Columbia SPPO

Spanish W3300
Advanced Language through Content
Fall 2014
Section Topics

Section 001
Gay Culture in Contemporary Spain
Francisco Rosales-Varo
Day and time TBA

In this course, designed within the framework of the teaching of Advanced Spanish through Content, we will try to answer the following questions:

1. How can we define the concepts of queer and culture in contemporary Spain?

2. What kind of social conditions determine a new gay-queer sensibility if there is such?

3. How television, cinema, media, political discourse, etc. would represent this new culture?

4. What methodology of analysis can we use to interpreter with due accuracy queer communication in contemporary Spain?

Section 002
Narrative and Repression in Latin America
Daniella Wurst
Day and time TBA

This course will explore the way literature and other cultural manifestations have represented the periods of political violence in post-dictatorship countries in Latin America during the 20th century and 21st century. We will examine the way these artistic representations seek to question and challenge the official State discourses that shape a collective national memory. By analyzing short stories and film narratives from Argentina, Chile and Perú we will reflect upon the alternative discourses that can emerge and bring about a critical perspective in relation to power dynamics, political memory and authoritarianism in Latin America.

Section 004
Rebel Iberia: Subversive Literatures in Spain and Portugal
Ibai Atuxta
Day and time TBA

This Advanced Spanish through Content course will focus on contemporary literatures written in the different languages that inhabit the Iberian world traversing and contesting the anti-democratic logics and formations of the Spanish and Portuguese states. Literatures in Basque, Portuguese, Galician, Spanish and Catalan that undermine the dominating identity, gender, class, race and sexuality coordinates will be read and studied in their Spanish translations.

Section 005
Salsa: Afro-Latin American Cultural Histories

Juan Pablo Jiménez-Caicedo
Day and time TBA

This section explores the theme of Salsa as an amalgam of multiple genres of popular music and their intrinsic connections to the Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latin American cultural histories, and as its organizing principle for the work done in-and-outside of class. With the goal of using language as a mean for learning content, students will be exposed to and analyze key cultural texts in both narrative and expository genres through readings, music, films, discussions, cultural outings and ethnographic fieldwork. Also, students will write their own texts in the different studied genres.

Section 006
Translating Cultures

Javier Pérez-Zapatero
MW 1:10pm - 2:25pm

Through special attention to translation theory and practice in the context of an examination of the issue of multiculturalism in New York, the course aims to increase critical skills, awareness of formal/informal registers, and command of academic writing structures among native speakers with varying degrees of previous language instruction. For heritage speakers of Spanish only.

Section 007
Inmigración hispana y las políticas educativas en los Estados Unidos

Maria Lozano
TR 11:40am - 12:55pm

This course will explore, from a historical perspective to the present, the educational policies that have been implemented in the US and their effects on minority groups. Special emphasis will be given to Hispanic immigrants and the "English only" policies passed in states with a large immigrant population.