Course Listing

Italian Fall 2017

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.

Italian 1010 is the first class in a sequence of four courses that fulfills the language requirement. It is a beginner level class for those who have no prior knowledge of Italian. Italian 1010 is designed to provide a thorough foundation in all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  Audio-visual material and readings focus on contemporary Italian lifestyle and provide insight into Italy’s vibrant society and rich cultural heritage. Class is conducted in Italian only.

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 (Date TBA). 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.

ITAL 3010 – Advanced Italian I with Adrienne Ward

MWF 11:00-11:50AM in New CAB 207

Prerequisite: ITAL 2020

Speak Italian like a native, or close to it!  This course will perfect your spoken and written Italian, through a variety of techniques.  You’ll converse, recite, debate, command and even sing in Italian, to train your brain in its linguistic patterns and music.  Reading and writing exercises will challenge you to move from foundational language skill to more complex Italian interactions.  Vieni, che cosa aspetti??

ITAL 3110 – Medieval and Renaissance Masterpieces with Enrico Cesaretti

TuTh 12:30-1:45PM in New CAB 303

Please direct inquiries to the instructor.

Taught in English

ITTR 3559 (Cross-listed with WGS 3559) – “My Body, My Choice: Women’s Rights in Modern Italy” with Francesca Calamita

MoWe 3:00-4:15PM in New CAB 027

Taught in English. This course explores how Italian literature, cinema and the arts have represented the quest for women’s rights from the 1960s to the present. The second wave of Italian feminism scored major legal and socio-cultural achievements, which include - but are not limited to - the use of the contraceptive pill, access to safe abortion and the abolition of honour killings in the law system. Complete equality has been theoretically achieved but often undermined, such as in the Silvio Berlusconi years (since 1994). Through a close reading of Italian novels, films and other visual arts, these lectures will provide a platform to discuss the evolution of women’s rights from bodily autonomy to equal pay as well as emergencies related to women’s socio-cultural perception such as the high rate of feminicide, rape and other forms of gender-based violence. What can Italian literature, cinema and arts from the recent past teach us about the global backlash of patriarchy against women in the 2010s?  

ITTR 3770 (Cross-listed with DRAM 3775) – The Culture of Italian Comedy with Adrienne Ward

MWF 12:00-12:50PM in New CAB 207

Taught in English. Learn the unique history and characteristics of Italian-style comedy!  Study main strains of Italian comic culture starting with medieval and early modern traditions (theater, poetry, opera, song), then modern expressions of Italian humor in film, short fiction, online periodicals and cartoons. Discover differences in comedic traditions among regions (eg Tuscan vs Neapolitan humor), and learn theories of comedy by Pirandello, Benigni, Eco.  Because a fundamental component of Italian comic culture derives from Tuscan traditions, study of these aspects will make the course especially interesting for students planning to go to or just returned from UVa study abroad programs in Siena and Florence                    

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

TuTh 11:00-12:15PM in New CAB 303

Taught in English. This course is an historical examination of the cultural, environmental and socio-political transformations that took place in Italy during its recent history. By discussing different cultural products (film, literature, music, comic books) in the period under consideration and a selection of critical essays dealing with various aspects of Italian culture, we shall reflect on the following questions: does Italy still have space for works that resist populist and consumer culture? What are the ethical and socio-political consequences of Italy’s present cultural condition? Is there a ‘real’ Italian identity?

Portuguese Fall 2017

Taught in Portuguese

PORT 1110 – Beginning Intensive Portuguese with Lilian Feitosa

  • Section 001 MWF 11:00-11:50AM in New CAB 303
  • Section 002 MWF 12:00-12:50PM in New CAB 303
  • Section 003 MWF 10:00-10:50AM in New CAB 303

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 – Readings in Literature in Portuguese with Eli Carter

TuTh 11:00-12:15PM Nau Hall 241

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

Taught in English

POTR 4260 (Cross-listed with MDST 4559) – Brazilian Media with Eli Carter

TuTh 2:00-3:15PM New CAB 291

The objective of this course is to examine the development of Brazilian television from its origins in 1950 to modern-day broadcast television, Pay TV, and Internet programming.  To this end, the course will focus on key policies and players—networks, screenwriters, directors, and independent production companies—formats, different modes of production, and financing mechanisms.  Much of the discussion and analysis will revolve around a selection of contemporary works that, in contrast to the traditionally dominant telenovela, have emerged as a result of Brazilian television’s slow transition out of the network era and into one characterized by an increase in viewing options.

Spanish Fall 2017

 

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 Joel Rini

TuTh 2:00-3:15PM in New CAB 107

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.

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 

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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.

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

ThTh 2:00-3:15PM in Dell 2 102

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.

Please direct inquiries to the instructor.

