Spanish Courses


Summer 2017

Summer 2017

SPAN101 Beginners' Spanish I Sections

Grammar, composition, translation, oral practice.

[accordions collapsible=true active=false style=accordion-container] [accordion title="Course Description - Summer 2017" style="accordion-style1"] Beginners' Spanish I Spanish 101 introduces students to the fundamentals of the Spanish language while involving them in personalized activities that require interactive communication.  Students discuss and describe everyday activities within the context of common tasks and situations (the first day of classes, talking on the phone, looking for work, going to a party, weekend activities, etc.).  The course includes group interaction and grammatical explanations. Evaluation is based on demonstrated proficiency in the use of pertinent vocabulary and basic structures by means of self-expression (oral and written) and functional translation. The course also attempts to promote cultural awareness. Spanish 101 is a 3-credit course for beginners.  To receive credits for this course, students who enrol in it are presumed to have no previous knowledge of the language. Required text and Online Workbook: ¿Cómo se dice...? UBC Custom Edition (10th ed.), with eSAM\iLrn online workbook, Jarvis, Heinle...
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SPAN102 Beginners' Spanish II Sections

Grammar, composition, translation, oral practice.

[accordions collapsible=true active=false style=accordion-container] [accordion title="Course Description - Summer 2017" style="accordion-style1"] Beginners Spanish II Spanish 102 builds upon the skills acquired in Spanish 101.  It involves students in interactive communication while introducing them to language structures of increased complexity.  Students report and describe past events and express subjunctive notions such as volition and emotion within the context of common tasks (planeando vacaciones, pidiendo información, buscando vivienda, haciendo las compras, etc.).  The course includes group interaction and grammatical explanations. Evaluation is based on demonstrated proficiency in the use of pertinent vocabulary and structures by means of self-expression (oral and written) and functional translation. The course also attempts to promote cultural awareness. Required text and Online Workbook: ¿Cómo se dice...?  UBC Custom Edition (10th ed.), with eSAM\iLrn online workbook, Jarvis, Heinle 2013. Prerequisite: SPAN 101 or equivalent Note: Spanish 102 is a 3-credit course.  It is absolutely not recommended that students with Grade 11 Spanish take Spanish 102 without taking Spanish...
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SPAN201 Intermediate Spanish I Sections

Grammar, composition, translation, oral practice, readings.

Intermediate Spanish I This course reviews the fundamentals of the language while involving learners in interactive communication and in the development of their reading and writing skills. Students demonstrate fluency discussing everyday activities, competence in reporting and describing past events, and proficiency expressing subjunctive notions of volition, emotion and doubt within the context of topical tasks and situations. Students can expect grammatical explanations and active participation in group interaction. Evaluation is based on demonstrated proficiency in the use of pertinent vocabulary and structures by means of self-expression (oral and written) and functional translation. The course also attempts to promote cultural awareness. Classes are conducted primarily in Spanish. Spanish 201 is a 3-credit course. Required text: Ana C. Jarvis, Continuemos package, 8th ed. (Continuemos text, iLrn Printed Access Code, Larousse Pocket Spanish/English Dictionary), Cengage, 2013.

Prerequisite: SPAN 102 or equivalent; or B standing in Grade 11 Spanish, but students with Grade 11 Spanish should contact the course...
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SPAN202 Intermediate Spanish II Sections

Grammar, composition, translation, oral practice, readings.

Intermediate Spanish II Spanish 202 is the continuation of Spanish 201. The course proceeds with the introduction of language structures of increased complexity while requiring learners to engage in interactive communication. This course includes group interaction and the discussion (oral and written) of selected readings. A film will be shown in class. Evaluation is based on demonstrated proficiency in the use of pertinent vocabulary and structures by means of self-expression (oral and written) and functional translation. The course also attempts to promote cultural awareness. Classes are conducted in Spanish. Spanish 202 is a 3-credit course. Required text: Ana C. Jarvis, Continuemos package, 8th ed. (Continuemos text, iLrn Printed Access Code, Larousse Pocket Spanish/English Dictionary), Cengage, 2013. Prerequisite: SPAN 201 or equivalent Note: SPAN 202 satisfies the language requirement for the Faculty of Arts.  Students with Grade 12 Spanish are normally not given credits for this course; exceptions are possible, but they must be requested and formally approved by the...
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SPAN404B Topics in Hispanic Cinema - TPCS HISP CINEMA Sections

