Courses for Spring 2014

  • Basic Spanish

    A continuation of HISP 0100. This course continues to focus on acquisition of communicative skills (speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing) as well as cultural awareness. With successful completion of the course students will be able to understand simple texts, carry on short spontaneous conversations involving everyday topics (such as modern day life and its pressures, health, art and culture, nature and the environment, relationships) and write simple texts with good command of grammar and sentence structure. Prerequisite: HISP 0100 or placement: SAT II scores between 400 and 450; Brown Placement Exam scores between 241 and 340. Students with an AP score of 3 or below must take the Brown Placement Exam. Students should check Placement and Course Description in the Undergraduate Program section of the Hispanic Studies Website. Enrollment limited to 18; 15 spaces are available for students during pre-registration. 3 spaces will be available at the start of the semester for incoming or re-admitted students who should attend the first class. Pre-enrolled students must attend the first four days of class to maintain their pre-registered status and notify the instructor in advance if they must miss any day before the 4th class when the composition of the course section is finalized. If course is full, students should sign the wait list available in Rochambeau House, 84 Prospect St., Room 117 during the pre-registration period.
    HISP 0200 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Sobral
    HISP 0200 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Sobral
    HISP 0200 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Sobral
    HISP 0200 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Sobral
  • Intermediate Spanish I

    This course continues to develop and strengthen students' proficiency in the Spanish language, as well as to help them increase their cultural understanding. It seeks to develop both fluency and accuracy and to teach students to express, interpret, and negotiate meaning in context. Through the exploration of themes such as the individual and the community, health issues, traveling, multiculturalism and human rights, students focus on communication and learn to appreciate cultural differences. Pre-requisite: either HISP 0200, HISP 0110, or placement: SAT II scores between 460 and 510, or Brown Placement Exam scores between 341 and 410. Students with an AP score of 3 or below must take the Brown Placement Exam. Students should check Placement and Course Description in the Undergraduate Program section of the Hispanic Studies Website. Enrollment limited to 18; 15 spaces are available for students during pre-registration. 3 spaces will be available at the start of the semester for incoming or re-admitted students who should attend the first class. Pre-enrolled students must attend the first four days of class to maintain their pre-registered status and notify the instructor in advance if they must miss any day before the 4th class when the composition of the course section is finalized. If course is full, students should sign the wait list available in Rochambeau House, 84 Prospect St., Room 117 during the pre-registration period.
    HISP 0300 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
    HISP 0300 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
  • Intermediate Spanish II

    This course offers an exploration of the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures through a variety of thematic foci: the world of work, the arts, globalization and technology, leisure, and celebrations. It focuses on vocabulary building, the examination of some of the more difficult points of grammar, and moving students towards a more sophisticated level of comprehension and expression. Students work with readings, including literary texts; songs; film; and the visual arts. Prerequisite: HISP 0300 or placement: SAT II scores between 520 and 590 or Brown Placement Exam scores between 411 and 490. Students with an AP score of 3 or below must take the Brown Placement Exam. Students should check Placement and Course Description in the Undergraduate Program section of the Hispanic Studies Website. Enrollment limited to 18; 15 spaces are available for students during pre-registration. 3 spaces will be available at the start of the semester for incoming or re-admitted students who should attend the first class. Pre-enrolled students must attend the first four days of class to maintain their pre-registered status and notify the instructor in advance if they must miss any day before the 4th class when the composition of the course section is finalized. If course is full, students should sign the wait list available in Rochambeau House, 84 Prospect St., Room 117 during the pre-registration period.
    HISP 0400 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
    HISP 0400 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
    HISP 0400 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
    HISP 0400 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
  • Advanced Spanish I

    Offers comprehensive work in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, with targeted grammar review. Students work with a variety of readings (literature, newspaper articles, etc.) and with art forms such as music and film, in order to develop oral and written expression and to explore issues relevant to the Hispanic world. Students explore topics of their own interest through student-led activities and presentations. Prerequisite: HISP0400 or placement: SAT II scores between 600 and 660, Brown Placement Exam scores between 491 and 570, or AP score of 4 in language or literature. Please check Hispanic Studies website (Undergraduate Programs) for course descriptions and placement information. Enrollment limited to 18; 15 spaces are available for students during pre-registration. 3 spaces will be available at the start of the semester for incoming or re-admitted students who should attend the first class. Pre-enrolled students must attend the first four days of class to maintain their pre-registered status and notify the instructor in advance if they must miss any day before the 4th class when the composition of the course section is finalized. If course is full, students should sign the wait list available in Rochambeau House, 84 Prospect St., Room 117 during the pre-registration period.
    HISP 0500 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Schuhmacher
    HISP 0500 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Schuhmacher
    HISP 0500 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Ortiz
  • Advanced Spanish II

