Courses and Requirements
The goal of the Hispanic Studies Department is to help students employ the methods of literary and cultural analysis to develop an informed understanding of Spain, Latin America and Hispanic U.S., and to reach oral and written proficiency in the Spanish language.
In order to complete the Senior Program, senior concentrators in Hispanic Studies (non-honors candidates) will: 1) enroll in a 300-level or 400-level course in the fall semester, and a 400-level course in the spring semester (in the spring seniors will complete a research project in a 400-level course; spring semester advanced courses are doubly designated as 300/400 [i.e. 310/410], in order to distinguish seniors who are writing the senior research project from other students. Thus if a senior plans to take more than one advanced course in the spring, he/she should take only one course at the 400 level); 2) participate in an assessment of oral proficiency in an interview conducted by outside examiners in the fall semester. Concentrators may not normally fulfill the requirement for the major through the election of a 200-level course during their senior year.
Senior honors candidates will: 1) enroll in a 400-level course in Hispanic Studies in the fall semester; 2) enroll in 550 and complete a senior thesis in the spring semester; 3) participate in an assessment of oral proficiency in an interview conducted by outside examiners in the fall semester. In order to attain honors in Spanish, students must have an average of 3.5 (90) or better in the nine courses required for the major and must complete 550 (senior thesis) with an A- or better. Senior honors candidates who are studying in Spain (with HCAYS) during the fall of their senior year are exempt from the fall 400-level course requirement. A complete description of the Senior Program is available in Christian Johnson 202.
The Hispanic studies minor consists of five courses numbered 140 or higher, including 200/201 and 210/211, and at least one course at the 300 level. One of these courses may be taken in translation. Three of the five courses for the minor must be taken at Hamilton.
Note: 200-level courses are not open to students who have previously taken 300-level courses in Hispanic Studies or in a Spanish-language study abroad program.
THE ACADEMIC YEAR IN SPAIN
The Academic Year in Spain was established in 1974 to offer the highest interdisciplinary academic standards in foreign study programs (distinguished professors, small classes and a rigorous Spanish-only pledge), along with careful attention to the intellectual, cultural and social needs of each student. Directors-in-residence are drawn from the Department of Hispanic Studies at Hamilton College. The program is administered at Hamilton by a general director and by the programs abroad committee, and representatives of Swarthmore and Williams Colleges serve as directing advisors to the program and are instrumental in deciding important curricular and administrative matters and in long range planning. Also affiliated with the program are Amherst College and Princeton University. A board of advisors, drawn from such institutions as Bates, Brown, Bryn Mawr, Bucknell, Colby, Grinnell, Harvard, Reed, Scripps, Smith, Stanford, Wellesley and Yale, further helps in matters of recruitment and student preparation. All courses are taught entirely in Spanish and include language and linguistic studies, culture studies and study in the social sciences. Courses offered include advanced language, the art of translation, the history of Spanish art, cinema, analysis of poetic texts, Cervantes, contemporary theater, 19th- and 20th-century Spanish and Latin American narrative, contemporary Spanish and Latin American history, the economy of Spain, anthropology, sociology, contemporary Spanish politics, flamenco and studio art. The program also offers internships sculpted to each student’s area of interest and preparation. Students are taught by faculty members from leading universities in Madrid. Language and civilization classes form part of the fall orientation program in Galicia, while a similar orientation for spring students takes place in Andalucía. Frequent group excursions throughout Spain complement the rich academic and social opportunities offered to students in Madrid. The program is open to sophomores, juniors and first-semester seniors. Although the program is designed for a full-year, application may be made for either the fall or spring sessions. To be eligible, students must normally have completed at least one 200-level Hispanic studies course and have a strong academic average.
Intended for beginners. Thorough grounding in aural comprehension, speaking, reading and writing. Interactive study of Spanish grammar with strong emphasis on oral and written production. First-year students who follow the sequence through 140 may qualify for study abroad. This course is offered only in the fall. (Proseminar.) Four hours of class, with additional TA session and laboratory work. Taught in Spanish. This course is intended for students with no prior knowledge of Spanish. Students with prior knowledge of Spanish must take the placement exam to find a course appropriate to their level. Maximum enrollment, 16. María Gabriela Portal.
