Zachary Seguin

SPAN Courses

SPAN 101 – Introduction to Spanish 1

This course is for students with no previous knowledge of Spanish. The basic elements of Spanish grammar will be studied, with emphasis on group and individual oral practice. Focus will be given to the development of skills in listening/comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Multimedia exercises accompany each chapter of the textbook. Students will be expected to use them in the multimedia language centre and at home.

SPAN 102 – Introduction to Spanish 2

This course is a continuation of SPAN 101, with emphasis being placed on more advanced elements of Spanish grammar and the spoken language. Students will be provided with a range of opportunities to gain practical insights into the customs and cultural contexts of the contemporary Spanish-speaking world.

SPAN 150 – The Hispanic World Through Literature and the Arts

A study of Hispanic cultures as represented in their literature, film, and visual arts with particular attention to issues of race, gender, sexuality, and cultural and national identity.

SPAN 201A – Intermediate Spanish 1

Course develops intermediate skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The primary goals are to build communicative competence and enhance social and cultural awareness of the Spanish-speaking world.

SPAN 201B – Intermediate Spanish 2

The course continues development of intermediate skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The primary goals of the course are the further enhancement of communicative competence, and social and cultural awareness. Particular attention is placed on the use of the subjunctive mood.

SPAN 210 – Intermediate Spanish for Native Speakers

This is an intensive course designed for students of Spanish-speaking background (native or near-native) who have not received formal language training. The course focuses on a comprehensive study of Spanish grammar. It includes a critical analysis of colloquial Spanish, or anglicized vocabulary, and influences of other languages on modern Spanish. A major component of the course is the acquisition and development of writing skills and oral discourse at the academic level. The course further develops listening comprehension and reading skills.

SPAN 217 – First Nations, Native Americans, Pueblos Originarios

This course will introduce and expose students to the indigenous civilizations that embody the Americas. Students will look at the cosmogonies, histories and cultures of indigenous peoples from pre-Columbian times to the 20th century. They will analyze Latin America's Pueblos Originarios' perspectives on conquest, colonization, and independence, and compare such perspectives to those of the Canadian First Nations and Native Americans. Through their study of colonial, social, economic, and political relations, students will examine how the meanings of these categories changed over time and how indigenous peoples have contributed to the ethnically diverse regional societies that continue to characterize Latin America today.

SPAN 218 – Parallel Revolutions in a Nascent Continent

This course provides a broad foundation to the varied and complex geographical, ethnic, social, and historical forces that have shaped contemporary Latin American nations from the early 19th-century independence period to current affairs. Students will be introduced to the diverse regions of the continent: Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, the Bolivarian republics, and the Southern Cone. Students will analyze and discuss nation-building factors such as European-African-Asian-New World interactions, ethnic mixtures, military takeovers, revolutions, U.S. interventions in the region, and migratory experiences. Discussions will also be aimed at contrasting and comparing the contemporary and diverse cultural manifestations of the peoples living in Latin America and the cultural transformation of Latin Americans who have emigrated to other parts of the world, as well as the perceptions of Latin Americans in other cultures.

SPAN 220W – Topics in Spanish Culture(WLU)

This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to explore and develop their knowledge of Spanish culture. The course will offer a wide-ranging survey of cultural topics. It will take a broad view of the country by covering aspects of daily life, history, and social, economic and political changes.

SPAN 222W – Modern Spanish Literature (WLU)

This course will study some of the most salient literary texts produced from the 18th century up to the present time. The course also aims to introduce the student to literary analysis and, therefore, particular attention will be paid to the question of genre, terminology, literary movements and textual analysis.

SPAN 223W – Early Spanish Literature (WLU)

This course will study some of the most significant texts from medieval time to the 18th century. Special emphasis is placed on textual analysis.

SPAN 227 – Introduction to Latin American Poetry and Drama

This course presents an introduction to Latin American poetry and theatre produced since pre-Columbian times. Through the study of representative works the course covers the most important periods and movements of Latin American poetry and theatre, and introduces the student to literary analysis by paying special attention to questions of terminology, genre, and literary history.

