May 29, 2022  
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SPAN 180 A-Z - (LT) Special Topics in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures

Semester Hours: 3


Periodically

Intensive study of specific issues, themes, genres, or authors in Spanish and Latin American literature and cultures. Topics may include poetry and the visual arts, the romantic novel, travel narratives, literature in film, language(s) in the Hispanic world, literature, and philosophy, and literature and religion.  This course, as all courses with the SPAN prefix, is taught in Spanish.

Current Special Topics

SPAN 180H: (LT) SPC TOPICS COURSE: SOR JUANA, LA GIGANTA

The last canonical poet of the astonishing Baroque century of Imperial Spain was a radical outsider. Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz was raised by a single mother in Nepantla, a remote town in Central Mexico, and she became a nun that wrote and published with global success powerful erotic poems, many of which would be read today as LGBTQ+ masterpieces. She was a successful playwriter, a famous polemicist and a respected thinker. She was a mathematician and a banker. A genius eventually silenced because her brilliance was too much to bare for the conservative catholic establishment of Colonial Mexico.  In this monographic course we will read Sor Juana’s lyrical and dramatic works, as much as the pieces of polemic writing in which she defended the women´s right to education and a productive job, as early as in 1691. 

Prerequisite(s)/Course Notes:
May be repeated for credit when topics vary. As individual subjects are selected, each is assigned a letter (A-Z) which is affixed to the course number. Specific titles and course descriptions for special topics courses are available in the online class schedule. [Formerly SPAN 180, (LT) Advanced Seminar on Varying Literary Topics.]


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