Spanish and Portuguese | The Hispanic World II
S332 | 10858 | Professor Alejandro Mejías-López

HISP-S 332  The Hispanic World II  (3 credits)
Prerequisite:  S331 or equivalent

SUBTITLE:  “What’s love got to do with it?”: Eros in Spanish
Literature and Film.

Building on the knowledge already acquired in S331, this course will
further explore the creative mechanics of different types of
literary texts (fiction, poetry, theater) and film in Spanish.  The
object of the course is to provide you with the necessary tools and
vocabulary for textual analysis, foster critical thinking and
creative engagement with texts, and help you improve your analytical
and argumentative writing skills in Spanish.  The ultimate goal is
to help you become a better, more active, and more sophisticated
reader while enhancing your enjoyment of literature and film.  Love
(in its widest sense:  friendship, affection, fondness, passion,
desire, sex, etc.) is arguably the most recurring literary topic of
all times and we will use it as a general thematic framework for the
course.  Although usually presented as a universal emotion, love,
like literature and film, is also conditioned by cultural, social,
and historical factors.  As we do our readings, we will pay
attention to the cultural construction of eroticism in Spanish
literature and film:  from an individual emotion to a feeling of
solidarity with humankind and a tool for change.  As we study a
variety of texts, we may reflect upon them as vehicles for
expression and representation of love (does writing about love
affect the form of what we write? is poetry better suited for love
than theater? how is love represented in such different mediums as
poetry and film?), and as sites for both contesting and reproducing
dominant ideas on nation, religion, race, gender, sexuality, etc.
(what role does literature have in perpetuating the image of woman
as sexual/love object? is it possible to write about love outside
the male and/or heterosexual literary tradition?).  Although the
topic of love will be a common thread and organizing principle of
the materials, it should not be understood as a limit to our
interpretations and discussions in class.

Class attendance and participation are essential to the success of
the course.  Assignments may include one in-class presentation,
short papers, a midterm and a final exam.  The course will be
conducted entirely in Spanish.

HISP-S 332  #10858  2:30P-3:20P  MWF   BH 214
Professor Alejandro Mejías-López