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1001-2 Elementary Spanish I–II (4-4) Staff
  Development of basic functional and communicative proficiency in Spanish. Focus on the development of listening and speaking skills, reading and writing abilities, and intercultural competence. Span 1001 is prerequisite to Span 1002. Laboratory fee. (Fall, spring, and summer)
1003-4 Intermediate Spanish I–II (3-3) Staff
  Development of intermediate functional and communicative proficiency in Spanish. Focus on the development of listening and speaking skills, reading and writing abilities, and intercultural competence. Prerequisite to Span 1003, Span 1002 or 1012; to Span 1004, Span 1003. Laboratory fee. (Fall, spring, and summer)
1006-7 GW Madrid Study Center: Spanish Language and Culture I–II (3-3) Staff
  Offered through the Madrid Program only.
1012 Intensive Elementary Spanish (8) Staff
  Equivalent to Span 1001-2. Laboratory fee. (Fall and spring)
1034 Intensive Intermediate Spanish (6) Staff
  Equivalent to Span 1003-4. Prerequisite: Span 1002 or 1012. Laboratory fee. (Fall and spring)
2005-6 Advanced Spanish I–II (3-3) Staff
  Development of advanced Spanish proficiency, with a focus on argumentative speaking techniques and academic writing. Development of cross-cultural competence and analysis of historical, social, and cultural practices and perspectives of Spanish-speaking societies. Prerequisite to Span 2005, Span 1004 or 1034; to Span 2006, Span 2005. Laboratory fee. (Academic year)
2056 Intensive Advanced Spanish (6) Staff
  Equivalent to Span 2005-6. Prerequisite: Span 1004 or 1034. Laboratory fee. (Summer)
2900 Spanish for Graduate Students (0) Staff
  For graduate students preparing for reading examinations. No academic credit. Tuition is charged at the rate of 3 credit hours. (Fall, spring, and summer)
3010 Advanced Spanish Writing (3) Staff
  Development of academic writing skills in Spanish through the analysis of specific issues of general interest. Study and practice of different forms of academic writing that can be applied in various disciplines. Prerequisite: Span 2006 or 2056. (Fall and spring)
3015 Spanish for Heritage Speakers (3) Staff
  For bilingual students who wish to extend and improve their formal knowledge of Spanish by study of the basic rules of grammar and spelling that govern the language. Prerequisite: the placement exam and an interview. Laboratory fee. (Fall)
3020 Spanish for Oral Communication (3) Staff
  Development of effective strategies for oral communication and argumentation; expansion of vocabulary and register. Prerequisite: Span 2006 or 2056.
3021 Advanced Spanish for Oral Communication—Latin America (3)
  For students enrolled in programs in Latin America. Prerequisite: Span 2006 or 2056.
3030 Business and Commercial Spanish (3) Staff
  Structure and language of Latin American and Spanish economic institutions. Discussion of legal, financial, and administrative documents. Oral and written reports. Prerequisite: Span 2006. (Spring)
3040 Advanced Spanish Service–Learning (3) Staff
  Practice of advanced oral and written work through community engagement, with consideration of social change and reflection on civic engagement, leadership, and service. Students work on local community service projects. Prerequisite: Span 2006 or 2056. Laboratory fee. (Fall and spring)
3100 Readings in Spanish and Latin American Literature (3) Staff
  Readings, textual analysis, and writing on a broad selection of texts from different genres and periods. Spanish and Latin American literatures in their cultural contexts. Introduction to methods of literary analysis and criticism. Prerequisite: Span 2006 or 2056. (Fall and spring)
3210-20 Spanish and Latin American Civilization I–II (3-3) Staff
  A panoramic view of the cultural and material history of Spain and Latin America from their origins to the present. Span 3210: from Roman Hispania to the end of the siglo de oro; Span 3220: from the 18th century to the present. Prerequisite: Span 3100 or equivalent. (Academic year)
3300 Spanish and Latin American Literature in Translation (3) Britt, Waisman
  Dynamics of Hispanic societies and their cultures studied through literature, art, or film. Topics vary. Readings and lectures in English. The course may be repeated for credit. Laboratory fee may be required. (Fall and spring, alternate years)

The Spanish courses that follow have a prerequisite of Span 3100 or equivalent.
