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Fernando Gomez

Associate Professor & Chair of Modern Languages & Spanish

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7331

fgomez@​knox.edu

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Requirements

Requirements for the major

10 credits as follows:

  • SPAN 201, 230, 235
  • One 200-level elective in Spanish (MODL 260E may substitute for this course)
  • Five 300-level electives in Spanish, including at least one course in Hispanic-American literature and at least one course in Peninsular Spanish literature. At least one of the 5 credits must be taken on the Knox campus.
  • Advanced Seminar: SPAN 399

Requirements for the minor
5 credits

  • Three 200-level Spanish courses (MODL 260E may substitute for one of these courses)
  • Two 300-level Spanish courses

Spanish Course Descriptions

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Course Descriptions

PORT 101. Elementary Portuguese I. (1)

This course focuses on the essential elements of effective communication in the Portuguese language. The student will acquire a basic competence in the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), and learn to appreciate the language as a communication system for a different culture, including its distinct thought processes and viewpoints. Taught at Monmouth College; Grade not included in Knox GPA; Staff;

PORT 102. Elementary Portuguese II-A. (1/2)

This course focuses on the essential elements of effective communication in the Portuguese language. The student will acquire a basic competence in the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), and learn to appreciate the language as a communication system for a different culture, including its distinct thought processes and viewpoints. Prerequisite(s): PORT 101; Taught at Monmouth College; Grade not included in Knox GPA; Staff;

PORT 102B. Elementary Portuguese II-B. (1/2)

A continuation of PORT 102. Prerequisite(s): PORT 102; Taught at Monmouth College; Grade not included in Knox GPA; Staff;

SPAN 101. , SPAN 102, SPAN 103 Elementary Spanish. (1)

Development of language skills: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Essentials of grammar with emphasis on culture through language. Open to students with no previous Spanish language study or by permission of instructor. Prerequisite(s): for 102 is completion of 101; for 103 is completion of 102; must follow sequence; Staff;

SPAN 101A. , SPAN 103A Intensive Elementary Spanish. (1)

Elementary Spanish, but designed for students with previous study in Spanish or another language and/or experience; aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Prerequisite(s): prior language study and/or placement by examination. Prerequisite for 103A is completion of 101A; must follow sequence; Staff;

SPAN 101Q. Quick Start Spanish I. (1 1/2)

Intensive study of language culminating in a trip to a Spanish-speaking locale. The instruction is motivated by the scheduled trip: grammar and vocabulary are structured around situations students will encounter while traveling. Target language instruction includes intensive drill sessions, culture, contextualized grammar and vocabulary; additional instruction (in English and outside regular class meeting times) focuses attention on the history, economy, and the geography of the region visited, and includes practical exercises and keeping a journal of activities. This gives students hands-on experience with the Spanish language that cannot be replicated in the classroom. Prerequisite(s): permission of the instructor; The course requires an additional program fee for the travel portion of the course; T. Foster; R. Ragan;

SPAN 103Q. Quick Start Spanish II. (1)

Further intensive study of language and culture. Student journals from SPAN 101Q serve as prime sources for discussion and exercises. The course tackles some of the more difficult aspects of Spanish grammar such as passive voice, adjective endings and relative clauses. It also includes a series of lectures about political institutions, economic policy and contemporary culture. The latter in particular is enhanced by viewing films and television shows. The course resumes language study using authentic materials acquired by the group during the preceding trip, requiring student reflection on their experiences and simultaneously creating content using more subjective language. Prerequisite(s): SPAN 101Q or permission of the instructor; T. Foster; R. Ragan;

SPAN 201. Intermediate Spanish. (1)

This course is designed both as an introduction to interpreting authentic texts (narrative, theater, poetry, and film) and as a grammar review, especially those linguistic aspects commonly difficult for intermediate students of Spanish. The course is organized around several cultural and historical themes represented in literature and film in order for students to become aware of different Hispanic perspectives. By being exposed to Spanish through readings and film, students will further develop their proficiency in the Spanish language as well as improve their understanding of Hispanic cultures. Prerequisite(s): equivalent of SPAN 103; Cross Listing: SPAN 201H; Staff;

SPAN 201H. Spanish for Heritage Speakers. (1)

This course is designed both as an introduction to interpret authentic texts (narrative, theater, poetry, and film) and as a language review, especially those linguistic aspects commonly difficult for heritage students of Spanish. The course is designed around main cultural and historical themes represented in literature and film in order for students to become aware of different Hispanic perspectives. By being exposed to Spanish through readings and film, students will further develop their Spanish knowledge and accuracy and they will improve their understanding of Hispanic cultures. This course is equivalent to Spanish 201 but heritage speakers should take 201H instead. Cross Listing: SPAN 201; STAFF;

