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Courses for Spanish

ART 466/SPA 466/ARC 466/URB 466Havana: Architecture, Literature, and the Arts(LA)This seminar will study the urban setting of Havana in its articulation with literature, film, and the arts from the early twentieth century to the present day. It will explore cross-disciplinary continuities, the engagement with multiple pasts, the city as a meeting place for all the arts and crucible of social identities. There will be a mandatory trip to Havana during Spring break.Michael G. WoodEsther Roseli da Costa Azevedo Meyer
SPA 102Beginner's Spanish IIThe second course in the elementary Spanish sequence for students with little or no previous knowledge of the language. With its emphasis on the four basic skills (speaking, writing, reading, and listening), SPA 102 continues to provide students with the linguistic, communicative and cultural foundations to engage in basic daily life interactions in Spanish. Hispanic cultures are introduced through a variety of texts, including readings, music, art, video clips, and film. All of these sources provide the basis for classroom activities.Le Anne L. Spino-SeijasMarcia K. OlanderAnna Alsina NaudiLuis GonçalvesSylvia ZetterstrandAdriana G. MerinoAnais Holgado-Lage
SPA 107Intermediate/Advanced SpanishAn intermediate/advanced language course that continues and reviews the introductory level Spanish, while further developing students' communication skills through communicative activities inside and outside of the classroom, as well as various types of materials, both audiovisual and written. Goal will be to improve the Spanish skills acquired in previous courses and students' abilities to develop and express more complex ideas in Spanish both orally and in writing. By the end of the course, students should have a command of the four basic language skills: listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing.Manuel MaliaMarcia K. OlanderPaloma Moscardó-VallésAmalia Lorena Camacho GuardadoJeannie Byrne
SPA 108Advanced SpanishSPA 108 develops fluency and precision in speaking and writing by focusing on functional language in context. It aims to strengthen and consolidate comprehension and production of oral and written Spanish by paying attention to cultural awareness and cross-cultural communication. Through a series of current and thought-provoking texts, images, films, paintings, and related activities, this course enhances linguistic proficiency and language performance while reflecting on important aspects of the history, art, society, language and cultural identity of two of the largest Spanish-speaking urban communities: Mexico City and Los Angeles.Monserrat Bores MartinezNadia Cervantes Pérez
SPA 205Medical SpanishAn advanced Spanish language course with a focus on health and medical topics. Its main purpose is to provide students with the tools to interact with Spanish speakers in a health environment, either in the US or in Latin America. Students will improve their general communication skills and learn the specific vocabulary necessary for the medical interview. The course will also explore aspects of the Latino culture in the fields of health and medicine through authentic documents and the contribution of guest speakers. There will be a project in which students interact with the local Latino community.Paloma Moscardó-Vallés
SPA 207Studies in Spanish Language and StyleAn advanced language course designed to increase students' fluency and accuracy in Spanish with an integrated approach to content: classes and assignments draw on various types of texts (literature, film, visual media) that focus on Madrid and Buenos Aires. Students hone their linguistic skills by engaging in discussions about the urban environment, and its cultural and artistic productions. The course aims to raise intercultural awareness and to explore the contexts in which cultural values and meanings are created. Reading and writing assignments cover different genres, and verbal interaction and personal production are actively encouraged.Mariana BonoGorka Bilbao Terreros
SPA 209Spanish Language and Culture through CinemaA course designed to improve speaking abilities while learning about Hispanic cultures and cinema in context. The course aims to provide the students with lexical and grammatical tools to allow them to engage in formal and informal discussion on a variety of topics informed by the films provided. Additionally, there will be several writing exercises throughout the semester that will help students improve their writing abilities. By the end of the course, students should have a better command of all linguistic skills, especially listening comprehension, fluidity and accuracy in their speech.Manuel MaliaGorka Bilbao TerrerosNadia Cervantes Pérez
SPA 211Varieties of SpanishOffered as an overview of sociolinguistic variation in the Spanish-speaking world, students will learn about social, political, and cultural aspects related to dialectal variation in Spanish and become acquainted with important linguistic features present in various dialects. Upon completion of the course, students become familiarized with particular features distinguishing one dialect from another, while gaining knowledge of the development of these differences. This course will greatly enrich a student's view of Spanish, either as a native/heritage speaker or Spanish learner, and allows for the development of analytical skills.Dunia Catalina Méndez Vallejo
