Heather Cleary

on leave yearlong

BA, MA, New York University. PhD, Columbia University. Special interests include contemporary Latin American culture, the theory and practice of translation, and creative production in the digital age. Essays published in Hispanic Review and Mutatis Mutandis; translations published by New Directions (Poems to Read on a Streetcar by Oliverio Girondo) and Open Letter Books (The Dark and The Planets by Sergio Chejfec). SLC 2015–

Previous Courses

Advanced Beginning Spanish: Pop Culture(s)

Open , Seminar—Year

All students should take the placement test prior to registration; course taught entirely in Spanish.

For students who have had some experience with Spanish but are still laying the foundations of communication and comprehension, this class will cover essential grammar at a more accelerated pace than in Beginning Spanish. Working with music, visual art, film, and newspaper articles from Latin America and Spain, students will develop the ability to navigate real-life situations and will expand their vocabulary through group exercises with a communicative focus. Weekly conversation sessions are a fundamental part of this course. Students will complete guided conference projects in small groups and also have access to individual meetings to address specific grammar topics.

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Beginning Spanish: At the Movies

Open , Seminar—Year

This course will enable students without previous knowledge of Spanish to develop the skills necessary to achieve effective levels of comprehension and communication. A combination of communicative and vocabulary-building exercises will prepare students to navigate everyday situations, while Spanish-language films by directors such as Pedro Almodóvar, Icíar Bollaín, and Guillermo del Toro will provide the cultural and historical grounding for discussion and enrich classroom exercises that reinforce the skills built into each unit. Students will also begin to develop a critical vocabulary for talking about cultural objects and will write descriptive profiles, creative works, and critical pieces. Students will view the films outside the seminar meetings; group conferences will reinforce the work that we do in class, addressing individual needs and introducing additional cultural materials in the form of songs and newspaper articles. Weekly conversation sessions with a language assistant are also an integral part of the course.

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Advanced Beginning Spanish: Pop Culture(s)

Open , Seminar—Year

Course taught entirely in Spanish. Students should take the placement test prior to registration.

In this class, for students who have had some experience with Spanish but are still laying the foundations of communication and comprehension, we will do a thorough review of basic grammatical, lexical, and syntactical concepts at a more accelerated pace than the regular Beginning Spanish class. Working with music, visual art, film, and newspaper articles from Latin America and Spain, students will develop the ability to navigate real-life situations and will expand their vocabulary through group exercises with a communicative focus. Weekly conversation sessions are also a fundamental part of this course.

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Advanced Spanish: Coming of Age

Advanced , Seminar—Fall

Course taught entirely in Spanish. Students should take the Spanish Placement Test prior to interviewing for the course and registration.

Growing up isn’t easy, but it does provide great material for creative expression and social criticism. With an eye toward topics like sexuality, physical and symbolic violence, and political activism, students will engage film and literature from Latin America and Spain both critically and creatively, as they hone their communication, analytic, and writing skills. Advanced grammar review and writing workshops will complement our work with canonical and contemporary texts by Carlos Fuentes, Lilana Heker, Roberto Bolaño, Andrés Barba, and Betina González, among others. Students will also meet in small groups with a language tutor every week.​

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Literature and Film in Spanish: Journeys

Advanced , Seminar—Spring

Course taught entirely in Spanish. Students should take the Spanish placement test prior to registration.

This seminar examines the development of individual and collective identities and interventions in the public sphere, through the unifying theme of movement, in three interconnected units on the road narrative, migration, and the displacement of indigenous communities in Latin America. Readings include texts by Ernesto “Che” Guevara, Rigoberta Menchú and Elizabeth Burgos, Augusto Roa Bastos, and Gloria Anzaldúa; films include Y tu mamá también and La jaula de oro, as well as several short and feature-length documentaries. Through the engagement of literature, film, testimonials, and journalism, students will improve their close reading and critical writing skills, as well as their written and oral expression in Spanish.

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