Bestsellers and Blockbusters of Hispanic Literature and Film
SPAN 295 - Bestsellers and Blockbusters of Hispanic Literature and Film2-3 hours This two-credit course, with a one-credit intensification option, will study a selection of bestselling books of the Hispanic world, as well as view blockbuster films from Spain, Mexico, Argentina, and Cuba. In studying the works, special attention is paid to the relationships between the literary and cinematic narratives and their cultural and historical contexts. We ask what is the essential appeal that led to commercial success, and discuss how the stories told are more broadly human ones. How the use of language expresses the core ideas of the work will also be analyzed. All discussion will be in English, works will be read in translation (Spanish majors and minors will read in Spanish), and films viewed with subtitles.This course will satisfy the literature core area requirement if taken for three credits.