Course Title: SPAN 502G – Topics in Spanish Culture
Instructor: Dr. Andrea Nate
Delivery: Fully Online
Cost: $210 per credit hour (3 credits) + $30 online course fee (for practicing K-12 teachers)
This is an online course. “The Foodie’s Guide to Spanish Culture,” from “The Ornament of the World” to the New World – The international foodie movement has gained increasing momentum over the past few years. This course uses this trend as a point of departure to explore Spain’s multicultural heritage through its food. Via various cultural resources and modern multimedia forms, we will study the three traditional cultural groups of medieval Iberia (Jews, Christians, and Muslims), as well as the diversity that the New World encounter brings to the Spanish table. We will examine the traditional medieval foods and agricultural products of several regions of Spain, as well as the ways in which Spain has harnessed its rich gastronomic past for tourism. As we learn about the diversity of Spanish cuisine through a variety of cultural sources, we also explore issues of gender, class, social marginalization, and depictions of alterity through representations of false or sensationalized dietary practices.
About Your Professor: Dr. Andrea Nate enjoys teaching all levels of Spanish language, culture, and literature in addition to specialized classes in medical Spanish and early Spanish literature (medieval, early modern, and colonial). Her current research focuses on the literature, culture, and language of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Spain. In particular, her work examines Jewish, Christian, and Islamic themes across various literary genres, including texts written in both Spanish and aljamiado (the language of the Spanish Muslim converts to Christianity.