Spanish 535 Jorge Luis Borges

SPANISH 535: TOP: Jorge Luis Borges

Instructor:      Gustavo Fares

Office: Main Hall 321  Phone:             6691 E-mail:    faresg@lawrence.edu

Office Hours: MWF 11-12

** NO LAPTOS / Tablets IN CLASS **

Course Description

A sustained inquiry on Borges’ literary works in historical and cultural context. The course will explore Borges’ essays, poems, and short stories, and their multidisciplinary resonances, from film and visual arts to physics and linguistics, among others. In Spanish.

EI curso propone un estudio a introducción gradual a la compleja obra de Jorge Luis Borges, uno de los más influyentes escritores del siglo XX para que, al entenderlo, sea posible leerlo y disfrutarlo. Abordaremos el estudio de los temas que se convierten en problemas clave de su proyecto estético (tigres, laberintos, bibliotecas, infinito, memoria, entre otros); la construcción de Buenos Aires y su centro conceptual en el barrio de Palermo; el doble, los espejos y los modos de representación; la manera en que Borges reescribe la dicotomía de Sarmiento de civilización-barbarie en el Facundo; la literatura gauchesca; y el género policial. En el curso se  analizarán los procedimientos lingüísticos que utiliza Borges, , cuyas citas literarias 0 filosóficas son también una forma de juego. Nos ocuparemos de la relación entre escritura y traducción, de los aspectos políticos de su literatura, así como tarnbién de las conexiones de Borges con otros escritores 0 artistas argentinos contemporáneos (Xul Solar, Victoria Ocampo, Bioy Casares, Julio Cortázar, entre otros).

 

GER: Global Diversity & Speaking Intensive

Required Texts: Se darán en la clase

 DEPARTMENTAL ATTENDANCE POLICY

3 (three) absences are allowed during the term; each absence in excess of 3 will lower your participation grade / score by 2% percentage points each.  Tardiness (being late) will be treated as 1/2 absence each time and will affect the participation score.
EXPECTATIONS FOR CLASS PREPARATION AND HOMEWORK:

Students should familiarize themselves with all terms, descriptions, concepts, and the like of a reading selection.  The instructor is a strong believer that an excellent class includes the combination of an enthusiastic and informed teacher and student interaction.

 The class will work as a flip class. You will be responsible for studying the he material ahead of time by assignments. In class we will practice more and answer questions about what you studied and practiced.

 GRADE Distribution

Students will be evaluated on their successful completion of the following:

Class work                               15%

Homework/Cornell notes         20%

Oral presentation                     15 %

Midterm Exam                         25 %

Final Exam                              25%
EXPECTATIONS FOR CLASS WORK AND HOMEWORK                                15%

Students should familiarize themselves with all terms, descriptions, concepts, and the like of a reading selection.  They should be ready to participate in class discussion in an engaging way, as well as doing their homework on time. The instructor is a strong believer that an excellent class includes the combination of an enthusiastic and informed teacher and student interaction.  Students are expected to actively participate in oral discussions, sharing their homework, views, and informed opinions with the rest of the class.

  • Homework completion 20%
    • Cornell Notes. Each student will complete a Cornell Note for each reading.
    • The Cornell Notes will be checked periodically.

ORAL PRESENTATION                                                                                          15%

Students will give ONE oral report to the whole class on the topic for the day’s class. After the oral report is presented, discussion will follow. Presentation should be about 10 minutes long. The presentation will take place during the class session when the related topic is discussed.

NO MAKE UPS.

 Midterm Exam                                                                                                           25%

Students are expected to take the Exams on the scheduled day.  NO MAKE UPS

 Final Exam                                                                                                                 25%

  • Students are expected to take the Exams on the scheduled day. NO MAKE UPS

 

GRADE DISTRIBUTION:

A         100-93                                                 C+        79-78

A-        92-90                                                   C          77-73

B+        89-88                                                   C-        72-70

B          87-83                                                   D+       69-68

B-        82-80                                                   D         67-63

D-        62-60

F          59 and Below