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Hispanic culture offers a variety probably unrivalled by any other modern Western culture. In the Middle Ages, Spain was the vital point of contact of the Christian, Jewish, and Islamic civilizations. In its Golden Age it led the way in the exploration and settlement of the New World, contributing significantly to the evolution of a flourishing Ibero-American culture. Today it is estimated that Spanish is one of three most widely-spoken languages in the world.
Spanish Studies at the University of Toronto are mainly, but by no means exclusively, concerned with the language and literature of the Spanish-speaking peoples. Courses in translation, in business Spanish, in Catalan, in the history and structure of the Spanish language and literature are complemented by studies of the social, artistic, and intellectual history of both Spain and Spanish-America, as well as by courses focussing on the study of Hispanic film. Spanish and Portuguese form part of the interdisciplinary programs in European Studies and Ibero-American Studies.
The progression of courses in the language sequence is designed to accommodate a wide range of previous preparation in the spoken and written language. In their first year, beginners receive an intensive course, SPA 100Y; those with OAC standing begin their University studies in SPA 220Y; students who on entry are already well qualified in Spanish and demonstrate both oral and written fluency are expected to proceed directly to more advanced levels of study. Throughout the language stream, stress is laid both on the cultural component of language acquisition and on the range of practical applications to which both the spoken and the written language may be put. Courses in translation, in phonetics, in business Spanish, in Catalan, and in the history and structure of the Spanish language provide an array of possible options for students in the upper years.
Following an introduction to the methodologies of critical analysis as applied to Hispanic texts, students have a wide selection of courses on the literatures of Spain and Spanish America: medieval Spanish literature; the prose, verse and drama of the Golden Age; the modern novel, short story, poetry, drama and film. In all years, the works are read and discussed not only in terms of their individual artistic value but also as illustrations of the outlook and the intellectual climate of their age.
The Department also promotes opportunities for students of its programs to spend their second or third year at a university in Spain or Latin America. Interested students should consult the Department in October of the year prior to the planned study abroad.
For the Portuguese component, see under Portuguese Program in this Calendar.
Undergraduate Coordinator: Professor B.E. Segall (978-6412)
Enquiries: 21 Sussex Avenue, Room 224 (978-3357)
Enrolment in the Spanish programs requires the completion of four degree courses; no minimum GPA required.
SPANISH (B.A.)Consult Professor B.E. Segall, Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
Specialist program (Hon.B.A.): S06231 (10 full courses or their equivalent, including at least one 400-series course)
Major program (B.A.): M06231 (7 full courses or their equivalent)
Minor program (B.A.): R06231 (4 full courses or their equivalent)Section 4 for Key to Course Descriptions)
For Distribution Requirement purposes, SPA courses are classified as HUMANITIES courses.
Undergraduate seminar that focuses on specific ideas, questions, phenomena or controversies, taught by a regular Faculty member deeply engaged in the discipline. Open only to newly admitted first year students. It may serve as a breadth requirement course; see First Year Seminars: 199Y.
The World Literature Program also includes courses from this department; see under WLD
NOTE 1. The Department reserves the right to place students in the language course best suited to their linguistic preparation.
A comprehensive introduction to Spanish grammar, including a weekly laboratory hour, oral practice in small groups, and selected readings.
A comprehensive grammar review, development of reading and writing skills, and oral practice in small groups for the intermediate student.
The study of Catalan grammar and literary texts provides speaking and reading knowledge of the language. Ramon Llull, Ausiŕs March, Tirant lo Blanc. Works of Salvador Espriu, Joan Maragall, and Jacint Verdaguer.
Spanish and Latin American films by representative filmmakers analyzed within the context of Hispanic culture. All films have English subtitles.
The political, social, literary, and artistic history of Spain. The intention is to trace, chronologically, patterns and events which assist the student in understanding the conditions that prevail in 20th-century Spain. Lectures and readings in English.
The social, political, intellectual, and artistic history of Catalonia. The intention is to trace, chronologically, patterns and events which assist the student in understanding the conditions that prevail in 20th century Catalonia.
The impact of the Civil War on Hispanic writers who were participants and on others who grew up during and after the conflict. Some reference to non-Hispanic writers. (Offered in alternate years)
Introduction to university literary studies in Spanish. Critical terminology and methods. Representative selections of modern Spanish and Spanish American prose, poetry, and drama.
Credit course for supervised participation in faculty research project. See Research Opportunity Program for details.
Study of selected grammatical features and questions of usage with intensive practice in written and oral Spanish.
An introduction to articulatory phonetics, Spanish sound patterns, phonetics, phonology; the basic concepts of phonetic description and transcription; the study of Spanish vowel and consonant systems, stress and intonation. (Offered in alternate years)
Practical uses of spoken and written Spanish for business contexts. This course builds on grammar and vocabulary knowledge already acquired at the intermediate level, and is directed primarily at students pursuing a second major in Ibero-American Studies or European Studies.
Intensive practice in Catalan language and a continued study of Catalan literary texts.
Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spanish drama, poetry, and prose, with particular attention to Don Quijote.
Literary currents of the colonial period and the 19th century prior to Modernism: the growth of cultural self-expression. (Offered in alternate years)
Selections from the poetry, short story, novel and essay genres of the period studied to illustrate the role of literature in the pluridisciplinary effort to achieve independence in Spanish America. (Offered in alternate years)
Themes and textual strategies of representative works by women writers from various parts of Spanish America. (Offered in alternate years)
A broad selection of the literature underlying and arising from the Cuban Revolution serves as the basis for the study of the relationship between literature and this social phenomenon. (Offered in alternate years)
A course intended to enhance the student's skill in essay writing with intensive practice in writing descriptive and argumentative essays in Spanish from outline to completion of final draft. Study of the development of the organizational aspects of essay writing and the sequence of ideas to develop a coherent essay.
Descriptive linguistics as applied to Spanish. A systematic description of the components of language and their realization in Spanish: phonology, morphology and syntax of the simple sentence. Emphasis on the interplay between form and function.
Written and oral translation from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English, with texts drawn from fields such as literature, business, politics, and advertising.
The evolution of Spanish. The dialectalization of Hispano-Latin through inherent linguistic changes and influences from other languages and the development of Castilian into one of the world's most important languages.
A comparative study of contemporary literature and film: close analysis of selected works by significant Hispanic writers and filmmakers; exploration of the nature and extent of reciprocation between exponents of the two art forms. (Offered in alternate years)
A course on a specific topic in modern Spanish literature, designed for advanced students. Course content and instructor are established on a yearly basis.
An introduction to medieval prose and verse in historical and critical context.
A comparative view of some of the major novelists from the Hispanic tradition in the 19th and 20th centuries. Lectures in English. Reading in English except for students in Spanish programs. (Offered in alternate years)
A study of the different currents in 20th-century Spanish American verse with specific reference to their outstanding exponents. (Offered in alternate years)
A course on a specific topic in Spanish American literature, designed for advanced students. Course content and instructor are established on a yearly basis.
The 20th-century Spanish American novel in historical and critical context. (Offered in alternate years)
Representative works from the short story genre in the 19th and 20th centuries, including Borges, Cortázar, Rulfo, and others. (Offered in alternate years)
Individual study with a member of staff on a topic of common interest including readings, discussion and written assignments.
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