Course Listing

Italian Fall 2019

Italian (ITAL) Courses – Taught in Italian

ITAL 1010 – Elementary Italian I

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Prerequisites:  No prior instruction in Italian. Students with previous experience in Italian must take the Italian placement exam (Date TBA). Students may not self-place in a language course.

Elementary Italian I is the first class in the four-course sequence that is necessary to complete the foreign language requirement. In this course, students will learn basic survival skills to assist them when they travel to Italy, however they will also learn to describe people and places, ask questions, narrate in the present and simple past tenses, as well as write short texts describing themselves, their families, and their impressions of Italy. Students will also develop their ability to understand spoken Italian by listening to songs, commercials, and movie clips, and they will begin reading advertisements, song lyrics, and some poems. Students of Elementary Italian will also have many occasions to learn more about life in contemporary Italy as they study the country’s language.

60% of this course will take place face to face during regularly scheduled class meetings on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, while 40% of the work must be completed online both through the Connect website and the students’ personal e-Portfolios. It is essential that students arrive to each class meeting having completed all of these assignments beforehand so that they may become more confident and competent speakers of Italian.

Much like learning to play a sport or a musical instrument, studying a foreign language requires constant practice. Therefore, all course activities will be conducted in Italian.

ITAL 2010 – Intermediate Italian I

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Prerequisites: Passing grade in ITAL 1020 or department permission. Students may not self-place in a language course. Students who did not complete ITAL 1020 are required to take the Italian placement exam. All students will submit proof of placement by (TBA).

ITAL 2010 Intermediate Italian I is the third class in the four-course sequence which fulfills the language requirement. Students will further develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills as well as deepen their cultural literacy in Italian. You will accomplish these goals with the guidance of your instructor, through review of grammar, short readings, compositions, and listening and speaking activities. Students will also have the opportunity to listen to songs, comment on works of art, watch commercials and short films, read newspaper articles, and meet natives of Italy in your quest to become more confident and competent users of the Italian language.

Much like learning to play a sport or a musical instrument, studying a foreign language requires constant practice. Therefore, all course activities will be conducted in Italian.

ITAL 3010 – Advanced Italian I with Deborah Parker

TuTh 12:30-1:45PM in New CAB 485

Prerequisite: ITAL 2020

This course seeks to develop advanced literacy in Spanish through extensive reading, writing, analysis, and discussion of authentic literary texts and videos. Emphasis is placed on how grammatical forms codify meaning and how grammar and meaning interact to construct the language and textual structure expected in the following academic genres: the critical review, the persuasive essay, and the research paper.

Italian Fall 2019

Italian in Translation (ITTR) Courses – Taught in English

ITTR 3559 (Cross-listed with WGS 3559) – New Course in Italian Translation “Tv and Web Series in Italy and the Globe: Gender, Sex and Society” with Francesca Calamita

MoWe 3:30-4:45PM in Nau Hall 338

This course focuses on representations of sex, gender and social issues in recent Italian TV and web series, including My Brilliant Friend (2018), based on the 2011 novel of the same title by the acclaimed writer Elena Ferrante, and the political-drama Berlusconi 1992 (2015). Students will also work on current series produced in other countries which have made an impact in Italy, such as The Handmaid’s Tale (2017), based on the 1985 feminist dystopian novel of the same title by Canadian author Margaret Atwood, and the Danish comedy-drama Rita (2012). Lectures and materials explore from a global perspective how TV and web series offer their viewers narratives that encourage them to follow or question different models of femininity, masculinity and sexuality. Class discussion will pay particular attention to issues of gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, disability, social class, migration and citizenship status, among other layers of identity.  What can contemporary Italian TV and web series tell us about current social issues from around the globe?

ITTR 3880 – Reinventing Dante: Influence, Adaptation and Transformation with Deborah Parker

TuTh 3:30-4:45PM in New CAB 485

Dante is one of the greatest influencers of all time. He has shaped cultures across centuries and in different media. The Inferno has captivated the imagination of artists as diverse as Botticelli, Keats, David Fincher as well as that of artists and writers in Africa and Latin America. Creative artists often re-imagine Dante for their own purposes. Our investigations of adaptation and appropriation will be carried out in two directions: we will analyze re-workings of the poem not only to understand how they differ from the original but also how these changes prompt us to rethink the dynamics of innovation and creative reinvention.

