RLSP 201 Fall 2012 The Cultures of Spain

Linguistically, culturally, and historically, Spain is a composite of the groups that have inhabited the peninsula from the past to the present. Our course examines Spain's pluricultural history and the literature, art, architecture, music, and film that result from its diversity. We begin our course with the cultural products of the period of convivencia between Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Civilizations, marked by waves of both tolerance and conflict, during which the first texts were written in Castilian Spanish. From there we will consider the development of national consciousness in Spain and its autonomous regions, including the Basque County, Catalonia, and Galicia, and its implications on language use and artistic production. Finally, we examine the most recent thought on local identity in the context of globalization and the influx of immigrants into Spain from North Africa, Latin America, and elsewhere. Secondary texts will 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: Spanish 105, permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: Spanish majors and certificate candidates
Department Notes: formerly RLSP 111
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
Other Attributes: INST Borders, Exiles + Diaspora Studies Electives
Enrollment Limit: 20
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 1848
RLSP201-01(F) SEM The Cultures of Spain Division 1: Languages and the Arts David A. Colbert-Goicoa
MWF 12:00 PM-12:50 PM Weston 010 1848
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