Foreign Language

Alvaro A. Bernal, Contemporary Colombian Cinema, Fall 2013

Course Description:

This course deals with literary, linguistics, or cultural topics—or a combination of these. Its primary emphasis is on developing an understanding of contemporary cultures in Latin America. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 0212 or equivalent.

Required Texts:

- The Making Of Modern Colombia, Author: Bushnell, Publisher: California Press.
- 501 Spanish Verbs with CD-ROM and Audio CD (501 Verb Series) by Christopher Kendris
- Oxford or Larousse Spanish/English dictionary.

Alvaro A. Bernal, Contemporary Hispanic Literature and Society, Spring 2018

Course Description:

This course deals with contemporary Spanish and Latin American societies as revealed in short stories, novels and cinema in an effort to ascertain the cultural values and concepts of these societies. Texts are examined within their sociopolitical and historical contexts. Taught in English.

Required Books:

- Nada by Carmen Laforet (Spain)
- Tattoo by Manuel Vázquez Montalbán (Spain)
- Blow-Up: And Other Stories by Julio Cortázar (Argentina)
- The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor by Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia)

Alvaro A. Bernal, Contemporary Latin American Literature, Fall 2016

Course Description

This course deals with contemporary Latin American literature, showing its literary development up to and including the so-called boom, as well as post-boom developments. The course also will deal with the cultural values and concepts of the works read. This survey course may also examine the relationship between masterpieces of contemporary Spanish American literature and their adaptations into film by some recognized directors of Latin American cinema.

Required Texts:

Critical and historical analysis:
Modern Latin American Literature: A Very Short Introduction by Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria. (152 pages)
Oxford University Press (January 24, 2012)
Novels:
1. The Tunnel by Ernesto Sábato (El Túnel) – 1948. (141 pages) (Penguin Classics) Paperback June 26, 2012.
Margaret Sayers Peden (Translator), Colm Tóibín (Introduction)
2. The Truce by Mario Benedetti (La Tregua) – 1959. (175 pages)
(Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback, International Edition, October 14, 2015. Harry Morales (Translator)
3. Captain Pantoja and the Special Service by Mario Vargas Llosa (Pantaleón y las visitadoras) – 1973. (243 pages)
Paperback October 1, 1990 by Mario Vargas Llosa (Author), Gregory Kolovakos (Translator), Ronald Christ (Translator)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 1, 1990)
4. The Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig (El beso de la mujer araña) – 1976. (281 pages)
(Paperback) by Manuel Puig (Author). Vintage; Reissue edition (April 3, 1991).
Thomas Colchie (Translator)
5. Of Love and Other Demons by Gabriel García Márquez (Del amor y otros demonios) – 1994. (147 pages) Vintage; Reprint edition (June 10, 2008)
Edith Grossman (Translator)
6. Rosario Tijeras by Jorge Franco (Rosario Tijeras) – 1999. (171 pages) Seven Stories Press; 1 edition (January 6, 2004)
Gregory Rabassa (Translator)

Alvaro A. Bernal, Contemporary Latin American Literature, Fall 2017

Course Description:

This course deals with contemporary Latin American literature, showing its literary development up to and including the so-called boom, as well as post-boom developments. The course also will deal with the cultural values and concepts of the works read. This survey course may also examine the relationship between masterpieces of contemporary Spanish American literature and their adaptations into film by some recognized directors of Latin American cinema.

Required Books:

1. The Tunnel by Ernesto Sábato (El Túnel) – 1948. (141 pages)
(Penguin Classics) Paperback June 26, 2012.
Margaret Sayers Peden (Translator), Colm Tóibín (Introduction)

2. The Truce by Mario Benedetti (La Tregua) – 1959. (175 pages)
(Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback, International Edition, October 14, 2015.
Harry Morales (Translator)

3. Captain Pantoja and the Special Service by Mario Vargas Llosa (Pantaleón y las visitadoras) – 1973. (243 pages)
Paperback October 1, 1990 by Mario Vargas Llosa (Author), Gregory Kolovakos (Translator), Ronald Christ (Translator)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 1, 1990)

4. Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig (El beso de la mujer araña) – 1976. (281 pages)
(Paperback) by Manuel Puig (Author). Vintage; Reissue edition (April 3, 1991).
Thomas Colchie (Translator)

5. Of Love and Other Demons by Gabriel García Márquez (Del amor y otros demonios) – 1994. (147 pages) Vintage; Reprint edition (June 10, 2008)
Edith Grossman (Translator)

6. Rosario Tijeras by Jorge Franco (Rosario Tijeras) – 1999. (171 pages)
Seven Stories Press; 1 edition (January 6, 2004)
Gregory Rabassa (Translator)

Suggested Book:

Modern Latin American Literature: A Very Short Introduction by Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria. (152 pages) Oxford University Press (January 24, 2012)

Alvaro A. Bernal, Contemporary Latin American Literature, Spring 2017

Course Description

This course deals with contemporary Latin American literature, showing its literary development up to and including the so-called boom, as well as post-boom developments. The course also will deal with the cultural values and concepts of the works read. This survey course may also examine the relationship between masterpieces of contemporary Spanish American literature and their adaptations into film by some recognized directors of Latin American cinema.

