Please enable javascript to view this page in its intended format.

Queen's University
 

Spanish and Italian

Spanish Literature, Culture and Film Courses

The Department offers courses on Spanish literature, culture and film within Spain and Latin America.  The Department does not offer all of the courses listed in the Calendar every year.  For the most up-to-date information on the availability of courses offered in the current year, check SOLUS.

A student who does not meet the stated prerequisites for a course but who may have other qualifications for admission to the course may request that the Department waive the prerequisites.

Course Name and Number Course Description

LLCU 247/3.0
Spanish Cultural Contexts 3L

 

Former SPAN 247

Offered in English, this survey course covers the historical, social, political and cultural aspects of Spain from its prehistoic period to the present day. The first half of the semester will cover the beginnings of Iberian civilization up to the end of the 19th century. The second half will concentrate on the 20th and 21st centuries.
EXCLUSION No more than 6.0 units from SPAN 246/6.0; SPAN 247/3.0; SPAN 248/3.0.

LLCU 248/3.0
Spanish American Cultural Contexts 3L

 

Former SPAN 248

Offered in English, this survey course covers a vast area, several cultures and many centuries. Students are expected to develop a general understanding of Spanish American culture through an examination of important historical, social, political, economic and artistic developments in the area. EXCLUSION No more than 6.0 units from SPAN-246/6.0; SPAN 247/3.0; SPAN 248/3.0.
SPAN 306/3.0
La narrativa hispanoamericana del siglo 20 3S
A study of selected works by Spanish American writers such as Horacio Quiroga, Gabriel García Márquez, Jorge Luis Borges, Juan Rulfo, Julio Cortázar and Reinaldo Arenas.
PREREQUISITE SPAN 251/6.0 or SPAN 352/3.0.
COREQUISITES (SPAN 301/3.0 and SPAN 302/3.0) or (SPAN 303/3.0 and SPAN 304/3.0).

SPAN 308/3.0

The Films of Pedro Almodóvar 3S

Students will view and analyze a selection of Almodóvar's films within the context of Spain and other countries. The study of gender, sexual, cultural and societal identity and other fundamentals of contemporary theory will be central to this course. Taught in English together with SPAN 408/3.0. Hispanic texts are read in translation. Assignments, tests and examination are written in English.
EXCLUSION SPAN 408/3.0.
SPAN 310/3.0
Artistic Representations of the Spanish Civil War 3S
The Spanish Civil War (1936-39) culminated in the military overthrow of the Republican government and the beginning of Francisco Franco's long dictatorship. This course examines artistic representations of the war in film (both documentary and fictional) and in other visual media (paintings, photography, posters), as well as in the written works of both Spanish and foreign authors such as Orwell, Hemingway, Neruda, Sender and Rodoreda.
PREREQUISITE SPAN 261 /6.0 or SPAN 381/3.0.
SPAN 315/3.0
Literatura medieval española 3S
A study of the main works and currents of medieval Spanish literature from A.D. 1000 to 1500.
PREREQUISITE  SPAN 261/6.0 or SPAN 381/3.0.
COREQUISITES (SPAN 301/3.0 and SPAN 302/3.0) or (SPAN 303/3.0 and SPAN 304/3.0).

SPAN 316/3.0

Introduction to Contemporary Literary Theory and Analysis 3S

An introduction to contemporary literature theories and the analysis of Hispanic texts from reader-, structural- and author-oriented perspectives. This course may not be applied toward a Spanish concentration. Taught in English together with SPAN-406/3.0. Written work and examinations are in English. Readings are in translation.
PREREQUISITE Third-year standing or above.
EXCLUSION SPAN 406/3.0.
SPAN 328/3.0
Gender, Development and Film in Latin America 3S
Cuban filmmaker Humberto Solás once commented in an interview with respect to his film "Lucía" that "within society, I chose the most vulnerable character, the one who is most transparently affected at any given moment by contradiction and change." This course is designed to analyze socio-cultural and political development, those contradictions and changes occurring within Latin American society in recent decades as manifested in feature films. This will be effected by means of a detailed analysis of how individual texts and filmmakers constitute and represent "gender": not just through a superficial exploration of female characters, but also through an analysis of the representation of homosexuality, lesbianism and traditional masculinity or "machismo" in the socio-historical context of the films. In this way, students will gain not only an understanding of the dialectical relationship between cinema and social change in developing countries, but also the link between gender, power and national identity. Taught in English together with SPAN-428/3.0. Hispanic texts are read in translation. Assignments, tests and exam are written in English.
EXCLUSION SPAN 428/3.0.
SPAN 330/3.0
Cervantes: creador de la novela 3S
A study of Don Quijote and the development of the theory of the novel by Cervantes.
PREREQUISITE SPAN 261/6.0 or SPAN 380/3.0.
COREQUISITES (SPAN 301/3.0 and SPAN 302/3.0) or (SPAN 303/3.0 and SPAN 304/3.0).
SPAN 331/3.0