    Offers continued, advanced-level work in speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills, with focused review of challenging aspects of Spanish grammar. Course materials include films, music, art works, and a variety of written texts (articles, stories, plays, a novella, etc.) chosen to promote class discussion and in-depth written analysis. There will be individual and group activities, including in-class presentations and creative writing projects. Prerequisite: HISP0500 or placement: SATII scores between 670 and 740, Brown Placement Exam scores between 571 and 650, or AP score of 5 in language. Please check Hispanic Studies website (Undergraduate Programs) for course descriptions and placement information. Enrollment limited to 18. Pre-enrolled students must attend the first four days of class to maintain their pre-registered status and notify the instructor in advance if they must miss any day before the 4th class when the composition of the course section is finalized. If course is full, students should sign the wait list available in Rochambeau House, 84 Prospect St., Room 117 during the pre-registration period. Students with scores of 750 and above on the SAT II, 551 on the Brown Placement Exam, or 5 in AP Literature should consider offerings in the HISP 0730-0740-0750 range.
    HISP 0600 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Bauer
    HISP 0600 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Bauer
    HISP 0600 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Bauer
    HISP 0600 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Bauer
    HISP 0600 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Bauer
  • Cultura gastronómica de España

    Spain has a rich and varied culinary culture — both steeped in its multicultural history and at the cutting edge of new culinary movements. In this course, you will learn about la cocina española in all its dimensions and at the same time develop your linguistic skills in written and oral Spanish. Topics include: the Mediterranean diet (and its threat from fast food), the culture of tapas, the wine regions of Spain, Spain’s new star chefs, the olive oil industry, Spanish food products abroad. We will explore these topics through documentaries, recipes, interviews, films, music, short stories, and hands-on cooking.
    HISP 0710A S01
    Primary Instructor
    Godoy Luque
    HISP 0710A S02
    Primary Instructor
    Godoy Luque
  • Early and Contemporary Writers of Spanish America

    An introduction to major authors, movements, and themes of Spanish American literature from the Discovery to the present. This course also aims to develop students' oral and written expression in Spanish. Students are expected to engage in close reading and discussion of texts, as well as to revise their papers. Prerequisite: HISP 0600, or AP score =5, or SAT II (Literature) score of 750 or above, or Brown placement score of 651 or above. WRIT
    HISP 0730 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Ortiz
    HISP 0730 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Ortiz
  • Intensive Survey of Spanish Literature

    An introduction to the major authors and literary movements of Spanish literature from the Middle Ages to contemporary times. Focuses on building critical vocabulary. Also aims to develop students' written and oral expression in Spanish. Preparatory course for 1000-level courses for students who achieve the highest placement in Spanish. Prerequisite: HISP 0600, or AP score =5, or SAT II (Literature) score of 750 or above, or Brown placement score of 651 or above. WRIT
    HISP 0740 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Thomas
  • Hispanics in the United States

    Designed to bridge academic learning about Hispanic/Latino culture and volunteer work in agencies serving Hispanics in Providence. Readings, films, and guest presentations focus on issues of concern to these groups. Spanish language learning occurs in the classroom and the community, where students have the opportunity to enrich and test course content. Prerequisite: HISP 0600 or placement: SAT II scores of over 750, 5 in AP Literature or 651 and over in the Brown Placement Exam. Instructor permission required.
    HISP 0750B S01
    Primary Instructor
    Bauer
  • Family Ties: Love, Incest, and Adultery in the 19th Century Spanish Novel

    Love, incest, adultery, prostitution, and betrayal are at the center of Benito Pérez Galdós's epic novel Fortunata y Jacinta. In this course we will examine these themes in relation to the formation of the bourgeois family in 19th-century Spain, as well as competing notions of masculinity and femininity. We will couple our study of narrative fiction with medical literature, religious texts, illustrated magazines, and domestic manuals contemporary to the novel.
    HISP 1260E S01
    Primary Instructor
    Chang
  • The Spanish Civil War in Visual Culture

