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SPAN 3170. Contemporary Approaches to Identities and Cultures of Spain (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SPAN 3150 and SPAN 3160 with a grade of "C" or better. This course provides students with a broad understanding of the different civilizations and religious groups that inhabited the Iberian Peninsula, thus forming the Spanish nation in 1492. Through an examination of cultural identity and the concept of nation, participants will analyze how the idea of "Spanishness" has changed over time, leading up to the present.


SPAN 4115. Survey of Literary Texts from Spain (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SPAN 3150 and SPAN 3160 with a grade of "C" or better. A panoramic survey of literary texts in Castilian Spanish from the Middle Ages into the twenty-first century. Students will acquire a basic grasp of the techniques and terminology, as well as the critical and theoretical concepts necessary to comprehend and reflect on essays, poetry, prose, and drama.


SPAN 4117. Spanish Golden Age Theater (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SPAN 3150 and SPAN 3160 with a grade of "C" or better. Golden Age theatre includes "comedias" from the sixteenth and seventeenth-centuries in Early Modern Spain. Students will spend time with important works by playwrights such as Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina, Cervantes, Calderón de la Barca, or María de Zayas, while viewing the texts as scripts in order to focus on the performance of the works.


SPAN 4118. Survey of Cinema from Spain (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SPAN 3150 and SPAN 3160 with a grade of "C" or better. We will examine some of the most influential and representative films of Spain for more than one hundred years as students become acquainted with basic cinematic techniques and concepts in order to move beyond film plots. Through an analysis of key films, historical periods, and auteurs, students will acquire a greater knowledge of the changes in Spanish culture after 1898 and up to the present.


SPAN 4555. Selected Topics in Spanish (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SPAN 3150 and SPAN 3160 with a grade of "C" or better. A study of various aspects of the Spanish-speaking world such as literary movements, specific writers, film, and the press. Topics will vary each semester; the course is designed to enhance the students' written and spoken expression in Spanish. May be taken twice for credit with change of topic.


SPAN 4899. Independent Study (0-0-2) Prerequisite: Consent of department chair. Independent study of topics of material approved in advance by the instructor. May be repeated for credit with consent of the Department chair.