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Courses for Spanish

COM 428/SPA 428Five Ways of Reading Don QuixoteThis course explores Cervantes' seminal text from literary, historical, philosophical, medical and visual perspectives.Marina S. Brownlee
LAS 358/SPA 362Fiction: Creative Writing Workshop(LA)This workshop is designed to clear the way to self-expression, wiping out the myths that link writing with inspiration. We will use a wide array of tools that will trigger the student's narrative instincts emphasizing the notion of process. We will learn to discuss literary craft in a constructive way and to read as writers, not only reading each other, but also through dissecting successful short stories and texts by writers on writing. This workshop is not exclusive for aspiring writers, even when, to ensure a place in it, the student must have a creative project in Spanish to develop during the semester.Álvaro Enrigue Soler
LAS 371/SPA 372Cuban History, Politics and Culture(SA)This seminar constitutes an introduction to the study of Cuba from a historical perspective. During the first half of the semester the course follows a chronological approach, covering the political and socioeconomic development of the country from the sixteenth century to the present. In the second half of the semester, it examines a series of sociocultural issues that are central to the life of contemporary Cubans, on the island and abroad. At the core of the class lies an interrogation of the relevance of the Cuban case for larger discussions on colonialism, modernity, socialism and development.Adrian Lopez-Denis
LAS 372/SPA 373/GHP 372Public Health and Private Healing in the Atlantic World(SA)This seminar explores the impact of transatlantic exchanges between Europe, Africa and the Americas on the development of the environmental, political and sociocultural trends that affect our health and our ability to heal today. During the first half of the semester we will reconstruct the interconnected histories of the medicalization of the West and the westernization of the Rest, from the Renaissance to the end of the twentieth century. In the second half of the semester we will explore the contemporary consequences of these historical developments.Adrian Lopez-Denis
NES 353/SPA 370/COM 371Cordova and the Rise of Spanish Islam, 711-1212 AD(HA)Islamic conquest of Spain in AD 711 brought about five hundred years of fruitful if uneasy coexistence between Muslims, Christians and Jews on western European soil, profoundly modifying European civilization itself when Caliphal Cordova was hailed as "Jewel of the World," until battlefield reverses broke Islamic domination. The subsequent spring course, "Granada: The Fall of Spanish Islam 1212-1614," addresses increasing repression which ended "The Spain of the Three Religions." Taught in English.Michael Barry
SPA 101Beginner's Spanish ISPA 101 presents the basic structures and vocabulary of the Spanish language. The four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) are practiced and developed by means of classroom activities and materials in which language appears in a cultural context. Classes are conducted in Spanish. No credit is given for SPA 101 unless followed by SPA 102.Le Anne L. Spino-SeijasPaloma Moscardó-VallésLuis GonçalvesSylvia ZetterstrandJeannie Byrne
SPA 103Intensive Beginner's and Intermediate SpanishSPA 103 is an intensive course that covers the most relevant structures and vocabulary from SPA 101 and SPA 102 in one term. Designed for students who have previously studied Spanish at elementary levels. Language is presented in a cultural context in order to develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.Manuel MaliaMarcia K. OlanderDunia Catalina Méndez VallejoAdriana G. MerinoAnais Holgado-Lage
SPA 105Intermediate SpanishAn intermediate language course that focuses on oral and written communication and the consolidation of listening and reading skills. In this course students will enhance their linguistic skills through the analysis and discussion of various types of texts (literature, film, visual culture, music, interviews, etc.) that focus on global and cross-cultural aspects of Spain and Latin America. In particular, the course will familiarize students with the concept of neocolonialism as a way to bridge language learning with the context in which cultural values and meanings are produced. SPA 105 prepares students for SPA 108.Anna Alsina NaudiGorka Bilbao TerrerosNadia Cervantes Pérez
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.Marcia K. OlanderAmalia Lorena Camacho Guardado
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 Martinez
SPA 206Legal and Business SpanishAn advanced level Spanish course on legal and business language. The course aims to familiarize students with the vocabulary, grammatical structures and register specific to legal and commercial Spanish in context. Students will also be introduced to the basics of different legal systems and business cultures through the study of critical texts, situational cases and videos as well as class discussions, role-plays, presentations and independent research.Anna Alsina Naudi
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.Monserrat Bores MartinezMariana BonoAdriana G. Merino
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.Gorka Bilbao TerrerosNadia Cervantes Pérez
SPA 210/TRA 210Introduction to Spanish-English Translation(LA)This course offers an introduction to translation practice for the Spanish-English language pair, focusing primarily on the task of translating from Spanish into English. The course is conducted in Spanish and follows a communicative approach to translation, with a good balance between theory and praxis. Materials are drawn from a range of disciplines, such as humanities, social sciences, popular culture, and the media. Students are encouraged to think critically and creatively about language, and will heighten their awareness of the linguistic, textual and cultural differences between English and Spanish.Sylvia Zetterstrand
SPA 222/LAS 222/LAO 222Introduction to Latin American Cultures(LA)This course offers an introduction to modern Latin American literature and culture. It focuses on the complex ways in which cultural and intellectual production anticipates, participates in, and responds to political, social, and economic transformations in the 20th and 21st centuries. Through a wide spectrum of sources (essays, fiction, poetry, film, and art), students will study and discuss some of the most relevant issues in Latin American modern history, such as modernity, democracy, identity, gender, memory, and social justice.Javier E. Guerrero
SPA 227/EPS 227/URB 237Contemporary Issues in Spain(LA)What is happening in Spain today? How did culture, society and politics get affected by the 2008 financial turmoil and by the European debt crisis? Using films and documentaries (and various materials: newspaper articles, YouTube clips, graffiti, etc), we will study topics such as urban struggles, social movements, global crisis, historical memory, emigration, multiculturalism, gender identities, urban cultures, collective fictions and digital cultures. Those who are planning to apply for the Princeton-in-Spain program and/or pursue a certificate in Spanish or concentration in the Department will find this course to be a fantastic passport.Germán Labrador Méndez
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.Alberto Bruzos MoroDunia Catalina Méndez Vallejo
SPA 319Topics in Cinema and Culture: Work and Love, Play and Politics in Spanish Cinema(LA)An exploration of some of the most distinctive themes in Spanish films of the last fifty years. Topics to be discussed, among others: political repression; the modernization of Spain since the 1960s; the perversions of love; the world as a stage; new sexualities; the redefinition of gender roles; uncanny worlds.Manuel-Angel G. Loureiro
SPA 325Masterworks of the Spanish Renaissance(LA)This course examines masterworks produced during the Spanish Renaissance. Topics of discussion include the significance and influence of selected texts in the formation of modern literary genres (i.e., novel, drama, poetry) and how these works may be read as representations of the social changes and tensions of early modernity. We will also focus on the rise of imperial Spain and problematize the Crown's efforts in forging a Spanish identity that precluded minority groups, such as people of Jewish and Muslim lineages. Texts will be introduced alongside visual productions whenever relevant.Christina H. Lee
SPA 350/LAS 349/ENV 354Topics in Latin American Cultural Studies: Contemporary Cuban Literature and Visual Culture(LA)A course on literature, artwork, blogs, and films from Cuba and the diaspora since the 1990s, with emphasis on changes since the Raúl Castro era (2006+) and the normalization of US-Cuban relations. Topics include deepening class divisions and racism; reflections on gender and sexuality; new forms of work and leisure; independent cinema; environmental art. Work by Tania Bruguera, Alejandro Brugués, Celia y Junior, Ernest Daranas, Ahmel Echeverría, Víctor Fowler, Carlos Garaicoa, Jorge Enrique Lage, Leonardo Padura Fuentes, René Peña, Antonio José Ponte, Reina María Rodríguez; class features sessions with visiting author Wendy Guerra.Rachel L. Price
SPA 354Photography and the Nation in the Hispanic World(LA)An examination of the ways photography has worked in the construction of the historical, political, social and subjective dimensions of some nations and their citizens in the Hispanic world from the end of the 19th century to our times. Among the issues to be examined are: photographing the national subject; recording history; the foreign gaze; war and propaganda (the Spanish-American war, the Mexican revolution, the Spanish Civil War); the margins of the city; sexuality and abjection.Manuel-Angel G. Loureiro

