Courses for Spring 2016

  • 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
    Schuhmacher
    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 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Gomez Garcia
    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
  • Hispanic Culture Through Cinema

    This course will examine eleven cinematic works of the contemporary Hispanic world (Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Spain, and the USA) from 1999 until 2012. We will focus on the cultural, thematic, technical and aesthetic aspects of the films, as well as on their socio-historical and political context. Every movie will be discussed in class integrating sociological, historical, political and aesthetic contexts, as well as a critical analysis of the film as artistic expression. This is a course also designed to improve students’ speaking abilities while learning about Hispanic cultures and cinema. FYS
    HISP 0710B S01
    Primary Instructor
    Vaquero
  • 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
    Martinez-Pinzon
  • Muslims, Jews, and Christians in Medieval Iberia

    The cultural diversity of medieval Spain and Portugal is proclaimed by their Christian cathedrals, Islamic palaces, and Jewish synagogues. The three distinct cultures that produced these buildings lived together for centuries in medieval Iberia, sometimes in peace, sometimes not. This convivencia of Jews, Muslims, and Christians will be examined from the perspectives of literature, art, architecture, archaeology and history. FYS WRIT
    HISP 0750N S01
    Primary Instructor
    Vaquero
  • 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
    Thomas
  • Indigenous Literatures of Latin America

    En este curso estudiaremos la producción literaria, mítica y legendaria de los pueblos latinoamericanos, las redes locales y escenarios globales en que se sitúa esta producción cultural popular. Nos detendremos en textos quechuas, mapuches, mayas y aztecas, tanto de la tradición oral como de la escrita. Veremos también las formas híbridas, como son las criollas, negroides y mestizas. Nos interesa seguir las sagas populares, su diálogo con lo moderno, y los grandes autores que han formalizado la conciencia étnica y la política plurinacional. Veremos también documentales y películas que interpretan el mundo indígena. En español.
    HISP 1330C S01
    Primary Instructor
    Mazzotti
  • Hauntings: Gothic Fictions, Banditry and the Supernatural in Latin America

    A specter haunts Latin America. The constitution of the nation-state in the region after the Wars of Independence (1810-1830) entailed creating fictions to include (and, naturally, exclude) those who belonged to the community of the nation. Usually the left-outs were the ones who did not comply with the profile of the desired citizen: lettered, male, white and urban. This course will focus on narrations about those ‘left-outs’ after the constitution of the Nation-States in the region. We will read fictions about mad monster women, spectral slaves, bloodthirsty bandits, priests-turned-sorcerers, dwarfs, animal rebellions, and many other “exceptions to the norm.” In Spanish.
    HISP 1330U S01
    Primary Instructor
    Martinez-Pinzon
  • Gender Trouble in Spanish America

    This course will explore the construction of gendered identities in Spanish American literature and film after 1960. Questioning normative constructions of gender roles, we will see how masculinities and femininities are represented and respond to changing politics and power, often redefining earlier “gender contracts.” Works studied will include novels by Angeles Mastretta, José Donoso, Mario Bellatín and Diamela Eltit, short stories, theater, poetry, and 2-3 films, as well as pertinent theoretical and critical approaches to the study of gender in Latin America. In Spanish.
    HISP 1330V S01
    Primary Instructor
    Kuhnheim
  • Dismantling the Clockwork: Creative Writing and Narrative Techniques

    This class focuses on creating literary texts in Spanish, which involves the development of a sensibility to appreciate narrative texts and the skills to employ writing techniques, e.g, use of the first person, free indirect speech or the stream of consciousness. Drawing from theoretical reflections on writing made by Latin American and Spanish canonical writers as well as examples of its use, we'll explore the creative possibilities of narrative forms: aphorisms, prose poetry and short stories. Our objective is to strengthen students’ skills as individual and collaborative authors through exercises in literary production and techniques, strategies, and habits of good writing. In Spanish. WRIT
    HISP 1700A S01
    Primary Instructor
    Yushimito del Valle
  • 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
    Primary Instructor
    Chang
    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
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 1980 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Bauer
    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
    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
    Primary Instructor
    Thomas
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    HISP 1990 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Martinez-Pinzon
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Antiquity and Innovation in the Hispanic Renaissance

    The artistic and literary florescence of the Siglo de Oro paralleled a broader current of cultural innovation, which extended beyond peninsular Spain to other parts of Europe and the Americas – a movement which can be conceived as a Hispanic Renaissance. After an introductory overview, the seminar will highlight four major tendencies, through close examination of some foundational authors and texts. The course will be organised thematically, but texts will generally be approached in chronological sequence, beginning with Antonio de Nebrija’s investigations in the 1490s and ending with Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora’s showcasing of New Spain’s complex legacies.
    HISP 2160N S01
    Primary Instructor
    Laird
  • The History of Wonder in Colonial Spanish American Lettres

    The notion of wonder (asombro, maravilla) played a determining role in the Spanish and Creole writings of the Spanish American colonial period. The volatile aesthetic of wonder raises and implicates such important issues as otherness, exoticism, category crisis, and identity formation. A studies course examining the role of wonder in New World historiographic and literary writings of the 16th and 17th centuries.
    HISP 2350H S01
    Primary Instructor
    Merrim
  • Contemporary Poetry in Spanish

    This course explores poetry in Spanish from the 1970s to the present, tracing new experiments with language, form, and media, drawing lines of continuity with earlier poetics, and exploring engagements with poetics elsewhere. Selections may be drawn from all parts of the Spanish-speaking world, with particular emphasis on Argentina, Peru, the Caribbean, and Spain.
    HISP 2350S S01
    Primary Instructor
    Clayton
  • 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
    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
    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
    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