Graduate Courses - Spring 2017

  • Graduate Student, ABD
  • Hispanic Studies
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SPA 529, Luis Buñuel

Luis Buñuel’s somewhat accidental career in film spanned six decades, several continents and languages, many crossings between the avant-garde and the commercial film industry and made him one of the most universally recognized filmmakers in the history of cinema.

In order to understand his work in its intellectual and political contexts, we will see films from throughout his long career and read some of the many books and articles that have been written about him and his films. We will also attempt to get a sense of how Buñuel’s work has been received over the years, a difficult task given the length and breadth of his career. Instead of centering on any overarching critical method, this should result in a variety of approaches open to each of our own priorities and perspectives.

Films will be in Spanish, French or English, with subtitles. Readings will be in either Spanish or English, and the course will be conducted in Spanish.

SPA 602: Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
El propósito de este curso es introducir a lo/as estudiantes al estudio del español desde una perspectiva lingüística. Aunque los niveles de análisis son múltiples, se insistirá en aquéllos considerados fundamentales para la formación de un estudiante en español. Se discutirán los fundamentos filosóficos de la lingüística como ciencia del lenguaje para luego abordar las áreas de análisis fonético-fonológico, morfológico, sintáctico, semántico, así como tópicos en variación temporal, geolectal, sociolectal, genolectal, generolectal y por el contacto.


Objetivos generales:

1.      Desarrollar habilidades y destrezas básicas en el manejo de los principios y diversos métodosde la lingüística contemporánea.

2.      Aplicación de dichas destrezas al análisis del español.

3.      Relacionar las estructuras lingüísticas del español y del inglés con la finalidad de expandir la competencia en L2.

4.      Explorar las relaciones entre la “norma estándar” y sus variaciones.

5.      Valorar la investigación lingüística como instrumento para lo/as futuro/as investigadore/as en literatura o docentes de español como segunda lengua.


SPA 603: Spanish Applied Linguistics

This course is designed to expose students to a sampling of the many sub-disciplines that constitute the broad field of Applied Linguistics as they relate to Spanish-language contexts with special emphasis on topics relative to teaching and learning. Since the field is truly interdisciplinary with far too many sub-disciplines to cover in depth in one semester, the instructor will negotiate the content of the course with the registered

students before the start of the semester. An attempt will be made to help students appreciate the great variety of the field while encouraging more detailed, individual exploration of a particular topic through a final paper. Pending student input, the first half of the semester will present students with a very general survey of various fields within Applied Linguistics such as translation and interpretation studies, forensic linguistics, psycholinguistics, and language policy and planning. However, since the majority of students will teach Spanish professionally at some point, issues relative to Spanish second language acquisition, Spanish second language teaching and learning, and Spanish heritage language acquisition will be the focus of the second half of the semester. The broad field of Applied Linguistics, by definition, is “a practice-driven discipline that addresses language-based problems in real-world contexts” encountered by educational and governmental institutions, private citizens, language teachers, language learners,

and society as a whole. The course will primarily be taught in Spanish with most examples and case studies stemming from Spanish- and English-language contexts. Readings will be in Spanish and English and students must be prepared to discuss them in both languages when called upon to do so. In sum, this course can truly be considered a survey of Spanish applied linguistics. Therefore, the following learner outcomes have been identified:

Students will . . .

 familiarize themselves with various branches of the interdisciplinary field of Applied Linguistics;

 identify and critically analyze complex issues of language in society and propose possible solutions, especially those relating to Spanish;

 develop a deeper understanding of and appreciation for Spanish language acquisition and pedagogy, both for traditional and heritage learners;

 establish sound principles of L2 pedagogy and evaluation in order to better understand and effectively address potential predicaments in the Spanish language classroom;

 synthesize and critique previous research on a specific Spanish language related problem of personal interest within the broad field of Applied Linguistics and intelligently and insightfully report their findings.


