Spanish Fall 2019 Expanded Course Descriptions

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Spanish 100. Principles of Hispanic Literature and Criticism (4 units)

Charles Oriel, Lecturer

Course Description: This course is an introduction to textual analysis with readings from Spanish and Spanish American literature and culture. The course will deal with basic genres: narrative, poetry, drama, and essay and will provide students with the opportunity to acquire the basic technical vocabulary of the Hispanic literary and cultural critic.

Prerequisite: Spanish 024 or 033.

GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities, Oral Literacy, World Cultures and Writing Experience.

Format: Lecture - 3 hours; Writing or Discussion - 1 hour.

Textbooks:

  • TBA

Spanish 115. History of the Spanish Language (4 units)

Robert Blake, Professor

Course Description: This course examines the Spanish language from its roots in spoken Latin to modernity. There will be emphasis on the close relationship between historical events and language change, and the role that literature plays in language standardization.

Prerequisite: Spanish 024 or 033, or consent of instructor; Linguistics 001 recommended.

GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities or Social Sciences.

Format: Lecture - 3 hours; Writing or Discussion - 1 hour.

Textbook:

  • David A. Pharies, Breve historia de la lengua española: Segunda edición revisada  (University of Chicago Press, 2015)

Spanish 118. Special Topics in Spanish Linguistics (4 units)

Agustina Carando, Professor

Course Description: TBA

May be repeated once for credit when topic differs.

Prerequisite: Spanish 111N or 113 recommended.

GE credit (New): Social Sciences.

Format: Lecture - 3 hours; Term Paper.

Textbooks:

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Spanish 131N. Survey of Spanish Literature: 1700 to the Present (4 units)

Charles Oriel, Lecturer

Course Description: This survey course focuses on Spanish literature from the year 1700 through the present day. This long period includes various literary, social, political and cultural movements, such as the Enlightenment, Romanticism, Naturalism, the Generation of ’98 and Surrealism, all of which will be taken into account and discussed in class. Readings include examples of all the main literary genres: essay, poetry, novel, short story and drama.

Prerequisite: Spanish 100/100S or 141/141S or 170/170S.

GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities and World Cultures.

Format: Lecture - 3 hours; Term Paper or Discussion - 1 hour.

Textbooks:

  • Miguel de Unamuno, Abel Sánchez: Una historia de pasión  (Espasa Calpe/Austral, 2005)
  • Federico Garcia Lorca, Bodas de Sangre  (Catedra, 1990)

Spanish 141. Introduction to Spanish Culture (4 units)

Robert Newcomb, Professor

Course Description: Introduction to history, geography and culture of Spain. Art, history of ideas, and everyday cultural manifestations. Introduction to critical reading and textual analysis.

Prerequisite: Spanish 024/024S or 033.

GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities, Visual Literacy, and World Cultures.

Format: Lecture - 3 hours; Writing/Discussion - 1 hour.

Textbooks:

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Spanish 147. Origins and Educational Implications of Anti-Hispanic Prejudice (4 units)

John Slater, Professor

Course Description: Examination of Anti-Hispanic prejudice in the United States focusing on the "Black Legend," a 16th Century anti-Spanish myth underpinning the doctrine of "Manifest Destiny." Exploration of the Legend's presence in contemporary American society through interviews and analysis of school textbooks.

Prerequisite: None.

GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities, American Cultures, Governance & History, Domestic Diversity, and Writing Experience.

Format: Lecture/Discussion - 3 hours; Fieldwork; Term Paper.

Textbooks:

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Spanish 151. Survey of Latin American Literature from 1900 to the Present (4 units)

Michael Lazzara, Professor

Course Description: Using a thematic approach, this course provides an introduction to contemporary Latin American literature through the close reading of major writers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Analyses of short stories, novels, poems, music and films will open debates on important issues like the construction of identities, the writing of history and memory, colonialism, the effects of exile and migration, and the ever-renewed struggle between civilization and barbarism. As we read, our goal will be to discover how literature speaks in its own way about history, politics, identity and culture.

Prerequisite: Spanish 100/100S or 141/141S or 170/170S.

GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities and World Cultures.

Format: Lecture - 3 hours; Term Paper or Discussion - 1 hour.

Textbooks:

  • Gabriel García Márquez, Cien años de soledad  (Nuevas Ediciones de Bolsillo, 2008)
  • José Emilio Pacheco, Las batallas en el desierto  (Ediciones Era, 2011)
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Spanish 160. Latin American Writers (4 units)

Ana Peluffo, Professor

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May be repeated for credit up to one time when the topic differs.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor (cahess@ucdavis.edu).

GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities, Visual Literacy, World Cultures and Writing Experience.

Format: Lecture - 3 hours; Discussion - 1 hour.

Textbooks:

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Spanish 173. Cinema and Latin American Culture (4 units)

Emilio Bejel, Professor

Course Description: Understanding Latin American cultures through cinema. History and critical analysis of Latin American film. Focus on a national cinematic tradition. Comparative experiences in different parts of Latin America and/or a particular era. Conducted entirely in Spanish.

Prerequisite: Spanish 024/024S or 033.

GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities, Visual Literacy and World Cultures.

Format: Lecture/Discussion - 3 hours; Film Viewing - 3 hours.

Textbook:

  • Michael Chanan, Cuban Cinema  (University of Minnesota Press, 2004)

Spanish 174. Chicano Culture: Mexican Migrations to the United States: Bandidos, Braceros and Bad Hombres (4 units)

Robert Irwin, Professor

Course Description: Este curso presenta un recorrido histórico de las olas migratorias mexicanas hacia "el norte" con enfoques tanto en las perspectivas y experiencias de los mismos migrantes como en su imagen pública en los Estados Unidos. Se estudiará esta historia a través de una serie de obras culturales (literatura, música popular, cine, arte visual), haciendo hincapié en algunas figuras de renombre, tales como Joaquín Murrieta, la Santa de Cabora, Juan Soldado, Lupe Vélez "the Mexican Spitfire", los Deportados de los Gatos, los Siete de la Raza, Emilio Varela y Camelia la Texana, Chalino Sánchez, Elvira Arellano, Alejandro González Iñárritu, entre otros - y  en grupos como los pachucos, los braceros y los DREAMers. Momentos claves de esta historia: la guerra mexicano-estadounidense de 1846-48, la revolución mexicana, el programa del bracero, el movimiento chicano, la actualidad.

Prerequisite: Spanish 024 or 033.

GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities, American Cultures, Governance & History and Domestic Diversity.

Format: Lecture - 3 hours; Term Paper.

Textbooks:

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