SPAN 205. Introduction to Spanish Translation. (1/2)

In this course students will practice their Spanish language skills through weekly translation exercises and class discussion on difficult choices in translation. The course will focus on recognizing the common pitfalls of English speakers such as false cognates, common grammatical and syntax errors, etc. We will work on a variety of texts such as tourism pamphlets, preventative health brochures, legal documents such as birth certificates and transcripts,as well as the field of audiovisual translation. Finally, we will investigate many aspects of becoming a freelance translator, including how to place a professional bid, the use of translation software, as well as graduate school or professional training opportunities. Prerequisite(s): SPAN 201; R. Ragan;

SPAN 206. Introduction to Spanish Interpreting. (1/2)

This course offers students the opportunity to refine their language skils, improve memory and fluency while learning about career opportunities for interpreters. We will focus on exercises in three main areas: social/community, medical, and courtroom/legal interpreting. In addition to protocols, the course covers aspects of the profession including: ethical dilemmas, the legal rights of LEPs (persons with limited English proficiency), and the interpreter's role as conduit, clarifier, cultural broker, and advocate. In many ways, this course will be taught as a flipped course - readings, preparatory materials, and practice will take place before class. During class, we will spend the majority of time in performance mode, practicing with mock scenarios and scripts. Students will be given the chance to practice consecutive, simultaneous, over-the-phone interpreting, and sight translation. Prerequisite(s): Two 200-level Spanish courses or equivalent oral fluency in Spanish; R. Ragan;

SPAN 210. Conversation and Composition. (1)

Practice in understanding, speaking, and writing Spanish through the use of cultural and literary texts, oral presentations, films, and music. Review of fundamental Spanish grammar. Prerequisite(s): SPAN 103A, SPAN 201, or permission of the instructor; O; Staff;

SPAN 230. A-E Culture of the Spanish-Speaking World. (1)

These courses are organized by region to introduce students to both elite and popular cultures of the Spanish-speaking world as well as critical concepts in understanding social constructs and historical events that have shaped the region. A wide array of course materials will be used (literary, non-fiction, film, newspapers, etc.). Students may repeat different sections for credit. B) Mexico and Central America; C) The Caribbean; D) Southern Cone (Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay); E) Andean region (Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador). Prerequisite(s): SPAN 201 or 201H; O; SPAN 230B-E cross-listed in LAST; J. Miner; A. Prado del Santo; T. Foster; R. Ragan;

SPAN 235. Introduction to Hispanic Literatures. (1)

This course is designed to introduce students to literature through critical reading of representative works from different genres and diverse countries of the Spanish-speaking world, as well as to the different ways scholars approach literature. Through close readings of texts, including short story, drama, film novellas, poetry and essays, students acquire analytical and interpretive skills as they study how and why a work is constructed and what its social and cultural implications are. Students explore themes unique to Hispanic literature as well as what connects it to world literature. Taught in Spanish. HUM; Prerequisite(s): SPAN 201; Cross Listing: LAST 235; Staff;

SPAN 248. Teaching Assistant. (1/2 or 1)

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor; May be graded S/U at instructor's discretion; Staff;

SPAN 295. Special Topics. (1/2 or 1)

Courses offered occasionally to students in special areas of Spanish language or literature not covered in the usual curriculum. Staff;

SPAN 301. Advanced Spanish. (1)

In this course, students will achieve high linguistic accuracy and fluency in Spanish. Students will have many opportunities to further develop their grammatical competence, increase their vocabulary, and improve their listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills. The course also explores the topic of intercultural communication to better build relationships with people from different cultures. This course is ideal for students who have studied Spanish abroad and who want to "polish" their grammar. It is also ideal for Spanish majors or minors who wish to advance their Spanish proficiency, and it is highly recommended for heritage learners of Spanish who wish to increase their vocabulary, extend their grammar, and acquire writing skills. Prerequisite(s): Three courses in Spanish at the 200-level and one course at the 300-level, or permission of the instructor; STAFF;

SPAN 302. Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Spanish Fiction and Poetry. (1)

A study of the literary movements in the novel and in poetry. Representative works of Zorilla, Galdós, Pardo Bazán, Unamuno, García Lorca, Rodoreda, and others. Alternate years. Prerequisite(s): equivalent of SPAN 235, or permission of the instructor; W; R. Ragan;

SPAN 304. Spanish Phonetics and Phonology. (1)

In this course, students will be introduced to the sounds of the Spanish language, how they are produced (phonetics), and what rules they follow in speech (phonology). Students will have opportunities to practice their own Spanish pronunciation, and will be introduced to the phonetic dialectal variation of the Spanish-speaking world. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite(s): at least one Spanish course at the 200-level, and either MODL 260E, being a heritage speaker of Spanish, or study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country; STAFF;

