ADVANCED LANGUAGE THROUGH CONTENT: (IN)DIGESTIBLE CULTURES

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ADVANCED LANGUAGE THROUGH CONTENT: (IN)DIGESTIBLE CULTURES. LATIN AMERICAN AND SPANISH CULTURE THROUGH FOOD IN ART AND LITERATURE

This SPAN 3300 course has been designed to promote an intensive exposure to advanced Spanish. Argumentation, narration, description, and exposition, among others, are the primary genres included in the syllabus. Students will explore the content through readings, academic writing, and oral practice, also focusing on relevant aspects of grammar, discourse, and vocabulary. How do we eat? How is the food expressed in Latin American and Iberian Culture from the Baroque to nowadays? How do we read or see art as food? These three questions could articulate the main focus of this course: an approximation to the Latin American and Iberian Culture analyzing works of art and literature from Baroque to the present. We will explore some amazing briefs texts from the narrative from Cervantes to Cortázar, poems from Sor Juana to Vallejo or art from Zurbarán to Greta Alfaro. How is conceived the food in these cultural works, but also how it conceived for us, what we do when we feed us with art and literature, what are the consequences to treat it as digestible or indigestible?

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