Course Listing

Italian Spring 2019

Italian (ITAL) Courses – Taught in Italian

ITAL 1020 – Elementary Italian II

Please check SIS for sections, dates, times, locations, and instructors.

Elementary Italian II is the second class in the four-course sequence that is necessary to complete the foreign language requirement. In this course, students will learn to narrate in all tenses of the indicative, express opinions, make hypotheses, and give orders. They will improve their writing skills by producing a number of original texts, including blog posts, essays, and articles. Students will also develop their ability to understand spoken Italian by listening to songs, commercials, and movie clips, and they will read and study song lyrics, newspaper headlines, poems, and some short stories. Students of Elementary Italian II 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.

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 2020 – Intermediate Italian II

Please check SIS for sections, dates, times, locations, and instructors.

ITAL 2020 Intermediate Italian II is the fourth class in the four-course sequence which fulfills the language requirement. In this course, 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 and write newspaper articles, analyze how the Italian language reflects the movement towards gender parity, 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 2030 – Intermediate Italian for Professionals with Francesca Calamita

MoWeFr 1:00-1:50AM in New Cabell Hall 383

Italian society is changing and Italian language dynamically reflects these fluctuations and vice versa. This is the fourth class in the four-course sequence that fulfills the language requirement with special modules on issues of diversity and inclusion applicable to the work context. Especially designed for students interested in Italian Studies and Communication, Politics, International Relationships, Women, Gender and Sexuality as well as Psychology, but not limited to these disciplines, this class offers the opportunity to learn how to use Italian language in work environments where interculturalism, crossculturalism and multiculturalism are required. Present-day films, TV series episodes and articles from Italian newspapers will help students to learn more about the Italian society of the new millennium and strengthen their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills at upper intermediate level. 

ITAL 3020 – Advanced Italian II with Enrico Cesaretti

MoWeFr 12:00-12:50PM in Wilson Hall 238

Prerequisite: ITAL 2020

ITAL 3020 - This course focuses on a selective review of Italian grammar and especially aims at boosting students' language skills. Emphasis will be on conversation, composition and vocabulary enrichment. 

ITAL 3720 – Novella (Italian Short Narrative) with Enrico Cesaretti

MoWeFr 11:00-11:50AM in Nau Hall 309

The main objective of this course is to introduce students to the long-standing and flexible genre of the Italian "novella" (short story) and to assess its continuous efficacy as a medium able to synthetically address a wide range of aesthetic, ethical, political and social-environmental issues. The course also aims at boosting students’ language skills and, therefore, requires extensive reading, discussing and writing in Italian.

Italian Spring 2019

Italian in Translation (ITTR) Courses – Taught in English

ITTR 2260 – Dante in Translation with Deborah Parker

MoWe 3:30-4:45PM in New Cabell Hall 485

T.S. Eliot wrote that “Dante and Shakespeare divide the world between them. There is no third.” We’ll pursue this bold statement through a close reading of the Inferno, the most intricate account of the afterlife ever written. This course will examine what makes this brilliant poem one of the acclaimed classics of western culture. We will explore the organization of Hell, its inhabitants, the nature of evil, Dante’s exile, and the rich tradition of visual material the poem has inspired from manuscript illustrations to Botticelli to more recent artists such as Gustave Doré and William Blake. Lectures will draw on The World of Dante (www.worldofdante.org) a multimedia site, that offers a wide range of digital materials related to the Comedy.

ITTR 3559 New Course: Italian in Translation

  • Section 001 Italian-American Cinema with Sarah Annunziato

MoWeFr 12:00-12:50PM in New Cabell Hall 485

Following the unification of Italy in 1861, immigrants from that nation began coming to the USA in record numbers. While they arrived in search of better lives, they often faced discrimination, disenfranchisement, and the challenges of assimilation. Through it all, their experiences have been documented on film by screenwriters and directors. In this course we will explore how cinema depicts the Italian-American experience from the end of the 19th-century to the present-day.

Students of this course will learn about immigration patterns from Italy to the United States, the main reasons that prompted many Italians to resettle in the USA, the response that these immigrants received in their new home, the rise of the mafia and the gangster stereotype, Italian Americans during World War II, Italian-Americans and race, the cinematic representation of the Italian American family, gender roles, controversy over “guido culture,” and the relationship between Italians and Italian Americans.

