Intermediate Spanish III: Fables of Identity in Spanish America

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The purpose of this course is a systematic review of fundamental Spanish grammatical structures and the improvement of the student’s conversational and writing skills. Students will learn about a variety of perspectives on race, gender, and identity, as they were articulated in Spanish America since the colonial period. Apart from the cultural analysis of the texts, students will be presented with a variety of tasks and activities designed to improve their language proficiency. Among the ideas on race to be studied is negrismo in the Caribbean, José de Vasconcelos’ view on mestizaje in Mexico, and Peruvian indigenismo. These discussions will be examined in conjunction with relevant cultural productions of the time, such as the poetry of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz and Nicolás Guillén; the narrative of Inca Garcilaso, Andrés Bello, and Simón Bolívar’s nation-building discourses; the indigenista intellectuals; and the visual perspective of the Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. These discussions, as well as the viewing of film and different forms of visual culture, will enrich our analyses of language and culture. This course is taught entirely in Spanish. Interested students are strongly urged to take the Spanish placement test online in addition to interviewing with the instructor.