SPAN 305. Spanish American Literature Through Modernismo. (1)

The development of Spanish-American literature from pre-Columbian times to the twentieth century; Popol Vuh, Columbus, Cortés, Las Casas, Inca Garcilaso, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Bolívar, Sarmiento, Isaacs, Hernández, Martí, Dario. Alternate years. Prerequisite(s): equivalent of SPAN 235, or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: LAST 305; T. Foster;

SPAN 306. Twentieth Century Spanish-American Literature. (1)

The development of the contemporary Spanish-American narrative: Gallegos, Asturias, Carpentier, Rulfo, Garcia Márquez, Vargas Llosa, Borges, Cortázar, and Ferré. Representative works in poetry: Vallejo, Mistral, Storni, Neruda. Alternate years. Prerequisite(s): equivalent of SPAN 235, or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: LAST 306; J. Dixon-Montgomery; T. Foster;

SPAN 307. or SPAN 307E Identity and Alterity in Latino Literature and Culture. (1)

(In Spanish or English) This course examines the question of identity and alterity as experienced by American-raised Hispanics from the 1940s to the present. This course considers among other things the way they define their cultural, racial and national heritage in relation to that of their parents, and how they conceptualize their identity through the Other. The course also focuses on the bicultural and/or bilingual experiences of Latinos through the analysis of literary and cinematographic works by Americans of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban and Dominican origin who have resided primarily in the continental United States. Prerequisite(s): For SPAN 307, SPAN 230C and SPAN 235 or equivalent or permission of instructor; for SPAN 307E, permission of the instructor; SPAN 307E cross-listed as AMST 307. SPAN 307E satisfies HUM Foundations; DV; J. Dixon-Montgomery;

SPAN 307E. Identity and Alterity in Latino Literature and Culture. (1)

English language version of SPAN 307. HUM; Cross Listing: AMST 307; DV; J. Dixon-Montgomery;

SPAN 308. Don Quixote. (1)

Reading of Don Quixote with an emphasis on analyzing the narrative techniques and themes that explain why Don Quixote is considered to be the first modern novel. Prerequisite(s): SPAN 235 or equivalent or permission of the instructor; F. Gomez;

SPAN 309. Contemporary Latin American Cinema. (1)

A survey of contemporary cinema of Spanish speaking countries of Latin America. We follow a trend starting with the avant-garde cinema of the political revolutionary turbulence of the 1960's, the "New Latin American Cinema", which continues today with a series of films that originated as a reaction to the neo-liberal and globalized capitalism of the 1990's. The films are treated as visual texts, studying the film as a genre with particular stylistic forms and techniques to represent social reality ideologically and in the context of social and cinematic history. Prerequisite(s): SPAN 235; Cross Listing: FILM 309;LAST 309;LAST 309; A. Prado del Santo;

SPAN 310. Contemporary Spanish Youth: Challenges and Achievements. (1)

An exploration of contemporary representations of and expressions by Spanish youth, from 1975 (with Franco's death) through today. The course examines social factors such as affordable housing, late emancipation, unemployment, drugs, political activism, low birthrates, and gender struggles, guided by questions about the motivations of Spanish youth and their level of involvement in all these areas. Sources will include academic studies of Spanish youth, as well as the analysis of song lyrics, films, and some literary texts. Students are also required to interview Spanish young people throughout the course. For final projects, students will research a contemporary activist movement. This course does not fulfill the Peninsular literature requirement. Prerequisite(s): SPAN 230A; R. Ragan;

SPAN 320. Written and Oral Spanish. (1)

Advanced practice in oral and written expression. Prerequisite(s): equivalent of SPAN 210 and permission of the instructor; Staff;

SPAN 322. Golden Age Theatre of Spain. (1)

This course surveys examples of the theatrical masterpieces written by the most renowned playwrights of Spain during the 16th and 17th centuries in Spain, including Lope de Vega, Miguel de Cervantes, Tirso de Molina, and Pedro Calderón de la Barca. Much attention is given to the historical context of the plays and to some of the most polemic issues of the time concerning the Counter Reformation, the code of honor, purity of blood, the representation of women, the uses and abuses of power, as well as the (im)morality of the theatre itself. Prerequisite(s): SPAN 235; F. Gomez;

SPAN 325. or SPAN 325E Hispanic Culture. (1)

(In Spanish or English) Survey of Hispanic culture from Iberian and pre-Columbian times to the present: fine arts, cultural anthropology, economics, politics. Prerequisite(s): For SPAN 325, SPAN 202 or equivalent or permission of the instructor; for SPAN 325E, permission of the instructor; SPAN 325E satisfies HUM Foundations; Staff;

SPAN 330. or SPAN 330E Great Themes of Spanish or Spanish American Literature. (1)

