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    Vassar College
  Jan 17, 2018
Catalogue 2017-2018
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HISP 206 - Reading and Writing about Hispanic Culture

Semester Offered: Fall or Spring
1 unit(s)

Reading, writing and speaking skills are developed through study of cultural and literary texts and audiovisual materials. Mario Cesario and Mihai Grünfeld (a); Eva Woods Peiró (b).

Topic for 2017/18a: Reading, writing, and speaking skills are developed through study of cultural and literary texts and audiovisual materials. Mario Cesareo.

Topic for 2017/18a: Latin America: Past and Present. This course is an introduction to Latin American history and culture, while it develops reading, writing and speaking skills in Spanish. Through the study of cultural and literary texts (short stories, poetry and essays) and audiovisual material (music, fine arts and films) we cover the main Latin American historical periods and also discuss the Hispanic presence in the United States. Some of the texts studied are: Popol Vuh, Nicolás Echevarría’s Cabeza de Vaca, María Luisa Bemberg’s Yo la peor de todas and Camila, the murals of Diego Rivera, Nicolás Guillén’s afro-Cuban poetry, Violeta Parra’s protest song, Luisa Valenzuela’s short novel Cambio de armas and Luis Valdes’s Zoot Suit. Mihai Grünfeld.

Topic for 2017/18b: This section explores contemporary issues in Latin American and Iberian cultures (displacement; immigration; incarceration; LGBT, Women’s and Indigenous rights; and discourses of freedom). The course introduces students to these topics through a variety of media. We focus on developing reading, writing, speaking, and advanced grammer skills. Eva Woods Peiró.


Prerequisite(s): HISP 205  or four years of high school Spanish.

Two 75-minute periods and one hour of conversation.

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