Spanish Immersion I.
Designed for exceptionally motivated beginning students who wish to accelerate their acquisition of Spanish. Intensive and interactive study of all of the basic grammatical structures of Spanish, with particular emphasis on writing and speaking. Successful completion will place students into 130 or 135. Students who follow the sequence through 135 may qualify for study abroad in one year. This course is only offered in the fall. (Proseminar.) Two course credits. Three 50-minute and two 75-minute classes a week, plus an additional three hours of laboratory work and TA session. Taught in Spanish. Maximum enrollment, 16. The Department.
Continuing interactive study of Spanish grammatical and lexical structures begun in 110, with special emphasis on speaking and writing. Four hours of class, with additional TA session and laboratory work. Taught in Spanish. This course is offered only in the spring. (Proseminar.) Prerequisite, 110 or placement. Maximum enrollment, 16. Portal.
Conquest of the Americas.
This class follows the violent emergence of a new society in the Americas in the half-century from Columbus’s encounter with the Caribbean in 1492 through Cortés’s and Pizarro’s lightning conquests of the Aztec and Inca Empires. It examines the interactions between indigenous peoples and Europeans in conjunction with Spain’s moral crisis over the brutality of its own imperial regime. Analyzes primary sources (Spanish, indigenous, and mixed) and explores how historians make meaning out of the past by using texts, records of warfare, bodies, and the environment as sources of evidence. (Writing-intensive.) (Social, Structural, and Institutional Hierarchies.) (Same as History 126.) Maximum enrollment, 18. Cooley.
Intensive review of grammar and syntax at the intermediate level, with key emphasis on writing and speaking. Selected readings and in-class activities form the basis for further work in all the language skills. Four hours of class with additional laboratory work and TA session. Taught in Spanish. (Proseminar.) Prerequisite, 115, 120 or placement. Maximum enrollment, 16. The Department.
Spanish Immersion II.
Designed for exceptionally motivated intermediate students who wish to accelerate their acquisition of Spanish. Continuation of Spanish 115. Intensive training in grammar and syntax with special interactive emphasis on speaking, writing and reading. A thorough review of grammar at the intermediate level followed by cultural readings and small group activities. Two course credits. Three 50-minute and two 75-minute classes a week, plus an additional three hours of laboratory work and TA session. Taught in Spanish. This course is only offered in the spring. (Proseminar.) Prerequisite, 115, 120 or placement. Maximum enrollment, 16. The Department.
Conversation on Hispanic Cultures.
Intense focus on speech emergence and oral presentation. Study of diverse cultural readings and other aesthetic productions as a basis for refinement of grammar comprehension and as a means to further improve writing, reading and listening skills. Three hours of class, with additional activities, TA sessions and laboratory work. Taught in Spanish. (Proseminar.) Prerequisite, grade of C or better in 130, placement or consent of instructor. Maximum enrollment, 16. The Department.
Exploring Hispanic Texts.
Study of interdisciplinary cultural discourses — art, music, journalism, literature, film — from Latin America and Spain. Focus on written and oral argumentation; introduction to the interpretation of literary texts. Advanced grammar in context and vocabulary building. Course emphasizes writing, oral presentation and the refinement of speech and pronunciation. (Writing-intensive.) (Social, Structural, and Institutional Hierarchies.) (Proseminar.) Prerequisite, Grade of C+ or better in HSPST 135 or 140, placement or consent of instructor. Not open to students who have taken HSPST 201W or to senior concentrators. Taught in Spanish. Maximum enrollment, 16. The Department.
Spanish for Heritage/Bilingual Speakers.
