Spanish is a language of both national and global importance. It is the second most spoken language in the U.S., with an increasing presence in major metropolitan areas. Today, Hispanic people make up almost one-fifth of the U.S. population. Their diverse backgrounds and cultural heritages from a number of countries represent their variety of races and ethnicities.
Globally, Spanish is spoken in over 20 countries and is one of the most demanded foreign languages worldwide. Spanish is thriving as a language in global business and commerce; in arts, design, and cultural management; in science research and the humanities; in publishing and entertainment; in global health and environmental management; and in politics and diplomacy.
The significance of Spanish in the United States has been expanding for some time due to the growing domestic Hispanic population, increased trade and cultural relations with Latin America, and Spain's growing role in the European Union. It is no wonder that many U.S. students have come to view Spanish as an almost indispensable tool for their future.
Course Offerings (some courses not offered every semester)
Intensive controlled conversation correlated with readings, reports, debates, and group discussions.
This course aims: (1) to introduce students to terms common to film analysis and film theory in Spanish; (2) to expose students to different film genres from Latin American countries and Spain; (3) provide students with an understanding of select cultural and historical factors that have influenced film production in Latin America and Spain. The first half of the course will be devoted to recognizing and understanding the formal components of film. In the course's second half, we will examine how cinema can communicate a story and consider theoretical concepts common to film studies (e.g., auteur theory, genre studies, realism, ideology, gender, transnationalism) and how they manifest themselves in Latin American and Spanish cinemas. This course carries CASE A & H credit.
This course offers an introduction to the cultural history of Spain and Spanish America, focusing on key moments of cultural conflict, negotiation, and exchange. It traces the formation of cultural practices in Spain and Spanish America from ancient times through the twenty-first century with a special emphasis on visual culture, and it offers students a comprehensive view of some of the major figures that have left a mark in Hispanic cultures. Students learn about key events and important ideas and concerns that have shaped Hispanic cultures across the centuries, such as processes of empire formation, conquest and colonialism, postcolonial nation building, revolutionary processes, and the changing roles of religion, race, and gender. Through discussions, written compositions and short exams, students learn to critically read and understand the complexity of what is generally known as Hispanic cultures, and to develop original arguments in written and spoken Spanish. The class is entirely conducted in Spanish. This course carries CASE A&H and CASE GCC2 distribution credit.
This course offers an introduction to the critical reading of Hispanic literature through the analysis of selected literary texts from Spain and Spanish America. One of the key aspects that you will take away from the course is an appreciation of different genres as well as a reflection on the concept of genre itself. The following three genres will be covered: narrative fiction (short story and novel), poetry, and theater. The course will also highlight the importance of socio-historical context to literary works. This course carries CASE A&H and CASE GCC2 distribution credit.
This panoramic course is intended to help students expand on their knowledge of authors, literary movements, and Spanish culture and history more broadly, while improving their writing and speaking abilities in Spanish as well as their critical and analytical skills. Students will read, analyze, and discuss a broad selection of texts from different periods and contexts (including Iberia and Latin America). We will pay particular attention to the connection between Hispanic literatures and the formulation of the Spanish Empire. Class conducted entirely in Spanish. This course carries CASE A & H distribution credit.
Explores Mexican cultural traditions in a globalized world and uses service-learning in Bloomington community schools to deepen the process of intercultural understanding.
A course that integrates historical, social, political, and cultural information about Spanish America.
This course explores Latina/o culture in the United States from the 19th century until today. Through the close study of essays, novels, short stories, poems, plays, comics, film, advertising, and music we will analyze a diverse body of Latina/o cultural production in relation to various socio-historical contexts. Among the topics we will cover are the representations of legendary resistance figures after the Mexican-American War, farm work and rural life, family and coming of age, language and identity, racial, ethnic, and political conflict, the creation and commodification of Latina/o identity, Latina/o popular culture, gender/sexuality, and immigration. In addition, students will further develop the concepts and skills necessary to analyze the particular ways in which different cultural texts produce meaning. This course is taught in Spanish and carries CASE Arts and Humanities and Diversity in the U.S. credit.
Forms, traditions, themes, and periods of Hispanic drama from the Renaissance to the present.