Courses for Portuguese

POR 101Introduction to Portuguese IStudents will be taught the fundamental skills of oral comprehension, speaking, reading and writing, while gaining exposure to the Portuguese-speaking world through the media, literature, film and the music of Brazil, Portugal and Lusophone Africa.Staff
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.Andréa de Castro MelloniDaiane Tamanaha De Quadros
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 Melloni
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.Luis Gonçalves
POR 304/LAS 311Topics in Brazilian Cultural and Social History: Music and Literature(LA)What happens when music and literature meet? What does music have to say about the society that produced it? How do silent letters provoke sounds and movements? How to understand sounds on a political and historical plane? Does the dancing body follow a grammar? Can a popular musician be the interpreter of a major writer? In a journey through literature and music with a special focus on Brazil, the seminar will explore the point at which the aural, the corporeal and the linguistic are entangled in the act of listening.Pedro Meira Monteiro
POR 319/LAS 319/VIS 346Brazilian Cinema(LA)An introduction to the richness of Brazilian film, this course explores major cinematic movements, and will include the Cinema Novo, critically acclaimed documentaries, and more recent commercial successes. Recurrent themes and emerging trends will be discussed (e.g. the deforestation of the Amazon, urban violence, literary adaptation, popular culture).Bruno M. Carvalho