Hollywood South of the Border This course will examine the treatment of Latin America in Hollywood film. It will look at films set south of the border, films about the border itself, as well as the presence of Latino stars (actors, directors, and others) in the US film industry. Hollywood is, after all, located in the ambivalent borderland that is Southern California: once part of the Spanish Empirse, part of Mexico, and now increasingly marked by ongoing Latino immigration. Its cinematic output thus negotiates a set of fears and desires about the foreign other, but also the domestic self, as they play out on the silver screen over the course of the century of film. To study the issues these movies raise, we will examine a range of genres, from comedy to the Western, musicals to action adventures. Among the films we may view: John Emerson. The Americano (1916). Fred Niblo. The Mark of...
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SPAN499 Honours Essay Sections

SPAN504B Studies in Hispanic Cinema - STD HISP CINEMA Sections

Hollywood South of the Border This course will examine the treatment of Latin America in (mostly) Hollywood film. It will look at films set south of the border, films about the border itself, as well as the presence of Latino stars (actors, directors, etc.) in the US film industry. Hollywood is, after all, located in the ambivalent borderland that is Southern California: once part of the Spanish Empire, later part of Mexico, and now increasingly marked by ongoing Latino immigration. Its cinematic output thus negotiates a set of fears and desires about the foreign other, but also the domestic self, as they play out on the silver screen over the course of a century of film. To study the issues these movies raise, we will examine genres from comedy to the Western, musicals to action adventures. Assignments: Students will have to: 1) write a weekly blog post (20% of the final grade); 2)...
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SPAN548 Graduating Essay Sections

SPAN549 Master's Thesis Sections

Master's thesis All candidates for the M.A. degree with thesis are required to deposit in the Department a thesis of approximately 80 pages, including bibliography and notes. It must be presented in accordance with the university guidelines for the format and presentation of graduate theses. Candidates will defend their thesis during a one-hour and a half oral examination. Candidates must register in Spanish 549 in the year in which they intend to submit the thesis. For information about your thesis preparation and submission, click here. Course Registration
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SPAN649 Doctoral Dissertation Sections


Winter 2016/17

Winter 2016

SPAN101 Beginners' Spanish I Sections

Grammar, composition, translation, oral practice.

[accordions collapsible=true active=false style=accordion-container] [accordion title="Course Description - Summer 2017" style="accordion-style1"] Beginners' Spanish I Spanish 101 introduces students to the fundamentals of the Spanish language while involving them in personalized activities that require interactive communication.  Students discuss and describe everyday activities within the context of common tasks and situations (the first day of classes, talking on the phone, looking for work, going to a party, weekend activities, etc.).  The course includes group interaction and grammatical explanations. Evaluation is based on demonstrated proficiency in the use of pertinent vocabulary and basic structures by means of self-expression (oral and written) and functional translation. The course also attempts to promote cultural awareness. Spanish 101 is a 3-credit course for beginners.  To receive credits for this course, students who enrol in it are presumed to have no previous knowledge of the language. Required text and Online Workbook: ¿Cómo se dice...? UBC Custom Edition (10th ed.), with eSAM\iLrn online workbook, Jarvis, Heinle...
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SPAN102 Beginners' Spanish II Sections

Grammar, composition, translation, oral practice.

[accordions collapsible=true active=false style=accordion-container] [accordion title="Course Description - Summer 2017" style="accordion-style1"] Beginners Spanish II Spanish 102 builds upon the skills acquired in Spanish 101.  It involves students in interactive communication while introducing them to language structures of increased complexity.  Students report and describe past events and express subjunctive notions such as volition and emotion within the context of common tasks (planeando vacaciones, pidiendo información, buscando vivienda, haciendo las compras, etc.).  The course includes group interaction and grammatical explanations. Evaluation is based on demonstrated proficiency in the use of pertinent vocabulary and structures by means of self-expression (oral and written) and functional translation. The course also attempts to promote cultural awareness. Required text and Online Workbook: ¿Cómo se dice...?  UBC Custom Edition (10th ed.), with eSAM\iLrn online workbook, Jarvis, Heinle 2013. Prerequisite: SPAN 101 or equivalent Note: Spanish 102 is a 3-credit course.  It is absolutely not recommended that students with Grade 11 Spanish take Spanish 102 without taking Spanish...
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SPAN201 Intermediate Spanish I Sections

Grammar, composition, translation, oral practice, readings.

Intermediate Spanish I This course reviews the fundamentals of the language while involving learners in interactive communication and in the development of their reading and writing skills. Students demonstrate fluency discussing everyday activities, competence in reporting and describing past events, and proficiency expressing subjunctive notions of volition, emotion and doubt within the context of topical tasks and situations. Students can expect grammatical explanations and active participation in group interaction. Evaluation is based on demonstrated proficiency in the use of pertinent vocabulary and structures by means of self-expression (oral and written) and functional translation. The course also attempts to promote cultural awareness. Classes are conducted primarily in Spanish. Spanish 201 is a 3-credit course. Required text: Ana C. Jarvis, Continuemos package, 8th ed. (Continuemos text, iLrn Printed Access Code, Larousse Pocket Spanish/English Dictionary), Cengage, 2013.