Integrated review of the grammatical structure of Spanish for bilingual students who are native or heritage speakers, with intense emphasis on grammar and writing. Major emphasis placed on anthropolitical linguistics; special focus on political and cultural history of U.S. Latinx: issues of immigration, bilingualism, English-Only, social and political movements. Interdisciplinary readings and film by Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latinx authors and filmmakers. Intense interaction focused on discussion and oral and written argumentation. (Writing-intensive.) (Social, Structural, and Institutional Hierarchies.) (Proseminar.) Prerequisite, Only for Heritage Speakers, placement exam or consent of instructor. Not open to students who have taken HSPST 200W or to senior concentrators. Maximum enrollment, 16. Ambio.
Introductory Study of Spanish Literature.
Intensive study and analysis of cultural concepts and selected literary works of Spain. Introduction to basic critical skills for literary and cultural analysis as applied to texts studied. Emphasis on oral performance, student participation and on original application of critical methodology in writing projects. (Proseminar.) Prerequisite, 200 or 201 or consent of instructor. Taught in Spanish. Enrollment priority will be given to concentrators. Not open to senior concentrators. Maximum enrollment, 16. The Department.
Introductory Study of Latin American Literature.
A selected overview of cultural concepts and literary movements and genres in Latin American literatures. Special emphasis on representative works of selected historical periods. Introduction to basic critical skills for literary and cultural analysis as applied to texts studied. Emphasis on oral performance, student participation and original application of critical methodology in writing projects. Taught in Spanish. (Proseminar.) Prerequisite, 200, 201 or consent of instructor. Not open to senior concentrators. Maximum enrollment, 16. The Department.
Ficciones del delito.
Analysis of the representations in Latin American fiction of such issues as delinquency, murder, marks of difference, language and social justice, and the critical perspectives which these phenomena engender. Works by Arlt, Borges, Puig, and others. Prerequisite, 210 or 211, or consent of instructor. Not open to senior majors. (Proseminar.) Prerequisite, HSPST 210 or 211. Maximum enrollment, 16.
Introduction to US Latinx Literatures.
Examines cultural production of representative U.S. Latinx writers primarily from the civil rights movement to present. The course explores Latinx writers’ engagement with language, political status, race, gender, nationality, and generational markers to reveal both the fluidity and instability of the Latinx imaginary. Readings include autobiographical and biographical works, bildungsroman, memoir, historical novel and vignettes in an exploration of the self and one’s relation to collective identity. Taught in English. Not open to seniors. (Same as Literature 217.) Maximum enrollment, 20. Ambio, Marissa L.
Advanced grammar review and practical application.
Rigorous review of Spanish grammar at the highest level, including study of the more complex structures relating to the use of the subjunctive,the passive voice and reflexives, the preterite and imperfect tenses, expressions of probability, and the expansion of expository vocabulary. Considerable effort devoted to the development of a mature style of writing, but emphasis placed on the learning and oral practice of grammatical structures. Especially recommended for Spanish majors or minors in their sophomore year, those planning to study abroad or future teachers of Spanish Prerequisite, 200, 201 or consent of instructor. Taught in Spanish. Maximum enrollment, 16. The Department.
Introduction to Hispanic Cinema.
An introduction to film in the Hispanic world, exploring the development of different national traditions within Latin American and Spanish Cinema. At the same time, covers some of the basic tools for interpreting and writing about film. Editing, sound, cinematography and mise-en-scène are some of the key terms and concepts studied in order to understand how viewers and filmmakers create meaning in films. Particular attention to the interrelation of cinema and culture, and the intersection of aesthetics and politics. Prerequisite, 210 or 211. Taught in Spanish. Maximum enrollment, 16.
Women in Spanish Literature and Film:"Chicas de película".
With an emphasis in the last two decades, this class will focus on literary and visual constructions of women in Contemporary Spain. Movies, poems and short stories will help us ask questions and explore ideas concerning Spanish women and society such as war and gender violence, immigration, sexualities, citizenship, interpersonal relationships, masculinities in transition, etc. Films and literary texts by Bigas Luna, Isabel Coixet, Icíar Bollaín, Anna Rossetti and Carme Riera, among others. (Proseminar.) Prerequisite, 200 or 201 or consent of instructor. Taught in Spanish. Maximum enrollment, 16.
