In order to enter advanced study of Spanish language and Hispanic literature, students need a fundamental knowledge of the geography, history and culture of the Spanish- speaking peoples. HISPANIDADES is intended to serve as a resource to provide this background while preserving instructors’ flexibility to shape their own courses.
In the two primary texts, HISPANIDADES: ESPAÑA, LA PRIMERA HISPANIDAD and HISPANIDADES: LATINOAMÉRICA Y LOS EE.UU., chapter themes relate tovideo segments from the Fuentes documentary, now available in DVD format. Each of the two texts contains the related programs from the original series. DVD menus allow the student immediate access to the appropriate video segment.
HISPANIDADES: ESPAÑA, LA PRIMERA HISPANIDAD concentrates on the history and culture of Spain. HISPANIDADES: LATINOAMÉRICA Y LOS EE.UU. contains a strong emphasis on the culture and literature of the growing Hispanic population of the United States, giving advanced students and those of Hispanic origin, an important introduction to their own background. “Latin America now begins north of the border,” as Fuentes comments. Teachers will find that these texts fill a widely-felt void in intermediate and advanced Spanish-language courses.