Prerequisite: SPAN 102 or equivalent; or B standing in Grade 11 Spanish, but students with Grade 11 Spanish should contact the course...
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SPAN202 Intermediate Spanish II Sections

Grammar, composition, translation, oral practice, readings.

Instructor(s): Spacciante, Stephanie
Intermediate Spanish II Spanish 202 is the continuation of Spanish 201. The course proceeds with the introduction of language structures of increased complexity while requiring learners to engage in interactive communication. This course includes group interaction and the discussion (oral and written) of selected readings. A film will be shown in class. Evaluation is based on demonstrated proficiency in the use of pertinent vocabulary and structures by means of self-expression (oral and written) and functional translation. The course also attempts to promote cultural awareness. Classes are conducted in Spanish. Spanish 202 is a 3-credit course. Required text: Ana C. Jarvis, Continuemos package, 8th ed. (Continuemos text, iLrn Printed Access Code, Larousse Pocket Spanish/English Dictionary), Cengage, 2013. Prerequisite: SPAN 201 or equivalent Note: SPAN 202 satisfies the language requirement for the Faculty of Arts.  Students with Grade 12 Spanish are normally not given credits for this course; exceptions are possible, but they must be requested and formally approved by the...
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SPAN206 Conversational Spanish I Sections

Conversation (group discussion and debates), readings, and grammar review.

Instructor(s): Carbonetti, Maria
Conversational Spanish I Spanish 206 is designed to enhance communication skills and provide additional practice to improve oral expression and comprehension and reading and writing skills, while increasing awareness of Hispanic culture and community engagement through community projects and interaction with guests from the Hispanic community. It is geared towards students who already have a good general knowledge of grammar and a certain ability to express themselves orally but want to improve (after Spanish 202 or with instructor permission). Students are expected to participate in discussions, debates and interactive presentations. Grammar will not be studied systematically, but a review of the most important aspects of it will be covered through oral practice exercises. Please note that Spanish 206 does not require the purchase of any textbook; all audiovisual materials, written articles and exercises are available on line through the course webpage. Evaluation is based on demonstrated proficiency in oral and written communication. Some students register...
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SPAN207 Conversational Spanish II Sections

Conversation (group discussion and debates), readings, and grammar review.

Instructor(s): Carbonetti, Maria
Conversational Spanish II This course is a continuation of Spanish 206 (prerequisite or if the student has an equivalent proficiency with instructor permission) and follows the same format. It is designed to enhance communication skills and provide additional practice to improve oral expression and comprehension and reading and writing skills, while increasing awareness of Hispanic culture and community engagement through projects and interaction with guests from the Hispanic community. To know more about community projects, visit our site Spanish for Community. It is geared toward students who already have a good general knowledge of grammar and a certain ability to express themselves orally but want to improve. Students are expected to participate in discussions, debates and interactive presentations. Grammar will not be studied systematically, but a review of the most important aspects of it will be covered through oral practice exercises. Please note that Span 207 does not require any textbook;...
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SPAN221 Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish Sections

Critical analysis (e.g., terminology, analytical concepts) of at least three genres through the study of selected Iberian and Latin American literary texts. This course is required for the Major Program and is taught in Spanish.

Instructor(s): Fernández Utrera, María Soledad BEASLEY-MURRAY, JONATHAN
Introducción al análisis literario en español Este curso ofrece una comprensión elemental y comprensiva del análisis literario sobre la base de textos españoles e hispanoamericanos. Se introducirán los principales géneros literarios con su correspondiente terminología del lenguaje literario. Además se situarán los autores y los textos en sus contextos históricos, geográficos y culturales. Texto obligatorio : Virgillo et al. Aproximaciones al estudio de la literatura hispánica. 7th Ed. McGraw-Hill, 2011. Prerequisite: SPAN 202 Note: This course is required for the Major and Minor programs in Spanish Language of Instruction: Spanish Course Registration
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SPAN222 Introduction to the Analysis of Hispanic Cultural Texts Sections

Critical analysis of different cultural genres such as music, cinema, art, photography, through the study of selected Iberian and Latin American cultural texts. Not available for credit toward the Major or Minor in Spanish. Taught in Spanish.