3400 Theatre of Spain and Latin America (3) Britt, Captain
  Theatrical representation: presence and performance, body, voice, dialogue, and the unfolding of conflict. Theatrical traditions and movements may include Golden Age drama; neo-Classical and Romantic drama of the 19th century; drama of political protest; existentialist drama and the theater of the avant-gardes. (Spring, alternate years)
3410 Latin American Short Fiction (3) Captain, Vergara, Waisman
  Short prose narratives as agents of questioning textual meaning and subverting former literary traditions. Writers may include Arenas, Borges, Cortázar, Fuentes, García Márquez, Quiroga, Peri Rossi, Ana Lydia Vega, Zapata Olivella. (Fall)
3420 The Essayist Tradition in Latin America (3) Britt, Captain, Waisman
  Relations between state and nation in post-independence literary and political polemics of 19th-century Latin America. Topics may include the essay as a new genre for a new age; the figure of the public intellectual vis-à-vis the processes of state and nation formation; the post-colonial state and its imagined national, ethnic, racial, and economic communities. (Spring, alternate years)
3430 Afro–Latin America in the Diaspora (3) Captain
  Major issues related to the diaspora of people of African descent in Latin America: racial–ethnic identity and nation, the myth of racial democracy, ties with “the motherland,” ties with other diaspora communities, emigration, the role of the arts in these questions. (Fall, alternate years)
3440 Caribbean Literature and Culture (3) Captain, Marroquin
  Literary and cultural trends emanating from the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, focusing on Cuba, the Dominican republic, and Puerto Rico, with some attention to the circum-Caribbean regions of Central and South America. (Fall, alternate years)
3500 Medieval Spanish Literature (3) Britt
  Reading and analysis of the major literary texts from the 11th through the 15th century. Attention paid to linguistic aspects of Old Spanish.
3510 Golden Age Literature (3) Britt
  Major texts of the 16th and 17th centuries. Topics may include lyric poetry and the “invention” of subjectivity; prose fiction; comedia and the relation between private and public life; humanism and the classical tradition; the invention of the press, the status of writing, and the new culture of the book; the (post)modernity of Golden Age literature.
3520 Latin American Colonial Literature (3) Captain, Marroquin
  Analysis of chronicles, essays, memoirs, epistolary exchanges, and poetry contextualized vis-à-vis the medieval and Renaissance values of Imperial Spain. Authors may include Cabeza de Vaca, Bartolomé de las Casas, Colón, Cortés, Díaz del Castillo, El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Rodríguez Freile, Sepúlveda. (Spring)
3530 Enlightenment in Spain (3) Britt
  The development of neoclassical aesthetics in Spain: the confrontation of reason and superstition; the autonomy of critical thought vis-à-vis the doctrines of the Catholic Church and the absolute powers of the monarchy; culture as state-sponsored spectacle; the split between elites and masses, high and low culture; the conjunction of “good taste” and pedagogy.
3540 Major Authors of Spain and Latin America (3) Vergara, Waisman
  Close readings of the work of a major author and application of related critical and theoretical material. Authors may include J.L. Borges, G. Garcia Marquez, Clarice Lispetor, M.L. Bombal, Juan Goytisolo, Juan Rulfo, Alejo Carpentier, Mañuel Puig. (Spring, alternate years)
3560 Early Modern Poetry of Spain and Latin America (3) Vergara
  Study of poetic traditions and genres. Analysis of representative texts from the early modern to the contemporary periods. Authors may include: Garcilaso, Quevedo, Darío, Silva, Lorca, Neruda, Salinas, Jiménez, Gioconda Belli. (Spring)
3570 Latin American Women Writers (3) Vergara
  Works of well-established women writers (e.g., Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Gabriella Mistral, and Luisa Valenzuela) and of more recent writers (e.g., Elena Poniatowska, Diamela Eltit, Ana Lydia Vega, Cristina Peri-Rossi, and Laura Esquivel) discussed in relation to feminist principles of criticism. (Spring)
3580 Latin American Romanticism and Modernism (3) Captain, Vergara, Waisman
  Study of two movements that shaped literary expression of Latin America at the turn of the century and influenced political and cultural thought throughout the Hispanic world. Authors may include Heredia, Echeverría, Avellaneda, Isaacs, Darío, Martí, Lugones. (Fall, alternate years)
3600 Special Topics in Spanish and Latin American Literature (3) Staff
  May be repeated for credit provided the topic differs.
