valladolid-subpage2

History of Modern and Contemporary Spain

Syllabus

This course is designed to provide students a broad understanding of the socio-cultural environment of modern Spain. As part of this, the comparison between Spanish history and other societies is necessary to develop students’ understanding of the cultural and linguistic diversity of Spain, as well as providing a reference point for other world views. Specific course objectives include developing skills and understandings to:

  • Gain a comprehensive and realistic idea of the key components and images of Spanish culture, society, traditions, challenges, and achievements.
  • Avoid and dispel clichés of Spanish history, orienting the student toward a deeper understanding of Spain’s past and its contemporary society.
  • Enable students to understand, interpret and express views on modern Spanish society based on historical insights and contemporary issues.

Spanish Literature: 18-20th Centuries

Syllabus

Through a series of lectures and readings, this course demonstrates the evolution of Spanish literature from the 18th Century to modern works, highlighting the diverse styles, forms, and historical and societal interaction within the texts. Given the unique interdisciplinary structure of the course, students employ a variety of materials selected by the professor, which serve to compliment the theoretical explanations and facilitate a greater comprehension of the eras studied.

The course is not presented as simply a monographic study of different authors, but rather a general panorama of Spanish literary history. Thus, the recommended texts will form a basis of which the professor will provide commentary and insight on the required readings.

Through the duration of the course, students have five required readings, each of which should be carefully studied with emphasis on the themes and structure. Students are then responsible for a formal paper which should adequately display comprehension of the text at hand.

Latin American Literature

Syllabus

In this course, students are presented with a panoramic vision of literary evolution through reading and interpreting works of Latin American literature from its origins to modern times. Literature, like all art, is not an isolated discipline, but rather it is directly interrelated with other facets of culture within a country, such as history, sociology, and anthropology. With this in mind, the course is aligned with the history of Latin American literature and its principal movements, but never separates completely from the socio-cultural reality of the movement.

Spanish Culture

Syllabus

The objective of this course is to provide students with a general understanding of the sociocultural environment of modern Spain. Throughout the course a number of cultural topics will be presented, always compared with the student’s home culture so that students will not only learn about Spanish culture but learn to contextualize their cultural awareness in relation with others. The course attempts to create an appreciation for the cultural and linguistic diversity of Spanish society, so that the student gains a broader knowledge of cultural phenomena and an overall global vision.

Introduction to Literary Studies: Spanish Literature

Syllabus

Throughout this course, students engage fundamental concepts related to the definition and analysis of each type of literary text. This is the theoretic component of the course. Students then apply this understanding through analysis and commentary on a variety of texts, so that by the end of the course they are able to recognize and comment on virtually any text. Keeping in mind that this course requires a high level of collaboration by the student, comments regarding the diverse texts should display each student’s capacity for reflection and commentary in written Spanish. The professor will facilitate a learning environment based on discussion in class and a spirit of critical debate among students.

Spanish Literature: Middle Ages to Golden Age

Syllabus

Through a series of readings and other works, this course presents the evolution of Spanish literature from its beginnings up to the end of the 17th Century, while displaying the characteristics, styles, and diverse forms of each period, as well as interactions between history, society, and those texts. Students work with materials provided by the professor, complimented by theoretical explanations which will serve to give a better understanding of the historical periods being examined.

Given the extensive nature of this course, it will not be presented as simply a monographic study of different authors, but rather as a general panorama of Spanish literary history. Thus, the recommended texts will form a basis upon which the professor will provide commentary and insight on required readings.

Throughout this course, students examine various required readings, each of which should be carefully studied with emphasis on the themes and structure. Students are responsible for a formal writing assignment which should adequately display comprehension of the text at hand.