Spanish for the Professions.
Study of the vocabulary, expressions and functional use of Spanish in professional contexts. Fields covered will be medicine, business, law and social services, among others. This is an ideal course for students who wish to continue using Spanish in their career or simply want to expand their vocabulary base. Taught in Spanish. (Proseminar.) Prerequisite, 200, 201 or consent of the instructor. Maximum enrollment, 16. The Department.
Envisioning the Real: Fantasy, Fact, and Fiction in Hispanic American Literature.
This course studies various literary representations of Hispanic American “reality” from the colonial period to the present. We pay special attention to how history and truth are represented in texts that explore the notion of identity, both individual and national. Taught in Spanish. (Proseminar.) Prerequisite, HSPST 210 or HSPST 211. Maximum enrollment, 16.
Journey into Spanish Cultures.
A study of the cultures of Spain, including history, music, painting and other aspects of Spanish civilization which reflect or have contributed to the development of modern Spanish perspectives. Emphasis on contemporary social and political events. Taught in Spanish. (Proseminar.) Prerequisite, 200, 201 or consent of instructor. Not open to senior majors. Maximum enrollment, 16. The Department.
The World of Spanish Art: From the Alhambra to Guernica.
Intensive study of the artistic production of Spain, as reflected in the most significant expressions of architecture, painting and sculpture, along with the cultural and historical context in which these works were created. To be included, among others: Moorish, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassic and Modernist styles (in architecture); El Greco, Velázquez, Zurbarán, Ribera, Murillo, Goya, Sorolla, Picasso and Dalí (in painting); and Vasco de la Zarza, Bigarny, Diego de Siloé, Juni, Montanás, Cano, Mena, Berruguete (in sculpture). Prerequisite, 200, 201 or consent of instructor. Taught in Spanish (Fall 2017) Maximum enrollment, 20.
The Spanish Renaissance.
This course explores the literature and culture of the Spanish Renaissance, paying particular attention to the revival of classical literary forms and the social changes and tensions that shaped Spanish society at the time. Topics for discussion include: the reception of Italian humanism in Spain, the significance of certain Spanish literary texts for the formation of modern literary genres (poetry, novel, drama), and the invention of the printing press and the rise of a new concept of authorship. Prerequisite, 210, 211 or consent of instructor. Taught in Spanish. Not open to senior concentrators. Maximum enrollment, 22.
Special Topics in Spanish Literature and Culture.
Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite, 210, 211 or consent of instructor. Normally not open to senior concentrators.
Special Topics in Latin American Literature and Culture.
Topic TBA (Proseminar.) Prerequisite, 210, 211 or consent of instructor. Taught in Spanish. Maximum enrollment, 16.
Fashion and Identity in Hispanic Cultures: The Power of Dress.
Studies fashion as cultural and aesthetic expression, analyzing attitudes and ideologies that circulated in Spain and Latin America from the colonial era to the present. We study novels, journalism, film, television, visual and material culture, and advertising to examine their importance in the construction of identity categories of nation, gender, race, ethnicity, and class. We investigate in a critical and analytical way how fashion is an essential cultural platform for national dialogue, social debate, and the configuration of social roles in different contexts and throughout history. Prerequisite, HSPST 200W or HSPST 201W. Maximum enrollment, 16. Corujo-Martín, Inés.
Introduction to Latin American Short Fiction.
Critical reading and interdisciplinary discussion of selected Latin American short fiction. Designed to familiarize students with the poetics of the Latin American short story and its relationship to pertinent literary movements. An intercultural examination of the artistic components of various Latin American short stories within their socio-historical contexts. Readings will include works by Borges, Quiroga, Cortázar, Rulfo, Valenzuela, Castellanos, García Márquez and others. Prerequisite, HSPST 200W or HSPST 201W. Taught in Spanish. Maximum enrollment, 16. Hwangpo.