Cervantes II: Later Works

In this course students will study Don Quijote II and other later works by Cervantes including Las novelas ejemplares, and Ocho entremeses y ocho comedias. The course will consider the social and historical context and the literary implications of this important continuation of Don Quijote I.

NOTE Taught in English with LLCU 331/3.0. Written work and examinations are in Spanish. Readings are in translation.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36S;84P).PREREQUISITE SPAN 330/3.0.EXCLUSION No more than 3.0 units from LLCU 331/3.0; SPAN 331/3.0.
SPAN 332/3.0

Spanish Baroque Short Theatre

Short theatre played an important role in the theatre of Spanish Golden Age. In this course students will study the literary particularities of the genre and the social ramifications of the themes present in short theatre (gender, battle of the sexes, diversity, authority amongst others) and their historical and contemporary relevance.

NOTE Taught in English with LLCU 332/3.0. Written work and examinations are in Spanish. Readings are in translation.

LEARNING HOURS 120 (36S;84P)

PREREQUISITE SPAN 380/3.0 or SPAN 381/3.0.

EXCLUSION No more than 3.0 units from LLCU 332/3.0; SPAN 332/3.0.

SPAN 335/3.0
El teatro Siglo de Oro 3S
An introduction to Spanish Golden Age Theatre through the study of literary, historical and political concepts and theatre as a performative genre. The student will discover the great import of theatre during the era and acquire a better socio-cultural understanding of one of the most important periods in Spanish and European history and play production. Students may produce a play as part of the evaluation.
PREREQUISITE SPAN 261/6.0 or SPAN 380/3.0, or permission of the Department.
COREQUISITES (SPAN 301/3.0 and SPAN 302/3.0) or (SPAN 303/3.0 and SPAN 304/3.0).
SPAN 344/3.0
La sociedad española a través del cine 3S
A study of changes in Spanish society as reflected in film and/or literature.
PREREQUISITE SPAN 261/6.0 or SPAN 381/3.0.
COREQUISITES (SPAN 301/3.0 and SPAN 302/3.0) or (SPAN 303/3.0 and SPAN 304/3.0).
SPAN 351/3.0
Panorama literario latinoaméricano I 3S
A survey of the major authors and works of Latin American literature from 1492 to the end of the 19th Century. Readings will include texts from all genres and will illustrate the main cultural and historical trends and movements.
PREREQUISITE SPAN 201/6.0 or SPAN 205/3.0.
EXCLUSIONS No more than 6.0 units from SPAN 251/6.0; SPAN 351/3.0; SPAN 352/3.0. 
SPAN 352/3.0
Panorama literario latinoaméricano II 3S
A survey of the major authors and works of Latin American literature from the beginning of the 20th Century to the present. Readings will include texts from all genres and will illustrate the main cultural and historical trends and movements.
PREREQUISITE SPAN 201/6.0 or SPAN 205/3.0.
EXCLUSIONS No more than 6.0 units from SPAN 251/6.0; SPAN 351/3.0; SPAN 352/3.0. 
SPAN 354/3.0
Cultura femenina latinoamericana 3L
A survey of women's literary and cultural production in Latin America from the earliest writers to the present day. Texts will include poetry, essays, short stories, novels, art and film.
PREREQUISITE  SPAN 251/6.0 or SPAN 351/3.0 or SPAN 352/3.0.
COREQUISITES (SPAN 301/3.0 and SPAN 302/3.0) or (SPAN 303/3.0 and SPAN 304/3.0).
SPAN 380/3.0
Panorama literario de España I 3S

A survey of the major authors and works of literature of Spain from its beginnings to the Spanish Golden Age. Readings will include texts from all genres and will illustrate the main cultural and historical trends and movements.

PREREQUISITE SPAN 201/6.0 or SPAN 205/3.0.