(In Spanish or English) A study of the development of major topics and their adaptation and transformation in non-Hispanic literatures. Some topics have been ethnicity and marginality in Latin American literature, twentieth century Puerto Rican literature, the epic (El Cid), the picaresque (Lazarillo de Tormes), and myths (Don Juan in Spanish Literature). Course may be repeated for credit under different topics. Prerequisite(s): For SPAN 330, SPAN 235 or equivalent or permission of the instructor; for SPAN 330E, permission of the instructor; SPAN 330E satisfies HUM Foundations. May be counted toward LAST minor with approval of program chair.; Staff;

SPAN 330I. . (1)

This course presents a general overview of different aspects of the Spanish language from sounds to discourse, and it addresses language and use, Spanish varieties, and history of Spanish. It also presents applied areas of study such as first and second language learning, heritage language, language education, and bilingualism. This class provides an overview of how Spanish works, its increasing growth and its importance in the United States and the rest of the world.

SPAN 332. ,SPAN 332E The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939): History, Memory, and Culture. (1)

A study of the Spanish Civil War from a rich variety of written and visual texts representing the multiple sides of a nation torn by war, trauma, and radicalism. Stress is put not only on the historical information these texts provide but in how that information is shaped by cultural representations. We will look at how the main ideologies of the 20th century played out in this conflict: socialism, anarchism, communism (Stalinism and anti-Stalinism), feminism, liberal democracy, catholic traditionalism, fascism, and nationalism. The course also responds to the historical memory debate occurring in Spain since the late 90's: from blogs, public discussions and publications, to new laws and even grave exhumations. Prerequisite(s): For SPAN 332, two 200-level courses in Spanish; for 332E, sophomore standing; SPAN 332E in English; A. Prado del Santo;

SPAN 335. "Afridentity" and "Hispanity" in Caribbean Literature from the 19th Century to the Present. (1)

This course examines the intersectionality of race, class, and color in the literatures of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic from the 19th century to the present. Through literature, film and other media, we analyze the images and experiences of blacks and mulattoes in relation to the conceptualization of Latin American identity in these countries. The course focuses on the relationship between literary texts and the socio-historical context in these post-colonial societies. Prerequisite(s): SPAN 235 or equivalent; or permission of instructor; Cross Listing: AFST 335;AFST 335;LAST 335;LAST 335; J. Dixon-Montgomery;

SPAN 337. Borges and the Fantastic. (1)

This course will investigate the development of the Latin American short story of fantasy, addressing such literary themes as: the fantastic, magic realism, doubles, dreams, metaphysics, and notions of time. Course readings will include assays and stories by Jorge Luis Borges, his main precursors and followers, and critical articles. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite(s): SPAN 235; J. Miner;

SPAN 348. Teaching Assistant. (1/2 or 1)

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor; May be graded S/U at instructor's discretion; Staff;

SPAN 377. Ethnicity and Marginality: Representing the Indigenous "Other" in Latin American Literature. (1)

This course examines literary strategies that attempt to describe, represent, and give voice to Latin American indigenous peoples in pre-Colombian indigenous literature, in the "Cronicas" detailing the Conquest as well as more contemporary literary attempts to incorporate indigenous voices into Latin Literature such as first-person ethnography, Surrealist techniques, mestizo realism, drug-induced "visions" that approximate the indigenous world view, testimonial literature and New Age appreciations of indigenous practices. IN SPANISH. Prerequisite(s): SPAN 235 or permission of the instructor.; Cross Listing: LAST 377; T. Foster;

SPAN 395. Special Topics. (1/2 or 1)

Courses offered occasionally to students in special areas of Spanish and Latin American language or literature not covered in the usual curriculum. Staff;

SPAN 395A. . (1)

This course will explore the spaces, both figurative and concrete, inhabited by female characters in Spanish film from the transition to democracy until today. The course will trace the evolution of these representations in the context of the historical time represented in the films as well as the time in which each film was released. To help organize and bring focus to our study, we will examine the two major categories of representation - women in war and women and the body - as well as the particular style of representations of women in three films by Pedro Almodovar, and finally we will consider the portrayal of young women on the screen. Prerequisites: SPAN 235 or equivalent or permission of the instructor (which could be granted to heritage speakers of Spanish).

SPAN 399. Advanced Seminar. (1)

Studies in Spanish and Spanish-American literatures; emphasis on critical analysis and theory. The topic varies from year to year; recent topics have been: Cervantes and literary theory; generation of 98; structuralist analysis of Cien años de soledad; Don Juan in Spanish literature, Spanish Theater, Indigenismo, Niebla, Dictatorship Novels. Required of all Spanish majors W; T. Foster;

SPAN 400. Advanced Studies. (1/2 or 1)

See College Honors Program. Staff;

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