Kathleen Bulger-Barnett, Ph.D.

SP316W - Hispanic Nobel Laureates

Spring 2003
Professor:  Dr.  K. Bulger-Barnett
Office: 428 Scott Shipp Hall
Office hours: By appointment. Email me and we can schedule a time.
Telephone: 464-7457
Email: Bulger-BarnettKD@vmi.edu 

Course description: 

Spanish 316 is designed to introduce the post-intermediate student to major authors of 20th century Hispanic literature. Students gain an overview of Spanish and Latin American Nobel Prize winners and read from genres such as drama, poetry, narrative, and essay. Students also study the cultural and literary background of the authors read. This course emphasizes the refinement of previously acquired language skills such as speaking and writing and places additional emphasis on reading literary texts.  Writers studied  in SP 316 are: José Echegaray, Jacinto Benavente, Gabriela Mistral, Juan Ramón Jiménez, Miguel Angel Asturias, Pablo Neruda, Vicente Aleixandre, Gabriel García Márquez, José Camilo Cela, Octavio Paz, and Rigoberta Menchú.  This course is writing-intensive.

Course goals: 

A:  Linguistic:

  1. Reach a level of sophisticated expression in written and oral Spanish.
  2. Broaden vocabulary and grammar.
  3. Improve pronunciation.
  4. Improve listening skills through exposure to the language in and out of the classroom.
  5. Utilize correct grammar, syntax and a choice of words in a style appropriate for composition.

B: Literary:

  1. Read, discuss, and write about works of literary importance from the Hispanic world.
  2. Gain knowledge of the most important Hispanic writers of the 20th century.
  3. Read a novel in Spanish.

C: Technological:

  1. Improve use of library resources and those of the world wide web.
  2. Create a web portfolio on an author studied this semester.

Click here for calendar and daily assignments
Click here for Modern Language policies on work for grade
Cadet and Faculty Responsibility on Work for Grade 

Grading scale: The grading scale will be as follows: 



  1. Del amor y otros demonios  Gabriel García Márquez.
  2. Web-based materials and class handouts
  3. Click here for items on reserve at Preston Library.
  4. Any GOOD Spanish/English-English/Spanish dictionary.

Grade distribution: 

Your grade will be based on a mid-term examination 20%; compositions  30%; classroom comments  10%; a website  10%; and a final examination (30%).

Mid-term examination............................. (20%)
You will have 1 one-hour examination, the date of which will be announced on the class calendar.

Compositions ………….................. (30%) 

You should expect to write at least a one-page life and works per author in addition to genre related thematic compositions and more specific assigned topics. The compositions should total to approximately 15-18 pages per student.  Although you are not permitted to have help from another person on compositions, you do have permission to use the MS Word Spanish grammar and spell check and online dictionaries. You may not use automatic nor internet translators.  Please submit compositions to me via email in a word processed format (not as an email) with page numbers.  Cite all sources, please.

Composition defined: an original essay of 18-23 typed lines, of original material, written for the purpose of practicing grammar and rhetoric.

Classroom comments……………………….. (10%) 

You must make comments in class in Spanish. This is necessary for you to improve your foreign language skills, as well as for others to hear as much Spanish as possible.


Each student will be assigned an author and the student will create a website based on this writer.  The student will continually update the homepage throughout the semester to include comments including original compositions, interesting links, reviews of books, interviews,  anything of value to help another better understand this writer.  Compositions should be original, without the help of another person, yet they should be previewed by the professor PRIOR to publication on the world wide web.  Each student will compose and maintain his or her own homepage.  Each website should include the equivalent of a four page composition of original text.   

Final examination ...................................(30%)

Bulger-Barnett “Help received” policy: 

Unless the work assigned is certified and specifically for a grade, you are encouraged to work together. For example, please read together and  share dictionary work.  At the end of the assignment, please cite the name(s) of cadets with whom you are working.  No help whatsoever from another person on any writing assignments. See also:  Modern Language help received policy 

Modern Language Department policy stipulates that a cadet may leave the classroom during class ONLY in cases of emergency.  Students who are unprepared will be asked to leave the class.

Link to Hispanics who have won the Nobel Prize