Understanding the Contemporary Hispanic Caribbean World.
In each of the three Hispano-Caribbean islands toward the 1950s, different political fall-outs produced a corpus of texts distinct from that of their predecessors. The Cuban Revolution, the death of the Dominican dictator Trujillo, and Puerto Rico’s new political status as a U.S Commonwealth all spurred a reconsideration of literature and other media as a socio-political space in which to articulate new notions of cultural identity. This course, through poetry, film, music and narrative, examines the cultural shifts and their aesthetic correlates arising from these fracturing events. (Proseminar.) Prerequisite, HSPST 200. Maximum enrollment, 16. Rodríguez-Plate.
Contextualized study of the Latin American and Spanish literary movement that broke away from the naturalist tradition and anticipated the avant-garde. Analysis of innovative literary premises in essay, prose fiction, chronicle, theatre and poetry through focus on the new consciousness of the “modernista” writer’s role in turn-of-the-century society. Examination of related notions of exoticism and escapism in the context of continental modernization. Prerequisite, Taught in Spanish. two 200-level courses in Hispanic studies above 200 or 201, including 210, 211 or consent of instructor. Senior concentrators who plan to write their senior research project in this course must take it as 401. Maximum enrollment, 16.
Representing Gender in Latin America.
Approaches gender studies through critical analysis of Latin American literature, film and social movements. We study representations of femininity and masculinity in Latin American culture and their historical roots, considering traditional gender roles and more contemporary attempts to break with social expectations linked to sex and gender, as well as the complex interactions of gender with nationality, class and sexual orientation. Discussions center in issues of representation, identity and “equality.” Readings include both literary texts as well as gender theory. (Proseminar.) Prerequisite, Two 200-level courses in Hispanic studies above 200 or 201, or consent of instructor. Taught in Spanish. (Same as Women's and Gender Studies 303/403.) Maximum enrollment, 16.
Medieval Spanish Literature.
An in-depth view of the beginning and early development of Spanish literature, emphasizing key works that serve as precursors to later Spanish and Latin American literatures, including Jarchas, El Poema de Mió Cid, Auto de los Reyes Magos, El Conde Lucanor, Libro de Buen Amor, poetry of the Romancero, Coplas por la muerte de su padre, Cárcel de Amor and La Celestina. Taught in Spanish. (Proseminar.) Prerequisite, two 200-level courses in Hispanic studies above 200 or 201, including 210 or 211 or consent of instructor. Maximum enrollment, 16.
20th-21st Century Spanish Narrative: Representing Reality and Spanish History after the Death of Franco.
The class will study novels, short stories, films, blogs, and other forms of artistic expression produced in Spain during the 20th and the 21st century. We will discuss essays and articles related to these works, primarily concerning the conscious amnesia of many Spaniards regarding the Civil War and Dictatorship of Francisco Franco, and how to move forward and represent new realities in an age of media and new technologies. Among the authors we will read are: Carmen Martín Gaite, Juan Marsé, Ray Loriga, Agustín Fernández Mallo, Javier Cercas, and Eduardo Mendoza. (Proseminar.) Prerequisite, Two 200-level courses in Hispanic studies above 200 or 201 including 210 or 211 or consent of instructor. Taught in Spanish. Maximum enrollment, 16.
Recovering a Lost Memory: Cultural Representations of the Spanish Civil War and its Aftermath.
The Spanish Civil War and its aftermath shaped 20th-century Spain. This course centers on a selection of novels and films which reconstruct, evoke and explore this traumatic event and its consequences in different ways. We will also explore current efforts in Spain to recover what is referred to as an “historical memory” (“memoria histórica”) of both the war and the Franco dictatorship which followed it. Issues of trauma, exile, memory, identity and gender will be studied. Works by Martín Gaite, Matute, Rodoreda and Chacón among others. (Proseminar.) Prerequisite, 210 or 211 and one additional course beyond 210/211, or consent of instructor. Maximum enrollment, 16.
