* SPA 224 (LA)
Hispanic Studies: Introduction to Cultural Analysis
An introduction to the analysis of contemporary cultural texts (narrative, poetry, film, photography, painting, music) from Latin America and Spain, with the support of various theoretical ideas (metafiction, intertextuality, death of the author, the other, mourning and melancholia, the uncanny, orientalism). The course's main objective is to provide students with a set of strong analytical skills, which will be of great help in 300-level literature/culture courses.
Sample reading list:
Jorge Luis Borges, Short stories (Reading packet)
Antonio Machado, Selection of poems
García Lorca, Selection of poems
Pedro Almodóvar, High Heels
Sigmund Freud, The Uncanny
Edward Said, Orientalism
About 50 pages per week and/or viewing 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 500 word commentaries on the assigned readings or films. Three 1,800 word papers (approximately six pages) on works assigned by the instructor.
Papers - 45%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Other (See Instructor) - 45%
Not Open to Seniors.
Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Another SPA 200-level course or instructor's permission..
Freshmen Only 4
Sophomores Only 5
Juniors Only 2
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