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SPANISH

SPAN-456
Spanish Topics (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Courses taught in Spanish on such topics as: Latin American film, Mexican-U.S. border, urban cultures in Latin America, indigenous people of Latin America, Hispanics in the United States, Caribbean cultures, and the Latin American short story. Meets with SPAN-656. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: SPAN-353 or placement test.

SPAN-456
001
SPANISH
SPRING 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Spanish Topics (3)

Indigenous Peoples of Latin America

An examination of indigenous cultures such as: Aymara and Quechua (Andean region), Mayan, (Southern Mexico and Guatemala), Mapuche (Chile), Guarani (Paraguay), and Nahuatl (Mexico). Course materials include film, literature, testimonials, textiles, music and dance. Taught entirely in Spanish, with emphasis on the politics of indigenous language use. Meets with SPAN-656 001.

SPAN-456
004
SPANISH
SPRING 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Spanish Topics (3)

Southern Cone Post-Dictatorial Literature

This course examines artistic and cultural responses to authoritarianism in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. The class analyzes works by Griselda Gambaro, Eduardo Pavlovsky, Roberto Bolano, Gabriel Peveroni, and Albertina Carri, as well as critical and theoretical texts concerning memory, truth, and justice in the postdictatorial context. Meets with SPAN-656 004.

SPAN-456
001
SPANISH
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Spanish Topics (3)

Colonial Cultures

Present day Latin America is largely shaped by its historical past. This course approaches the colonial heritage by addressing controversial concepts such as mestizaje and syncretism, and questioning longstanding myths around Latin American cultural processes. Course materials include conventional and nonconventional texts, such as textiles and archeological artifacts. Meets with SPAN-656 001.

SPAN-456
002
SPANISH
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Spanish Topics (3)

Culture and Violence in Latin America

A study of representations of violence resulting from gender inequality, the negative effects of globalization, environmental pollution, drug use, and poverty. This course examines the different effects of violence on readers/viewers and the extent to which the material studied provides solutions to the problems Latin America is facing. Meets with SPAN-656 002.

SPAN-456
003
SPANISH
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Spanish Topics (3)

Documentary Genre in Latin America

This course traces the development of the documentary genre in Latin America from the 1960s to the present. Drawing from theater, film, and photography, the class analyzes the way documentary works shape new modes of self-expression, unsettle divisions between fact and fiction, and engage discourses of history, human rights, and the law. Meets with SPAN-656 003.