3650 Literature and Dictatorship (3) Waisman, Britt
  Study of the dynamic relationship between literature and politics during periods of intense social repression and censorship in Spain and/or Latin America. Issues raised in and by literature when discourse is controlled, censored, and repressed by military dictatorships. The role of culture in understanding traumatic historical events. (Spring, alternate years)
3700 Cinema of Spain and Latin America (3) Britt, Captain
  Film as a language of cultural and historical testimony in Spanish America and Spain. Topics may include the Silent Era, Surrealism, the Mexican Golden Age of the ’40s, the New Cinema of the ’50s, Peronist cinema in Argentina, socialist film in Cuba, and postmodern production. May be repeated for credit. Laboratory fee. (Fall)
4410 Contemporary Narrative in Latin America (3) Captain, Vergara, Waisman
  Experimental fiction in Latin America, with focus on literature of the mid-1960s through the present. Authors may include Alejo Carpentier, Julio Cortázar, Diamela Eltit, Carlos Fuentes, Cabrera Infante, Lezama Lima, García Márquez, Octavio Paz, Ricardo Piglia, Elena Poniatowska, Mario Vargas Llosa. (Fall)
4450 Mexican Literature and Culture (3) Marroquin
  Study and analysis of Mexico’s most significant intellectual, historical, and cultural events from the Spanish Conquest of the Aztec empire to the present. Topics include the Spanish appropriation of the Aztec Empire, literature and cultural phenomena during the colonial period, the age of independence, the Mexican revolution, and contemporary Mexico. (Fall, alternate years)
4460 Southern Cone Literature and Culture (3) Waisman
  Study and analysis of some of the most significant writers, ideas, texts, and films of Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. Issues of tradition, identity, representation, modernity, gender and sexuality, and literature and politics as seen in historical context. (Fall, alternate years)
4470 Exploration and Travel Writing in Latin America (3) Vergara
  Critical analysis of the writings of selected conquerors, explorers, and visitors to Latin America. Connections between travel writing and forms of knowledge and expression that interact and intersect with writings both within and outside Europe. (Fall, alternate years)
4510 Cervantes’ Don Quijote (3) Marroquin, Britt
  Issues raised in the text of Don Quijote: literature and life, words and deed, the fashioning of self, the structures of narrative, the limits and possibilities of representation, and the relation between appearance and reality, knowledge and understanding, fiction and truth. Cervantes’ “invention” of the novel.
4520 Topics in the Avant-garde (3) Britt, Waisman
  Study of the literary and artistic avant-gardes of Spain and Latin America in relation to the dialectic of enlightenment. Consideration of the avant-gardes as successful interpretations of modernity and as movements that anticipate, and in some instances instigate, the “post-modern” end of modernity. (Spring, alternate years)
4540 The Myth of the Two Spains (3) Britt
  Literature as an expression of the institutionalization of liberalism in 19th-century Spain and of official and popular resistance to this modernizing credo. Topics may include the romanticism of Quintana, Espronceda, Blanco-White and Becquer; the costumbrismo of Castro and Larra; the realism of Galdós; and the naturalism of Pardo Bazán and Clarín.
4550 Spain’s First Century Without Empire (3) Britt
  Spain’s imperial crisis and its persistence throughout the 20th century as a central theme in Spanish literary and intellectual culture. Topics may include decadence and regeneration; modern Spanish nationalism and cultural imperialism; Hispanicism and pan-nationalism; the Spanish Civil War, fascism and liberalism; the transition from fascism to democracy. (Fall)
4560 Modern Poetry of Spain and Latin America (3) Vergara, Waisman
  Poetry after modernism; forms and themes that characterize the work of authors such as Agustini, Guillén, Huidobro, Lezama, Mistral, Neruda, and Palés. (Spring)
4650 Literary Translation (3) Waisman
  Combination literary translation workshop and seminar on translation theory. Study of the main issues of literary translation between Spanish and English, in both directions, as seen in different writers and genres. Translation of writings on cultural, philosophic, and political issues. (Fall, alternate years)
4700 Film as Text in Latin America (3) Captain
  The basic points of filmic analysis as related to Latin American cinema. Issues of film as a genre in its own right, the particular language of cinema, relationships between written text and film, and other interdisciplinary aspects of narrative. (Fall, alternate years)
4800 Independent Study (arr.) Staff
  Admission by permission of department chair and instructor. May be repeated for credit.
4910-20 Proseminar (3-3) Staff
  Required of all majors; preparation for the major field examination. Literature in relation to the other arts and the social sciences. Span 4910: textual analysis, literary criticism, theory, and methods. Span 4920: the concepts of literary history and the history of Spanish and Latin American literature; periods, authors, genres, topics. (Academic year)

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