Instructor(s): Beauchesne, Kim
Hispanic Cultural Expressions ¿Qué es la cultura y cómo la evaluamos con “ojos críticos”?  Este curso busca responder a estas preguntas pertinentes y más en relación a la producción cultural hispana a través del análisis crítico de distintos géneros culturales tales como la música, el cine, y el arte.  Los estudiantes analizarán textos de distintos períodos históricos en relación a sus creadores y los contextos socio-políticos en los que se produjeron.  Aprenderán y aplicarán a los textos terminología específica de los estudios culturales y conceptos analíticos relacionados con los géneros estudiados.  Se subyugarán a los significados literales y figurativos de los textos y desarrollarán su capacidad de leer, ver, y analizar textos en español verbalmente y por escrito.  A través de este curso, los estudiantes también tendrán la oportunidad de interactuar con la comunidad local en Vancouver para evaluar cómo su ciudad dialoga (o no) con las tendencias culturales globales estudiados...
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SPAN280 Selected Topics on Revolution in Latin America (in English) Sections

A cultural studies approach to Revolution in Latin America: basic concepts of revolt and revolution, highlighting the intersection of political, literary, and cultural production during Latin American revolutionary periods.

Snapshots of Revolution in Latin America Revolutions challenge the status quo.  Revolutionary leaders think differently.  They are successful at imagining change during conflictive times and work to actively create the conditions necessary for the formation of a more just society and future.  Spanish 280 traces how revolution – as idea, discourse, theory, and practice – shifts over time, from country to country, and movement to movement from the beginning of the 20th century to present day through close readings of the memoirs, campaign diaries, and letters written by and about some of Latin America’s most prominent rebel leaders – Emiliano Zapata, Che Guevara, Tamara Bunke, and Subcomandante Marcos.  In keeping with a Cultural Studies Approach, class discussions will highlight how other artistic genres such as music, art, film, and photography actively seek to promote or criticize the revolutionary projects proposed and disseminated by such “agents of change” in society and how...
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SPAN301 Advanced Spanish I Sections

Composition, translation, and oral practice. Special emphasis on pronunciation and syntax.

Advanced Spanish I SPAN 301: Advanced Spanish I,  es un curso para estudiantes intermedios en el que se profundizan las habilidades lingüísticas hacia un nivel intermedio avanzado. Es la continuación de SPAN 202, SPAN 207 o para estudiantes de un nivel equivalente con permiso del instructor.  SPAN 301: Advanced Spanish I también puede cursarse concurrentemente con SPAN 206. El objetivo del curso es que los estudiantes amplíen y profundicen sus habilidades comunicativas,  (oralidad, escritura y audición) así como también la reflexión lingüística través del estudio de la gramática en contexto.  El curso enfatiza el reconocimiento de la diversidad social y cultural del mundo hispano a partir de la exposición de los estudiantes a la lectura de textos literarios y no literarios,  el arte y expresiones audiovisuales. El curso incluye lecturas, análisis de textos, composiciones originales, ejercicios gramaticales y de contraste inglés/español, discusiones y debates en los que los estudiantes deberán demostrar no solamente...
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SPAN302 Advanced Spanish II Sections

Composition, translation, and oral practice. Special emphasis on pronunciation and syntax.

Instructor(s): Carbonetti, Maria
Advanced Spanish II SPAN 302: Advanced Spanish II,  es un curso para estudiantes intermedio-avanzados en el que se profundizan las habilidades lingüísticas hacia un nivel  avanzado. Es la continuación de SPAN 301 o para estudiantes de un nivel equivalente con permiso del instructor.  SPAN 302: Advanced Spanish II también puede cursarse concurrentemente con SPAN 207. El objetivo del curso es que los estudiantes amplíen y profundicen sus habilidades comunicativas,  (oralidad, escritura y audición) así como también la reflexión lingüística través del estudio de la gramática en contexto.  El curso enfatiza el reconocimiento de la diversidad social y cultural del mundo hispano a partir de la exposición de los estudiantes a la lectura de textos literarios y no literarios,  el arte y expresiones audiovisuales. El curso incluye lecturas, análisis de textos, composiciones originales, ejercicios gramaticales y de contraste inglés/español, discusiones y debates en los que los estudiantes deberán demostrar no solamente su progreso lingüístico...
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SPAN308 Spanish for Business Sections

Not available for credit toward a Major or Minor in Spanish.

Español para Negocios Nuevas oportunidades se abren a quienes se encuentran preparados para desempeñarse en diferentes campos laborarles y profesionales. El mundo de los negocios en español es una oportunidad concreta a explorar ¿quieres ser tú uno de ellos? El curso SPAN 308 Español para Negocios prepara a los estudiantes en el uso del lenguaje especializado para desempeñarse en una serie de áreas tales como el comercio, las finanzas, el marketing y la economía. Asimismo, los estudiantes aprenden a reconocer y utilizar algunas herramientas básicas de negociación, redactar documentos de uso comercial e igualmente necesario, aprender sobre la cultura profesional de los países hispanos. El curso tiene un enfoque comunicativo por medio del cual el profesor actúa como moderador y facilitador de las sesiones. El análisis y desarrollo de los temas del curso es de responsabilidad directa de los estudiantes. Se trabaja principalmente en equipo ya que corresponde al estilo favorecido por la...
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SPAN312C Topics in Latin American Literature in Translation - LA LIT IN TRANS Sections

Introduction for the non-specialist to the major contemporary Latin American literary works and their cultural background. Not available for credit toward a Major or Minor program in Spanish.

