Heather Cleary

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–

Undergraduate Courses 2017-2018


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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Previous Courses

Intermediate Spanish I: Bright Lights, Big City

Intermediate , Seminar—Year

Course taught entirely in Spanish. Please take the Spanish Placement Test online prior to signing up for an interview with the instructor.

This course is intended for students who have had at least one year of Spanish at the college level or more in high school. We will thoroughly review essential concepts of Spanish grammar and broaden your vocabulary, improving your verbal and written communication as we hone your listening and reading skills through the discussion of authentic materials from the Spanish-speaking world. In addition to individual and group exercises designed to develop practical communication skills and grounded in real-life scenarios, we will reflect on life in (and the artistic representation of) major cities such as Buenos Aires, Madrid, Lima, Mexico City, Havana, and others through short stories, poetry, film, music, and visual art produced by the likes of Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Federico García Lorca, Frida Kahlo, and others. In the spring, we will read a short novel by Carlos Fuentes. You will be required to attend a conversation session every week with a language tutor, in addition to class time.

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Intermediate Spanish III: Key Concepts From the Spanish-Speaking World

Intermediate , Small seminar—Year

Course conducted in Spanish. Spanish placement test is required for students who have not previously taken Spanish at Sarah Lawrence College, in addition to an interview with the instructor.

This course is intended for students who have already mastered the Spanish language at an advanced level and will provide an introduction to major works from Latin America, Spain, and the hispanophone United States in relation to their social and political contexts. Through intensive grammar review and work with literature, film, music, and visual art, students will refine their expression and comprehension of the language while developing analytic skills. The course will explore key concepts, including tradition and revolution, antiquity and modernity, neocolonialism, gender identities and relations, cosmopolitanism, and bilingual cultural production. We will take advantage of cultural opportunities in the New York City area, as relevant. To succeed, students must come prepared to actively participate in our discussions and produce response papers, brief presentations, and individual conference projects.

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