SPA 213/LAS 214/GSS 213Of Love and Other Demons(LA)Love is the subject of the world's greatest stories. The passions aroused by Helen of Troy brought down a city and made Homer's masterpiece possible, while the foolishness of those in love inspired Shakespeare and Cervantes to create their most memorable characters. Many powerful Latin American and Spanish stories deal with the force and effects of love. In this course, we will study a group of films and literary fictions that focus on different kinds and forms of love. We will pay special attention to the forms of narrative love (quest, courting, adultery, heartbreaking), as well as the translation of love into language, body, and image.Javier E. Guerrero
SPA 214/COM 204Dreams and Nightmares in Hispanic Fiction and Film(LA)From Artemidorus in antiquity to Freud in modern times, dreams and nightmares have been a perennial human concern. This course will explore political, philosophical, medical and psycho-sexual representations of dreams and nightmares by such authors as Cervantes, Zayas, Calderón, Cela, Martín Gaite, Muñoz Molina, Bolaño, Piglia and Vargas Llosa.Marina S. Brownlee
SPA 220/LAS 220El Género Negro: Crime Fiction(LA)This course is an introduction to crime fiction from early 20th-century "locked room" mysteries to 21st century narco-narratives. It examines short stories, novels, films and critical writings about detective and crime fiction in Latin America and Spain. Topics include the genre's links to high and low literature, to film and to historical contexts such as immigration, state crime, drug culture and globalization. Authors include Roberto Arlt, María Elvira Bermúdez, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Roberto Bolaño, Jorge Luis Borges, Alicia Giménez Bartlett, Leonardo Padura Fuentes, Ricardo Piglia, Fernando Vallejo, and others.Rachel L. Price
SPA 224Hispanic Studies: Introduction to Cultural Analysis(LA)An introduction to the analysis of contemporary cultural texts (narrative, poetry, film, photography) from Latin America and Spain, with the support of various theoretical ideas. The course's main objective is to provide students with a set of strong conceptual, analytical and linguistic skills, which will be of great help in 300-level literature/culture courses.Manuel-Angel G. Loureiro
SPA 300/LAS 300The Literature and Culture of Spain and Colonial Latin America: Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque(LA)A study of the formation of a literary tradition in Spain through the close reading of selected texts in several genres from both Spain and colonial Latin America.Ronald E. Surtz
SPA 304Spanish in the CommunityThis course is connected with the Latino Link volunteer program, which brings together Princeton University students and Latino/a youth attending public schools in the Princeton area. This course will enrich the volunteering students' experiences with readings, discussions, ethnographic projects, and visits from experts and members of the community, with the purpose of reflecting critically on Latino communities and Spanish language in the United States. The course will also provide intensive language practice inside and outside the classroom.Alberto Bruzos Moro
SPA 305Topics in Spanish Civilization of the Golden Age: Gastronomy in Spanish Literature(LA)Cuisine is always more than nutrition; it functions as an agent of identity at both the regional and the national level. Moreover, gastronomy intersects with other manifestations of culture such as painting, literature, medicine, and religion. Readings, in addition to cookbooks, handbooks of table manners, and medical treatises, will include literary texts ranging from medieval to Golden Age to modern.Ronald E. Surtz
SPA 307Advanced Spanish Language and Style(LA)SPA 307 is an advanced language course. Its main purpose is to develop and reinforce accuracy and fluency in both writing and speaking Spanish. Students will also learn to identify linguistic features that characterize different genres, as well as social and cultural factors that aid in the interpretation and understanding of different texts and types of speech. More specifically, the course aims at providing the tools for discourse analysis, raising awareness of the social and ideological values that permeate discursive practices, and developing autonomy and proficiency as an advanced learner of Spanish language.Mariana BonoDunia Catalina Méndez Vallejo
SPA 318/LAS 368Borges and the Universal Library(LA)This course is designed as a survey of the writings of Jorge Luis Borges. Using the Borgesian notion that literature is a collaborative act between reader and writer, we will closely read a selection of texts by Borges and trace them back to his library, from German expressionism to the Nordic sagas, from Dante to Cervantes, from mathematical theory to the philosophies of Plato, William James and George Berkeley, from the Arabian Nights to the detective novel, from library science to film, from the craft of verse to the art of translation.Alberto Manguel
SPA 319/LAS 354Topics in Cinema and Culture: Latin American Film - Poetics and Politics of the Third World(LA)An exploration of a series of critically acclaimed contemporary Latin American films, accompanied by readings that provide a theoretical and historical framework for its analysis. Topics to be discussed, among others: subalternity and the Third World; sexual and racial politics; postcolonial poetics; genocide; cultural hybridism and mestizaje; dictatorship and populism; biopolitical fantasies.Javier E. Guerrero