Intro to Latin American Literature What is Latin America? Can we define or question an entire region through literature? This course will examine the region through an adventurous exploration of contemporary Latin American literature in English translation. Starting with the 1960s until the present, we will address social, historical, and political contexts. Themes to be explored include: identity, class, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, violence, and conflict. We will read short stories and novels from a variety of countries. Required texts: Junot Díaz: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Gabriel García Márquez: One Hundred Years of Solitude Manuel Puig: Kiss of the Spider Woman Laura Esquivel: Like Water for Chocolate Roberto Bolaño: Distant Star Aira César: Shantytown Valeria Luiselli: The Story of My Teeth Recommended text: Roberto Echevarria González: Modern Latin American Literature Prerequisite: None Note: Not available for credit toward a Major or Minor in Spanish. This course fulfils the Faculty of Arts Literature Requirement. Language of Instruction: English Course registration
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SPAN321 Introduction to Spanish Civilization and Culture Sections

History and culture of Spain.

Introduction to Spanish Civilization and Culture El curso es una visión panorámica de la historia y la cultura de España desde la prehistoria hasta finales del siglo XVII.  Se enfocará en los principales acontecimientos políticos, sociales, económicos, religiosos y culturales, con el objetivo de comprender cómo se ha ido forjando la identidad española. Los objetivos de este curso son: 1)   que el estudiante tenga una introducción a la historia y la cultura de España en el contexto Europeo hasta el comienzo de la Edad Moderna (que comienza en el siglo XVIII en España). 2)   que conozca el papel relevante de España y sus aportaciones a la vida y la cultura occidentales (por ejemplo, en el campo del derecho internacional). 3)   que entienda cómo se ha formado la identidad española a partir de la fusión de múltiples razas y culturas. 4)   que comprenda el origen de la actual España plural de las Autonomías y su problemática. 5)   que...
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SPAN357 Survey of Peninsular Literature and Culture from the Origins to 1700 Sections

Instructor(s): Alvarez-Moreno, Raúl
Survey of Peninsular Literature and Culture from the Origins to 1700 This course surveys the literature of the Middle and Golden Ages in Spain as a continuum through the main literary genres and cultural trends. We will analyze the works and characters of authors from the 11th to the 17th centuries (Libro del buen amor, La Celestina, Lazarillo de Tormes, Don Quijote or Don Juan) that shaped not only Spanish but also Universal literature. Likewise, the course will examine how the historical, social, intellectual and religious contexts framed the literature of this period, essential to understanding Hispanic culture. IN SPANISH Required texts: Sanchez-Romeralo, A. E Ibarra, F. Antología de autores españoles antiguos y modernos, Vol. 1., Macmillan. Pedro Calderón de la Barca, ed. Vincent Martin. La vida es sueño. Juan de la Cuesta Prerequisites: SPAN 221 and SPAN 302. SPAN 302 may be taken as a co-requisite, with the permission of the instructor or the Spanish Major...
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SPAN358 Survey of Peninsular Literature and Culture from 1700 to the Present Sections

Survey of Peninsular Literature and Culture from 1700 to the Present This course offers a comprehensive overview of the literature and culture of Spain from 1700 until today. We will consider the most important historical, cultural and political events of these centuries in relation to important literary movements such as the Enlightenment, Romanticism, Naturalism, Realism and Surrealism. We will also study the literature produced during the Spanish Civil War, under Franco’s dictatorship and during the transition to the democracy as well as contemporary writings dealing with immigration in Spain and the current economic crisis. During the course of the semester we will analyze a variety of texts of diverse literary genres – that include poetry, essays and short stories – written by canonical authors such as José Cadalso, Leandro Fernández de Moratín, Mariano José de Larra, Emilia Pardo Bazán, Miguel de Unamuno, Antonio Machado, Federico García Lorca and Carmen Martín Gaite. The...
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SPAN364 Survey of Spanish-American Literature and Culture to the 1820s Sections

