Spanish & Portuguese | The Hispanic World II
S332 | 4264 | Dinverno


S332 The Hispanic World II  (3 credits)
P: S331 or S333

This course is intended as an introduction to Spanish literature and the
analysis of literary texts.  It is shaped, then, not only to introduce you
to texts written in Spanish, but also to focus on something that you
probably already take for granted:  reading.  During the course of the
semester, we will learn to read critically, analyzing both what is written
as well as how it is expressed, studying the implications that formal
expression holds for our understanding of the text.  On the other hand, we
will also take a hard look at what we as readers bring to a work:  what
cultural baggage we carry consciously or unconsciously when we interpret,
how it influences our readings, and how awareness of our own biases can
enrich our understanding of the texts.

As an introduction to literature, the class will familiarize you with film
and three basic literary genres:  narrative, poetry, and drama.  We will
focus on both the technical vocabulary of each as well as the conceptual and
practical relationship between the genre and the text we interpret.

Course evaluation will be based on a combination of short writing
assignments, presentations, exams, and class participation.

Class discussions and assignments in Spanish.

Credit given for only two of the following: S331, S332, S333.

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