    No other event marked contemporary Spain as profoundly as the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). This course will study the history of the war itself and trace the multiple ways it has been remembered and represented from its immediate aftermath through to the present. Materials will include films and documentaries, paintings and photography, propaganda posters and newsreels, radio and television, monuments and comics, oral histories and fiction. In addition, we will read critical and theoretical texts on historical trauma and individual and collective memory as well as amnesia. This course will be conducted in Spanish. WRIT
    HISP 1290U S01
    Primary Instructor
    Thomas
  • Gaborium: Memory, Fiction, and Reading in Gabriel García Márquez

    Departing from some formats of writing and reading (myth, history, legend, journalism, memoirs) in García Márquez writings, we plan to study the representation (magical, carnivalesque, political) unfolding in his novels, stories, and essays. From this processing of information and exchange, our course will analyze the cultural history of abundance, scarcity, and Utopia in Latin America. Prerequisite: HISP 0730 or 0740. Enrollment limited to 40.
    HISP 1370B S01
    Primary Instructor
    Ortega
  • Creative Writing for the New Digital Media

    This class is a workshop in creating literary and non-literary texts in Spanish for online publication. Drawing from theoretical reflextions on the new media as well as examples of its use, we will explore the creative possibilities of multiple genres of digital communication—from short stories and poems to copywriting, news articles, and tweets. Our main objective is to strengthen students’ skills as individual and collaborative authors through excercises in literary production and techniques, strategies, and habits of good writing. Both experienced writers and aspiring novices are welcome.
    HISP 1700A S01
    Primary Instructor
    Ortiz
  • Independent Study

    Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    HISP 1980 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Ortega
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Senior Conference

    Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    HISP 1990 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Bou
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 1990 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Bauer
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 1990 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Ortega
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 1990 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Merrim
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 1990 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Vaquero
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 1990 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Benet Cros
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 1990 S07
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Early Modern Madrid: The Cultural Creation of a Court Capital

    A city is not only made of buildings and streets but also texts and images that shape the way people understand and inhabit the urban environment. This seminar focuses on early modern Madrid, created as the seat of Philip II’s court in 1561 and transformed in the following decades into the capital of Spain’s far-flung empire. We will examine the role of culture in that transformation—the primary spaces and technologies of literary and artistic production, as well as its multiple genres and forms (e.g., novelas, plays,relaciones de fiesta, prints, maps,paintings). Primary sources will be complemented by readings in history and theory.
    HISP 2160M S01
    Primary Instructor
    Bass
  • Gender/Genre: A Study of the Realist Novel

    This seminar will examine the emergence of the realist novel and its contribution to nation building during Spain’s transition to modernity. At the same time, we will trace the novel’s curious engagement with gender by examining realism’s obsession with troubled female protagonists. To what extend do these disturbed women allegorize the anxieties around progress and modernization? Throughout the class we will consider how gender is imagined, regulated, performed, and transformed in relation to nation, class, race and sexuality. Students will become familiarized with various approaches to the study of novel as well as theories of gender and sexuality.
    HISP 2250L S01
    Primary Instructor
    Chang
  • Novela latinomericana contemporánea

    Estudiaremos la constelación de novelas fundamentales (Pedro Páramo, Los ríos profundos, Rayuela, La muerte de Artemio Cruz, Cien Años de soledad entre otras) que configuran un sistema literario hecho de innovación formal, ampliación de la lectura, y puesta en crisis de la representación.
    HISP 2350E S01
    Primary Instructor
    Ortega
  • Preliminary Examination Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the tuition requirement and are paying the registration fee to continue active enrollment while preparing for a preliminary examination.
    HISP 2970 S01
    Schedule Code
    E: Grad Enrollment Fee/Dist Prep
  • Research in Spanish and Latin American Literature

    Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    HISP 2980 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Bou
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 2980 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Ortega
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 2980 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Vaquero
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 2980 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Merrim
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 2980 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Subirana
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 2980 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Bauer
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 2980 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Mazzucchelli
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 2980 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Bass
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 2980 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Clayton
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Thesis Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the tuition requirement and are paying the registration fee to continue active enrollment while preparing a thesis.
    HISP 2990 S01
    Schedule Code
    E: Grad Enrollment Fee/Dist Prep
  • Thesis Preparation

    Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    HISP 2991 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Bou
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 2991 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Merrim
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 2991 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Ortega
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 2991 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Mazzucchelli
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 2991 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Vaquero
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 2991 S06
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research