ITTR 4010 – Narrating (Un-)sustainability: Ecocritical Explorations in Italy and the Mediterranean with Enrico Cesaretti

TuTh 12:30-1:45PM in Nau Hall 141

This course focuses on the potential narratives have to convey messages that are relevant to our ethical and environmental awareness, and to help us imagine alternatives to existing systems of knowledge and distributions of power. As we shall expand the notion of text to include material formations (landscapes, bodies, matters) we shall learn about the origins and general objectives of ecocriticism, its relevant theories and methodologies, and various approaches to the notion of sustainability. Focusing on Italy as a geographical and narrative sensor that may enlighten the situation of other places globally, we shall travel up and down the Italian peninsula, and encounter a selection of “material narratives” (i.e. the interlaced stories co-emerging simultaneously from places, literature, artworks, films and documentaries) which may contribute to shape our environmental consciousness, affect our ethical attitude in the era of the Anthropocene, and help enact forms of ecological resistance and cultural liberation.

ITTR 4820 – Italian Pop Culture From the 1960s to the Present with Enrico Cesaretti

TuTh 11:00AM-12:15PM in Gibson Hall 142

This course examines, from a cultural/historical perspective, the social, economic, and political transformations that took place in Italy during its recent history, from the post World War II “miracle years” of the industrial boom in the late 50s and 60s, until today’s struggles with the multifaceted dynamics of globalization. By discussing different cultural artifacts and media (film, literature, music, advertisements, comic books) in the period under consideration, together with a selection of relevant critical essays, we shall investigate not only how the (popular) arts reflected, supported, resisted and, in general, commented upon such transformations, but also their frequent dialogues and exchanges with American culture.

Portuguese Fall 2019

Portuguese (PORT) Courses – Taught in Portuguese

PORT 1110 – Beginning Intensive Portuguese with Lilian Feitosa

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Prerequisite: Completion of FREN 2020 or SPAN 2020, or instructor permission.

Introduces speaking, understanding, reading and writing Portuguese, especially as used in Brazil. Five class hours and one laboratory hour. Followed by PORT 2120. 

PORT 3010 – Advanced Grammar, Conversation and Composition with Lilian Feitosa

MoWeFr 12:00-12:50PM in Wilson Hall 214

Studies advanced grammar through analysis of written and audiovisual texts; includes extensive practice in composition and topical conversation.

Portuguese Fall 2019

Portuguese in Translation (POTR) Courses – Taught in English

POTR 4240 – Contemporary Brazilian Cinema with Eli Carter

TuTh 5:00-6:15PM in New CAB 183      

Please direct inquiries to the instructor.

POTR 4270 – The Civilization of Brazil with Eli Carter

TuTh 2:00-3:15PM New CAB 407

Please direct inquiries to the instructor.

Spanish Fall 2019

Spanish (SPAN) Undergraduate Courses – Taught in Spanish

SPAN 1010 – Elementary Spanish

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No previous formal instruction in Spanish, or an SAT II score less than 410. SPAN 1010 is for true beginners only. Students with prior experience with Spanish must take the UVA Spanish placement exam. Students may not self-place in a language course. All students will submit proof of placement by (TBA).

Elementary Spanish is a four-credit introductory level hybrid course for true beginners designed to provide a thorough foundation in all the language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. This is a technology-enhanced language course in which students will complete online activities on Connect on Tuesdays and Thursdays instead of attending class all five days of the week.  Students should expect an average of 1-2 hours of online homework 5 days a week, plus an extra hour of work that substitutes for class time each on Tuesday/ Thursday. This is a flipped class, which means that students will learn grammar and vocabulary at home, and class time will be devoted to meaningful, authentic, and interactive practice. Class is conducted in Spanish only.

SPAN 1060 – Accelerated Elementary Spanish

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Prerequisites: Placement score of 420-510 on the SAT II Exam or a score of 0-325 on the UVA Placement Exam. Students may not self-place in a language course. All students will submit proof of placement by (TBA).

