Thresholds of Identity (SPA4501.01)

Sarah Harris

In Thresholds of Identity, we will consider the literature of Spanish migration, domestic and international, through contextualized readings of contemporary texts. Our primary literary examples will correspond to each of three recent major waves in migrations for Spain: 1) movement from rural to urban areas in the early twentieth century 2) emigration from Spain to other countries during and after the Civil War and 3) immigration to Spain during and after the nation’s transition to democracy. In our exploration of these Spanish migrations, we will consider the loaded significance of terms such as refugee, immigrant, Other, hybrid, and transculturation. The focus of the course will be on student-generated discussion and critical thinking about texts and concepts, and students will learn to defend their ideas in spoken and written language. Intermediate-high level. Conducted in Spanish.

Corequisite: Students must attend at least two Languages Series events (Mondays, 7:00pm – 8:00pm)

Prerequisites: Four terms of Spanish at Bennington or permission of the instructor.
Credits: 4
M 2:10pm - 4:00pm; Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Maximum Enrollment: 18
Course Frequency:
This course is categorized as 4000, All courses, Four Credit, Monday and/or Thursday Afternoons, Sarah Harris, Spanish, and tagged , , , , .