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Spring 2016-2017
* SPA 224 (LA)   No Audit

Hispanic Studies: Introduction to Cultural Analysis

Manuel-Angel G. Loureiro

An introduction to the analysis of contemporary cultural texts (narrative, poetry, film, photography) from Latin America and Spain, with the support of various theoretical ideas. The course's main objective is to provide students with a set of strong conceptual, analytical and linguistic skills, which will be of great help in 300-level literature/culture courses.

Sample reading list:
Jorge Luis Borges, Short stories
Maya Goded, Photographies of Ciudad Juárez
García Lorca, Selection of poems
Juan Rulfo, Short Stories
Sigmund Freud, The Uncanny
Edward Said, Orientalism

Reading/Writing assignments:
About 20 pages per week and/or viewing one film outside class time. Literary readings will be in Spanish; theory readings, in English. Films will be in Spanish with English subtitles. Six 500 word commentaries on the assigned readings or films. Two longer commentaries, 1,500 words each (5-6 pages) on the works listed in the syllabus for the weeks they are due. Shorter commentaries will count for 45% of grade; the two 1,500 word commentaries for 45%.

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

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Seniors.

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

Other information:
At least one of the classes will be held in the Princeton University Art Museum to examine some of the museum's holdings of Latin American photographs. Any student unable to register for the course, please contact Prof. Loureiro,

Reserved Seats:
Freshmen and Sophomores Only 15

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42338 C01 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm M W   East Pyne Building   027   Enrolled:12 Limit:16