Accelerated Elementary Spanish a four-credit accelerated introductory level hybrid course designed to provide a thorough foundation in all the language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. This is a technology-enhanced language course in which students will complete online activities with Connect on Tuesdays and Thursdays instead of attending class all five days of the week.  Students should expect an average of 1-2 hours of online homework 5 days a week, plus an extra hour of work that substitutes for class time each on Tuesday/ Thursday. This is a flipped class, which means that students will learn grammar and vocabulary at home, and class time will be devoted to meaningful, authentic, and interactive practice. Class is conducted in Spanish only.

SPAN 2010 – Intermediate Spanish 

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Prerequisites: SPAN 1020, SPAN 1060, or SAT II score of 520-590, or Placement Test score of 326-409. Students may not self-place in a language course.  All students will submit proof of placement by (TBA).

Intermediate Spanish is a three-credit intermediate level course, the third course in a four-course sequence, which fulfills the language requirement.  The goal of this course is to bridge the gap between elementary and advanced levels in the further development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. This is a flipped class, which means that students will learn grammar and vocabulary at home, and class time will be devoted to meaningful, authentic, and interactive practice. Class is conducted in Spanish only.

SPAN 2020 – Advanced Intermediate Spanish 

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Prerequisites: Spanish 2010, SAT II Test score of 600-640, or UVA Placement Test score of 410-535. Students may not self-place in a language course. All students will submit proof of placement by (TBA).

Advanced Intermediate Spanish is a three credit intermediate level course, the fourth course in a four-course sequence which fulfills the language requirement. The goal of this course is to bridge the gap between elementary and advanced levels in the further development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. This is a flipped class, which means that students will learn grammar and vocabulary at home, and class time will be devoted to meaningful, authentic, and interactive practice. Class is conducted in Spanish only.

SPAN 3000 – Phonetics with Emily Scida and David Korfhagen

Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 or equivalent.

Spanish Phonetics provides an introduction to the sound system of both Peninsular and Latin American Spanish. Class discussions focus on how the sounds of Spanish are produced from an articulatory point of view, and how these sounds are organized and represented in the linguistic competence of their speakers. When appropriate, comparisons will be made between Spanish and English or Spanish and other (Romance and non-Romance) languages. This course seeks to improve the student's pronunciation.

  • Section 001 TuTh 11:00AM-12:15PM in New CAB 332 with Emily Scida
  • Section 002 MoWeFr 1:00-1:50PM in New CAB 027 with David Korfhagen

SPAN 3010 – Grammar and Composition I 

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Prerequisite: SPAN 2020 (or equivalent); or UVA placement test score of 536-650; or AP score of 4; or SAT II score of 641-700; or IB Spanish (High) score of 7.

This course seeks to develop advanced literacy in Spanish through extensive reading, writing, analysis, and discussion of authentic literary texts and videos. Emphasis is placed on how grammatical forms codify meaning and how grammar and meaning interact to construct the language and textual structure expected in the following academic genres: the critical review, the persuasive essay, and the research paper.

SPAN 3020 – Grammar and Composition II 

Prerequisites: SPAN 2020 (or equivalent) AND either of the following: a UVA placement test score of 651+; an AP score of 5; an SAT II score of 701-800; an IB Spanish A1 or A2 score of 5, 6 or 7.

  • Section 001 (Cross-listed with LASE 3500-001) Grammar and Composition II - Writing for Social Justice and Change MoWeFr 11:00-11:50AM in The Rotunda 150 with M. Esther Poveda Moreno.

Have you ever wondered what kinds of change you could enact with more proficient Spanish writing skills? In this section of SPAN 3020 (in cross-listing with LASE 3500-001), you will have the opportunity to grapple with advanced grammatical and writing skills while you read and discuss selected works by representative Latin American authors who have used writing as a tool for social justice and change, and by participating in a community engagement project. In this course, in addition to completing 20-24 hours of volunteer work with a local organization in the fields of immigration and education, law, health, or social work, you will deliberately use advanced grammatical forms to construct meaning and will produce texts in which grammar and meaning interact to lead to effective writing in Spanish. For any questions or further information, please contact Prof. Esther Poveda Moreno at mp8yk@viriginia.edu.

