Enroll in SPAN 310 Latin American Writers in Spain this Spring 2015 and earn 4 credits which can fulfill either the literature component or the culture component of the Spanish major. The field study component for this course will take place after the semester closes, May 18 - June 4, 2015.
Many Latin American writers chose to live in Spain throughout the twentieth century. This course reads the work of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, Peruvian poet César Vallejo, Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez, Chilean novelist Roberto Bolaño, and Uruguayan writer Cristina Peri Rossi in the context of the authors’ years in Spain. Pablo Neruda and César Vallejo chose to live in or near Madrid during the 1930’s; García Márquez, Bolaño, and Peri Rossi chose Barcelona during the 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s. Discussion will center upon the historical and cultural background that inspired these Latin American writers while in Spain. On-site, we visit and reflect upon locations referred to in the poetry and fiction of these five important Latin American writers. To study Latin American writers in Spain is to gain some understanding of the Latin American tradition of the writer acting as public intellectual or diplomat, as well as to instances of the Latin American writer in political exile.
To study the political, cultural, literary, and historical contexts which drew Latin American writers to Madrid in the 1930’s and to Barcelona from the 1970’s to the 1990’s. To read and analyze (in Spanish) works by major Latin American writers that reflect upon the history and culture of twentieth-century Spain (these writers are: Pablo Neruda, César Vallejo, Gabriel García Márquez, Cristina Peri Rossi, and Roberto Bolaño). To improve students’ ability to read, write, and speak Spanish
Dr. Adelaida López, Professor of Spanish, leads the Latin American Writers in Spain course. She publishes regularly on Gabriel García Márquez, and has taught the work of Pablo Neruda, César Vallejo, and Cristina Peri Rossi for many years. Recently she has begun to teach the work of Roberto Bolaño. In 2011 she led an Occidental College three-week study abroad course entitled The Urban Culture of Buenos Aires. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Columbia University.
Program logistics (flights, etc.) will be discussed in the first week of class in spring semester 2015. Do not book tickets until after this meeting.
For a detailed itinerary click on the following link: Itinerary May 2015
Prerequisites: Spanish 202 OR Spanish 211
Students will normally be expected to stand and move around for 5 hours per day including walking up-hill, stair climbing, walking on uneven pavement.
Come to an info session to talk to the Professor & the IPO staff about the program:
Friday, September 12, 12:40 to 1:40 pm in Choi Auditorium (formerly Johnson 200)
Tuesday September 16, 12 :00 to 1:00 pm in Johnson 302
- $4,197 charged to student account (all course-related travel within Spain, some meals, museum entrances, academic resources, etc.)
- $2,260 additional out-of-pocket expenses ESTIMATES (international airfare $1,500, additional meals $660, $100 mandatory cell phone rental)
The total additional cost ($6,457) will be included in Financial Aid calculations for spring semester 2015. A Financial Aid officer will to determine how your package may be adjusted depending upon your need. Usually participants are offered a 50% College loan (i.e. $3,228) and a 50% College Grant (i.e. $3,228). Please contact the Financial Aid Office with further questions.
- Application instructions will be posted here. Application Deadline: October 16, 2014.
- Faculty contact-Prof. Adelaida Lopez, firstname.lastname@example.org
- International Programs Office contact-Julie Santos, email@example.com
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- Phone: (323) 259-2533
- Visit: McKinnon Center for Global Affairs Johnson 102