Undegraduate Course Information - Fall 2019

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A&S 300
Haralambos Symeonidis
“Europe’s living a celebration”
Spain’s cultural and linguistic identity in the Eurovision Song Contest
 
The Eurovision Song Contest is the world's biggest popular music event: held annually in May, it includes entries from almost every European country and attracts over a hundred million viewers, making it one of the most-watched television events in Europe. How has European integration been promoted through popular culture, and how has popular music become one of the prime cultural phenomena connecting Europeans? * How are Europe and "Europeanness" defined through Eurovision in cultural, geographic, political and social terms, especially as some of its participants are not members of the European Union? * How has Eurovision been used to promote issues concerning environmental awareness, gay rights, ethnic minorities and peace campaigns, and what effect has it had on these in Europe? What is Spain’s cultural and linguistic role in the contest?
 
SPA 326: Hispanic Poetry through Music
Irene Chico-Wyatt

When asked, people would vehemently affirm they “hate poetry”. Are you among them? What if I proved to you that you actually like poetry?
Poetry takes on many forms. Traditionally, people associate poetry with the type of written text that uses obscure and complicated words that are impossible to decipher but poetry actually originates as an oral process. It is meant to be recited and sung. Don’t you like music? If you do, you already like poetry.
Spanish 326 is intended to provide students with an overview of both Hispanic Peninsular and Latin American culture and literature through the analysis of poetry and song. The first part of the course will equip students with the tools necessary for understanding and analyzing a poetic text. After this, the class we will be devoted to the study of Hispanic poetry and music, starting from the turn of the twentieth century and until the present day.
 

SPA 400: Introduction to Judaeo-Spanish
Haralambos Symeonidis

In this course we are going to deal with the language of the Sephardic Jews and its characteristics from the linguistic point of view. It´s going to be mainly a language class with an important linguistic, cultural and literature component. This will help us understand not only the language structure of Judaeo-Spanish but also the importance of the Sephardic culture which is an significant component in the preservation of the language.  When the Jews were expelled from Spain and Portugal, they were cut off from the further development of the language, but they continued to speak it in the communities and countries to which they emigrated. Ladino therefore reflects the grammar and vocabulary of 14th and 15th century Spanish. 

 
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