Advanced Spanish: Hide and Seek: Playing With the Limits of the Imagination
“And it is said that the Princess returned to her father's kingdom. That she reigned there with justice and a kind heart for many centuries. That she was loved by her people. And that she left behind small traces of her time on Earth, visible only to those who know where to look.” —Pan’s Labyrinth
This seminar focuses on how imagination and fantasy serve to escape reality and transform it into a world of one’s own. We will read a selection of short fiction, poetry, theatre, and films from canonical and noncanonical authors of the Hispanic world, paying close attention to the process of crafting reality. To what extent do childhood, war, political oppression, gender identity, disability, and immigration foster imagination? We will emphasize, through literary analysis, the formal and ideological aspects of the texts while improving lexical and grammatical skills. Special attention will be given to oral communication, participation, and written skills. Students will meet individually with the teacher to further discuss projects and assignments. Weekly meetings with the language assistant will also be a required part of the course. Spanish placement test is required in addition to an interview with the instructor unless the student has taken Spanish previously at Sarah Lawrence College. Course taught entirely in Spanish.