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SPAN 3175. Contemporary Approaches to Cultures of Latin America (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SPAN 3150 and 3160 with a grade of "C" or better. Contemporary Approaches to Cultures of Latin America offers a chronological study of Latin American cultures through their expressions in literature, history, politics and the arts, beginning in the pre-Colombian period, with an emphasis on crucial historical moments and distinctive cultural practices.


SPAN 4116. Survey of Latin American Literature (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SPAN 3150 and SPAN 3160 with a grade of "C" or better. Survey of Latin American Literature offers a panorama of Latin American Literature. Students are exposed to major authors, works, and literary movements, with an emphasis on the ways in which specific literary works relate to social and political developments that have shaped the region.


SPAN 4119. Literature of Spanish Speaking Communities in the United States (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SPAN 3150 and SPAN 3160 with a grade of "C" or better. An advanced language course that examines the Latin American and Latino experience in the United States. Work focuses on readings and films by and about Latin Americans in the United States and specific uses of Spanish language from these communities. Course includes occasional visits from members of the Latino community. Course will be conducted entirely in Spanish.


SPAN 4120. Perspectives on Mexico: Works and Experiences of Selected Mexican Women (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SPAN 3150 and SPAN 3160 with a grade of "C" or better. The intent of this advanced language/culture class is to develop proficiency in all the basic language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) while providing an alternate introduction to modern Mexican culture by focusing on the works and experiences of select Mexican women. After a brief consideration of several key women of the 19th century and earlier, study some major figures of the 20th century, and the cultural and political background of their lives and works. Cultural texts to be studied include films, short stories, plays, chronicles, interviews and other selections from the press.


SPAN 4175. Political and Cultural Myth in Latin America (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SPAN 3150 and SPAN 3160 with a grade of "C" or better. How have historical figures Eva Perón, Simón Bolívar, and La Malinche been transformed into mythical forces? How have they been used to articulate culture and politics? We will study the ways in which these famous characters from history have been converted into actual systems of communication within various historical contexts, and under different ideological and political conditions. We will work via an interdisciplinary approach, incorporating materials from literature, history, politics, film, and photography.


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.