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Fall 2017-2018
* SPA 235 / LAS 235 (LA)   No Audit

Of Shipwreck and Other Disasters

Nicole D. Legnani

Flotsam. Jetsam. Hunger. Nudity. Lone survivors washed ashore. What can tales of shipwreck tell us about the cultures, societies and technologies that produce them? We read narratives and watch films of disaster and survival from the sixteenth century to the present, with an eye to how these texts can challenge or reinforce the myths that empires and nation-states tell about themselves and others.

Sample reading list:
Gabriel García Márquez, Relato de un naufrago
Carlos de Siguenza y Góngora, Los infortunios de Alonso Ramírez
Ana Lydia Vega, Encancaranublado y otros cuentos de Naufragio
Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Naufragios
Ridley Scott, The Martian
Robert Zemeckis, Cast Away

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly one-page (250 word) response papers on the readings. These short assignments will be graded on a 0-2 basis and are intended mainly to complement the class participation grade and to assess the student's preparation of the assigned readings. Weekly topics will be posted on Blackboard. Prompts/ questions will be provided for the midterm (4-5 pp.) and final (5-7 pp.) papers. 20-30 pp/wk readings on average.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 30%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
SPA 207 or SPA 209 or instructor's permission..

Other information:
Class conducted in Spanish. Students pursuing a Program in Latin American Studies certificate must write their final paper on a Latin American topic and provide a copy of the paper to PLAS in order to receive their program's credit.

Reserved Seats:
Freshmen and Sophomores Only 10

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21894 C01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm W F   McCosh Hall   48   Enrolled:7 Limit:18