Instructor(s): Beauchesne, Kim
Survey of Spanish-American Literature and Culture to the 1820s El objetivo de este curso consiste en revisar, analizar y discutir algunos de los textos canónicos de la llamada “literatura colonial” desde las representaciones de las conquistas iniciales hasta la alta cultura de la época virreinal. Ubicaremos cada una de las obras seleccionadas dentro de su género y contexto sociohistórico para entender la interacción entre los variados aspectos con que va tomando forma el discurso americano. Complementaremos nuestras lecturas con el estudio de la cultura material, el arte visual y las producciones no alfabéticas locales (sobre todo códices y mapas) de ese periodo. Al final del curso se harán breves incursiones por la literatura contemporánea para evaluar el legado del pasado colonial en la problemática social y literaria de la América Latina actual. Lecturas obligatorias: Chang-Rodríguez, Raquel y Malva E. Filer (eds.). Voces de Hispanoamérica: antología literaria. Boston: Heinle Cengage Learning, 2013. (coursepack, UBC...
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SPAN365 Survey of Spanish-American Literature and Culture since the 1820s Sections

Instructor(s): DE GRANDIS, FILOMENA Frelick, Nancy
Survey of Spanish-American Literature and Culture since the 1820s Spanish 365 is a survey course that incorporates key Spanish-American literary and cultural texts and genres – poetry, essay, short story, novella, and others – of the 19th and 20th centuries in relation to their authors and the social, political, and cultural contexts in which they were produced. The primary goal of such a course is to provide students with somewhat of a literary, historical, and geographical sweep and to explore how Latin American authors such as Esteban Echevarría, Pablo Neruda, Horacio Quiroga, Julio Cortázar, and Gabriel García Márquez use their unique styles (voices and poetic and narrative techniques) to reflect upon the common themes of history, culture, politics, power, violence, love, colonialism, as well as gender, race, and social class. Students will apply basic literary terminology, apply literal and figurative meanings and analytical concepts to texts, and further develop their skills...
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SPAN401 Advanced Translation: Spanish-English Sections

Intensive training in advanced translation from a variety of sources (literary, journalistic, legal and technical), with an introduction to translation theory.

Translation El Español 401 es una introducción intensamente práctica al arte y a la destreza de la traducción del español al inglés y del inglés al español.  A través de una variedad de actividades de distintos campos profesionales (Los negocios, el derecho, el periodismo, las relaciones públicas, y los estudios literarios y culturales), los estudiantes trabajan con teorías y técnicas de traducción, intersecciones (o divergencias) gramaticales y estructurales entre las dos lenguas, y tratarán de resolver cuestiones de fidelidad y fluidez al interpretar voz, cultura y texto.  Este curso también facilitará una breve introducción a la interpretación simultánea de la lengua en el contexto de las profesiones estudiadas.  Finalmente, los estudiantes mejorarán sus destrezas en la escritura y su fluidez en español y comprensión general del proceso de traducción y todas sus complejidades.  Los participantes deben tener un conocimiento profundo de ambas lenguas, el español y el inglés. [Spanish 401 is an...
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SPAN402 Advanced Spanish III Sections

Advanced studies in Spanish language and style.

Instructor(s): Carbonetti, Maria
Los laberintos de la lengua Español 402: Los laberintos de la lengua, es el nivel más avanzado de lengua para quienes hayan completado Span 302, o tengan una competencia lingüística equivalente y para estudiantes bilingües. El curso explora los aspectos más complejos de la lengua expañola a nivel sintáctico, morfológico y semántico a través de diferentes géneros discursivos a partir de modelos de la literatura, crítica, periodismo y cine hispanos. Los estudiantes practican intensivamente la escritura académica, discuten material de lectura y audiovisual y participan en un taller de exploración creativa (el único en el programa) en el que pueden experimentar, tomar riesgos y enriquecer sus posibilidades expresivas en español. Los estudiantes tendrán la oportunidad de participar en proyectos de servicio a la comunidad hispana a través de nuestra iniciativa Spanish for Community. Los materiales de lectura y audiovisuales son de libre acceso en línea. No hay examen final sino la entrega...
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SPAN405F Topics in Peninsular and Latin-American Culture - TPCS PNS<N-A C Sections

From Text to Palate: Literature, Food and Society in Spain and Latin America I took the little book from the angel's hand, ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey utters John in the Bible. The ancient link between food and books is particularly significant in the Hispanic World where eating has always been essential in defining individuals, groups, cultures, and societies. Through an interdisciplinary approach to Hispanic texts and voices from a wide range of time periods (Don Juan Manuel, Lope de Rueda, Cervantes, Josep Plá, Manuel Vicent, Cabeza de Vaca, Ricardo Palma, Laura Esquivel, Martín Caparrós), this course studies food (everything ingested including liquids and medicines) as a cultural product concocted by forces such as ritualization, colonization, technology, travelling or globalization. We will pay particular attention to the intersections of food with economy, religion, social class, gender, health, and language. IN SPANISH Prerequisite: SPAN 221 and SPAN 302 Note: SPAN 405 may be taken twice...
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SPAN406 Gender Representation(s) in Hispanic Literature and Culture Sections

Analysis of major works from the eleventh century to the present.

