Hispanic Studies

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19-20 SN1105: Culture And Identity In Latin America

This course is intended to introduce students to some of the major works, artists and writers from the twentieth century in Latin America. It is taught over two terms with weekly one hour seminars.

19-20 SN1109: Comparative Hispanic Culture

The course provides a selective but wide-ranging introduction to culture in the Hispanic world from the 15th to the 21th century.It explores a broad range of cultural manifestations from different socio-historical contexts both independently and comparatively from a topic-based perspective.Materials may include plays, narratives, poems, paintings, sculptures, musical compositions and architectural works, while topics may be drawn from (but not be limited to) the following:‘Discovery’, ‘Destruction’, ‘Subversion’, ‘Self-fashioning’, ‘Power’ and ‘the Body’.

19-20 SN2001: Spanish II

The aims of this course are to communicate effectively in Spanish across a complete range of tenses and moods and to participate competently in conversation using the target language with a native speaker. The course equips students for the future year abroad programme in Year Three of the degree in Hispanic Studies. It will also expand students’ understanding of Hispanic culture as this relates to the Spanish language.

Assessment: Written exam (50%); Oral exam (50%)

19-20 SN2118: Religion and Society in the 16th- and 17th-century Hispanic World

This course develops a critical understanding of selected key issues in the social and cultural life of the Early Modern Hispanic world with particular emphasis on the role and power of women and religion through the study of artistic manifestations (plays, prose writings, festivals, visual arts).

19-20 SN3002:

This course aims to develop students' awareness of the challenges of literary translation from Spanish to English and from English to Spanish and to give them the opportunity to acquire the skills needed to be a good literary translator. The main focus is practical - translating literary passages in class and at home - but some professional translations will also be studied critically.

19-20 SN3111: Contemporary Mexican Cinema

This course will introduce students to the phenomenon of the so-called 'New Mexican Cinema' wave. By tracing its origins to the early 1990s this course will examine how and why Mexican Cinema has become so popular amidst a global community of moviegoers. It will analyse both commercially sucessful films from the last decade, as well as those which were deemed 'arthouse' movies. It will examine these terms in the context of filmmaking from Mexico. Students will explore how contemporary film-making in Mexico engages with the context of its production, illustrating social concerns and changing attitudes as reflected in the filmic narratives. Ultimately this course aims to build upon students' acquired analytical skills as well as provide a forum for discussion, intellectual stimulation and academic growth