatura hispana

This is a topic course. Topics vary. Current topic description: Full title is: La naturaleza como identidad política. A transatlantic look into how the citizen of newly created nations in Latin America and the diverse regions in Spain have negotiated their surrounding landscape. This course looks into how writing about nature has always been an important part of establishing the identity of groups of people.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts toward: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples and Cultures
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Song,H.
(Spring 2013)

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. Counts toward the Latin American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Cultures Concentration. Pre-requisite: Spanish 202 or another 200-level course or placement.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples and Cultures
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Quintero,M.
(Spring 2013)

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.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples and Cultures
Crosslisting(s): COML-B212
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-2013)

SPAN B217 Narratives of Latinidad

This course explores how Latina/o writers fashion bicultural and transnational identities and narrate the intertwined histories of the U.S. and Latin America. We will focus on topics of shared concern among Latino groups such as imperialism and annexation, the affective experience of migration, race and gender stereotypes, the politics of Spanglish, and struggles for social justice. By analyzing novels, poetry, performance art, testimonial narratives, films, and essays, we will unpack the complexity of Latinadad in the Americas.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts toward: Africana Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples and Cultures
Crosslisting(s): ENGL-B217
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Harford Vargas,J.
(Fall 2012)

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.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples and Cultures
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-2013)

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, Clarín, Don Juan Manuel, Matute, María de Zayas, and a number of contemporary writers such as Julián Marías and Soledad Puértolas. Our approach will include formal and thematic considerations, and attention will be given to social and historical contexts.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples and Cultures
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-2013)

SPAN B237 The Dictator Novel in the Americas

This course examines representations of dictatorship in Latin American and Latina/o novels. We will explore the relationship between narrative form and absolute power by analyzing the literary techniques writers use to contest authoritarianism. We will compare dictator novels from the United States, the Caribbean, Central America, and the Southern Cone. Prerequisite: only for students wishing to take the course for major/minor credit in SPAN is SPAN B200/B202.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples and Cultures
Crosslisting(s): ENGL-B237; COML-B237
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-2013)

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.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts toward: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples and Cultures
Crosslisting(s): CSTS-B248; COML-B248
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-2013)

SPAN B260 Ariel/Calibán y el discurso Americano

A study of the transformations of Ariel/Calibán as images of Latin American culture.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples and Cultures
Crosslisting(s): COML-B260
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Sacerio-Garí,E.
(Fall 2012)

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.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples and Cultures
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-2013)

SPAN B270 Literatura y delincuencia: explorando la novela picaresca

A study of the origins, development and transformation of the picaresque genre from its origins in 16th- and 17th-century Spain through the 21st century. Using texts, literature, painting, and film from Spain and Latin America, we will explore topics such as the construction of the (fictional) self, the poetics and politics of criminality, transgression in gender and class.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Crosslisting(s): COML-B271
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Gastanaga,J.
(Fall 2012)

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. Counts toward the Latin American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Cultures Concentration. Prerequisite: Spanish 202 and another 200-level course.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts toward: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples and Cultures
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Quintero,M.
(Spring 2013)

SPAN B308 Teatro del sigo de oro: negociaciones de clase, genero y poder

A study of the dramatic theory and practice of 16th- and 17th-century Spain. Topics include the treatment of honor, historical self-fashioning and the politics of the corrales, and palace theater.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Crosslisting(s): COML-B308
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-2013)

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.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts toward: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples and Cultures
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-2013)

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.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-2013)

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.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Crosslisting(s): COML-B312
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-2013)

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.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts toward: Film Studies; Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples and Cultures
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-2013)

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.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts toward: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples and Cultures
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Sacerio-Garí,E.
(Spring 2013)

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.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts toward: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples and Cultures
Crosslisting(s): COML-B322
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-2013)

SPAN B323 Memoria y Guerra Civil

A look into the Spanish Civil War and its wide-ranging international significance as both the military and ideological testing ground for World War II. This course examines the endurance of myths related to this conflict and the cultural memory it has produced along with the current negotiations of the past that is taking place in democratic Spain. Prerequisites: SPAN 200/202 and another 200-level course in Spanish.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples and Cultures
Crosslisting(s): HIST-B323
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Song,H.
(Fall 2012)

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.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts toward: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples and Cultures
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-2013)

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.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Sacerio-Garí,E.
(Fall 2012)

SPAN B399 Senior Essay

Available to students whose proposals are approved by the department.
Units: 1.0
(Spring 2013)

SPAN B403 Supervised Work

Independent reading, conferences, and a long paper; offered to senior students recommended by the department.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-2013)