Required Texts:

Critical and historical analysis:
Modern Latin American Literature: A Very Short Introduction by Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria. (152 pages)
Oxford University Press (January 24, 2012)
Novels:
1. The Tunnel by Ernesto Sábato (El Túnel) – 1948. (141 pages) (Penguin Classics) Paperback June 26, 2012.
Margaret Sayers Peden (Translator), Colm Tóibín (Introduction)
2. The Truce by Mario Benedetti (La Tregua) – 1959. (175 pages)
(Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback, International Edition, October 14, 2015. Harry Morales (Translator)
3. Captain Pantoja and the Special Service by Mario Vargas Llosa (Pantaleón y las visitadoras) – 1973. (243 pages)
Paperback October 1, 1990 by Mario Vargas Llosa (Author), Gregory Kolovakos (Translator), Ronald Christ (Translator)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 1, 1990)
4. The Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig (El beso de la mujer araña) – 1976. (281 pages)
(Paperback) by Manuel Puig (Author). Vintage; Reissue edition (April 3, 1991).
Thomas Colchie (Translator)
5. Of Love and Other Demons by Gabriel García Márquez (Del amor y otros demonios) – 1994. (147 pages) Vintage; Reprint edition (June 10, 2008)
Edith Grossman (Translator)
6. Rosario Tijeras by Jorge Franco (Rosario Tijeras) – 1999. (171 pages) Seven Stories Press; 1 edition (January 6, 2004)
Gregory Rabassa (Translator)

Alvaro A. Bernal, Conversational Spanish, Fall 2012

Course Description:

The aims of this course are to improve the learner's ability to understand and speak fluent Spanish. A native speaker instructor guides the student, but the learner does most of the talking. Emphasis in small classes is on vocabulary building and some basic structures. Daily participation is necessary. Prerequisite: SPAN 0212.

Required Texts:

Blanco, Revista: Conversación sin barreras. Vista Higher Learning, Boston, Massachusetts, 2010, third edition
501 Spanish Verbs with CD-ROM and Audio CD (501 Verb Series) by Christopher Kendris
Oxford or Larousse Spanish/English dictionary

Syllabus: 
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Alvaro A. Bernal, Conversational Spanish, Spring 2014

Course Description:

The aims of this course are to improve the learner's ability to understand and speak fluent Spanish. A native speaker instructor guides the student, but the learner does most of the talking. Emphasis in small classes is on vocabulary building and some basic structures. Daily participation is necessary. Prerequisite: SPAN 0212.

Required Texts:

Blanco, Revista: Conversación sin barreras. Vista Higher Learning, Boston, Massachusetts, 2010, fourth edition. 501 Spanish Verbs with CD-ROM and Audio CD (501 Verb Series) by Christopher Kendris and Oxford or Larousse Spanish/English dictionary.

Syllabus: 
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Alvaro A. Bernal, Conversational Spanish, Spring 2016

Course Description

The aims of this course are to improve the learner's ability to understand and speak fluent Spanish. A native speaker instructor guides the student, but the learner does most of the talking. Emphasis in small classes is on vocabulary building and some basic structures. Daily participation is necessary. Prerequisite: SPAN 0212

Required Texts:

- Blanco, Revista: Conversación sin barreras. Vista Higher Learning, Boston, Massachusetts, 2010, third edition.
- El cuento hispánico. Mullen/Garganigo. Eight Edition, McGraw Hill.
- 501 Spanish Verbs with CD-ROM and Audio CD (501 Verb Series) by Christopher Kendris and Oxford or Larousse Spanish/English dictionary.

Syllabus: 
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Alvaro A. Bernal, Don Quixote and the Novel, Fall 2018

Course Description:
This course deals in-depth with Cervantes’ Don Quixote as the first modern novel and its profound influence on world literature. We will read the first part of Cervantes’ novel and the majority of chapters from the second. Taught in English.

Required Texts:
Many English language translations of Don Quixote exist. In this course, we will use the English translation by Tom Lathrop, Don Quixote - Signet Classics. (ISBN 978-0451-53181-0)

Syllabus: 

Alvaro A. Bernal, Elementary Spanish 1, Fall 2012

Course Description:

A thorough introduction (in two terms) to the Spanish grammar, with extensive practice in the four skills: reading, writing, understanding, and speaking.

Required Texts:

Castells, Guzmán, Lapuerta, and García. Mosaicos. Latest Edition. Upper Saddle River NJ: Prentice Hall, Fifth Edition (textbook and student activities manual).
Oxford or Larousse Spanish/English dictionary

Syllabus: 

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