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    Vassar College
  Nov 22, 2017
Catalogue 2017-2018
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HISP 216 - Topics in Multidisciplinary Analysis

Semester Offered: Fall and Spring
1 unit(s)

This course develops a set of methodological and theoretical tools for the investigation of cultural practices such as literature, popular and mass culture, social movements and institutions in Spanish-speaking countries. Michael Aronna (a); Mario Cesareo (b).

Topic for 2017/18a: Fiction and Non-Fiction in the Multidisciplinary Classroom.  This course develops the theoretical and methodological tools for the study of the ambiguous boundaries of the fictional and scientific representation of social reality in Latin American cultural discourse and practice. Through the examination of hybrid texts that combine elements of fiction, science, journalism, photography, and art the course explores assumptions underlying different conceptions of documentary and imaginary representation.  Students consider models of analysis originating in cultural studies with others from the social sciences in order to arrive an an integral and multidisciplinary understanding of the formal and social characteristics of these diverse texts and practices. Michael Aronna.

Topic for 2017/18b: Reading and Writing Short Stories. This course explores ways of reading the Latin American short story in the context of its historical development, while unctioning as a creative writing workshop in Spanish. Mario Cesareo.

Prerequisite: HISP 206  or permission of the instructor.

Two 75-minute periods.

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