Professor: A. Robert Lauer
SPAN 4153.  Section 001.  Spanish Literature to 1700.  Fall 2013
Meeting Place: Kaufman Hall (KH), Room 319.  Meeting Times: MWF 10:30-11:20 am 
The University of Oklahoma Department of Modern Languages Literatures, and Linguistics (MLLL) 
780 Van Vleet Oval, Room 206 / Norman, Oklahoma 73019-2032 / USA 
Instructor's Office: Kaufman Hall (KH). Room 131. Office Hours: MWF: 11:30-12:30 noon, and by appt. 
Telephone: (405) 325-5845 (office); e-mail:
Web page for this course: <

El Alcázar de Segovia


1st week: FIRST EVALUATION PERIOD (1st. OF 4 GRADES) 2nd week:
  • M.  26 Aug.:   DAY 4: Anon., Cantar de mío Cid, pp. 21-29.  MLA (ch. 3).  The House of Castile
  • W.  28 Aug.:   DAY 5: Anon., Cantar de mío Cid, pp. 29-37.  MLA (ch. 3). View web page on Honor
  • F.   30 Aug.:  DAY 6:  Film on El CidMLA (ch. 3). 
3rd week:  4th week: 
5th week: SECOND EVALUATION PERIOD (2nd. oF 4 GRADES) 6th week: 7th week: 
  • M.   30 Sept.: DAY 18:  Fernando de Rojas, La Celestina, pp. 126-135. 
  • W.    2 Oct.:  DAY 19:  Fernando de Rojas, La Celestina, pp. 135-141.
  • F.     4 Oct.: DAY 20:  Fernando de Rojas, La Celestina, pp. 141-149.
8th week:
  • M.    7 Oct.:  DAY 21:   Rojas, La Celestina, pp. 150-158. 
  • W.    9 Oct.: DAY 22:    Film on La Celestina
  • F.   11 Oct.:  2012 FALL (TEXAS) HOLIDAY: No class today
9th week: THIRD EVALUATION PERIOD (3rd OF 4 GRADES) 10th week:  11th week: 12th week:
  •   M.    4 Nov.:  DAY 32: Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quijote de la Mancha, pp. 232-39. 
  •   W.    6 Nov.:  DAY 33: Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quijote, pp. 239-47; 
  • *F.      8 Nov.:  DAY 34:  Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quijote, pp. 248-53.  See General Instructions «---click the link and peruse the document before you write your paper.
  • M.  11 Nov.: DAY 35: Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quijote de la Mancha, pp. 253-61. THIRD COMPOSITION DUE TODAY.
  • W.  13 Nov.: DAY 36: Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quijote de la Mancha, pp. 261-70. 
  • F.    15 Nov.: DAY 37: Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quijote de la Mancha, pp. 271-80. 
14th week: 
  • M.  18 Nov.: DAY 38: Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quijote de la Mancha, pp. 280-92. 
  • W.  20 Nov.: DAY 39: Lope de Vega, Fuenteovejuna, act I, pp. 293-13. 
  • F.   22 Nov.:DAY 40: Lope de Vega, Fuenteovejuna, act II, pp. 313-29. 
15th week:
  • M.  25 Nov.:  DAY 41: Lope de Vega, Fuenteovejuna, act III, pp. 329-46.
  • W.  27 Nov.: THANKSGIVING VACATION.  No class today.
  • F.   29 Nov.:THANKSGIVING VACATION.  No class today. 
16th week:
  • FINAL EXAMINATION (DAY 45): Thursday, 12 Dec.: 8:00-10:00 AM (TBA [movie on Fuenteovejuna, Celestina, or Man of la Mancha).  FOURTH COMPOSITION DUE TODAY.  See General Instructions <--- click the link and peruse the document before you write your paper. 
  • Inactive file: See sample tests & quizzes
    • Sánchez-Romeralo, Antonio and Fernando Ibarra, eds. Antología de autores españoles antiguos y modernos.  Vol. 1. Antiguos.  Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.  ISBN: 0-13-03338-9.
    • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.  7th. ed.  New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2009.  ISBN: 978-1-60329-024-1.
    Highly Recommended Dictionary:
    • Simon & Schuster's International Dictionary English/Spanish Spanish/English.  2nd  ed.   New York: Macmillan, 1999.  ISBN: 0-02-862013-5.
    Course Description:

    A study of representative works from the Spanish Middle Ages to the Baroque (17th C.).