In this course, we will study the trajectory of Spanish American and Caribbean prose fiction from the modernista movement of the late 1800s-early 1900s through the present. Themes that we will emphasize include: questions of empire, independence, revolution, and industrialization; the ability to affect social and political change (or not); literary strategies of representation and their goals; and efforts to construct collective identities (national, regional, gender/sexuality, racial, class). We will pay close attention to texts' problematizations of reality and representations of time (and the implications thereof), to the challenges that texts pose to traditional gender roles, and to how gender and sexuality may be reflected and refracted through political movements. This course carries CASE Arts and Humanities credit. Note: Above class meets with HISP-S 498 Readings for Honors. Prerequisite: HISP-S 328 or equivalent.
The objective of this course is to examine language use in context (pragmatics) and sociolinguistic variation in different varieties of Spanish. The first part of the course covers the foundational concepts of pragmatics: meaning, context, speech acts, reference, politeness/impoliteness, and key notions in discourse analysis. This course will look at grammatical concepts (conditional, subjunctive, negation, preterit/imperfect, word order, etc.) from a pragmatic perspective using data from native and non-native speakers. The second part of the course applies these notions to pragmatic and sociolinguistic variation by examining the effect of social factors (e.g. region, age, social class) on communicative language use. In this course, we will analyze natural data in face-to-face interaction and from study abroad contexts in different regions of the Spanish-speaking world. This class carries CASE Natural and Mathematical Sciences credit. This class meets with HISP-S 498, Readings for Honors.
Survey of current issues of bilingualism in the Spanish-speaking world and United States.
Study of Latino literatures in the U.S. across various genres. Focus on social, cultural, and political factors that shape Latino experience. Taught in Spanish.
This course provides an in-depth exploration of Argentine literature and culture from the early 19th century through the present. We will look at how literary works and visual culture (film, photography, painting) respond to social conflicts and social transformations beginning with the post-independence civil wars up through the brutal military dictatorship of the 1970s and the economic and social crisis of the end of the millennium. Key events in Southern Cone social history that will be discussed include civil war, nation-building, modernization, genocidal war and conquest against Argentina's indigenous groups, immigration, populism, socialist revolution and militancy, dictatorship and state terrorism, and globalization. We will also explore how Argentine writers have contributed to the evolution of a regional tradition that, rather than adhering strictly to national borders, ascribes to a broader and less clearly defined geographical zone along the RÃo de la Plata basin. This area includes northern Argentina and Uruguay as well as parts of Paraguay and Brazil, and is defined socially by phenomena including the devastating War of the Triple Alliance (1864-70) as well as by large waves of migration in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Primary texts will include essays, short stories, poems, plays, and novels by such authors as EcheverrÃa, Sarmiento, Gorriti, Mansilla, HernÃ¡ndez, Barrett, Borges, Ocampo, CortÃ¡zar, Walsh, Piglia, Gambaro, and Kohan. Films may include works directed by Bechis, Bielinsky, Caetano, Carri and Santiago. There will also be short critical and contextual readings. Evaluation will be based on class participation, short written assignments, a presentation and a final research project. The class carries CASE Arts and Humanities and Global Civilization & Culture 2 credit. Note: This class meets with HISP-S 498, Readings for Honors. Prerequisite: HISP-S 328 or equivalent.
Study of national and/or regional literatures of Hispanic America, with a variable topic and focus.
Survey of 19th- and early 20th-century drama, essay, prose and poetry. Emphasizes the introduction of Romanticism, literatura gauchesca, positivism, modernismo, Realism and Naturalism. Primary readings may include, among others, Bolivar, Bello, Heredia, Avellaneda, Sarmiento, Echevarria, Isaacs, Hernandez, Palma, Darcio, Lugones, Quiroga and F. Sanchez.
Survey of Spanish American poetry, prose, and theater of the 20th and 21st centuries. Examines movements such as modernismo, la vanguardia, and the "new narrative."
Topics may include the chronicles and early modern theories of representation, indigenous writing and identities, el barroco de indias in poetic and prose genres, life writings (vidas) and gender, and paleographic study of archival texts.
The literature and culture of Spanish America from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Topics may include the Boom, magic realism, identity formation, modernity, revolution and politics, gender and sexualities, race and ethnicity.
This course offers a survey of Postcolonial Studies as the field developed in relation to Latin America. It provides an overview of key debates, including questions of positionality in relation to knowledge production, the charge that the field failed to delink from western epistemology, and the perceived impasses with Marxism and feminist theory. It also critically assesses the current state of the field, focusing primarily on the way in which the decolonial option is being proposed as an analytical alternative. Readings include key texts in postcolonial theory, subaltern studies, and Latin American colonialism. We will also read novels and watch films that reflect on the ongoing legacies of colonialism and the question of coloniality from a comparative perspective.
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