Selected Topics: Hispanic Women’s Voices (escritoras, artistas y directoras españolas del siglo XVIII, XIX y XX) El curso es una introducción al papel de la mujer en España desde el siglo XVIII hasta el final de la Dictadura franquista (1975). El énfasis, sin embargo, se pondrá en las aportaciones al discurso feminista español de algunas de estas artistas, escritoras y directoras, sin perder de vista el contexto histórico, político, social, económico y cultural español y europeo en el que se insertan. Algunas de las preguntas que se plantearán en el curso son: ¿Qué implica ser una escritora, artista o directora de cine en el contexto social y político en el que produce su obra? ¿Cómo se enfrenta la artista al contexto social y político y cómo se posiciona en referencia a entidades como la nación y cuestiones como el nacionalismo? ¿Qué problemática específica se le plantea al sujeto femenino en situaciones de...
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SPAN470E Topics in Spanish-American Colonial and Nineteenth-Century Literature - SP-AM CL< 19C Sections

Instructor(s): Beauchesne, Kim
Globalización cultural: historias conectadas y vinculaciones textuales entre España, Asia y América (siglos XVI-XXI) Este curso examinará los vínculos textuales que se han desarrollado desde la época colonial hasta nuestros días entre España, Asia y América. De este modo, no sólo se prestará atención a un corpus que ha sido desatendido por la academia tradicional sino que también se ampliará el enfoque de los estudios transatlánticos para incluir los estudios transpacíficos. Se discutirán entonces las nociones de globalización, colonialidad, orientalismo y exotismo, entre otras, mediante el análisis de una selección de obras primarias y secundarias, tanto canónicas como menores. No cabe duda de que este curso será una contribución a la comprensión de la cultura colonial hispánica y su legado actual, ya que los contactos culturales que se produjeron durante siglos entre España, Asia y América siguen siendo de gran importancia, como lo demuestran tanto la presencia española en las Filipinas...
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SPAN495 Research Intensive Seminar in Hispanic Literature and Culture Sections

Instructor(s): Casas Aguilar, Anna
Research Intensive Seminar in Spanish Literature and Culture Description to be added Prerequisite: SPAN 221 and SPAN 302 or permission of the instructor Note: SPAN 495 may be taken twice for credit, with different content, to a maximum of 6 credits. SPAN 495 is a research-intensive course that satisfies the Research Component of the Faculty of Arts Writing and Research Requirement. Language of Instruction: Spanish Course registration  
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SPAN499 Honours Essay Sections

SPAN501B Theoretical Approaches to Literature - TH APPR LIT Sections

(Cross-listed with FREN512B) Studies in Literary Criticism - Lacan and Literature: Theory and Praxis In this graduate seminar we will provide an outline of the development of theory and criticism leading up to and including Lacan, paying particular attention to the developments in linguistics, cultural anthropology, and psychoanalysis  (Saussure, Benveniste, Jakobson, Levi-Strauss, Freud, etc.) that were to prove so influential in the elaboration of Lacan's theories.  We will then examine representative writings of Jacques Lacan and different approaches to the study of literature offered by Lacan as well as his followers and critics.  We will attempt to define and evaluate some of the practical applications of Lacanian theories to the study of literature and look at the possibility of studying Lacan himself, the man and the legend, as a self-conscious sort of literary creation. Partial bibliography: Brooks, Peter.  Psychoanalysis and Storytelling.  Oxford: Blackwell, 1994. Clément, Catherine.  Vies et légendes de Jacques Lacan.  Paris: Grasset, 1981. Derrida,...
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SPAN505B Studies in Peninsular and Latin-American Culture - STD PEN<-AM CL Sections

Canibalismo en América Latina: de las vanguardias al postocolonial En este curso interdisciplinario y comparado, estudiaremos el canibalismo en la literatura y cultura de América Latina en un contexto hemisférico. Examinaremos textos críticos y analizaremos proyectos literarios específicos desde los movimientos de vanguardias hasta el siglo XXI de acuerdo con un marco teórico poscolonial y tropos de consumo e intercambios culturales (por ejemplo: intertextualidad, bricolaje, transculturación, hibridez, antropofagia). Partiendo del concepto de vanguardia de un “canibalismo cultural”, cuya propuesta fue una deglución satírica y metafórica de elementos extranjeros que una vez procesados con elementos locales producen una síntesis, estudiaremos intersecciones visuales y textuales (textos literarios, películas, imágenes) en una variedad de lugares en América latina. Uno de los objetivos del seminario es cuestionar cómo la imagen y el concepto de canibalismo se convirtieron en modelos culturales de apropiación crítica dentro de contextos sociales, políticos e históricos concretos. Required texts: Colón, Cristóbal. “Cartas de...
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SPAN530B Peninsular Literature of the Eighteenth, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries - PEN LIT 18-20C Sections

