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SPANISH 322. (3) INTRODUCTION TO HISPANIC LINGUISTICS. This course is intended to provide students with an introduction to the principles and methods of objective language analysis applied to the Spanish language. This general introduction to Hispanic linguistics includes an analysis of the sound system (phonetics and phonology), word formation (morphology), the structure of utterances (syntax), meaning and usage (semantics and pragmatics), and language variation. Assignments include regular reading and homework exercises in the form of problems to solve or questions to answer and short in-class presentations. Assessment tools include regular quizzes, oral interviews, written exams and a final portfolio project in which students must apply the information they have learned to analyze different language samples. The portfolio includes a phonetic transcription of a text, a morphological analysis of a word list, a syntactic analysis of a text, the results of a small, original language study given to native speakers and an essay that discusses a relevant issue in semantics or pragmatics. Prerequisites: Spanish 305 or 306 or permission of the department. Offered: fall semester, alternate years. Courses at the 400-level in Spanish are offered on sufficient demand. SPANISH 401. (3) LATIN-AMERICAN NARRATIVE. A seminar course which examines the precursors and principal authors of the “Boom,” a reference to the sudden international critical acclaim and popularity of Latin-American literature in the mid-twentieth century. Readings include short fiction and novels by Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, and Gabriel Garcia Márquez, among others. The seminar also addresses the post-boom culture which has taken Garcia Márquez’s mythical Latin-American village Macondo and turned it into a more globalized McOndo. Readings and discussions in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 302. SPANISH 402. (3) LATIN-AMERICAN POETRY. A seminar in the evolution of verse forms in Latin-American literature. Lectures and texts, oral and written student performance in Spanish only. Considerable reading. Prerequisite: Spanish 302.

SPANISH 403. (3) PENINSULAR GENRES BEFORE THE 18TH CENTURY. A seminar course dealing generically with basic formulas in Hispanic literature until the death of Quevedo, beginning with the HispanoJudeo-Arabic Jarchas, and including the theater of Lope de Vega and the novel of the picaro. Considerable reading. Lectures and texts, oral and written student performance in Spanish only. Prerequisite: Spanish 301. SPANISH 404. (3) PENINSULAR GENRES OF THE MODERN AGE. A seminar course to complement Spanish 403, continuing to synthesize Hispanic literary modes through the Illustracion, the Afrancesados, the subsequent eruption of romanticisimo and into the contemporary period of Garcia Lorca, Camilo José Cela, and Ana Maria Matute. Considerable reading. Lectures and texts, oral and written student performance in Spanish only. Prerequisite: Spanish 301. SPANISH 405. (3) MODERN LATIN AMERICAN THEATER. A seminar introducing students to the development of twentieth-century Latin American theater. Representative plays of national, vanguard, and contemporary theater. Class discussions and oral and written student performances in Spanish only. Prerequisite: Spanish 302. SPANISH 407. (3) THE NOVEL IN THE GOLDEN AGE. This course encourages close reading and textual criticism of prose authors of the Siglo de oro, in particular Cervantes. Extensive reading. Lectures and reading, oral and written student performance in Spanish only. Prerequisite: Spanish 301. SPANISH 408. (3) THEATRE OF THE GOLDEN AGE. The course encourages close reading and textual criticism of the teatro nacional of Spain, in particular the works of Lope de Vega, Calderon, and their epigones. Considerable reading. Lectures and reading, oral and written student performance in Spanish only. Prerequisite: Spanish 301.

Academic Catalogue, 2018-19  
Academic Catalogue, 2018-19  
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