Fall 2013 Graduate Courses

 

SPA 553 Pedagogy and the Teaching of World Languages
This is a required course for first-year graduate students.
Professor Stephanie Coker, Dept. of Modern and Classical Languages
Monday, 2:30-5:00

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SPA 606 Introduction to Critical Theory, Literary and Cultural Studies
This is a required course for first-year graduate students.
Professor Susan Larson
Monday 5:30-8:00

This course will focus on issues pertaining to cultural criticism and Hispanic Studies. Special attention will be paid to 1) the historical evolution of these paradigms, 2) how they have been disseminated across academic disciplines, and 3) how they can be used to analyze literary, cinematic and other cultural forms.

Required Texts:

CRITICAL, LITERARY, CULTURAL THEORY
Eagleton, Terry. Literature as Event. Yale UP, 2012. 
ISBN-13: 9780300194135

Parker, Robert Dale. Critical Theory. A Reader for Literary and Cultural Studies. Oxford UP, 2011.
ISBN-13: 9780199797776

NOVEL:
Fernández Mallo, Agustín. Nocilla Lab. Santillana USA Publishing, 2011.
ISBN-13: 9788466324458

FILMS:
Sleep Dealer
Alex Rivera, 2008

Todo sobre mi madre
Dir. Pedro Almodóvar, 1999

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SPA 640 Immigration in Democratic Spain
Professor Carmen Moreno Nuño
Monday and Friday, 1:00 - 2:15

Aunque los flujos migratorios han configurado la identidad española durante milenios, España ha experimentado desde 1990 una transformación espectacular como resultado de la llegada masiva de inmigrantes al país. De hecho, España cuenta ahora mismo con la población inmigrante proporcionalmente más grande en el mundo después de los EEUU. Esta masiva y creciente presencia de inmigrantes y los profundos cambios sociales que conlleva son la vertiente demográfica y social de las tensiones nacionales e internacionales que afectan a la sociedad española hoy. Si la España de la Guerra Civil y del régimen franquista es la España del pasado, la España de la inmigración es la España del futuro. Este curso estudia el fenómeno de la inmigración a través de diversas representaciones culturales (música, novela, cuento, teatro, comic, largometraje, documental, televisión, periodismo y publicidad), prestando una atención especial a fenómenos y nociones tales como emigración, inmigración, exilio, exclusión, diferencia, racismo, género, segregación espacial y laboral, agencia, poder, identidad nacional y políticas migratorias.  

Texts:
Dulce Chacón, Háblame, musa, de aquel varón (novela)
Juan Mayorga, Animales nocturnos (teatro)
VVAA, Inmenso estrecho II (libro de cuentos)
Manuel Rivas, La mano del emigrante (novela)
Najat El Hachmi, El último patriarca (novela)


 

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SPA 703 Seminar in SLA Theory in Spanish L2 Learning
Professor Alan Brown
Tuesday and Thursday, 2:00 - 3:15

This course will offer students a survey of Second Language Acquisition (SLA) with a particular focus on Spanish second language acquisition. This course will provide a cursory look at a number of fundamental issues such as the relationship between first (L1) and second (L2) language acquisition, the validity of generativist, cognitive, and socio-cultural theories of SLA, the impact of instruction on SLA, the notion of interlanguage, the role of individual learner variables, and the need for input, interaction, and output. While considering these general concepts, the course will focus on specific L2 acquisition issues relative to the Spanish language, e.g., tense/aspect, mood, clitics, etc.

Required Text: Lafford and Salaberry (2003): "Second Language Acquisition: The State of the Science," Georgetown UP.

