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Spanish Contemporary Literature Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program Spring 2020 Semester - Barcelona

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Spanish Contemporary Literature

Spanish Contemporary Literature Course Overview


CEA Partner Institution: CEA Barcelona Center
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Primary Subject Area: Spanish Language & Literature
Instruction in: Spanish
Course Code: SPN361
Course Details: Level 300
Recommended Semester Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 45
Prerequisites: Intermediate Spanish II or the equivalent of at least four semesters of college level Spanish


This course examines some of the major Spanish authors from the end of the 19th century up to the present day. You will be introduced to major topics and theoretical approaches relevant to their writing and will be guided in the critical reading of primary sources. In addition, you will practice how to interpret literary texts from different genres throughout the course. Similarly, the text will help us to discuss major areas of Spanish culture and how they have changed over the last century. Every session is situated in its historical context and cross-referenced to the author or the literary trend that the text exemplifies.

Beyond developing reading comprehension, you will actively engage with the text and understand the context in which it was written, think critically about its themes and greater message, and analyze the connections to the cultural reality accompanying your study abroad experience. The course also emphasizes the development of analytical and comprehension strategies. The class is conducted entirely in Spanish and you will learn terminology and academic language in order to discuss content, structure, theme, character development and figurative language. Throughout the course, you will further your skills in the reading of original texts.

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