Courses for Spring 2018

  • 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.
    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.
    HISP 0300 S01
    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.
    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.
    HISP 0500 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Gomez Garcia
    HISP 0500 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Schuhmacher
    HISP 0500 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Schuhmacher
  • 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. 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 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Gomez Garcia
    HISP 0600 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Gomez Garcia
    HISP 0600 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Gomez Garcia
    HISP 0600 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Gomez Garcia
  • Introducción a la lingüística hispánica

    This course introduces students to the study of language and deepens their knowledge of Spanish in its main linguistic components. After briefly considering the nature of language, we will study the sounds of Spanish (phonology and phonetics), word and sentence structure (morphology and syntax), and the elements and mechanics to express and interpret meaning (semantics and pragmatics). We will then turn our focus to linguistic phenomena such as changes in Spanish over time (historical linguistics), variations in the language according to region and social group (sociolinguistics), and bilingualism, with special attention to Spanish in the U.S.
    HISP 0710C S01
    Primary Instructor
    Sobral
  • The Latin American Diaspora in the US

    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.
    HISP 0750B S01
    Primary Instructor
    Estrada Orozco
  • Wildeyed Stories

    Students will study a wide-range of stories from cultures of the Spanish speaking world in literature and film: tales, fables, and humorous stories of heroism, deception and revenge. Class discussions will seek to situate the works examined within the political and cultural currents and debates of their time. Emphasis will be placed on both the historical context and on the development of close reading skills. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: HISP 0600 or placement: SAT II scores of over 750, 5 in AP Literature or 551 and over in the Brown Placement Exam. FYS
    HISP 0750G S01
    Primary Instructor
    Vaquero
  • Health, Illness and Medicine in Spanish American Literature and Film

    In this class we will read/see, discuss and write about texts and films that deal with health, illness, death and medicine in primarily Spanish American contexts. Our approach will be informed by principals of Narrative Medicine that demonstrate how attending to, representing, and affiliating oneself with other human beings by studying literature and the arts can transform relationships between patients and healthcare professionals. We will be honing our reading and analytic skills as we confront the subjective dimensions of illness and medicine from humanistic and cross-cultural perspectives. IN SPANISH.
    HISP 0750Q S01
    Primary Instructor
    Kuhnheim
  • Transatlantic Crossings: Readings in Hispanic Literatures

    This course provides students a comprehensive introduction to literature and culture of the Spanish-speaking world, through exploration of a wide range of genres (short story, poetry, theater, novel, and film) and periods of production. The course not only gives students a contextualized historical panorama of literature in Spanish, it also equips them with strategies for reading, thinking, and writing about texts and films in Spanish, preparing them for more advanced literature and culture courses in Hispanic Studies. The course is conducted entirely in Spanish. WRIT
    HISP 0760 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Russell
  • 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
  • Indigenous Literatures of Latin America

    This course explores the presence of indigenous cultures in Latin American literature over the last five centuries. Blending historical and literary analysis, we will delve into foundational indigenous narratives (with a stress on Nahuatl, Mayan and Quechua variants); the vision of Colonial mestizo and bilingual go-betweens; othering discourses in antiquarian, archeological and travel narratives; and the indigenous imprint in contemporary novels, short stories and poetry, including indigenous, women and transnational authors. Through this journey, marginalized cultures throughout the continent show their resilience as the multicultural plot of Latin American history comes to the fore. In Spanish.
    HISP 1330C S01
    Primary Instructor
    Ortega
  • Writing Animals in the Iberian Atlantic

    Animals are our mirrors, our doubles; creatures onto which we project our notions about humanity and its limits. From Aristotle’s ladder to Mesoamerican nahualism, animals have been at the center of how we understand the world and our place in it. This course looks at Animal Studies in dialogue with Hispanic, Latin American and Indigenous Studies to explore how intersectionality illuminates discourses about the human-nonhuman divide. Drawing on studies from both sides of the Atlantic, we will analyze the main genres that have focused on the nonhuman and recent studies on sheep, pigs, the rhinoceros, llamas, and perhaps even hummingbirds. DPLL
    HISP 1331A S01
    Primary Instructor
    Montero
  • Figures of the Contemporary

    Recent years have seen a surge of interest in contemporary fiction, just as fiction itself has turned its attention to the question of how to be, and what it means to be, contemporary. In this course we will focus on the work of four of the most significant and compelling Latin American authors of our present moment –César Aira (Argentina), Alejandro Zambra (Chile), Valeria Luiselli (Mexico), and Yuri Herrera (Mexico)—exploring the ways in which their fiction crosses frontiers of time and space to map out new configurations of the contemporary. Readings will be complemented by films and theoretical texts.
    HISP 1331B S01
    Primary Instructor
    Clayton
  • "One Hundred Years of Solitude": Culture and Politcs in Garcia Marquez's Work

