Foreign Language

Catherine S. Cox, Dante's Divine Comedy, Spring 2018

Course Description:

EngLit 1033 / ITAL 1181 (cross-listed) offers interested students an opportunity to study, in English translation, Dante's Divine Comedy, generally considered to be one of the most aesthetically and intellectually accomplished literary works of all time. We will examine the work in its historical, intellectual, and literary contexts, considering a variety of critical approaches, with the goal of developing critical skills in reading, thinking, and writing, and gaining the kind of knowledge and insight that the attentive study of great texts in the humanities offers.

Required Texts:

The Bantam dual-language editions of Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso (trans. Allen Mandelbaum). ISBN 10: 0553213393; 055321344X; 0553212044.

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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, Migration and Exile in Contemporary Latin American Cinema (Latin American Topics in Spanish), Spring 2018

Course Description:

This interdisciplinary course focuses on the experiences of Latin American immigrants and exiles living in the United States and Spain, which have inspired an important number of recent and contemporary novels, films, and theoretical debates on cultural identity and immigration. Through films and readings, the course analyzes current issues such as the process of adaptation, resistance to new cultures; culture transfer, hybridity and culture diversity; language barrier, xenophobia/racism and cultural uprooting.

Texts:

- Cabrera, Eduardo. 9 Cuentos de inmigrantes en los Estados Unidos (Spanish Edition) 1 edition (May 7, 2017) CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
- Oxford or Larousse Spanish/English dictionary.

Syllabus: 

Alvaro A. Bernal, Elementary Spanish 2, Spring 2018

Course Description:

A thorough introduction (along with SPAN 0111) to Spanish grammar, with extensive practice in four skills: reading, writing, understanding, and speaking. This course is a natural continuation of Elementary Spanish I. Emphasis is placed on practical vocabulary and the oral use of the language along with proper use of grammar and cultural information. Language learning is a gradual progress, in which one skill leads to the next, and in which basic skills form the basis for more advanced skills. Classroom time will be used for intensive language practice in meaningful contexts (i.e,. applying important grammatical concepts, essential vocabulary, and cultural norms needed to maintain basic communication). Class time will consist of communication activities and, when necessary, brief grammatical explanations. Students are expected to study and complete the exercises in the workbook outside of class, in addition to unfinished activities in your textbook. The class will be conducted in Spanish and students should attempt to use Spanish as much as possible.

Required Texts:

- Easy Spanish Step-By-Step 1st Edition by Barbara Bregstein. McGraw-Hill Education.
- Barron's Spanish-English Pocket Dictionary: American style English to Spanish -- Spanish to English (Barron's Pocket Bilingual Dictionaries). Margaret Cop. Barron's Educational Series.

Syllabus: 

Alvaro A. Bernal, Elementary Spanish 1, Spring 2018

Course Description:

A thorough introduction (in two terms) to the Spanish grammar, with extensive practice in the four skills: reading, writing, understanding, and speaking. Spanish I is a broad based course designed to introduce the student to all aspects of foreign language study. Cultural information is provided and taught throughout the duration of the course.

Required Texts:

- Barbara Bregstein, Easy Spanish Step-By-Step 1st Edition by Barbara Bregstein. McGraw-Hill Education
- Margaret Cop. Barron's Spanish-English Pocket Dictionary: American style English to Spanish -- Spanish to English (Barron's Pocket). Barron's Educational Series.

Syllabus: 

Alvaro A. Bernal, Spanish for Science and Engineering, Spring 2018

Course Description:

This is an intensive reading course/workshop in Spanish designed to science and engineering students who want to study Spanish for reading and communication knowledge in general. The course stresses language skills useful for the science and engineering profession. Provides training in basic reading, writing and conversation with emphasis on the use of language in a professional context.