SPAN 228 – Introduction to Latin American Literature

Through reading representative works, this course introduces students to the study of Latin American literature, paying special attention to questions of critical approach and terminology, genre, literary history, and the historicity of texts.

SPAN 261W – Spanish for Communication & Business 1 (WLU)

Intensive study of the Spanish language for business, emphasizing vocabulary development, grammar and syntax. The focus is on the strengthening of written and verbal (both oral and aural) communication skills using diverse multimedia resources. Newspapers, magazines and business documents will be studied.

SPAN 262W – Spanish for Communication and Business 2 (WLU)

A continuation of SPAN 261.

SPAN 301A – Spanish in Context 1

This course promotes students' oral and written abilities, as well as their critical understanding of Latin American history and culture. Course components include: written and oral/aural practice of Spanish through oral reports, class discussions and debates on assigned topics, short literary works, and films. It offers a review of more advanced grammatical structures with the aim of achieving greater accuracy.

SPAN 301B – Spanish in Context 2

This course further develops the development of critical understanding of Latin American history and culture. Course components include: assigned readings in a variety of genres, critical cultural analysis, in-class discussions, written essays, and the viewing of films.

SPAN 305W – The Hispanic Realist Novel (WLU)

Study of the fundamental narrative techniques and ideology in some of the most representative realist novels of the 19th century.

SPAN 322 – The Generation of '98: Fiction

From the turn of the century until the Civil War, Spanish literature enjoyed an artistic explosion the likes of which had not been seen since the Golden Age. This course analyzes a selection of the writers of this period, such as Valle Inclán, Azorín, Baroja, and Unamuno, both in terms of literary innovation and relationship to the ideological trends and social reality in early 20th century Spain.

SPAN 324W – A Journey Through Multicultural Spain (WLU)

Introduction to the cultures of Spain-Basque, Catalan and Galician - with emphasis on their contemporary works translated into Spanish. Through the readings students will get a glimpse of the multicultural nature of Spain and will learn about the contemporary trends that define the cultures of the Basque country, Catalonia and Galicia. Samples of contemporary music, cinema and art will also be introduced.

SPAN 325W – Contemporary Spanish Literature and Culture (WLU)

This course will sensitize students to current social problems in Spain through the analysis of literature, art, and music. Particular attention will be given to novels that cover topics such as corruption, drug addiction, terrorism, and abortion.

SPAN 326 – Theatre of the Spanish Golden Age: Texts and Cultural Contexts

Representative dramatic texts from the early modern period will be studied in relation to the history and society of Imperial Spain. Students will consider the texts as vehicles to support the political agenda and moral education of the time, with discussion centering on such issues as the formation of state, court culture, social order and disorder, and cultural discourses of identity and difference.

SPAN 327W – Cervantes & His Time (WLU)

A general introduction to literature in its historical and cultural background. A special study through the close analysis of representative works. Emphasis will be given to the study of Don Quijote.

SPAN 328W – Contemporary Hispanic Theatre (WLU)

This course is a survey of the most representative contemporary theatre produced in the Americas and in the Spanish Peninsula. The course will study text and production, and will analyze as well their adaptation to other media such as cinema and dance.

SPAN 333 – Modern Latin American Poetry

An in-depth study of major poets and movements from Modernism to Vanguardism, post-Vanguardism and Surrealism. Examples of the poets studied in this course are Ruben Dario, Ramon Lopez Velarde, Gabriela Mistral, Cesar Vallejo, Nicolas Guillen, Pablo Neruda, Octavio Paz, among others.

SPAN 334 – Narrating Place and Ethnicity in Nineteenth Century Latin America

This course will provide insight into Latin American political and cultural history by viewing key nineteenth and early twentieth-century texts in the context of ideas about nation, nation-building processes, and the emergence of the modern nation-state. These issues will also be viewed in the context of aesthetic developments in Latin America.

SPAN 335W – Aesthetic Practices of Spanish and Latin American Filmmakers(WLU)

The objective of this course is to provide students with the background to analyse and understand the rapid evolution/regression of Spanish and Latin American cultures in the 20th century. The movies presented will be studied in their socio-historical context. A reading list based on a selection of pertinent literature on the course topics will provide the necessary background to understand the content of the films.

