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 Room 105.
    Application form available in the department.
  • CAS LS 492: Directed Study: Spanish
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of department and CAS Room 105.
    Application form available in the department.
  • 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 505: Topics in Spanish Linguistics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LX 250; AND one LS 300-level language course.
    Topics vary.
  • 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 507.
  • 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 508.
  • 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 565: The Spanish Picaresque Novel
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 350.
    Development of the Spanish picaresque in relation to social and historical context. Special attention to its place in the evolution of the modern novel. Close study of Lazarillo de Tormes, Estebanillo González, works by Alemán, Cervantes, Quevedo, López de Ubeda.
  • 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 572: The Spanish American Colonial Experience: Early Texts, New Interpretations
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 350; and two 400-level literature courses or consent of the instructor.
    Analysis of early texts that contributed to Europe's perception of the American continent and of modern literary works from Spanish America that re-examine the European view. Authors include Columbus, Cabeza de Vaca, Balboa, Carpentier, Posse, and Saer.
  • 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 2014: Spanish Poetry through Translation. How poems "mean" across languages. Writing about translation from Octavio Paz and Ortega y Gasset to Lawrence Venuti and Efraín Kristal. Exercises in translation, imitation, and annotation; projects; critique of written work. Spanish and English.
  • CAS LS 576: Topics in Spanish American Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 350; and two 400-level LS literature courses.
    Topic for Spring 2015: TBA.
  • 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.
  • 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.