Graduate Courses - Fall 2019 TBD

MCL 575: Introduction to Linguistics and Language Structures/SPA 602: Studies in Spanish Linguistics: English-Spanish Cross-linguistic Analysis

Alan Brown

This course provides an introduction to the field of linguistics, with a focus on English and Spanish. The major subfields of linguistics will be explored, namely, phonetics (the sounds of language), phonology (the sound structure of language), morphology (the structure of words), and syntax (the structure of sentences). While all students will engage in some cross-linguistic analysis, students enrolled in the Spanish section (SPA 602) will complete readings and assignments comparing English-language structures with those found in Spanish. Finally, the course explores the relevance of linguistics for language teaching and careers in education.

SPA 609: Transnational Media, Flows, and Hemispheric Latinidad   

Arcelia Gutierrez

Friday 3:30-6:00PM

This class centers on U.S. Spanish-language media, Latin American media, English-language Latinx media, and the interactions between these phenomena, their cultural products, and their industries. Drawing from various theoretical approaches (i.e., cultural imperialism, cultural proximity, and media capitals), we will examine the industrial, cultural, and reception aspects of media. We will trace the transnational origins of Spanish-language and Latinx radio and television in the U.S., the flows of cultural products between Latin American and the U.S. (focusing especially on genres, melodrama, and the telenovela), and how media activism has been used to impact the representation of Latinidad. By paying particular attention to how political, socio-economic, and cultural circumstances have shaped (and continue to shape) these media industries, we will address the ways in which these industries and their cultural products shape a hemispheric Latinidad.



Carmen Moreno-Nuño

Este curso se centra en el análisis de la noción de "cine nacional" para intentar reflexionar sobre por qué y cómo el cine español es un cine nacional. Para responder a esta pregunta el curso combina dos aproximaciones distintas. Por un lado el análisis histórico, el cual nos hace detenernos en algunas películas que han marcado la historia del cine español, en sus directores más sobresalientes y en sus distintas etapas estéticas. Por otro lado la aproximación temática, la cual muestra hasta qué punto el cine español es un modo de representación distinto, en sus convenciones, recursos y presupuestos teóricos, al modo institucional liderado por Hollywood. La selección de lecturas responde al objetivo de aportar las herramientas conceptuales necesarias para poder analizar los textos fílmicos que estudiaremos en el curso tanto en su especificidad formal como dentro de su contexto histórico y de producción.


SPA 770: Introduction to Hispanic Studies:

 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. We will also work on how to organize and write a CV, when and how to present a paper at a conference, a guest speaker, and ways of presenting professional findings in the format of a round table discussion in front of a group of colleagues.


SPA 782 Travel Writing in Hispanic Literature

Read firsthand narratives of wayfarers, wanderers, conquistadors, explorers, missionaries, and contemporary travelers. Consider imaginary travels and works that recount—or purport to recount—actual travels. Travel throughout the centuries and across the Hispanic world. Explore and discover. The seminar encompasses writings whose primary topos is the voyage, works of peripatetic structure such as quest narratives, migration, and diasporic configurations. It focuses on the discourse of the writer-as-traveler through journals, chronicles, diaries, letters, novels, and other forms of travel writing. The
seminar includes a theoretical component.
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