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

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.

Instructor Bio

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.


Prerequisite: enough Spanish to read a newspaper.