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Spanish 24, Section 1
Baseball Spanish (1 unit, P/NP)
Professor Ignacio Navarrete
Monday and Wednesday 11:00-12:00, B4 Dwinelle Hall, Class number: 46083

This seminar will meet twice weekly for the first six weeks of the semester.

Writing in Spanish about baseball retains the colorful character that English-language sports writing used to have. When examined closely, it can also teach us a good deal about certain linguistic processes, particularly translation and metaphor formation. In this seminar we will read and listen to Spanish-language baseball coverage over the internet, discuss it, and try our hands at writing some short pieces ourselves. We'll also talk about the role of baseball in the Spanish-speaking world. And we will also try to go to a couple of major league baseball games.
Prerequisite: enough Spanish to read a newspaper.

Professor Ignacio Navarrete was born in Cuba, grew up in New York, and has taught at UC Berkeley since 1987. His academic area of specialization is Medieval and Renaissance Spanish literature. His co-instructor, Lewis Rubman, has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, with a dissertation on the theme of immortality in baseball poetry, and blogs about Latin American baseball.

"It's homey and interactive. its' a good class. I am glad I took it for its small size and interesting subject matter" - student in fall 2008 seminar

"I liked the small class atmosphere since it felt more intimate and we were able to share work with each other and comment on different games with other fans." -student in fall 2008 seminar

"It's really fun if you love baseball." - student in fall 2008 seminar
Freshman and Sophomore Seminars are co-sponsored by the Undergraduate Division
of the College of Letters & Science and the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.
For further information about the program,
contact Alix Schwartz (alix@berkeley.edu / 642-8378).

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