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The course focuses on women’s literature, theory, and cultural production in contemporary Spain. It discusses core topics, issues, conflicts and potential resolutions that shaped and pushed forward Spanish society into a “less imperfect democracy.” How does literature and art affect civil rights and social change if they do at all? We will read three representative novels from 1960 to the present, as well as short stories, poems, essays, legal and religious texts, and view films to think about recognition and differences, and, in general terms, about gender. Prerequisite, three courses in HSPST starting at HSPST 200/201. Taught in Spanish. Maximum enrollment, 16.
Representing Domestic Labor in Latin America.
Explores representations of domestic labor in Latin America from the mid-19th century to date, investigating the figure of the domestic servant in culture as the nexus where not only forms of oppression -generally around the female subject- are realized, but also where notions of the feminine are worked, subsequently contaminating language, reordering post-emancipation citizenship hierarchies, authorizing the intellectual voice, and exploring social crises in the neoliberal era. This course covers a variety of domains, such as short story, theatre, novel, and visual arts. Prerequisite, 2 courses above HSPST 200W/201W. Senior concentrators intending to complete their senior project in this course must sign up at the 400-level. Maximum enrollment, 16. Carosi, Marcelo.
The Power of Looking: Re-imagining the Nation in Hispanic Films.
An in-depth study of the history and poetics of Hispanic films from the double perspective of Hispanic cultural contexts and the development of cinema as artistic expression. Examines how props, lighting, acting, editing, etc. say more than the words in the script. We will discuss how all these elements reflect the cultural visions and beliefs of different Hispanic filmmakers and the times and places they came from. The readings will focus on film theory and film history within the context of nationalism in the Hispanic World. (Proseminar.) Prerequisite, two courses in Hispanic studies above 200 or 201, or consent of instructor. Taught in Spanish. Maximum enrollment, 16. Edna Rodriguez-Plate.
Early Modern Spanish Drama: Aesthetics, Ideology and Society.
The 17th century produced some of the most important, influential and interesting works in the history of Spanish theater. Through a detailed analysis of key dramas of the Early Modern period we focus on the emergence and development of theater in Spain, as well as the study of its different subgenres. Pays close attention to the aesthetics of representation as well as sociopolitical and ideological questions. Works by Cervantes, Tirso de Molina, Lope de Vega, Calderón de la Barca and Juana Inés de la Cruz. Prerequisite, two 200-level courses in Hispanic studies above 200 or 201, or consent of instructor. Maximum enrollment, 16. Xavier Tubau.
Latin American Theatre.
Analysis and discussion of 20th century plays in light of major theatrical movements such as the Theater of the Absurd, the Epic Theater, Metatheatre and the Theater of Cruelty. Examination of construction and critiques of self, power, society and political identities. Readings from such leading playwrights as Usigli, Marqués, Gambaro, Wolff, Carballido and Cossa. Prerequisite, Two 200-level courses in Spanish above 200 or 201 including 210 or 211 or consent of instructor. Taught in Spanish. Maximum enrollment, 16.
Femenino, plural / Feminine and Plural.
This course focuses on poetry and (some) narratives and music written by women authors in first person (autobiographical, biographical, community and nation writing) and explores areas of conflict (sexuality, nation, class, race, war) as well as the celebration of the diversity of women and women’s writing in contemporary Spain. Texts by Marta Sanz, Gloria Fuertes, Ana Rossetti, María-Mercé Marçal, and Chantal Maillard. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite, Two 200-level courses in Hispanic studies above 200 or 201, or consent of instructor. Maximum enrollment, 16.
Contemporary Latin American Novel.
Studies novels published in the past 10 years, and questions that arise when neoliberalism exacerbates struggles for social justice. How does globalization affect our understanding of dissident sexualities? How does recent fiction reimagine family and kinship? How does it narrate migrant children, state terror, racism, and illness? How does economic crisis herald new kinds of citizenships that nationalistic projects have ignored? We consider language, race, ethnicity, gender, and age. Authors include Quintana, Luiselli, Molloy, Sainz Borgo, Herrera, Cueto, and Caputo. Prerequisite, Two courses in Hispanic studies above 200W or 201W, or consent of instructor. Taught in Spanish. Maximum enrollment, 16. Carosi.
