Hispanic Studies Department

Professors: Andrew Bush, Patricia Kenworthyb, Lizabeth Paravisini-GebertaAssociate Professors: Michael Aronna (Chair), Mario Cesareo, Mihai GrünfeldaAssistant Professor: Eva Maria WoodsaVisiting Instructor: Kimberly Vega.

a Absent on leave, first semester.

b Absent on leave, second semester.

Requirements for Concentration: 10 units beyond the introductory level. These 10 units must include 3 units from the group Hispanic Studies 226, 227, 228, 229 and 3 units at the 300 level, including one Latin American Seminar (387) and one Peninsular Seminar (388). Two units must be elected in the senior year. After declaration of the major or correlate, all courses in the department must be taken for a letter grade.

Senior-Year Requirements: Two units at the 300-level. Students who wish to be considered for departmental honors must complete a senior thesis (Hispanic Studies 300).

Teaching Certification: Students who wish to obtain Secondary Certification in Spanish must complete, in conjunction with the program of study outlined by the education department, 8 units of 200-level courses and above in Hispanic Studies.

Correlate Sequence: 6 units beyond the introductory level, including at least one 300-level course.

Study Away: Majors are expected to study, usually during the junior year, in a Spanish-speaking country. The department sponsors two study away programs: the Vassar-Wesleyan Program in Madrid (academic year) and the Vassar Summer Program in Mexico (summer), open to all qualified students. The courses offered in each of these programs are included below.

Advisers: The department.

I. Introductory

105a-106b. Elementary Spanish Language (1)

Fundamentals of the grammar and structure of the Spanish language with emphasis on oral skills and reading.

Open to students with two years or less of high school Spanish.

Five 50-minute periods; one hour of laboratory or drill.

II. Intermediate

205a and b. Intermediate Spanish (1)

Intensive study and review of Spanish grammar at the second-year level with emphasis on oral practice and writing skills.

Prerequisite: Hispanic Studies 105-106 or 109, or three years of high school Spanish.

Three 50-minute periods.

206 a and b. Reading and Writing about Hispanic Culture (1)

Reading, writing and speaking skills are developed through study of cultural and literary texts and audiovisual materials.

Prerequisite: Hispanic Studies 205 or four years of high school Spanish.

Two 75-minute periods plus one hour of oral practice.

216 a and b. Methods in Interdisciplinary Analysis (1)

This course develops a set of methodological and theoretical tools for the investigation of cultural practices such as literature, popular and mass culture, social movements and institutions in Spanish-speaking countries.

Prerequisite: Hispanic Studies 206.

226a. Medieval and Early Modern Spain (1)

Studies in Spanish literary and cultural production from the time of the Reconquest to the end of the Hapsburg Empire.

Topic for 2005/06: Spain on Stage. Drama, as Cicero noted, can hold a mirror up to society. This course examines how plays written and performed in the early ­seventeenth century (1600-1640) depict public events and social customs of Medieval and Renaissance Spain. In addition to reading and discussing a number of three-act plays, students perform a one-act farce by Miguel de Cervantes to experience staging conventions and practice oral speech patterns. Ms. Kenworthy.

Prerequisite: Hispanic Studies 216.

[227. Colonial Latin America] (1)

Studies in Latin American literary and cultural production from the European invasion to the crisis of the colonial system. Thematically structured, the course is anchored in the social, political, and institutional processes undergone by Latin America as a result of its incorporation into European mercantilism.

Prerequisite: Hispanic Studies 216.

Not offered in 2005/06.

228b. Modern Spain (1)

Studies in Spanish literary and cultural production from the beginning of the Bourbon monarchy to the present.

Topic for 2005/06b: El Macho Ibérico: Masculinity in Modern Spain. This course studies how constructions of masculinity (heterosexual and gay) have supported or undermined ideologies of nationalism, the state, and Spain’s exported image of itself to the rest of the world. Beginning with Enlightenment notions of the subject, the observer, and bourgeois patriarchy, we examine how representations of masculinity were manipulated during Romanticism, the Generation of 1898, the Franco dictatorship, and post-Franco Spain. The objects of study are novels, poetry, plays, and films. Ms. Woods.

Prerequisite: Hispanic Studies 216.

229b. Postcolonial Latin America (1)

Studies in Latin American literary and cultural production from the emergence of the nation states to the present. Thematically structured, the course delves into the social, political, and institutional processes undergone by Latin America as a result of its uneven incorporation into world capitalist development.

Topic for 2005/06b: Mexican Literature, Art, and Popular Culture. Through the study of a variety of objects produced in Mexico since 1900—literary texts, films, paintings, illustrations, and other manifestations of popular culture—this course explores ways of constructing a hybrid Mexican identity. Topics for discussion include the Mexican Revolution, the Muralist movement, the 1968 student movement and its repression, democracy, and Zapatismo. Readings may include texts by Mariano Azuela, Rosario Castellanos, Juan Rulfo, Carlos Fuentes, Octavio Paz, Elena Poniatowska, and Laura Esquivel. Mr. Grünfeld.

Prerequisite: Hispanic Studies 216.

281a. The Art of Public Speech and Conversation in Spanish (1)

This oral workshop provides a space for the development of the student’s ability as reader, listener, and speaker of texts in Spanish. Reading, listening, and oral assignments include the discussion of news, politics, literature, popular and mass culture, radio and television broadcasts, films, essays, and other cultural artifacts from Latin America. The theoretical readings and practical exercises are designed to enrich the students’ ability to give oral form, texture, and voice to their thinking in everyday as well as academic contexts. Mr. Cesareo.