    This course will focus on Garcia Márquez's masterpiece in order to analyze its modes of representation, discursive strategies, and fictional construction as well as its interactions with history, politics, and literary and popular traditions. Other related work by the Colombian Nobel Prize winner will be discussed, as will his journalistic pieces and movies. The novel may be read in Spanish or English; discussion will be mainly in Spanish.
    HISP 1370A S01
    Primary Instructor
    Ortega
  • Literature and Film of the Cuban Revolution

    Cuba’s revolution of 1959 gained extraordinary visibility internationally, motivating images of bearded rebels, jubilant crowds and middle-class flight. Yet even as the Cuban Revolution became an object of representation abroad, it guided the domestic production of new forms of literature and cinema. Over the course of the semester, we will trace the relationship between fiction and film, and between art and the revolutionary project, from 1959 to the present day.
    HISP 1370Y S01
    Primary Instructor
    Whitfield
  • Theory and Practice of Translation

    The objectives of the course are to give students a firm grounding in the theory of translation studies as well as extensive experience in the practice of literary translation, working closely with several canonical Spanish texts as well as texts of the student’s choice. Throughout the course of the semester, students will also be called upon to reflect actively on their experience as translators, and dialogue on this experience with their peers. This course is structured as a workshop, with students sharing their work – both translations and reading reflections – and collaborating with their peers. Pre-requisite: HISP 0600 or equivalent. WRIT
    HISP 1500L S01
    Primary Instructor
    Thomas
  • 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
    HISP 1980 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Bass
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 1980 S03
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 1980 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Clayton
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 1980 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Thomas
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 1980 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Vaquero
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 1980 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Whitfield
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 1980 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Martinez-Pinzon
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Senior 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 1990 S01
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 1990 S02
    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
    Whitfield
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 1990 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Thomas
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 1990 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Martinez-Pinzon
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • History and Fiction: Literature of the 15th Century

    The goal of this course is to familiarize students with major literary works of the Fifteenth Century, and their socio-cultural background. Major works of three outstanding poets of this period (Juan de Mena, Íñigo López de Mendoza, and Jorge Manrique), satirical and historical writings, romances, (ballads sung with instrumental accompaniment), Alfonso Martínez de Toledo's Corbacho and Fernando de Rojas' Celestina will be presented in the context of the distinct cultural traditions that coexisted in Spain.
    HISP 2030B S01
    Primary Instructor
    Vaquero
  • Stage and Page in Early Modern Spain: A Seminar on the Comedia Nueva

    This seminar studies the development and florescence of early modern Spain’s most popular form of entertainment, the comedia nueva, from both literary and performance perspectives. We will read works by the principal playwrights of the period (Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina, Calderón de la Barca, and others); examine the comedia’s main sub-genres (honor plays, comedias de capa y espada, and autos sacramentales, etc.); and consider the institutional regulation and social and material dimensions of theatrical activity (including the configuration of playhouses and composition of acting companies). Key critical approaches to the comedia, past and present, will also be explored.
    HISP 2160Q S01
    Primary Instructor
    Bass
  • Poetics of the Avant-Garde in Latin America

    This course traces the shocks and flows of avant-garde activities through Latin America, beginning in the first decades of the twentieth century and weaving our way to the present. We will explore manifestoes, poetry, artworks, and film from Argentina, the Caribbean, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, and Peru, from creacionismo through Brazilian modernismo, ultraísmo and estridentismo, poesía afroantillana and tecnoindigenismo, with occasional detours into Iberian experiments, culminating with studies of the neo-avant-gardes of the 1960s and of the nostalgia for the avant-gardes which characterizes the early twenty-first century.
    HISP 2350M S01
    Primary Instructor
    Clayton
  • The Politics of Romanticism in Spanish American Literature

    This course postulates Romanticism as a regime of representation employed by second-generation citizens of the new Latin American republics to organize time-space in post-Independence Spanish America. Through readings of national romances, periodicals, poetry, cuadros de costumbres and travelogues, we will discuss what Romanticism and being Romantic meant for mid-19th-century writers and readers in Spanish America. Weekly readings will be organized around a word from a glossary of Romantic keywords: lengua, pueblo, indio, España, among others. Finally, the course will examine connections between 19th-century Romanticism, 20th century criollismo and Populism.
    HISP 2350V S01
    Primary Instructor
    Martinez-Pinzon
  • 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
    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
    Kuhnheim
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 2980 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Whitfield
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 2980 S07
    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
    HISP 2980 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Martinez-Pinzon
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 2980 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Thomas
    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
    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
    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