Writers of the Boom.
Studies the narrative of internationally recognized Latin American authors of the 1960’s-1970’s, contextualizing the literary “boom” of this time period, and introducing some of the fundamental works in twentieth century literature. Authors include Carlos Fuentes, Julio Cortázar, Mario Vargas Llosa, José Donoso and Gabriel García Márquez. Prerequisite, Two courses in Hispanic Studies above 200 or 201, or consent of instructor. Hispanic Studies concentrators only. This course is the senior seminar for Fall 2019. Hispanic Studies senior concentrators only. Required for candidates for honors in Hispanic Studies. Maximum enrollment, 12. Burke, J.
The Generations of 1898 and 1927.
This course will be a study of the ideas, trends and new concepts of Spanish literature at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century, spurred on by historical challenges (loss of Empire) and social unrest (political upheaval) in Spain. José Ortega y Gasset’s La deshumanización del arte will serve as a theoretical bridge between the two generations. We will also question the validity of these categories and problematize the anointing of literary generations. (Proseminar.) Prerequisite, two 200-level courses in Hispanic studies above 200 or 201, or consent of instructor. Maximum enrollment, 16.
Studies the narrative of Hispanic American authors of the 1970’s-1980’s whose work came to light after the literary “boom” of Latin American fiction in the previous decade. Post-Boom narratives engage with the social challenges of their time, showing a commitment to ideology and protest. Their work frequently incorporates pop and youth culture. These authors write about dictatorship and exile, oppression and human rights, sexuality and identity. Authors include Elena Poniatowska, Gustavo Sainz, Antonio Skármeta, Manuel Puig, Isabel Allende, Luisa Valenzuela and Rosario Ferré. (Proseminar.) Prerequisite, two 200-level courses in Hispanic studies above 200 or 201, or consent of instructor. Maximum enrollment, 16. Jessica Burke.
Literature on Film.
This course will focus on the film adaptations made of Spanish plays and novels and on the texts that originated them. How does verbal translate into visual? How does film narrate or dramatize differently (if so) than literature? Readings will include contemporary as well as classical literary works and the viewing and analysis of their film adaptations: Lope de Vega, García Morales, Manuel Rivas, Fernando Aramburu among others, and movies by Pilar Miró, Erice, Cuerda, Viscarret, and Uribe. (Proseminar.) Prerequisite, 2 courses above HSPST 200W/201W. Senior concentrators intending to complete their senior project in this course must sign up at the 400-level. Maximum enrollment, 16. Sabadell Nieto.
Nueva York: Contemporary Literature and Art.
The course studies the literary and artistic production of Spaniards, Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans and Central Americans in New York City from the civil rights movement of the 1960s to the 21st Century. Students will analyze primary sources to explore multiple aspects of identity: national, cultural, racial, linguistic, generational, Caribbean, Latinx and Nuyorican. Primary materials include short stories, novels, memoirs and poetry, and visual art and performing arts, when available. Secondary readings provide the historical and theoretical framework for analysis of cultural production. (Proseminar.) Prerequisite, Two 200-level courses in Hispanic studies above 200 or 201, or consent of instructor. Taught in Spanish. Maximum enrollment, 16. Marissa Ambio.
Postmodern Spain: New Narratives and New Technologies.
This course is dedicated to the analysis of new Spanish writing that explores the Internet, TV series and other forms of technological narrative (social networks, YouTube, video, etc.). The course is focused on recent authors, primarily of Spanish origin, while also dialoging with other literatures about fragmentation, the bombardment of images, media diversity, the perception of reality, and ruptures with canonical forms of writing. Students will be required to create blogs or other genres of social network writing and pay attention to diverse forms of communication. Prerequisite, 210, 211 or consent of instructor. Maximum enrollment, 16.
