World Languages and Cultures
Journal or Book Title
Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies
A Spanish civilization and culture text for American undergraduates is difficult to write. No particular approach will appeal to all audiences whether it is organized thematically, historically, politically, geographically, etc. Espana: temas de cultura y civilizacion will not satisfy all readers, either. This textbook is directed at intermediate-advanced learners and is organized geographically, devoting each chapter to a particular Spanish autonomous community, though some chapters focus on two regions. The only difference with regard to that organization is Chapter 1, "Espana y la Comunidad Europea" and the final chapter, "Espana en el mundo." It needs to be stated from the outset that this text does not follow a historical pattern as many other civilization texts do. The textbook does include a rather short overview of Spain's history and is followed in each chapter with some references to certain historical events, but for the most part general Spanish history does not figure as a large component.
University of Arizona
Gasta, Chad M., "Book Review: España: temas de cultura y civilización (review)" (2004). World Languages and Cultures Publications. 204.