  • Section 002 MoWeFr 9:00-9:50AM in New CAB 364 with Paula Sprague
  • Section 003 MoWeFr 10:00-10:50AM in New CAB 364 with Paula Sprague

This course seeks to develop advanced literacy in Spanish through extensive reading, writing, analysis, and discussion of authentic literary texts and videos. Emphasis is placed on how grammatical forms codify meaning and how grammar and meaning interact to construct the language and textual structure expected in the following academic genres: the comparative essay, the argumentative essay, and the research paper.

SPAN 3030 – Cultural Conversations

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Prerequisite: SPAN3010 or the equivalent level of Spanish, in which case students will need to speak with the instructor ahead of time for permission to take the course.

Conversation course devoted to different aspects of Spanish, Spanish American, or Latino culture. Student-led discussion of materials ranging from films and music videos to radio programs, newspapers, and the Internet.   

SPAN 3040 – Business Spanish with Paula Sprague 

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Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 or departmental placement

Please direct inquiries to the instructor.

SPAN 3050 – Spanish for Medical Professionals with Alicia Lopez Operé

TuTh 2:00-3:15 in Wilson Hall 244  

Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 or departmental placement

This course is designed for students planning to work in the health care field and who want to develop fundamental written and oral skills and vocabulary for the assessment of Spanish speaking patients in a variety of settings. Students will gain familiarity with non-technical and semi-technical functional vocabulary, along with idiomatic expressions and situational phrases that are used in medical Spanish.

SPAN 3300 – Texts and Interpretation 

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Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 or departmental placement. (Note: SPAN 3300 or instructor permission is prerequisite for any course in Spanish literature or culture with a number above SPAN 3300.)

In this course we will be covering a variety of basic approaches to literary texts that enable us to analyze and understand them better. The course will be organized on the basis of literary genre (narrative, theater, poetry, etc.), with a portion of the semester dedicated to each. Short texts in Spanish for readings will be drawn from both Spanish and Latin American literature, and from a range of time periods.

SPAN 3400 – Survey of Spanish Literature l (Middle Ages to 1700) with E. Michael Gerli

TuTh 11:00AM-11:15PM in New CAB 303

Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 and 3300, or departmental placement.

El curso comprende una  introducción a la literatura castellana de la Edad Media, el renacimiento, y el barroco hasta 1680. Las obras se estudiarán en su contexto histórico-cultural. Además de intentar de estimular un aprecio por algunas obras maestras de estos períodos, el curso intentará dar a conocer el marco histórico-intelectual de varios aspectos de la cultura peninsular.

SPAN 3410 – Survey of Spanish Literature lI (1700 to Present) with Andrew Anderson

TuTh 2:00-3:15PM in New CAB 395

Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 and 3300, or departmental placement.

A survey of major Spanish texts and authors from the Enlightenment to the contemporary period.  We will study literary and cultural movements such as neoclassicism, romanticism, positivism, realism, symbolism, “modernismo”, existentialism, etc.  We will also study a range of works that exemplify all the major literary genres: lyric poetry, drama, novel, short story, and essay.  Three papers spaced throughout the semester.  All readings and all discussion in Spanish.

SPAN 3430 – Survey of Latin American Literature II (1900 to Present) with Charlotte Rogers and Crystal Chemris

Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 and 3300, or departmental placement.

This course is a survey of Modern Spanish American literature to introduce students to major authors, works, and literary movements of Spanish America from 1900 to the present. Students will read poetry, essays and short prose selections as well as a novel. Class participation and attendance, papers, exams and other assignments.

  • Section 001 TuTh 2:00-3:15PM in New CAB 364 with Charlotte Rogers
  • Section 002 MoWeFr 12:00PM-12:50PM in New CAB 338 with Crystal Chemris
  • Section 003 MoWeFr 10:00AM-10:50AM in Ruffner Hall 173 with Crystal Chemris

SPAN 4040 – Translation from Spanish to English 

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Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 and 3300, or departmental placement

Please direct inquiries to the instructor.