SPAN 344 – Special Topics in Hispanic Studies

Special topics in Hispanic studies, as announced by the department.

SPAN 345 – Directed Studies

Study in a limited field under tutorial guidance.

SPAN 350 – Poetry of the Tango

This course examines the poetic value of tango lyrics as an authentic merger of the learned and the popular poetry. The poetic aspects of tango from its birth at the turn of the twentieth century to the present, with special attention to the so called "golden age of tango" (1940), are explored.

SPAN 365W – Spanish Identity Through Literature (WLU)

This course will study a selection of short stories by Spanish contemporary writers. Through analysis and in-depth criticism of the works, students will reach a better knowledge of the self and others. Emphasis will be given to studying women writers.

SPAN 366 – Aesthetics of Rupture: Latin American Avant-garde Movements

This course explores the artistic and cultural projects advanced by different avant-garde movements in Latin America over the early decades of the twentieth century. Through the study of representative visual and literary works, the course traces how the avant-garde worked to develop a new artistic language for Latin America.

SPAN 386 – Memory and Performance in Latin American Literature

This course studies the participation of poetry and theatre in the reconstruction of the historical memory in Latin America. It will examine the varied means of expressions used by poets and play writers to rebuild fragments of the historical reality frequently omitted by the official discourse.

SPAN 387 – Gender, Power, and Representations in Latin America

This course analyzes women's cultural production in Latin America. Examining the construction and the representation of gender/sex differences, the course explores the power relations inherent in these representations, while also examining how gender roles and expectations are linked to representations of class, race, sexuality, age, nationality, and ability.

SPAN 388 – Contemporary Latin American Theatre

A study of the most important dramatists of Latin America. Particular attention will be paid to the political, historical, cultural and aesthetic context which inform the works studied.

SPAN 390 – Introduction to Spanish Business Translation

This course is designed for students enrolled in their third year of the General or Honours program in Spanish. A strong command of Spanish and English is required. Intense concentration of the Spanish language through oral and written work will focus on business-oriented fundamentals of communication, such as letter writing, as well as the translation of primary source materials such as newspapers and business documents.

SPAN 395 – Cultural Dimensions in English/Spanish Literary Translation

This course focuses on the actual practice of translating literature, not only as the transformation of textual expressions, but also as a process of cultural interpretation. Besides reinforcing vocabulary and grammar, students will also review and research notions of different literary genres (poetry, narrative and theatre), and solidify their knowledge of cultural studies.

SPAN 400 – Memories and Representations: Constructive Truths and Competing Realities

This course studies the emergence of testimonial discourse in Latin America in relation to the socio-political turmoil that has characterized Latin American life in the past decades. Contemporary fictional and non-fictional texts, as well as documentaries and movies, will be discussed in order to establish the grounds of testimonial discourse as a genre.

SPAN 401 – Spanish in Motion

This course will further develop effective communication strategies at an advanced level through a wide variety of activities. Students will be able to develop arguments in diverse contexts and formats.

SPAN 401A – Advanced Composition and Conversation 1

This course is aimed at intense development of written and oral skills. Written assignments emphasize grammatical style and structure; oral class conversations are based on selected themes or topics relating to Spain and Latin America.

SPAN 401B – Advanced Composition and Conversation 2

A continuation of SPAN 401A.

SPAN 410 – Visual Culture in the Contemporary Hispanic World

This course explores the expressive avenues opened up by the confluence of verbal and visual representation in contemporary Hispanic cultural production. Through a close analysis of representative visual and literary works from Latin America and Spain covering a variety of genres and media, including poetry, novel, short story, theatre, painting, photography, and film, the many ways in which words and images interact with each other and make meaning will be examined.

SPAN 415 – The Hispanic Transatlantic

This course explores cultural interactions between Spain and Latin America, and among Spain, Latin America, and the U. S., in literature, music, film, and popular culture from the early modern period to the present. Topics include imperialism; the relationship between modernity and colonialism, diasporas, contact zones, transculturation, rearticulation of transnational identities, coexistence in difference, borderlines, mestizo cultural spaces, and cultures of resistance.

