University of Guelph 1999-2000 Undergraduate Calendar

XII--Course Descriptions


Spanish Studies

School of Languages and Literatures.

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

SPAN*1100 Introductory Spanish F,W(3-1) [0.50]

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.

SPAN*1110 Intermediate Spanish F,W(3-1) [0.50]

A continuation of SPAN*1100 with emphasis on oral work.

Prerequisites: SPAN*1100

SPAN*2000 Spanish Language I F(3-1) [0.50]

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

Prerequisites: OAC Spanish or SPAN*1110 (or equivalent)

SPAN*2010 Spanish Language II W(3-1) [0.50]

A continuation of SPAN*2000.

Prerequisites: SPAN*2000

SPAN*2040 Spanish Civilization F(3-0) [0.50]

An examination 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.

SPAN*3080 Spanish American Culture W(3-0) [0.50]

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

Exclusion: SPAN*2100

SPAN*3110 Spanish Literature F(3-0) [0.50]

This course will study the works of prominent 20th-century poets in the context of the artistic environment of Europe as reflected in the theatre, art and film of the first two decades of the 20th century. Focus will be on the works of the following poets: Garcia Lorca, Vicente Aleixandre, Gerardo Diego; painters Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso, and film director Luis Bu˝uel. (Offered in even-numbered years.)

Prerequisites: permission of instructor

SPAN*3120 Post-Civil War Literature and Film W(3-0) [0.50]

This course examines contemporary Spanish Literature and film from a socio-political perspective. It will focus on the following topics: the impact on narrative and theatre of socio-cultural upheavals in the aftermath of the civil war; the role in the aesthetics of both film and literature of the Franco dictatorship and censorship in particular; the importance of post-Franco liberalization on women's creative work. (Offered in odd-numbered years.)

Prerequisites: pernission of instructor

SPAN*3130 Women in Modern Spanish Fiction W(3-0) [0.50]

A study of the representation of women in Spanish literature through the analysis and interpretation of Spanish novels after 1870. The course will be taught in English. Students will read texts and present their essays in Spanish. (Offered in even-numbered years.)

Prerequisites: permission of instructor
Exclusion: HUMN*3130

SPAN*3160 Contemporary Latin American Fiction W(3-0) [0.50]

This course will examine, in English, why and how the leading figures, such as Borges, Cortazar, Garcia Marquez, Carpentier, Isabel Allende, and Luisa Valenzuela 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 Hispanic literature. Two lectures per week in English and one seminar per week in Spanish. Final essay and examination will be in English, short presentations and compositions will be in Spanish. Students who select the course under the listing of HUMN*3160 will attend the first two hours. They will write a research essay.

Exclusions: HUMN*3160

SPAN*3170 Women, Virtue and Honour in Spanish Drama F(3-0) [0.50]

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 Lorca'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 HUMN*3170 will do assignments in English. (Offered in even-numbered years.)

Exclusions: HUMN*3170

SPAN*3300 Modern Spanish American Prose F(3-0) [0.50]

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

SPAN*3310 The Modern Spanish American Short Story and Poetry F(3-0) [0.50]

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.)

SPAN*3500 Spanish Grammar and Composition I F(3-1) [0.50]

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

Prerequisites: SPAN*2010

SPAN*3530 Business Spanish W(3-0) [0.50]

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: SPAN*3500
Corequisites: SPAN*3520

SPAN*3800 to SPAN*3820 Directed Readings in Spanish Studies (3-0) [0.50]

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: 1.00 credit in Spanish literature at the 3000 level

SPAN*4070 Contemporary Spanish American Poetry W(3-0) [0.50]

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.)

SPAN*4170 Don Quixote and the Picaresque Novel F(3-0) [0.50]

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 HUMN*4170 will do assignments in English. (Offered in odd-numbered years.)

SPAN*4500 Spanish Translation and Composition I F(3-0) [0.50]

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

Prerequisites: SPAN*3530

SPAN*4520 Spanish Translation and Composition II W(3-0) [0.50]

A continuation of the work done in SPAN*4500, developing creative oral and written expression with an emphasis on translation.

Prerequisites: SPAN*4500

SPAN*4840 Research Paper in Spanish Studies (3-0) [0.50]

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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Last revised: January 1999.