Prerequisite: Hispanic Studies 206 or above.

290a or b. Field Work (1⁄2 or 1)

Individual projects or internships. The department.

Special permission.

Prerequisite: 1 unit of Hispanic Studies 206 or above.

298 Independent Work (1⁄2 or 1)

Prerequisite: 2 units of Hispanic Studies 226 or above. The department.

III. Advanced

Prerequisite for all advanced courses: 3 units from Hispanic Studies 216 and above or by permission of instructor.

300b. Senior Thesis (1)

The department.

387a or b. Latin American Seminar (1)

A seminar offering in‑depth study of topics related to the literary and cultural history of Latin America. This course may be repeated for credit when the topic changes.

Topic for 2005/06a: Detective Fiction in Latin America. This seminar examines the literary origins and development of detective fiction in Latin America in different national, political, and cultural contexts to inquire how specific genres of detective fiction and film correspond to particular issues of organized crime, class and ethnic difference, governability, corruption, quotidian violence, urbanization, and the media across Latin America. Mr. Aronna.

Topic for 2005/06b: The Latin American Literary “Boom. “ Latin American literature, long neglected by international readers, first attained worldwide recognition in the 1960s and 70s, during the period known as the “Boom.” Spearheaded by the unprecedented success of Gabriel Garcia Márquez’s Cien años de soledad, the literature of the “Boom” brought to readers around the world a heightened, imaginative view of Latin American reality rooted in “the most intense and luminous kind of locality.” This seminar examines some of the salient texts associated with this period in Latin American writing against the historical events and ideas that framed it, as we seek to understand the importance of this period and its writers to the development of Latin American literature as a whole. Authors include Garcia Márquez, Carlos Fuentes, Mario Vargas Llosa, Juan Rulfo, Alejo Carpentier, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Elena Poniatowska, Manuel Puig, and others. Ms. Paravisini-Gebert.

388a. Peninsular Seminar (1)

A seminar offering in-depth study of topics related to the literary and cultural history of Spain. This course may be repeated for credit when the topic changes.

Topic for 2005/06a: Don Quijote. This course offers a close reading of Cervantes’ Don Quijote, the first modern European novel, within the historical setting of imperial Spain and the cultural context of the Baroque period. Ms. Kenworthy.

399 Senior Independent Work (1⁄2 or 1)

Vassar-Wesleyan Program in Madrid

210 Spanish Language and Civilization (1⁄2)

This orientation course offers an intensive language review and an introduction to selected aspects of Spanish culture. In the fall term, this course is taught in Santiago de Compostela; in the spring term, in Granada.

211 Advanced Spanish Language (1)

Study and application of the grammatical principles which underlie effective written and oral communication in Spanish.

212 Composition (1)

Study and practice of various forms of prose composition, such as letters, diaries, news reports, analytic essays and research papers.

230 Modern Spanish Literature (1)

An overview of the most significant literary movements, genres and authors of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Spain.

231 Modern Latin American Literature (1)

Reading and analysis of selected works by twentieth-century Latin American writers.

232 The Short Story in Spanish (1)

Theory and practice of the short story as exemplified by writers from Spain and Latin America.

233 Spanish Theater: From Drama to Performance (1)

Study of selected Spanish plays, with special attention to the realization of the script in performance.

234 History of Spain (1)

This course explores some of the pivotal moments in Spanish history, from antiquity to the present.

235 Spanish Cinema (1)

An introduction to the terminology of film aesthetics and the evolution of cinema in Spain.

236 Spanish Art History (1)

The art and architecture of Spain from medieval times to the present. Class visits to the principal museums and to representative neighborhoods in Madrid.

237 European and Spanish Law (1)

An introduction to the fundamental texts and tenets of the Spanish legal system (civil, penal and commercial).

238 European and Spanish Institutions (1)

An overview of the governmental organization of contemporary Spain (the monarchy, the parliamentary system, the judiciary, regional and local governments) and the political structure of the European Union.

239 European and Spanish Economy (1)

The state of the Spanish economy since Spain joined the European Union.

240 Spain Today (1)

Social, political and cultural aspects of present-day Spain as reflected in the daily press.

241 Geography of Spain: Space and Society (1)

A study of the physical and human geography of Spain through the spatial analysis of topography and cultural, political, and socioeconomic systems.

245 Special Topics: Estudios Hispánicos (1)

A special studies (i.e., not regularly offered) class taught in the Curso de Estudios Hispánicos at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid.

250 Special Topics: Humanidades (1⁄2)

Students in the Spain Program may enroll in short-term classes offered in the Curso de Humanidades at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid.

260 Specials Topics: Universidad Carlos III (1 or 11⁄2)

Students in the Spain Program may enroll in regular undergraduate classes (Asignaturas de Licenciatura) at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid.

Vassar Summer Program in Mexico

Students in this six-week summer program in Oaxaca, Mexico take the following two courses:

204 Mexican Culture (1)

A series of workshops, lectures, excursions, readings and discussions form the basis of this examination of selected aspects of Mexican culture.

205 Intermediate Spanish (1)

Intensive study and review of Spanish grammar at the second-year level with emphasis on oral practice and writing skills.

Prerequisite: Hispanic Studies 105-106 or 109, or three years of high school Spanish.