SPA 680: Modern Spanish American Short Narrative

The course will study the canon of short narrative in Spanish America, between 1888, publication of Rubén Darío´s Azul…, through the start of the new millennium, a period of profound, often convulsive, change throughout the hemisphere which is reflected in the brilliant production of Spanish American artists and writers. Working through the standard periods in literary history (Romanticism, Modernismo, Realism, costumbrismo), we will engage not only the ways in which short narrative deconstructs such historical categories, but also the strategies it employs through Idealism, Fantasy, so-called Magical Realism, and spectral genres, such as the Gothic. Time will be spent analyzing what makes a short narrative short, an issue that will take us to consider the theory of the short story in its international context, as first formulated by Edgar Allan Poe and elaborated by Spanish American heirs like Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortázar. Beyond Darío, we will examine authors as varied as Horacio Quiroga, Leopoldo Lugones, Alfonso Hernández Catá, Lino Novás Calvo, Borges, Alejo Carpentier, and from there to the short story among so-called Boom writers—Juan Rulfo, Juan Carlos Onetti, Carlos Fuentes, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Gabriel García Márquez, Cortázar—and the so-called post-Boom—Isabel Allende, Luisa Valenzuela and other less well-known practicing writers.     


SPA 740: 20-21 Century Spanish Women's Writing

This seminar focuses on contemporary women writers from Spain and the representation of the feminine in their works. We will analyze novels, short fiction, essays, theater and poetry with an overarching question of how one defines feminine writing in the cultural and historical context of Spain and within the theoretical debate on feminine identity and feminist cultural criticism. Selections by Judith Butler, Luce Irigaray, Donna Haraway, Jo Labanyi, Terry Castle, Toril Moi, and Hélène Cixous among others are designed to elucidate the concept of a gendered space in different modes of writing. The course is taught in Spanish and work submitted by students will also be in that language.

Carmen de Burgos, La rampa, La mujer en España (selection); *Mercè Rodoreda, La Plaza del Diamante; *Carmen Martín Gaite, El cuarto de atrás, and select essays; short fiction by *Carme Riera, *Cristina Fernández Cubas, Julia Otxoa, and Elvira Navarro; short plays (TBD) by authors such as Paloma Pedrero, Carmen Resino, Itziar Pascual, or María Manuela Reina; Select poems by Rosa Chacel, María Victoria Atienza, *Ana Rossetti, and Itziar Mínguez Arnáiz; Rosa Montero, Lágrimas en la lluvia; Belén Gopegui, El comité de la noche; Pilar Pedraza, a select gothic story from Arcano trece and select essays from La bella, enigma y pesadilla.

Some primary and secondary texts will be available on Canvas. Students should secure La rampa, La Plaza del Diamante, El cuarto de atrás, Lágrimas en la lluvia, and El comité de la noche in advance through purchase or download.
* Texts by these authors are required readings in the program (see M.A. Reading List). Other texts are subject to change.
SPA 750: The Sacred and the Profane in the Narratives of Conquest and Colonization
This class analyzes colonial Spanish American discourse from a cultural and historical religious perspective, highlighting the subjective construction of both the concepts of the sacred and the profane in the context of the conquest and colonization of the Americas. A primary objective of the course is to explore the different understandings of what sacred and profane meant to Native Americans and Europeans at different historical moments, and in different geographical places. Through the analysis of class material we will identify the mechanism through which individuals would claim cultural supremacy, and ultimately political power over other groups, largely based on the value conferred to their belief system. The class will cover most of the colonial section of the MA reading list, in addition to other materials.

Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of the semester, the student should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • A historical notion of the colonial reality of the Americas before and after the arrival of European settlers.
  • General knowledge of a sample of visual and textual discourses produced during the time of conquest and colonization.
  • An understanding of the different purposes for which these discourses were produced.
  • Familiarity with theoretical discussions about religion, race, and cultural hybridity.
  • Analysis of primary texts, identifying key topics and themes.
  • Synthesis of the arguments and analyses presented in the secondary literature.
  • Critical thinking and active learning skills/Research and writing abilities.
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