SPAN 4319 – Borges with Gustavo Pellón

Prerequisite: SPAN 3010, 3300, and 3 credits of 3400-3430, or departmental placement

Note: Spanish majors who are prohibited from taking survey of literature courses may use this class as a substitute for the survey of Latin American literature requirement (SPAN 3420 or 3430).

Este curso se propone estudiar la obra de Jorge Luis Borges con énfasis en sus cuentos, sin excluir algunos ensayos y poemas.   El curso examinará la obra de Borges desde la perspectiva de la literatura comparada y a Borges como lector y escritor de literatura mundial. 

SPAN 4500 – Special Topics Literature Seminars with E. Michael Gerli and Anne-Garland Mahler

Prerequisite: SPAN 3010, 3300, and 3 credits of 3400-3430, or departmental placement

  • Section 001 “Cervantes: Novelas ejemplares” TuTh 2:00-3:15PM in New CAB 027 with E. Michael Gerli

Note: Spanish majors who are prohibited from taking survey of literature courses may use this class as a substitute for the survey of Spanish literature requirement (SPAN 3400).

El curso se centrará en las Novelas ejemplares de Cervantes (1613). Cada una de las doce obras se examinará desde una doble vertiente, por una parte teórica y por otra histórica, para explorar a fondo la compleja imaginación cervantina. Se pondrá un énfasis especial en la teoría literaria y linguística en la temprana  modernidad, sobre todo en los comentarios  italianos y españoles a la Poética de Aristóteles, y las polémicas humanísticas sobre la mimesis (la imitación y la problemática de captar y mediatizar la verdad por medio de un artificio representacional). Por otra parte, se tratará de la historia y recepción de las novelas y la prosa imaginativa en general en Europa durante los siglos XVI y XVII. Se llevarán a cabo lecturas atentas de las obras a leer para ver cómo Cervantes se enfrenta con el problema  de la representación de una realidad y verdad tambaleantes por medio del lenguaje y el papel que hace la imaginación en este proceso, acabando finalmente con la proclamación del mismo estatus ficticio de la ficción.

  • Section 002 “Afro-Latinidad across the Americas” MoWe 2:00-3:15PM in New CAB 168 with Anne-Garland Mahler

Note: Spanish majors who are prohibited from taking survey of literature courses may use this class as a substitute for the survey of Latin American literature requirement (SPAN 3430).

This course is a survey of the history and literature of the African diaspora in Latin America from the Caribbean, Mexico, and the Río de la Plata to the “Latin American” cities of New York and Miami. From the earliest days of Spanish colonization to fighting in the wars of independence to forging global political and cultural networks from the early twentieth century to present-day, African-descended peoples have had an undeniably central role in defining Latin America’s history and its present. Yet Afro-Latin American experiences and literatures are often occluded in mainstream media and scholarship.  In this course, we will engage a wide array of texts and films on the experiences of peoples of African descent in Latin America, ranging from narratives about black conquistadors to testimonies of runaway slaves to Afro-Latin@ contributions to the origins of hip-hop in the United States. The primary objectives of this course are to expose students to both texts produced by and about Afro-Latin Americans and to the social and historical context in which those texts were produced, as well as to assist students in further developing their critical writing and speaking skills in Spanish.

SPAN 4520 – Special Topics Culture & Civ Seminar "Contemporary Peruvian Culture" with Jorge Secada

MW 3:30-4:45PM in New CAB 032

Prerequisite: SPAN 3010, 3300, and 3 credits of 3400-3430, or departmental placement

This course is a survey of contemporary Peruvian culture, focusing on literary, philosophical and political themes through the discussion of a selection of short essays published in Peruvian newspapers, magazines, blogs, and literary and academic journals after 2010. Some contemporary Peruvian authors, whose work is related to the readings, will visit the course throughout term. The course will start with introductory lectures on recent Peruvian history but after that will be structured as a seminar, around class presentations and discussions of the readings. Apart from such work, a term paper will be required. Lectures, discussions and all readings are in Spanish.

