Spanish: Language, Literature, Culture (including courses in English)

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  • CAS LS 457: Twentieth Century Spanish American Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 350.
    Representative literary works written in Spanish America during the twentieth century. Special attention to the relationship between modernity and identity, and the connection of literature with other cultural expressions, particularly film.
  • CAS LS 491: Directed Study: Spanish
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of department and CAS Academic Advising, 100 Bay State Rd., Room 401.
    Application form available in CAS Academic Advising.
  • CAS LS 492: Directed Study: Spanish
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of department and CAS Academic Advising, 100 Bay State Rd., Room 401.
    Application form available in CAS Academic Advising.
  • CAS LS 507: The Sounds of Spanish
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LX 250; AND one LS 300-level language course; or consent of instructor.
    Introduction to Spanish phonetics and phonology. Covers articulatory, acoustic, and auditory phonetics, focusing on techniques for visualizing speech sounds. Examines the phonemic inventory and phonological organization of Spanish from several perspectives, including generative and articulatory phonology as well as sociolinguistics. Conducted in Spanish. Also offered as CAS LX 383 and GRS LX 683.
  • CAS LS 508: The Structure of Spanish
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LX 250; AND one LS 300-level language course; or consent of instructor.
    Introduction to Spanish morphology and syntax. Explores the structure of Spanish words, phrases, and sentences from multiple perspectives with a focus on natural language data. Examines Generative, Usage-based, and Lexical-Functional approaches to the analysis of grammatical structure. Conducted in Spanish. Also offered as CAS LX 384 and GRS LX 684.
  • CAS LS 554: Jorge Luis Borges
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 350; and two 400-level literature courses, or consent of instructor.
    Hoaxes, plagiarism, rumors, gossip turned into fact, characters and plots emerging from sources as diverse as Cervantes, Poe, Kafka, Emerson, and Macedonio are some of the elements of this kaleidoscopic consideration of the poetry and prose of Jorge Luis Borges. Also offered as CAS XL 470 C1.
  • CAS LS 557: Poetry of the Spanish Golden Age
    The development of lyric poetry during the Renaissance and the baroque period. Emphasis on close thematic, stylistic, and structural analysis of individual poems by major figures including Garcilaso, Fray Luis, San Juan de la Cruz, Góngora, and Quevedo.
  • CAS LS 570: Don Quixote
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 350; and two LS 400-level literature courses, or consent of instructor.
    Close thematic, stylistic, and structural analysis of Cervantes's masterpiece. Attention to its contributions to the development of the modern novel as well as to its place within the literary context of its day.
  • CAS LS 575: Topics in Peninsular Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 350; and two LS 400-level literature courses or consent of the instructor.
    Topic for Spring 2017: Poetry of Protest in Post-war Spain. Poetry that challenges society's ethical, political norms. Works by Dámaso Alonso, "Poesía Social" poets, Gabriel Celaya, Blas de Otero, Ángela Figuera Aymerich and José Hierro, and leading voices of today's "poesía de la conciencia", Jorge Riechmann, Enrique Falcón, Salustiano Martín.
  • CAS LS 576: Topics in Spanish American Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 350; and two 400-level LS literature courses; or consent of instructor.
    Topic for Fall 2016: The Spanish American Short Story. Close reading of works by major short story writers of Spanish America. The creation of the genre, the concept of modernity, and Spanish-America's preoccupation with cultural identity. Authors include Darío, Acevedo Díaz, Quiroga, Lugones, Borges, García Márquez, Rulfo, and Ferré.
  • CAS LS 579: Topics in Hispanic Cinemas
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 350.
    Cinema as a perspective from which to analyze cultural and socio-political developments within the Spanish-speaking world. Topics drawn from the history of specific national cinemas, individual filmmakers or particular "schools," relations between literature and film, and political uses of film. Topic for Spring 2016: Latin American Thought and Film during the 20th Century. The relationship between film and political/social reality in twentieth-century Latin America. Topics include: the Mexican and Cuban revolutions, post-colonial liberation movements, South American dictatorships, and the challenges of neoliberalism. Lectures by LASP professors complement the course material. Taught in English Spring 2016 only.