SPAN 418 – Modernity and the Colonial Encounter in Latin America

This course explores the divergent consequences of the colonial "encounter" for the indigenous cultures and for the Western world. Students analyze colonial cultural productions in order to understand the role of the colonial experience in the economic development of Western Europe, as well as the underdevelopment of Latin America.

SPAN 430 – Literary Women in Early Modern Hispanic Culture

This course will examine works by and about women in early modern Hispanic culture (16th and 17th centuries), with particular attention to engagements with and subversions of patriarchal culture in theatre, prose, and poetry. Authors to be discussed may include Santa Teresa de Avila, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, Maria de Zayas, and Ana Caro.

SPAN 438W – Special Topics (WLU)

This course focuses on a specific topic or question in Hispanic studies.

SPAN 445 – History of the Spanish Language

This course presents a detailed study of the external and internal history of the language. Topics treated include a brief outline of factors involved in linguistic evolution and language formation. The main features of the phonetic evolution from Latin to Spanish are studied with emphasis on the formation of speech sounds and the factors that spearheaded the mutations.

SPAN 446W – Love in Medieval Spanish Literature (WLU)

An introduction to medieval Spanish poetry and prose, focusing on an exploration of the theme of love in various works of the period. The historical context within which these texts were produced will be examined and the various methods of literary analysis applied to them by successive generations will be considered.

SPAN 450 – Theory and Practice of Translation

This course examines the theory of translation, combined with intense practical experience. The students continue the review of Spanish and English grammar in a practical context as a basis for translation between the two languages. The course also enhances the students' lexical and semantic knowledge of the Spanish language through direct experience in translation.

SPAN 451W – Stylistics and Professional Writing(WLU)

This course will develop writing skills in Spanish by exploring various stylistic procedures of writing. It will focus on a number of features essential in effective writing to help students develop the organizational skills and linguistic abilities needed to communicate successfully. Special attention is given to the role of stylistics in creative writing, journal writing, magazine pieces, and advertising.

SPAN 461W – Hispanic Linguistics

This course explores several branches of linguistics in the Spanish language. The first part of the course is an introduction to linguistics as a cognitive study in which special emphasis is placed on language acquisition and the mental processes of language. The second part of the course is dedicated to the study of sounds (phonetics and phonology), the formation of words (morphology), sentence structure (syntax), and speech variation (dialectology).

SPAN 465W – Literature and Journalism in the Hispanic World

Both in Latin America and in Spain, there is a rich and lengthy tradition of authors crossing over the shadowy boundaries which separate the field of journalism and that of literature. This course will study the processes and methods of this particular variety of genre transfer, by analyzing classic and recent works from the second part of the 20th century by celebrated Hispanic writers.

SPAN 466W – Subversive Narratives in the Hispanic World (WLU)

This course will look into Hispanic narratives of the XIX, XX, and XXI centuries whose purpose was to defy the political, ideological, social and aesthetic status quo prevalent in the majority of Spanish-speaking countries. The course will explore texts with alleged universal implications produced not only within the field of literature, but also oratorical and journalistic pieces, proclamations, speeches, films by writers, intellectuals, political and social activists and leaders of the Hispanic world. Lectures will be combined with discussion sessions.

SPAN 467W – Directed Studies (WLU)

By special arrangement, students can follow a course of study under direct supervision.

SPAN 490 – Advanced Translation

This course is designed for students enrolled in the third and fourth year of the General or Honours program in Spanish. Fluency in both Spanish and English is required. The objective of this course is to refine translation techniques in order to enable the student to provide accurate and idiomatic translations of English texts in Spanish and vice versa.

SPAN 497 – The Novel in Latin America

This course studies the 20th-century novel and its development from the 1930s to the present through representative authors. While special attention is paid to the individual works in the last half century, the individual works are analyzed for their value as the expression of social and historical reality.

SPAN 498W – Literary Adaptation in Hispanic Cinema

Literary adaptations are usually considered to be secondary forms of the original. This course explores original literary works and their cinematic adaptation. In the process, the possibilities and limitations found in the process of adaptation will be analysed. Students will explore issues relevant to each medium as well as larger questions related to adaptation, style, translation and interpretation.