SPAN 4530 – Special Topics Language Seminars with Omar Velázquez-Mendoza and Melissa Frost

Prerequisite: SPAN 3200 and 3010, or 3000 and 3010, or departmental placement.

  • Section 001 “Spanish vis-à-vis Other Romance Languages” MoWe 2:00-3:15PM in Shannon House 107 with Omar Velázquez-Mendoza

Drawing on a comparative approach to language change, this course traces the primitive origins and historical development of the major linguistic changes that took place in the passage from Latin to Spanish and other Romance (i.e., Latin-derived) languages, mainly Portuguese, Italian, and French. Topics to be explored include: expected and unexpected phonological changes in the neo-Latin language continuum; the role of analogy and ‘contamination’ in language change; etymological and non-etymological nasalization; the object + verb to verb + object shift; the prepositional direct object; expressions of possession; pronominal replacement and duplication of direct and indirect objects. Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 or equivalent AND SPAN 3000 or SPAN 3200 or any other linguistics course focusing on Spanish or on any other language.

  • Section 002 “Spanish to English Translation II” TuTh 11:00AM-12:15PM in Wilson Hall 214 with Melisa Frost

Span 4530 is a continuation of Span 4040. This course will enable students to develop their translation skills through the analysis of canonical twentieth-century Latin American texts. We will consider the political and social backdrop of literary movements and the stylistic tendencies of some of the most important intellectuals of the time. Our focus will also facilitate a more in-depth consideration of the theories of translation presented in 4040.

SPAN 4700 – Spanish Culture and Civilization with Fernando Operé

MoWe 3:30-4:45PM in New CAB 395

Prerequisite: SPAN 3010, 3300, and 3 credits of 3400-3430, or departmental placement.

This course deals with Spain in the 20th and 21st centuries. It will begin with the most important political events since 1900 (end of the Monarchy of Alfonso XIII, the 2nd Republic, Spanish Civil War, Franco Dictatorship), up to the present political events of modern Spain ruled by a parliament under a monarchy, and integrated into the European Community. Special emphasis will be put in understanding Spain in its complexity, social composition and decomposition, fiestas, and the main social changes of the Spanish society after the death of Franco in 1975 (immigration, nationalism). Part of the course will be dedicated to the study of the Spanish artistic movements and its most relevant contemporary representatives in the field of music (flamenco and popular), painting (Dalí, Picasso, Sorolla), architecture (Gaudí, Calatrava), dance.

SPAN 4712 – Travelers in Latin America with Fernando Operé

MoWe 5:00-6:15PM in New CAB 395

Prerequisite: SPAN 3010, 3300, and 3 credits of 3400-3430, or departmental placement.

In this course of travelers and frontiers in Latin America. We will study diaries and accounts of those travelers that shape the idea that Europe had of America.  What did they see? What did they want to see? How did the describe it? What frontiers they crossed? What influence did their accounts have in the construction of continental imaginary? We will start with text by Christopher Columbus, the trips of Cortés to Tenochtitlan, Cabeza de Vaca in North America, Núñez de Pineda y Bascuñán in Chile, and other travelers in 17th, 18th and 19th Century: Humboldt, Darwin, Ulloa and others. We will continue with some travelers in the 20th Century: the transformative trip of Ernesto Che Guevara and Pablo Neruda.

Spanish Fall 2019

Spanish in Translation (SPTR) Undergraduate Courses – Taught in English

SPTR 3850 – Fiction of the Americas: From Canada to Patagonia  Important Notice (April 23, 2019) --- Due to low enrollment this course will NOT be offered during the Fall 2019 term.

 

Spanish Fall 2019

Spanish (SPAN) Graduate Courses – Taught in Spanish

SPAN 5350 – Golden Age with Staff                        

Tu 3:30-6:00PM in Kerchof Hall 317

Please direct inquiries to the instructor.

SPAN 5850 – Spanish America: Modern Period with Charlotte Rogers                          

Th 3:30-6:00PM in New CAB 364

This course is designed for graduate students in Spanish, and those from other departments with sufficient competency in the language to participate.  It aspires to comprehensively analyze many major texts of Spanish American literature of the Modern Period, as defined by our department’s MA program.  Beyond merely preparing students for examinations, this course also contextualizes contemporary Spanish American literature within broader discussions of literary history and theory.