Latinx Experiences in the United States.
Rigorous examination and historico-political analysis of U.S. Latinx literary production and poetics with focus on short story and drama (including performance art). Examination of construction and critiques of self, gender, society and political and sexual identities. Course analysis framed by feminists literary theories and criticism, and anti-racist pedagogy. Authors will include Ana Castillo, Sandra Cisneros, Cherríe Moraga, M. H. Viramontes, Nicolasa Mohr, Migdalia Cruz, Marga Gómez. Prerequisite, two 200-level courses in literature or consent of instructor. No knowledge of Spanish required. Taught in English. (Same as Women's and Gender Studies 379.)
Cervantes' Don Quijote.
Careful analysis of the style, characterization, theme and structure of Spain’s greatest literary masterpiece, and the study of the work’s relationship to the major social and intellectual currents of the 17th century. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite, two 200-level courses in Hispanic studies above 200 or 201 including 210 or 211 or consent of instructor. Maximum enrollment, 20.
Literature and Modernity in the Andes.
The cultural representations of religion, history, means of transportation, media, photography, etc., provide distinct points of view on how modernity has been perceived in the Andes. This course will introduce students to the recognition of those perspectives by looking closely at novels, short stories, and movies, produced from the 19th century to the present day. This course also will explore the diverse ways in which the intensification of modernity has changed the nature of Andean cultural production itself: its language, style, the narrator’s and characters’ worldviews, etc. (Proseminar.) Prerequisite, Two 200-level courses in Hispanic studies above 200 or 201, or consent of instructor. Taught in Spanish. Maximum enrollment, 16.
Creative Writing in Spanish.
This course focuses on three components: The reading of contemporary Latin American literature, analysis and identification of narrative techniques; the student’s own production of literary texts based on learned techniques; and revision and comments on peers’ writing. Students will have weekly written assignments and also will read their peers’ short stories, poetry, nonfiction, translation of literary texts, etc. The final project is a compilation of creative works and previous drafts. (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, 2 courses above HSPST 200W/201W. Senior concentrators intending to complete their senior project in this course must sign up at the 400-level. Maximum enrollment, 16. Martínez Arias, Jack.
Jewels of Spanish Poetry.
Close textual examination, at the most advance level, of some of the most memorable poems produced in Spain from the Renaissance to the 20th century. Offers an appreciation and enjoyment of various forms of poetic expression, along with an understanding of the literary, social and historical context that influenced their creation. (Proseminar.) Prerequisite, two courses above HSPST 200W or 201, or consent of instructor. Taught in Spanish. Maximum enrollment, 16.
Strategies of Resistance in Hispanic-Caribbean Literature: From Slavery to Racial Consciousness.
Examines the emergence of the African culture in the Hispanic-Caribbean, taking into consideration some literary texts from the 19th and 20th centuries. Studies how the voice of the margins has been excluded or included, and consciously manipulated. Analyzes the concept of "race" and its intricate relations with gender, class and cultural politics. Also considered: the anthropological representation of the Other, the object/subject of slavery, racial stereotyping and oppression, religion, sexuality and interracial love. Prerequisite, Two 200-level courses in Hispanic Studies above 200 or 201, or consent of instructor. Taught in Spanish (Same as Africana Studies 391.) Maximum enrollment, 16. Edna Rodriguez-Plate.
Independent study program for students who qualify as candidates for departmental honors. Students will work closely with a thesis advisor(chosen from among the Hispanic studies faculty) who will direct and guide the preparation and oral defense of the thesis. Students will normally also choose a second reader. Students must have an average of at least 90 in the courses counting toward the concentration at the end of the first semester of the senior year in order to qualify. Honors concentrators must normally take the Senior Seminar (400-level course) during the fall of their senior year. Prerequisite, HSPST 400-level course, HSPST concentrator with GPA of 3.5 in HSPST courses upon time of registration. The Department.
(from the Hamilton Course Catalogue)