SPAN 3040 – Business Spanish 

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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

  • Section 001  TuTh 11:00-12:15PM in New CAB 191  
  • Section 002  TuTh 12:30-1:45PM in New CAB 191  

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 3410 – Survey of Spanish Literature ll (1700-Present) with Paula Sprague and Alicia Operé

Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 and 3300, or departmental placement.

This course offers a survey of the main cultural evolution of Spain since the age of Enlightenment to today, focusing on some of the most outstanding literature, architecture, and painting of the period. The course also wishes to improve your spoken and written Spanish. Grade will depend on class participation, short papers, quizzes, a mid-term and a final exam.

Section 002  -  TuTh 9:00-9:50AM in Bryan 328 with Paula Sprague

Section 003  -  TuTh 2:00-3:15PM in Bryan 328 with Alicia Lopez Operé

SPAN 3430 – Survey of Latin American Literature II (1900 to Present) with Gustavo Pellón 

Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 and 3300, or departmental placement.

Section 001 – TuTh 12:30-1:45PM in New CAB 132 with Randolph Pope

Please direct inquiries to the instructor.

Section 003 –  TuTh 11:00-12:15PM in New CAB 332 with Gustavo Pellón

Si eres Spanish major y estás en tu cuarto año no debes estar en un curso panorámico. Hay algunas excepciones. En caso de duda habla conmigo.

Este curso ofrece un panorama de la literatura hispanoamericana moderna. El curso tiene como meta exponer al estudiante a los autores, obras, y movimientos literarios principales de Hispanoamérica desde fines del siglo XIX a nuestros día. Vamos a leer poemas y selecciones breves de prosa en la antología Letras de Hispanomérica y además la novela Boquitas pintadas de Manuel Puig.

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 4202 – Hispanic Sociolinguistics with Omar Velázquez-Mendoza  

TuTh 11:00-12:15AM in New CAB 395

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

This course examines the Spanish language within its social context by exploring the following topics: language versus dialect; the standard language; linguistic variation and its main variables: geography, gender, age, etc.; language variation and language change; language contact and bilingualism; Spanish in the US; code switching. Course conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 3200 or 3000.

SPAN 4310 – Latin American Women Writers from 1900 to the Present with María-Inés Lagos  

TuTh 11:00-12:15AM in New CAB 291

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

Study of major Latin American women writers from 1900 to the present—poets, essayists, playwrights, and fiction writers. We will read works by authors of various generations and countries as well as essays on gender theory. Discussion will focus on the literary representation of issues related to gender and culture, and their intersection with other variables, such as class, race, historical period, etc. Emphasis on how women from different backgrounds have articulated female experience in societies that establish strong differences between the roles of men and women. Films and other audiovisual materials will be used to illustrate the social and cultural context. Class participation, oral presentation, two exams, several short essays, one research paper.

SPAN 4413 – Modern Spanish Literature with Staff  

This course has been cancelled and will not be offered during the Fall 2017 term.

SPAN 4500 – Special Topics Literature SeminarLove, Power & Politics” with María-Inés Lagos

TuTh 2:00-3:15PM in New CAB 383

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

In this course we will examine contemporary literary works focusing on the interaction between love, power and politics. We will read Gabriel García Márquez’s El coronel no tiene quien le escriba, Carlos Fuentes’s Aura, José Emilio Pacheco’s Batallas en el desierto, Senel Paz’s El lobo, el bosque y el hombre nuevo, Luisa Valenzuela’s Cambio de armas, Rosario Ferré’s Maldito amor, Diamela Eltit’s Jamás el fuego nunca, Alejandro Zambra’s Formas de volver a casa, and two plays, La malasangre by Griselda Gambaro and Entre Pancho Villa y una mujer desnuda by Sabina Berman, among other texts; we will watch film versions of these works, and read brief  theoretical essays.  2 exams, quizzes on the readings, 2 papers.

SPAN 4510 – Special Topics Seminar “Federico García Lorca” with Andrew Anderson

MWF 10:00-10:50AM in New CAB 383

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

This course will provide an in-depth approach to the work of this famous early 20C Spanish writer. We will read several of his collections of poetry and several of his plays, ones that students are unlikely to have encountered in other previous courses. We will also look at other aspects of his literary and artistic output: lectures, drawings, music, etc.

SPAN 4520 – Special Topics Culture & Civ Seminar “20th & 21st Century Cuba” with Charlotte Rogers

TuTh 12:30-1:45PM in New CAB 168

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

This course examines the vibrant cultures of Cuba from Independence to the present. Students will become familiar with the diverse and syncretic forms of cultural production in Cuba, including art, music, dance, film, food, journalism, and literature. Special emphasis will be placed on continuities and ruptures in Cuban culture before and after the Revolution. Students will research and present on contemporary topics in Cuban culture.