SPAN 7100 – Literary Theory with Gustavo Pellón

Mo 3:30-6:00PM in Kerchof Hall 317

The last forty years have witnessed a veritable explosion of literary theory. As each new school of thought has arisen, it has challenged previous conception of the object and practice of literary studies. The course will undertake an examination of how the developments in literary theory have altered the definition of criticism. We will consider the major critical tendencies of the twentieth century, among them: formalism, myth criticism, structuralism, deconstruction, reader-response criticism, feminist criticism, new historicism, and post-colonial theory.

Written work will consist of a review of a theoretical text (25%), and a longer paper where you will apply a particular theoretical approach to the study of a Spanish or Spanish American literary text (50%).  Everyone will write a 250-word commentary on some aspect of the reading assignment for each class (25%).  These commentaries are an important part of your preparation and they should be available to you during class discussion.  The course will be conducted in English and Spanish.

Our text is:

LEITCH - NORTON ANTHOLOGY OF THEORY & CRITICISM – Second Edition, 2010.

SPAN 7220 – History of the Language with Omar Velázquez-Mendoza

MoWe 3:30-4:45PM in Shannon House 107

This course traces the historical development of the Spanish language (mainly) from its origins as a spoken Latin variety to the present. Topics include: the relationship between language change and language variation; the Indo-European language family; romanization of the Iberian Peninsula; Classical vs. 'Vulgar' Latin; Visigothic and Arab influence on the Spanish language; Latin and Medieval Spanish word order; Latin/Romance diglossia during the High Middle Ages; expressions of possession in Medieval Spanish; direct object marking in Old Spanish; New World Spanish. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. No previous coursework in linguistics required. Conducted in Spanish. Fulfills the historical requirement for the M.A. Linguistics program.

SPAN 7850 – Themes and Genres “Recent Currents in 20th and 21st Century Latin American Cultural Studies” with Anne Garland Mahler

We 3:30-6:00PM in New CAB 594

In this course, we will read key critical books published in the last ten years that exhibit recent trends in Latin American cultural and literary studies. We will examine the ways that these works bring together the study of Latin American literary and cultural production with closely related fields like performance studies, border studies, hemispheric studies, oceanic studies, Latinx studies, and more. Emphasis will be placed on the analysis of both the content and the structure of these works. The course will include supplemental readings on how to construct book-length manuscripts and on other publishing and writing-related professional concerns. In addition to building students’ critical corpus, students will write proposals for their own projects.

SPAN 8540 – Seminars: Modern Spanish Literature “Spanish and Catalan Visual Poetry” with Andrew Anderson

Tu 3:30-6:00PM Location TBA

This seminar will consider the corpus of experimental visual poetry produced by Spanish and Catalan writers during the 1910s and 1920s; in its most basic sense, visual poetry implies a text whose appearance/disposition on the page somehow contributes to its signification.

We will begin the semester by looking at the origins and influences of modern visual poetry, in Apollinaire and his calligrammes, Futurism and expressive typography, Dada and their various experiments, and Huidobro and his poemas pintados of Salle XIV.  Thereafter we will focus on Spanish and Catalan examples, from the Catalan avant-garde period (Junoy, Salvat-Papasseit, etc.), and from ultraísmo and other moments, ending with Giménez Caballero’s Carteles and Maruja Mallo’s and Alberti’s collaboration at the end of the decade of the 1920s.

My intention is that, in addition, over the course of the semester class members will collectively compile a digitally scanned anthology of all the Spanish and Catalan texts that we are studying.

K’iche’ Fall 2019

Maya K’iche’ (KICH) Courses

KICH 1010 – Introduction to Maya K’iche’ I  with Allison Bigelow

TuTh 4:00-5:15PM  

Please direct inquiries to the instructor.

KICH 2010 – Intermediate Maya K’iche’ I  with Allison Bigelow

TuTh 2:00-3:15PM   

Please direct inquiries to the instructor.