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SP 372: Percepciones del otro

Course Description

  This course, held in Spanish, offers a critical reading and discussion of selected text from the 20th Century.  The novels and short stories read in class deal with race, gender, class, and nationality, among others. Although emphasis is placed on the texts themselves, an attempt is made to delineate the socio-historical and literary contexts wherein they originated. By the end of the course, students will have improved their understanding and expression of written and oral Spanish. Students will read and discuss Spanish American short stories and novels.

The format of the course will alternate between lectures given by the professor and seminar-style discussions of the required readings.  The amount of reading, writing and critical thinking required for this course will be considerable, as we will discuss major literary works, periods, styles and critical approaches. Be prepared to spend a good amount of time reading, writing and thinking.

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcome for the study of a modern language as part of a minor/major requirement is to bring the student to a level of advance/superior in the target language as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). For modern languages the learning outcomes for the four language skills and culture at the advance/superior level can be summarized as follows:

Texts and Materials

  • Julia Álvarez, En el tiempo de las mariposas
  • Manuel Puig, El beso de la mujer araña
  • Handouts - Download from Sakai (Resources)
  • A good dictionary


 1  Jan – 12
Introducción: "Cómo leer literatura"
Ejemplo de Foro

The Other [Fragmento]Kapuscinski

    Foro 1

El eclipse” – Augusto Monterroso

    Foro 2

  Jan – 14
Análisis de lectura

    Foro 3

Respuestas "The Other"
Respuestas "El eclipse"

Primer encuentro” - Álvaro Menen Desleal

En el tiempo de las mariposas  - Julia Alvarez (7-23)
 2  Jan – 19
Análisis de lectura

Respuestas "Primer encuentro"
Respuestas "Las mariposas" 1

Las Mariposas (Cap dos: 24-47)

    Foro 4

  Jan – 21
Análisis de lectura
Quiz # 1

Respuestas "Las mariposas" 2

Las Mariposas (Cap. tres y cuatro: 48-84)
 3  Jan – 26
Análisis de lectura

Respuestas "Las mariposas" 3

Las Mariposas (Cap cinco: 85-113)

    Foro 5
  Jan – 28
Análisis de lectura
Presentación: "Julia Álvarez"

Respuestas "Las mariposas" 4

Las Mariposas
(Cap. seis: 114-158)
 4  Feb – 2
Análisis de lectura
Las Mariposas
(Cap siete: 159-196)
  Feb – 4
Análisis de lectura

Respuestas "Las mariposas" 5

Las Mariposas
(Cap ocho: 197-224)
 5  Feb – 9
Análisis de lectura
Quiz # 2

Las Mariposas (Cap nueve: 225-264)
  Feb – 11
Análisis de lectura
Primera entrega Paper #1

Respuestas "Las mariposas" 6

Las Mariposas (Cap diez: 265-299)
 6  Feb – 16
Análisis de lectura
Paper #1

Respuestas "Las mariposas" 7
Las Mariposas
(Cap once: 300-337)

    Foro 6

  Feb – 18
Análisis de lectura
Quiz # 3
Las Mariposas
(Cap doce: 338-361)

 7  Feb – 23
Análisis de lectura

Las Mariposas
(Cap doce: 361-393)
  Feb – 25
Análisis de lectura
 8  Mar – 2
Spring Break
  Mar – 4
Spring Break

Las Mariposas
Epílogo: 394-428)
 9  Mar – 9
Análisis de lectura

  Mar – 11

 10  Mar – 16
Examen Parcial

El beso de la mujer araña
– Manuel Puig (Cap uno: 9-32)
  Mar – 18
Análisis de lectura
Resumen 1

El beso (Cap dos: 33-53)
 11  Mar – 23
Análisis de lectura
Resumen 2

El beso
(Cap tres: 55-78)
  Mar – 25
Análisis de lectura
Resumen 3

El beso (Cap cuatro: 79-100)
 12  Mar – 30
Análisis de lectura
Resumen 4
Quiz # 4

El beso
(Cap cinco y seis: 101-136)
  Apr – 1
Análisis de lectura
Resumen 5

 13  Apr –  6
Easter Break
El beso
(Cap siete y ocho: 137-157)

  Apr – 8
Análisis de lectura
Resumen 6
El beso (Cap nueve: 161-185)
 14  Apr – 13
Análisis de lectura
Resumen 7

El beso
(Cap diez: 187-200)
  Apr – 15
Análisis de lectura
Quiz #5

El beso
(Cap once y doce: 201-235)
 15  Apr – 20
Análisis de lectura
Primera entrega Paper # 2
El beso
(Cap trece y catorce: 237-267)
  Apr – 22
Análisis de lectura
Quiz #6
El beso (Cap quince: 269-287)

 16  Apr – 27
Análisis de lectura
Paper #2

 Resumen de las peliculas
  Apr – 29
Reading Day
   Final Exam 
Saturday, May 2nd
1:00 pm

Syllabus (pdf)

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General Policies:

Computer access: The general rule is, "never turn in a paper without running the spell check!" Please be aware that since computer use is required for many of our courses, the lab does become crowded, particularly before class. Students who stop in with minutes to spare many not find a vacant computer or printer, and thus may not be able to turn in an assignment. See the policy on Late Work.

Late Work: Late work will not be accepted. Please do not ask for extensions. There are no make-up quizzes or exams. Do not make travel arrangements until you have consulted your mid-term and final exam schedule. Exceptions to this policy will be made only in cases of serious illness, injury or other serious emergencies, of which verification must be provided.

Office hours: I enjoy the opportunity to speak with my students. Drop by whenever you wish.

Accessing and Communicating Course Information:
This syllabus and other important information for this course can be found at Sakai. Paper assignments, web links and other information will be posted there regularly throughout the semester. Students are responsible for material posted there, so please be sure that you can access the site, and that you are signed up to receive course e-mail at your CAMPUS e-mail account. I know you get a ton of e-mails. However, you are required to check and keep open your campus e-mail account for crucial campus communications. Please see the Student Handbook for details. Students should keep their e-mail accounts active by checking regularly and clearing out deleted mail. Any emergency course cancellations will be communicated by e-mail.

Course and College Policies


All topics, quizzes, exams and their dates are subject to change. Advance notification will be given in case of any changes.