University of Guelph 1997-98 Undergraduate Calendar

XII--Course Descriptions

Spanish Studies

Department of Languages and Literatures

Students have the option of studying some literary texts in the original and some in translation.

88-110 Introductory Spanish F,W(3-1)

A course providing the basics of spoken and written Spanish for students with no previous studies in the language. Special attention is given to oral practice.

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88-111 Intermediate Spanish F,W(3-1)

A continuation of 88-110 with emphasis on oral work.

Prerequisites: 88-110.
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88-200 Spanish Language I F(3-1)

A course designed to develop facility in reading, writing, understanding and speaking Spanish. Conversation, grammar and language laboratory practice.

Prerequisites: OAC Spanish or 88-111 or equivalent.
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88-201 Spanish Language II W(3-1)

A continuation of 88-200 through a study of literature.

Prerequisites: 88-200.
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88-204 Spanish Civilization F(3-0)

An examination, in English, of the historical and cultural events that provided the background for the development of modern Spain, as well as a visual survey of Spanish culture.

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88-302 Modern Spanish Prose W(3-0)

The course will study the rise of the novel and other emerging prose forms, such as the novela corta and the cuento, after 1870. (Offered in odd-numbered years.)

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88-308 Spanish American Culture W(3-0)

A survey, in English, through class discussion and audio-visual materials of the Spanish American countries, their society, institutions, and culture.

Exclusions: 88-210.
Formerly: 88-210
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88-316 Contemporary Latin American Fiction W(3-0)

Over the past several decades the literature in Latin America has achieved a significant historical dimension. This course will examine, in English, why and how the leading figures, such as Borges, Cortazar, Sabato, Garcia Marques, and Carlos Fuentes have "made" history, not only in the way they have recreated the Latin American historical reality, but also in the way they have reformed the Spanish literary language, Texts and and examinations will be in English, but selected readings and assignments will be in Spanish. Students who select the course under the listing of 55-316 will do the assignments in English.

Exclusions: 55-316.
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88-317 Women, Virtue and Honour in Spanish Drama F(3-0)

This is a topic-oriented course which will study, in English, major Spanish dramas: seventeenth-century works such as Lope de Vega's Fuenteovejuna, Calderon's Life is a Dream, Tirso de Molina's Don Juan, and twentieth-century plays such as Garcia Forca's The House of Bernarda Alba and Blood Wedding. In addition to the thematic focus, these texts will be studied for their artistic merit and for the specificity of the Spanish "comedia". Where appropriate, this course will also discuss the influence of Spanish themes on the European culture. Texts and examinations will be in English, but selected readings and assignments will be in Spanish. Students who select the course under the listing of 55-317 will do assignments in English. (Offered in even-numbered years.)

Exclusions: 55-317.
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88-330 Modern Spanish American Prose F(3-0)

A study, through selected texts, of the most important aspects of Spanish American Prose up to 1940. (Offered in odd-numbered years.)

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88-331 The Modern Spanish American Short Story and Poetry F(3-0)

A study of the modern Spanish American short story and an examination of the evolution of poetry among the leading Modernist and post-Modernist poets. (Offered in even-numbered years.)

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88-350 Spanish Grammar and Composition I F(3-1)

Prose composition, translation, language structure. Oral practice in the language laboratory.

Prerequisites: 88-201.
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88-353 Administrative and Commercial Spanish W(3-0)

A detailed study of the Spanish language as it is currently used in adminstration and business. It will cover areas such as administrative correspondence, reports, employment, business communication and advertising.

Prerequisites: 88-350.
Corequisites: 88-352.
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88-380 to 88-382 Directed Readings in Spanish Studies (3-0)

A reading course in Spanish or Spanish American literature designed according to the previous studies and the interests of the individual student. Normally, students will not be permitted to take more than two courses in the Directed Readings sequence.

Prerequisites: 2 Spanish literature course credits at the 300 level.
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88-407 Contemporary Spanish American Poetry W(3-0)

The influence of the Vanguardist movements of the early 20th century on Spanish American poetry and a study of contemporary poets, especially Pablo Neruda. (Offered in odd-numbered years.)

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88-417 Don Quixote and the Picaresque Novel F(3-0)

This course will study, in English, the importance of this Spanish masterpiece in the development of the modern European novel, and it will examine the first European picaresque work, Lazarillo de Tormes, in the light of the picaresque tradition which followed in Europe and the Americas. The course will also concentrate on the notion of play and laughter (Bakhtin) as means of survival. Texts and examinations will be in English, but selected readings and assignments will be in Spanish. Students who select the course under the listing of 55-417 will do assignments in English. (Offered in odd-numbered years.)

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88-450 Spanish Translation and Composition I F(3-0)

An advanced composition course, with intensive written and oral practice with an emphasis on translation.

Prerequisites: 88-352.
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88-452 Spanish Translation and Composition II W(3-0)

A continuation of the work done in 88-450, developing creative oral and written expression with an emphasis on translation.

Prerequisites: 88-450.
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88-484 Research Paper in Spanish Studies (3-0)

A research paper in Spanish on any language or literature subject approved by the department. This paper will be the equivalent of a semester course.

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1998-99 Undergraduate Calendar
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