Graduate Courses - Spring 2022


SPA 602 "Europe's living a celebration" : Spain's cultural and linguistics identiy in the Eurovision Song Contest

Dr. Haralambos Symeonidis

R 3:30=6:00PM

Course Description

The Eurovision Song Contest is the world's biggest popular music event: held annually in May, it includes entries from almost every European country and attracts over a hundred million viewers, making it one of the most-watched television events in Europe. How has European integration been promoted through popular culture, and how has popular music become one of the prime cultural phenomena connecting Europeans? * How are Europe and "Europeanness" defined through Eurovision in cultural, geographic, political and social terms, especially as some of its participants are not members of the European Union? * How has Eurovision been used to promote issues concerning environmental awareness, gay rights, ethnic minorities and peace campaigns, and what effect has it had on t



SPA 720 Seminar on Early Modern/Baroque Spanish Literature: Cervantes. 

An Introduction to Cervantes’ Literary Industry: don Quijote, los Entremeses y las Novelas ejemplares. Dr. Moises Castillo

T 3:30-6:00PM

Course Description

Part I. Cervantes, cultural critic 

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. 

A discussion of Don Quijote in conjunction with various other types of fiction which were in vogue at the time of its gestation and birth, should allow us to highlight Cervantes’ imaginative uses of these materials: the romances of chivalry, pastoral romances, picaresque “lives”, tragedy and so on... One might argue, in fact, that the dialogical character of Don Quijote as well as most of Cervantes’ writing hinges precisely on a parodic game that entails a process of decoding and encoding. We will concentrate both on Cervantes’ irony —his anamorphic perspective (H. Holbein) or his curious gaze (E. Gilman)— and its demystifying power to scrutinize reality. I shall propose a close reading of representative excerpts of these genres in order to contrast them with the heteroglossic (Bakhtin) re-elaboration that Cervantes employs in different chapters of Don Quijote


Part II.  Cervantes, social critic 

In this section of the course, we will examine the specific way Cervantes scrutinizes the social and theatrical reality of his time, studying some of his Entremeses and Novelas ejemplares