RLSP 201 Fall 2013 The Cultures of Spain

Linguistically, culturally, and historically Spain is a composite of the groups that have inhabited the peninsula in the past, which include Iberians, Celts, Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths, Arabs, and Jews. The contributions of these different groups, combined with other factors such as geography and climate, will be our starting point in understanding Spain's past. Today, Spain's cultural diversity also reflects the many distinct autonomous regions of which the country is composed, such as Cataluna and the Basque country, and the recent influx of immigrants from all over the world. In this course we will consider Spain past and present. We will study periods of tolerance and cultural brilliance, such as the co-existence of Arabs and Jews in Medieval Cordoba, as well as times of violence, censorship and repression such as the Inquisition, the Civil War and the post-war under Franco. Materials will include representative works from literature, art, architecture, music, and film. Secondary texts will also be provided for historical and socio-political background and reference. Conducted in Spanish.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: active participation in class discussions, oral presentations, short writing assignments, a midterm and a final essay
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Prerequisites: RLSP 105, permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: Spanish majors and certificate candidates
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
Other Attributes: INST Borders, Exiles + Diaspora Studies Electives
Enrollment Limit: 20
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 1837
RLSP201-01(F) SEM The Cultures of Spain Division 1: Languages and the Arts Soledad Fox
MW 11:00 AM-12:15 PM Schapiro Hall 241 1837
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