EXCLUSION No more than 6.0 units from SPAN 261/6.0; SPAN 380/3.0; SPAN 381/3.0.

SPAN 381/3.0
Panorama literario de España II 3S

A survey of the major authors and works of literature of Spain from the Enlightenment to the present. Readings will include texts from all genres and will illustrate the main cultural and historical trends and movements.

PREREQUISITE SPAN 201/6.0 or SPAN 205/3.0.
EXCLUSIONS No more than 6.0 units from SPAN 261/6.0; SPAN 380/3.0; SPAN 381/3.0.
SPAN 406/3.0
Introducción a la teoría y el análisis literario 3L
Fall An introduction to contemporary literary theories and the analysis of Hispanic texts from reader-, structural- and author-oriented perspectives. Taught in English together with SPAN 316*. Students concentrating in Spanish submit written assignments, tests and examination in Spanish. Normally they will read Hispanic texts in the original.
PREREQUISITE  SPAN 251/6.0 or SPAN 352/3.0.

SPAN 408/3.0

The Films of Pedro Almodóvar 3S

Students will view and analyze a selection of Almodóvar's films within the context of Spain and other countries. The study of gender, sexual, cultural and societal identity and other fundamentals of contemporary theory will be central to this course. Taught in English together with SPAN 308*. Students concentrating in Spanish submit written assignments, tests and examination are written in Spanish.

PREREQUISITE SPAN 261/6.0 or SPAN 381/3.0.
EXCLUSION SPAN 308/3.0.

SPAN 410/3.0
Spanish Syntax 3S
This course discusses the main concepts and methods of linguistic analysis, focusing on Spanish. The course introduces concepts and techniques of sentence structure analysis (syntax), word formation (morphology) and meaning (semantics).
PREREQUISITE SPAN 302/3.0.
SPAN 428/3.0
Gender, Development and Film in Latin America 3S 
This course will explore major themes of development in relation to gender in Latin America through its manifestation in film. Films will be chosen from all regions of Latin America, including Brazil. Taught in English together with SPAN 328/3.0. Students concentrating in Spanish submit written assignments, tests and examinations in Spanish.
PREREQUISITE  SPAN 251/6.0or SPAN 351/3.0 or SPAN 352/3.0.
SPAN 458/3.0
Cine latinoamericano 3S
Explores representative works of the Latin American film industry, with a brief introduction to film analysis. Films will be examined in the context of cultural and historical issues, and their possible relation to literature. The course content may focus on one specific national cinema in a given year.
PREREQUISITE SPAN 251/6.0or SPAN 351/3.0 or SPAN 352/3.0. 
SPAN 495/3.0
Literatura de España: Estudios independientes II 3S 
Seminar course on topics in Spanish literature. Course details to be announced.  
SPAN 496/3.0
Literatura de HispanoamHispanoamérica: Estudios independientes II
Seminar course on topics in Spanish American literature.  Course details to be announced.
SPAN 501/3.0
Literatura de España: Temas específicos 3S
 Seminar course on topics in Spanish literature. Course details to be announced.
SPAN 502/3.0
Literatura de España: Estudios independientes
Reading course in selected fields of Peninsular literature to meet the needs of advanced students for whom a seminar course is not available. Course details to be announced.
PREREQUISITE Permission of the Department.  
SPAN 504/3.0
Literatura de Hispanoamérica: Estudios independientes
Reading course in selected fields of Spanish American literature to meet the needs of advanced students for whom a seminar course is not available. Course details to be announced.
PREREQUISITE Permission of the Department.  
LLCU 200/3.0 Introduction to Semiotics 3L This course presents a critical study of the interpretative acts underlying the understanding of signs. It traces the development of semiotics from an historical perspective through the works of theoreticians such as F. de Saussure, C. S. Peirce, R. Bathes, A. J. Greimans, U. Eco, and S. Lange. Particular attention will be paid to the function of verbal and non-verbal signs in the literary and linguistic fields as well as communication through theatre, cinema, art, and the media.
IDIS 201/6.0 Introduction to Romance Philology 3L This course aims at familiarizing students from diverse programs with some of the fundamental concepts of Romance Philology. The analysis of the first literary and non-literary documents of the Romance languages will be a fundamental part of the course, together with the understanding of the evolution of Latin into Vulgar Latin and its differentiation into Romance languages. Particular attention will be paid to Spanish, Italian and French.

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000