SPA 327/URB 327/LAO 327Latino Global Cities(LA)This seminar focuses on the comparative study of Latino urban cultures in U.S., Caribbean and Spanish cities (mainly New York City, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Madrid). Topics include the 2008 Financial Crisis, Occupy-like movements, global migratory flows, popular culture, memory, debt, visuality and citizenship. Paying close attention to their political and cultural contexts, flamenco, hip-hop, graffiti, visual culture, poetry, documentary films and political performances will be analyzed. Guest speakers and musicians will be part of the conversation.Arcadio Díaz-QuiñonesGermán Labrador Méndez
SPA 334/COM 377Obsession and Addiction in Early Modern Spain(LA)Early Modern Spain exhibits a variety of fascinating obsessions and addictions resulting from extreme and rapid political, social, and economic changes. Addiction to sex crimes, to transgendering and tobacco offer some of the most spectacular accounts of the period. The advent of mass culture produced by print technology, tabloid journalism, and public theaters leads to the rise of the "vulgo" which the elite seek to control and condemn. The obsessive focus on money (both for "pícaros" and "indianos") as well as attempts at social engineering by the would-be problem-solving "arbitristas" and inquisitors all make for compelling reading.Marina S. Brownlee
SPA 380/TRA 380Translation Workshop: Spanish to English(LA)This course is an introduction to the practice of literary translation from Spanish to English and an exploration of the questions that the act of translation inspires. After a series of translation exercises, each student will select an author and work to be translated as the central project for the class, and embark on the process of revising successive drafts. Close reading of the Spanish texts is required, as is a deep engagement with the translations of fellow students. Subjects of discussion will include style, context, the conventions of contemporary translation, and the retranslation of classics.Natasha Wimmer

Courses for Portuguese

POR 102Introduction to Portuguese IIA continuation of POR 101. Students will continue to develop skills of oral/aural comprehension, speaking, reading and writing, while gaining further exposure to the Portuguese-speaking world through the media, literature, film and music of Brazil, Portugal and Lusophone Africa.Daiane Tamanaha De Quadros
POR 108Introductory Portuguese for Spanish SpeakersNormally open to students already proficient in Spanish, this course uses that knowledge as a basis for the accelerated learning of Portuguese. Emphasis on the concurrent development of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing skills. The two-semester sequence POR 108-109 is designed to provide in only one year of study a command of the language sufficient for travel and research in Brazil and Portugal.Luis Gonçalves
POR 109Intermediate PortugueseStudents will further develop their language skills, especially those of comprehension and oral proficiency, through grammar review, readings, film and other activities. The two-semester sequence POR 108-109 is designed to give in only one year of study a command of the Portuguese language sufficient for travel in Brazil, Portugal and beyond.Andréa de Castro MelloniDaiane Tamanaha De Quadros
POR 110Intensive PortugueseAn intensive course designed for students who have fulfilled the language requirement in Spanish or another Romance language. Knowledge of one of these languages provides the basis for the accelerated learning of Portuguese. This one-semester 'crash' course teaches fundamental communication skills--comprehension, speaking, reading and writing--and some exposure to cultural aspects of the Portuguese-speaking world, but does not offer an in-depth study of grammar.Andréa de Castro Melloni
POR 208Journeys in Portuguese: Studies in Language and CultureDesigned as a journey through the Lusophone world this course seeks to present the Portuguese language in context by exploring historical, social, political and cultural aspects of Brasil, Portugal, and Lusophone Africa through the media, literature, film, music and other realia. Students will increase their fluency and accuracy in both written and spoken Portuguese, broadening their vocabulary and mastery of syntax through textual analysis, discussions, oral presentations and grammar review. An advanced language course and overview of the Lusophone world, POR 208 seeks to prepare students for further study of literature and culture.Nicola T. Cooney
POR 301/LAS 303Modern Brazilian Literature and Culture(LA)Brazilian Amazonia is one of the richest areas in the world today. This course intends to explore the past of this region in a global perspective. It analyzes its birth in the 16th century in the context of Spain and the Spanish Empire; its involvement in 17th century international conflicts (the War of 30 Years); and its role in Atlantic and transoceanic history. Letters by Jesuit António Vieira, one of the most significant writers in Baroque Europe, and the music of Carlos Gomes, the greatest Latin-American opera composer in the 19th century, will help us to imagine and write a global history of this fascinating part of the world.Serge M. Gruzinski
POR 303Lyrical Traditions in Portuguese(LA)A voyage through the lyrical traditions of Portugal, Brazil, and Portuguese-speaking Africa, this course seeks to trace the evolution of the poetic form and illuminate dynamic and enduring intertextualities. Through close-readings of major works of poetry we will explore the ongoing dialogue between poets and artists of the spoken word across time and space, providing the foundation for a deeper understanding of the diverse Portuguese-language literary and cultural landscape.Nicola T. Cooney