Course 114: The Language and Culture
of Spanish America through the Prism of Poetry: A Sequel
Jose Marti statue Pablo Neruda Alfonsina Storni Tribute
Leader: Leona Martin
Description: This course will be a continuation of the fall term 2012 course which examined Spanish American language and culture through the prism of works written by notable poets such as José Martí, Alfonsina Storni, Gabriela Mistral and Pablo Neruda. Participants who ranged from novice learners to near-native speakers gathered weekly to share their skills and interests while learning to appreciate the beauty of the Spanish language as well as the historical/cultural context underlying the poetry studied. Spring term sessions will begin with a brief review of some of the most memorable works considered during fall term with an expanded selection of poems, particularly those written by Neruda. Complementing the poetry will be song selections drawn from "La Nueva Canción" movement of the 1960s and 1970s, which eloquently express the political aspirations found in the music of vocalists such as Victor Jara, Inti-Illimani, Mercedes Sosa and Atahualpa Yupanqui, to mention but a few.
The course is designed for those who have limited familiarity with the Spanish language. Encouraged to enroll also are more advanced students, even native speakers, whose language skills will enrich the learning experience for all. Small discussion groups, mini-tutorials and independent assignments will provide a cooperative, inclusive learning environment in which new students to the course will in no way be disadvantaged. The course leader and first term students welcome you to join us!
Biography: Biography: With an undergraduate degree in Spanish from Wellesley and a Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University, Leona is a Professor of Spanish at Susquehanna University. She has lived, worked, and studied extensively in Latin America, particularly in Colombia and Mexico.
Materials for the Course: Photocopied materials will be distributed
Number of Participants: Minimum 6; Maximum 12
Location: BILL Meeting Room
Meeting time: Wednesdays, February 27 through April 3, 10 - 11:30 a.m.