Graduate Courses - Spring 2022


SPA 529 From Enlightenment to Romanticism in Spain

Dr. Ana Rueda

T 1-3:30PM

Course Description

This course focuses on key works of literature, performing and visual arts produced in Spain between mid-eighteenth century and mid-nineteenth century. The Enlightenment centered on rationality, as we know, but also on sensations, taste, and feelings. In parallel fashion, Goya’s Capricho 43 warns that ´The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters´, which points to the dark side of the Enlightenment. This shift to emotions and irrationality, quite radical at the time, triggers conflicts and tensions over definitions of gender, class, and nation as Spain attempts to define itself against French cultural and political dominance. We will begin the journey with Cadalso’s delightful critique of social manners, Cartas marruecas, and end with Zorrilla’s Romantic play Don Juan Tenorio, as we trace the revolution in manners and social affections that Spain undergoes in its development from Neoclassicism to Romanticism through a variety of artistic works. The broad parameters of the course invite us to redefine to what extent eighteenth-century sensibility grounds Romanticism.

The course is conducted in Spanish.

All course materials will be placed on Canvas.

Prereq.for undergraduates: SPA 400 or permission of instructor.

Students’ responsibilities include attendance, participation in class discussions,

short assignments, a presentation and a final paper.


SPA 600 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics

Dr. Haralambos Symeonidis

T 4:00-6:30PM

Course Description

Offers an introduction to Spanish linguistics; establishes the basis for future application of linguistic principles. Provides students with a level of knowledge that enables them to make connections between the structure of Spanish and relevant issues in contemporary Hispanic linguistics.



SPA 650 Studies in Colonial Latin America: Race and Colonialism

Dr. Mónica Diaz

R 3:30-6:00PM

Course Description

Columbus’s 1492 voyage to the what he mistook for Asia opened the door to a centuries-long process of conquest and colonization of lands and peoples of the Western Hemisphere. From the beginning, this process was inflected by race. The process of conquest and colonization was documented in an extraordinarily diverse array of textual materials in Spanish, other European languages, Native languages, and visual material by an equally diverse range of authors, including conquistadores and the Native elite. In this course, we will read and study a selection of colonial-era textual and visual depictions of racial difference that allow us to interrogate how race and racial categories were constructed and contested in the early decades and centuries of European colonial presence in the Americas. This course will examine the diverse colonial identities that emerged throughout the centuries of European presence in America and the relationship of race to issues of ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. We will explore textual and visual depictions of racial difference, and engage in theoretical discussions about race and cultural hybridity. 



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