SPAN 4530 - Special Topics Language "Spanish to English Translation II" with Melissa Frost

MWF 1:00-1:50PM in Wilson 214

Span 4530 is a continuation of Span 4040. The course focuses on twentieth-century Latin America. We will translate poems, short stories and essays from some of the most influential authors of the era. Each translation will be followed by discussions on the bibliographical, political and historical context of both author and text. Relevant theories and methods of translation that will assist students in their development as translators will also be considered.

SPAN 4600 – Literature and Cinema with Randolph Pope

TuTh 2:00-3:15PM in New CAB 132

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

We will study narrative texts from Spain and Latin America, and the films or TV series inspired by them. Weekly comments, two brief papers, mid-term, and final exam.

Spanish Fall 2017

Graduate Courses

SPAN 5350 – Golden Age with Ricardo Padrón

Mo 3:30-6:00PM in New CAB 036

This course provides a graduate-level introduction to the canonical literature of early modern Spain ca. 1520-1680. Critical readings of narrative (the picaresque novel, Cervantes), lyric (Italianate poetry from Garcilaso to Quevedo), and dramatic texts (primarily the comedia) will constitute the core of the course, although some attention will be paid to literary and cultural history, as well as questions of critical method. The course is intended for M.A, students and Distinguished Majors in Spanish, but any graduate student is welcome, as long as he or she has the necessary language competency.

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

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

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; Spanish among the Romance varieties; Visigothic and Arab influence on the Spanish language; Latin and Medieval Spanish word order; Latin/Romance Diglossia in the High Middle Ages; Koineization in Medieval Spanish; Renaissance and Colonial Spanish. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. No previous coursework in linguistics required. Conducted in Spanish. Fulfills the historical requirement for the M.A. program.

SPAN 7850 – Themes and Genres with Charlotte Rogers

Section 001 – Tu 3:30-6:00PM in New CAB 283 with Charlotte Rogers

“Savage Storms in Narratives from the Americas”

This course takes an eco-critical approach to literature by examining how hurricanes in the Americas shape the societies and stories that lie in their paths. Tropical storms have long given rise to tales of wonder and fear from the Caribbean islands and coastal Central America to Mexico and New Orleans. We will read works by authors who reinvent storms in literary works as major climactic and climatic events.  The broader goal of the course is to consider how human activities aggravate or ameliorate the effects of storms on peoples of the Americas, from Katrina to Cuba.  By examining storytelling about storms, we can better envision our future amid rising ocean temperatures and the increasing frequency and intensity of tropical weather events.

Section 002 – This section has been cancelled and will not be offered during the Fall 2017 term.

SPAN 8210 – Teaching Foreign Languages with Emily Scida

TuTh 11:00-12:15PM in New CAB 287

Please direct inquiries to the instructor.

SPAN 8560 –Seminars: Spanish America Modern Period "Borges and Theory" with Gustavo Pellón

Tu 3:30-6:00PM in New CAB 283

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.  En particular, prestaremos atención al interés de Borges en la teoría literaria y al interés de la teoría literaria por la obra de Borges.

Lecturas:

Ficciones (1944)

El Aleph (1949)

El informe de Brodie (1970)

Poesía completa.

Textos en Collab.

K’iche’ Fall 2017

Taught in K’iche’

KICH 1010 – Introduction to Maya K’iche’ I with Maria Esther Poveda Moreno

TuTh 4:00-5:15PM in Clemons Library 320

La utz awach? This class is an introduction to K’iche’, a Maya language spoken by some one million people in the western Highlands of Guatemala. Over the course of the semester, you will learn the basic sentence structure, syntax, verb paradigms, and pronunciation rules of the language, as well as an overview of concepts like ergativity, historical linguistics, and language preservation and revitalization. The course is taught at Vanderbilt University by professor Mareike Sattler (Anthropology). UVa students (like our partners at Duke) attend through CISCO telepresence and conduct online office hours through Skype. The course is offered as part of the Duke-Vanderbilt-UVa Consortium for Less Commonly Taught Languages. After taking 1010, you will be eligible to continue to 1020 in the spring, or to apply for a summer fellowship to study level II in Nahualá as part of the Vanderbilt program.

KICH 2010 – Intermediate Maya K’iche’ I with Maria Esther Poveda Moreno

TuTh 2:00-3:15PM in Clemons Library 320

This class is the 3rd level of a 4-part sequence in K’iche’. Here you will builds from your previous coursework (1010-1020) and develop greater competencies in writing in K’iche’ and translation to/from K’iche’. We will also cover more advanced grammar (verb modalities), a broader range of scripts (colonial vs. modern orthography), and begin to conduct research in K'iche' using the Oral History archive at the University of New Mexico. As part of your final project for the course, you will select a story from the online archive, listen to the audio, correct the transcription, and rewrite it in modern orthography. You will also translate the document into contemporary English and present the story to your classmates, leading your peers in a close reading of the text.