Spanish & Portuguese | Spanish Culture and Civilization
S411 | 3902 | Dinverno
S411 Spanish Culture and Civilization (3 credits) CULTURE
Prerequisite: S275 or equivalent
SUBTITLE: "Constructing Contemporary Spain"
What is it that makes Spain "Spain"? What images and/or stereotypes
make up our imagined collage of this country? How do we define its
cultures and cultural production? This course takes a critical look at
constructions of Spain and "Spanish", seeking to build a more complex
understanding of its cultures, while providing tools to facilitate future
explorations. We will consider contemporary issues that define Spain,
such as nationalisms and globalization, ETA, race and immigration,
constructions of gypsy culture, notions of gender and sexuality in the
twentieth century, the cultural memory of the Spanish Civil War and
the Franco Regime, and the Spanish Transition to democracy.
We will work primarily through Spanish films and literature.
"Literature" will be taken broadly to include fiction and poetry,
newspapers and magazines, and critical articles. Though less
intensively, we will also use music, the visual arts, and architecture
as we sketch a new picture of Spain.
Class discussion and assignments will be in Spanish. Most films will
be subtitled in English. Course evaluation will most likely be based on
class participation and an oral presentation, short writing assignments,
a midterm exam, and final paper.
This course carries Culture Studies credit and is highly recommended
for students who plan to go on the Overseas Studies Madrid Academic
S411 #3902 1:00-2:15P TR BH138 Professor Melissa