Required Texts:

- Basic Spanish – Practice Makes Perfect, Second Edition, Dorothy Richmond. + Readings provided by the instructor
- Barron's Spanish-English Pocket Dictionary: American style English to Spanish -- Spanish to English (Barron's Pocket Bilingual Dictionaries). Margaret Cop. Barron's Educational Series.

Syllabus: 

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, Elementary Spanish 2, Fall 2017

Course Description:

A thorough introduction (along with SPAN 0111) to Spanish grammar, with extensive practice in four skills: reading, writing, understanding, and speaking. This course is a natural continuation of Elementary Spanish I. Emphasis is placed on practical vocabulary and the oral use of the language along with proper use of grammar and cultural information. Language learning is a gradual progress, in which one skill leads to the next, and in which basic skills form the basis for more advanced skills. Classroom time will be used for intensive language practice in meaningful contexts (i.e. applying important grammatical concepts, essential vocabulary, and cultural norms needed to maintain basic communication). Class time will consist of communication activities and, when necessary, brief grammatical explanations. Students are expected to study and complete the exercises in the workbook outside of class, in addition to unfinished activities in your textbook. The class will be conducted in Spanish and students should attempt to use Spanish as much as possible. Prerequisite: SPAN 0111.

Required Texts:

- Castells, Guzmán, Lapuerta, and García. Mosaicos Upper Saddle River NJ: Prentice Hall, Sixth Edition.
- Easy Spanish Step-By-Step 1st Edition by Barbara Bregstein. McGraw-Hill Education.
- Barron's Spanish-English Pocket Dictionary: American style English to Spanish -- Spanish to English (Barron's Pocket Bilingual Dictionaries). Margaret Cop. Barron's Educational Series.

Syllabus: 

Alvaro A. Bernal, Elementary Spanish 1, Fall 2017

Course Description:

A thorough introduction (in two terms) to the Spanish grammar, with extensive practice in the four skills: reading, writing, understanding, and speaking. Spanish I is a broad based course designed to introduce the student to all aspects of foreign language study. Cultural information is provided and taught throughout the duration of the course.

Required Texts:

- Barbara Bregstein, Easy Spanish Step-By-Step 1st Edition by Barbara Bregstein. McGraw-Hill Education
- Margaret Cop. Barron's Spanish-English Pocket Dictionary: American style English to Spanish -- Spanish to English (Barron's Pocket). Barron's Educational Series.

Syllabus: 

David Petrosky, Medieval French Courtly Romance, Spring 2017

Course Description:

The second half of the twelfth century was a time of significant change in the literary landscape of Western Europe. The epic poetry of the Chansons de Geste were still enjoyed at the courts of certain powerful barons, as well as in taverns and inns along the pilgrimage routes of Europe. Yet among the aristocratic elite, there developed a new aesthetic and refinement that led them to seek less crude and poignant forms of entertainment. The outcome was the literary genre known as courtly romance. We will study examples of this genre written during the years from roughly 1160 to 1250. This is a genre marked by several themes: fidelity to passion, insurmountable love, the Supernatural, and exploits requiring great risk and prowess. These tales were told at courts where a new code of chivalry and of love influenced the relationships among the aristocratic elite. Based on the idea of risk and reward, it is a relationship characterized by an absolute devotion and obedience to the object of the knights passion, in the hope of obtaining the ultimate reward—the reciprocation of his love.

Required Materials:

- The Lais de Marie de France. Trans. and Edits. Glyn S. Burgess and Keith Busby. London: Penguin Books. 2003
- Chrétien de Troyes: Arthurian Romances. Trans. William Kibler and Carleton W. Carroll (Erec and Enide). London: Penguin Books. 2004. Print.
- Bédier, Joseph. The Romance of Tristan and Iseult. Trans. H. Belloc. Lexington: Renaissance Classics. 2012. Print
- Aucassin and Nicolette. Trans. Robert S. Sturges. East Lansing: Michigan State University:Press. 2015. Print.
- "Châtelaine de Vergi". Photocopy to be distributed in class.

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