[accordions collapsible=true active=false style=accordion-container] [accordion title="Course Description - Summer 2016" style="accordion-style1"] [Cross-listed with SPAN 430E-921] Novelas de la guerra civil española Este curso ofrece un recorrido de la narrativa inspirada por la guerra civil española, dentro y  también fuera de España. Investigaremos el impacto cultural de la guerra, y las distintas estrategias escogidas para representar la violencia y el disenso. Analizaremos las perspectivas de españoles dentro y fuera (o sea, exiliados) de España, y asimismo las ofrecidas por extranjeros involucrados en este conflicto con fuertes dimensiones internacionales. Textos Sender, Réquiem por un campesino español Cela, San Camilo, 1936 Malraux, Days of Hope Orwell, Homage to Catalonia Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls Méndez, Los girasoles ciegos Prerequisite: One of SPAN 220, SPAN 221 and SPAN 302 Language of instruction: Spanish and English Course registration [/accordion] [accordion title="Course Description - Winter 2016/17" style="accordion-style2"] Salvador Dalí (un acercamiento interdisciplinar) Dalí fue un artista que se expresó a través de diferentes disciplinas, géneros y soportes. De hecho, la pintura...
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SPAN548 Graduating Essay Sections

SPAN549 Master's Thesis Sections

Master's thesis All candidates for the M.A. degree with thesis are required to deposit in the Department a thesis of approximately 80 pages, including bibliography and notes. It must be presented in accordance with the university guidelines for the format and presentation of graduate theses. Candidates will defend their thesis during a one-hour and a half oral examination. Candidates must register in Spanish 549 in the year in which they intend to submit the thesis. For information about your thesis preparation and submission, click here. Course Registration
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SPAN550F Studies in Peninsular and Latin-American Languages and Literatures - PEN&LAT AM L&LIT Sections

Tourism, Gender and the Environment in the Spanish Speaking World This course focuses on tourism in the Hispanic Caribbean and in Spain, two areas of the Spanish-speaking world that have attracted a large number of tourists since the 1960s. We will engage with theoretical texts that draw from post-colonial, gender and feminist studies in order to examine images of tourists and locals in autobiographical works, novels, films, photographs, publicity posters as well as government and social initiatives in Spain, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica. We will examine how filmmakers, writers, tourist authorities and politicians have portrayed and debated the consequences of tourism—including such themes as sex tourism, environmental change, landscape transformation and the ethics of tourism—in several countries. The course explores how gender, national and racial stereotypes, economic and cultural differences are constructed and questioned in literature, photography and film and how tourism is central in reinforcing...
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SPAN570A Spanish-American Colonial Literature - SP-AM COL LIT Sections

Instructor(s): Beauchesne, Kim
Los estudios poscoloniales y el giro decolonial: teoría y prática Este seminario se propone discutir ensayos fundamentales de los estudios poscoloniales, producidos tanto en la academia norteamericana como en la latinoamericana. A lo largo del semestre haremos “dialogar” la teoría y la práctica, alternando las obras primarias y secundarias, con el fin de entender mejor las reflexiones conceptuales y enriquecer nuestra lectura de la literatura (pos)colonial. El objetivo principal consiste en revaluar nociones clave como la colonialidad, la etnicidad, la subalternidad y el giro decolonial a la luz de una de las corrientes más importantes de la teoría contemporánea. Textos teóricos: Homi K. Bhabha, El lugar de la cultura (trad. de The Location of Culture) Santiago Castro-Gómez y Ramón Grosfoguel (eds.), El giro decolonial: reflexiones para una diversidad epistémica más allá del capitalismo global [incluyendo Walter Mignolo, “El pensamiento decolonial: desprendimiento y apertura. Un manifiesto”] Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, “¿Puede hablar el subalterno?” (trad. de “Can...
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SPAN590A Twentieth-Century Spanish-American Literature - 20C SP-AM LIT Sections

The Argentinean Avant-Garde Novel Studies of the avant-garde literature in the past have focused on the theoretical impact of their experimentation in the twentieth century transition from modernism to postmodernism. Following the geographical movements of the historical avant-garde, in its encounters between Europe and the Americas, this seminar proposes to focus on a selected corpus of the avant-garde Argentinean novel, highlighting its particularities. This seminar will allow the students to get acquainted with some of the canonical novels of Argentinean literature and of the contemporary scholarship on these novels. Questions such as can a unitary concept of avant-garde novel be created—one that could embrace different places, and times- and others will be posed. We will start with a panoptic vision of the state of avant-garde theories today in its global and local contexts. The course will be based in a close reading of the texts and in the dialogue among the students own...
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SPAN649 Doctoral Dissertation Sections