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

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  • 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 504: History of the Spanish Language
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 350; and two LS400-level literature courses.
    The evolution from Latin to Spanish including developments due to external factors such as foreign invasions, contacts with France, and the conquest of America. Analysis of the historical and cultural contexts in which this evolution occurred.
  • 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 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, Gongora, 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 Fall 2017: Women's Poetry in Contemporary Spain (1880-2000). Including the poetry of Rosalia de Castro, Margarita Ferreras, Concha Mendez, Angela Figuera Aymerich, Graciela Baquero.
  • CAS LS 576: Topics in Spanish American Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 350; and two 400-level LS literature courses; or consent of instructor.
    Two topics are offered Fall 2017. Students may take one or both for credit. Section A1: Secrets in Latin American Literature and Culture. Readings in fiction and poetry with links to music, film and politics. Readings include Santa Evita by Tomas Eloy Martinez, El rufian moldavo by Edgardo Cozarinsky, poetry by Nicanor Parra, Borges and Juan Gelman and various films. Taught in Spanish. Section B1: The Sensorium of Modernity at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century. The impact of technologies of mechanical reproduction like photography, film, and the phonograph inaugurated new sensory environments that affected human consciousness and perception. This course studies Latin American literature in relation to this sensorium at the turn of the century. Taught in Spanish.
  • CAS LS 578: Spanish Drama of the Golden Age
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 350; and two 400-level literature courses or consent of instructor.
    Close thematic, stylistic, and structural analysis of works by Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina, Calderon, and Alarcon. Consideration of the social and historical background that led to the flourishing of the Spanish stage.
  • 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.
  • CAS LS 580: Mexico City in Literature and Film
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 350; and two LS 400-level courses.
    This course explores urban experience in Mexico City from the literary, the cinematic and the theoretical perspective. Focus on literary and filmic discourses about this city during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Authors include Gutierrez Najera, Bunuel, and Ripstein.