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SPA 704 SEMINAR IN LINGUISTIC ANALYSIS OF SPANISH DISCOURSE
(Lenguaje y poder en el mundo hispanohablante)
Professor Yanira Paz
Monday, 2:30-5:00

Todos coincidimos en que el lenguaje es un instrumento de comunicación, pero también lo es de control. Este curso se propone explorar las formas en que lenguaje puede ser utilizado por los diferentes actores sociales para lograr sus objetivos. Nos enfocaremos en la relación lenguaje y poder en los países hispano parlantes. Los modelos teóricos provendrán de la sociolingüística y del análisis del discurso. Se manejará una parte teórica  y su aplicación al análisis de textos canónicos o no canónicos producidos en español (tales como canciones, letrillas, discursos, himnos nacionales o provinciales, etc.)

Textos requeridos:
•       Fairclough, Norman. Language and Power.  London: Longman, 2001.
•       Mar-Molinero, Clare. The Politics of Language in the Spanish-Speaking World. New York: Routledge, 2000.
•       Van Dijk, Teun. Discurso, poder y cognición social. (1994) 

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SPA 720: An Introduction to Cervantes' Literary Industry: Don Quijote, los Entremeses y las Novelas ejemplares
Professor Moisés Castillo
Thursday, 3:30-6:00

This course provides an overview of some of the important aspects of Cervantes’ Don Quijote de la Mancha, by far the most famous book in Spanish literature and the first (psychological) novel ever written. Taking this into account, we will focus on what it means to create a novel. Cervantes utilizes the 'burla” as the keystone of his artifice to denude the process of artistic creation, while showing his/her reader (“lector mío”) the machinery of every single literary and socio-political discourse prevalent in the Spain of his time. The idea is that the “real” world, as presented to us, exists only as a construction shaped through the conventions of perception and interpretation. The course will also examine the specific way Cervantes scrutinizes the social and theatrical reality of his time, studying some of his Entremeses and Novelas ejemplares.

Texts:
Don Quijote (Lathrop edition)
Novelas Ejemplares: El casamiento engañoso, El Coloquio de los perros y El licenciado vidriera
Entremeses: El juez de los divorcios, El viejo celoso y El retablo de las maravillas
Reader packet covering some other Cervantes’ dramas and critical texts

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SPA 770 Introduction to Hispanic Studies
Professor Ana Rueda
Tuesdays 2:30-5:00

This three-credit course is designed to give new and continuing M.A. and Ph.D. students an overview of and introduction to graduate studies and to the profession of Hispanism. The classes will consist of a series of presentations, discussions and critiques of sample materials as well as guest visits from other faculty from the Department of Hispanic Studies, HIGSA, and staff from Young Library. Sessions will deal with the demands and expectations of graduate study and major issues confronting higher education in this country. The course will introduce students to the types of activities they will undertake as researchers and will familiarize them with current research methods, trends and opportunities. We will examine how to undertake research, how to document that research properly and how to present it in the form of an abstract, a written paper, a review, an annotated bibliography, and a grant application. In terms of the student´s professionalization, we will work on how to organize and write a CV, when and how to present a paper at a conference, submit and essay or apply for jobs, how to deal with ethical issues, and what to anticipate in terms of academic and professional development. The course approaches research and professionalization jointly, and expects that each assignment will reflect the same combined effort in terms of form and content. In addition to the tasks already mentioned, students will present their professional findings on two research assignments in front of their peers in the form of an individual presentation on novel writers and a round table discussion on pedagogy or applied linguistics.

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SPA 785 Seminar in US Hispanic and Border Literature and Culture
Subtitle:  Masculinity in Latino/a and Chicano/a Texts
Professor Susan Carvalho
Wednesday, 4:30-7:00

This course will use a masculinities-studies framework to explore novels, short stories, life writing and essays on culture and identity, by US-Hispanic writers.  The course will recognize distinctions within the US-Latino population—Mexican-American, Cuban-American, and Puerto Rican-American, for example—and discussions will focus on the nexus between race, gender, and cultural identity across these groups.  The particular theoretical focus will be on the construction of superordinate versus subordinate male roles, and the range of configurations of patriarchy within the Latina/o domestic sphere as well as places of work.  Writings by GLBT and straight authors will be studied in light of their various “crossings over” in creative representations of gender, sexuality, and power.

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