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.

 

SPA 681: Central America, from Banana Republics and Cold War to Drugs, Gangs, and Caravans

Dr. Dierdra Reber

Wednesday, 4:30-7:00 pm

Central America has long been a blind spot on the cultural and disciplinary horizon, a zone of critical “illiteracy,” in Bram Acosta’s turn of phrase.  After a long century of US economic and military interventions of the kind first denounced in General Smedley Butler’s 1933 US Congressional testimony about the use of force to open markets in Latin America, there is a dearth of cultural production, and, therefore, few readily visible points of entry for study.  How do we comprehend a cultural history dominated by oligarchies complicit with US export companies such as the infamous United Fruit, a cold war that left over 300,000 dead and a million seeking refugee status, ironically, in the US, the violent gangs spawned from this epic violence and tidal waves of immigration and deportation, drug trafficking, perilous environmentalist activism that seeks to defend land resources against corporate takeovers, and the rise of big business politics?

Through documentaries, political testimony, poetry and novels, film and television, photography, and any other relevant media, we will piece together the largely untold and understudied portrait of a region that has been dominated by capital and blood.  Students will write weekly short critical reactions and participate in a final writing workshop.

Possible texts:

Literary, Political

Smedley Butler, War Is a Racket

Miguel Ángel Asturias

Roque Dalton

Ernesto Cardenal

Rodrigo Rey Rosa

Horacio Castellanos Moya

Julio Cortázar, “Apocalípsis en Solentiname”

Héctor Tobar, The Tattooed Soldier

Oscar Romero

Gioconda Belli

Rigoberta Menchú

Pablo Neruda, “La United Fruit Co.”

Berta Cáceres

2018 Honduran caravan

Film, Television, Photography

Gregory Nava, El Norte

Juan González, Harvest of Empire

Bananas!*

Banana Land: Blood, Bullets, and Poison

Bananas Is My Business

Narcos

Voces inocentes

Romero

Ixcanul

Sin nombre

Susan Meiselas

Miguel Littín, Alsino y el condor

History, Criticism

Greg Grandin

Bram Acosta

Nanci Buiza

Arturo Arias

Ignacio López-Calvo

 

SPA 690 SPANISH NATIONAL CINEMA

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 708 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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