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Spring 2011-2012
* SPA 224 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Hispanic Studies: Introduction to Cultural Analysis

Manuel-Angel G. Loureiro, Course Head

Focus on the analysis of short fiction and poetry from Latin America and Spain (Quevedo, Machado, García Lorca, Borges, Cortázar, César Vallejo, Carmen Martín Gaite, etc), but the course will also offer an introduction to the analysis of other Hispanic cultural artifacts, in particular film and photography (especially Mexican). Texts will be studied in light of theories by Bakhtin, Barthes, Said, etc. Students do not need to have any previous knowledge or expertise about literary theory or literary/cultural analysis.

Sample reading list:
Jorge Luis Borges, Short stories (Reading packet)
Francisco de Quevedo, Selection of poems
García Lorca, Selection of poems
Pedro Almodóvar, Todo sobre mi madre
Sigmund Freud, The Uncanny
Edward Said, Orientalism

Reading/Writing assignments:
About 50 pages per week and/or wiewing of one or two films outside class time. All literary readings will be in Spanish; theory readings, in English. Films will be in Spanish with English subtitles. Weekly one-page commentaries on the assigned readings or films. Three five-page papers on assorted works assigned by the instructor.

Papers - 45%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Other (See Instructor) - 45%

Other Requirements:
Open to Freshmen and Sophomores Only.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Another SPA 200-level course or instructor's permission..

Reserved Seats:
Freshmen Only 2
Sophomores Only 5

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40742 C01 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm T Th   East Pyne Building   023   Enrolled:7 Limit:18