    Class Goals:
    • By the end of the semester, the students a) will have been acquainted with the main authors and texts from the Spanish Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Baroque; b) will be able to recognize genres (epic, story, lyric, drama), literary movements, and general themes (from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Baroque); c) will be able to analyze poetic and prose texts, formally, descriptively, and analytically; d) will have increased their general cultural level of early Hispanic civilization, and e) will have developed their critical skills in the following five areas: thinking (factual and critical), reading (descriptive and analytical), writing (sequential and logical), listening (specific and conceptual), and speaking (selective and extensive [dialogue form]). 
    Grading Practices:
    • Four quarterly evaluations based on class activities for each of the 4 periods, e.g., a 3-5 pp. take-home composition on a topic assigned by the instructor on material covered in class previously, and written according to the latest MLA guidelines; other factors to be considered are attendance, class participation, brief (5') impromptu compositions written in class, quizzes, and group activities.
    • Students with disabilities:  Any student in this course who has a disability that may prevent him or her from fully demonstrating his or her abilities should contact me personally as soon as possible so we can discuss accomodations necessary to ensure full participation and facilitate your educational opportunities.
    • Academic misconduct:  Students should be aware that academic misconduct entails severe penalties and the resentment of honest students.  For your information, "Academic misconduct includes (a) cheating (using unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise), plagiarism, falsification of records, unauthorized possession of examinations, intimidation, and any and all other actions that may improperly effect the evaluation of a student's academic performance or achievement; (b) assisting others in any such act; or (c) attempts to engage in such acts" (Student Code Book, p. 21).  For any such act of misconduct charge must be made. If the charge is proven, the instructor assigns a predetermined grade penalty (maximum of F) and the Provost may take disciplinary action as severe as permanent expulsion.  For more detailed information, consult the Student Code Book
    • "It is the policy of the University to excuse absences of students that result from religious observances and to provide without penalty for the rescheduling of examinations and additional required class work that may fall on religious holidays" (The Faculty Handbook 3.13.2).
    • Please purchase your books by the first day of class so that you do not fall behind; also, please bring them to class
    • Please arrive on time to class, turn off your cell phones and other electronic devices (they don't like classroom activities anyway), and stay in class until it ends. 
    • Please visit the facilities before or after class.   Thanks!

    Grading Scales:


    93-100   A       (4.00)  Excellent 
      90-92   A-     (3.67) 
      87-89   B+    (3.33) 
      83-86   B      (3.00)   Good 
      80-82   B-     (2.67) 
      77-79   C+    (2.33) 
      73-76   C      (2.00)   Fair 
      70-72   C-    (1.67) 
      67-69   D+   (1.33) 
      63-66   D     (1.00)   Poor 
      60-62   D-    (0.67) 
        0-59   F      (0.00) Fail 

    For quizzes (10 pts.): 

      -1 pt.   = A 
      -2 pts. =  B
      -3 pts. =  C 
      -4 pts. =  D 
      -5 pts. =  F


       A    =  0-1 absence
       B    =  2 absences 
       C    =  3 absences 
       D    =  4 absences 
       F     =  5 or more 

    For class participation & Group Work Activities:

      A   (4)  =  maximum effort 
      B   (3)  =  good effort 
      C   (2)  =  average effort 
      D   (1)  =  minimun effort
      F    (0)  =  no effort, absent

    Homework & impromptu compositions:

      c   = credit  (work done well) 
      ½  = credit  (work done partially [+ or -]) 
      nc  = (work not done or not done well)


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