Taught in English with Prof Margery Resnick. From its role as the crucible of the international avant-garde, to its genesis of political art and writing, to its Civil War that ignited the artistic passion of authors around the world, to the exuberant liberation after 40 years of dictatorship, Spain deeply influenced our understanding of contemporary culture. Films, readings, field trips to museums, and visits to Spanish cultural sites will enable students to understand the full context in which today’s vibrant Spanish democracy and internationally acclaimed artistic production emerged.
Students live in homestays with Spanish families. Classes are held at the Instituto Internacional, a vibrant, historical, American/Spanish cultural and university center in the heart of Madrid with an excellent library, café, garden and wifi. An evening reception with the MIT alums who live in Spain provides great conversation and invaluable networking. Several long weekends give students the opportunity to travel.
This 9-unit subject (3-3-3) will count for HASS credit and the Literature concentration, minor or major. It also counts as a course in English for the Spanish minor and major. Readings are presented in a bilingual reader and students may choose to complete the readings and to write papers in English or in Spanish.
Some scholarships are available. Spanish is not a prerequisite for this subject. Most students complete the reading and writing assignments in English.