Films to include: Bitter Bread, Big Night, The Godfather Parts I and II, Mean Streets, Raging Bull, From Here to Eternity, Two Family House, Marty, Moonstruck, Household Saints, and Saturday Night Fever. Novel, Christ in Concrete, by Pietro di Donato.

  • Section 002 (Cross-listed with ARTH 3559) – Michelangelo: The Artist, The Man, and His World with Deborah Parker

MoWe 2:00-3:15PM in New Cabell Hall 485

Michelangelo’s name conjures genius and a nearly superhuman achievement in the arts. Contemporaries elevated him as the supreme sculptor, painter and architect of the age. His work offers a window on a deeply personal vision and rich artistic culture. Michelangelo’s creativity extends to many media—sculpture, painting, architecture, and writing in poetry and prose. This course focuses on all these pursuits. The course is not only about the extraordinary achievements of this Renaissance luminary but the ways in which we can analyze and compare visual and written works. To this end we will examine closely the artist’s poems and letters, contemporary assessments of his artistic achievements, and critical articles on his work. This course is intended to enhance students’ skills in analyzing visual and literary artefacts. This skill is crucial in our media age which relies increasingly on visual messages and the interplay of text and image.

Throughout the course, we shall address topics such as how to represent the human figure, how to convey a story, how to show emotion, and how to represent space—still topics of contemporary interest and relevance. Additional subjects include the social and cultural worlds of Renaissance Florence and Rome, the effects of patronage on artistic production, Michelangelo’s use of classical models, and his relationships with fellow artists, friends, and rivals.

Portuguese Spring 2019

Portuguese (PORT) Courses – Taught in Portuguese

PORT 2120 – Intermediate Intensive Portuguese with Lilian Feitosa

MoWeFr 11:00-11:50AM in New Cabell Hall 183

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 2559 – New Course in Portuguese Begin-Intermediate Portuguese for Spanish Speakers with Lilian Feitosa

MoWeFr 12:00-12:50PM in New Cabell Hall 111

Please direct inquiries to the instructor.

PORT 3559 – New Course in Portuguese Advanced Portuguese: Music, Cinema & Literature with Lilian Feitosa

MoWe 2:00-3:15PM in Shannon House 111       

Please direct inquiries to the instructor.

Spanish Spring 2019

Spanish (SPAN) Courses – Taught in Spanish

SPAN 1020 – Elementary Spanish

Please check SIS for sections, dates, times, locations, and instructors.

Prerequisites:  Passing grade in SPAN 1010. SPAN 1020 is for true beginners only. Students with prior experience with Spanish in high school 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 (MWF sections) and TBA (TuTh sections).

Elementary Spanish (SPAN 1020) 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

Please check SIS for sections, dates, times, locations, and instructors.

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 (MWF sections) and TBA (TuTh sections).

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 

Please check SIS for sections, dates, times, locations, and instructors.

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 (MWF sections) and TBA (TuTh sections).

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 

Please check SIS for sections, dates, times, locations, and instructors.

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 (MWF sections) and TBA (TuTh sections).

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 Omar Velázquez-Mendoza and David Korfhagen

  • Section 001 MoWe 3:30-4:45PM in New Cabell Hall 107 with Omar Velázquez-Mendoza
  • Section 002 MoWeFr 12:00-12:50PM in Nau Hall 241 with 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) languages. This course seeks to improve the students’ pronunciation. Taught in Spanish.

SPAN 3010 – Grammar and Composition I

Please check SIS for sections, dates, times, locations, and instructors.

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 

Please check SIS for sections, dates, times, locations, and instructors.

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

TuTh 3:30-4:45PM in New Cabell Hall 489 with Loreto Romero Martinez Eiroa

Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 or departmental placement

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 

Please check SIS for sections, dates, times, locations, and instructors.

Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 or departmental placement

Please direct inquiries to the instructor.

SPAN 3050 – Spanish for Medical Professionals with Alicia Lopez Operé

MoWeFr 11:00-11:50AM in Dell 1 104

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 3200 – Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics with Emily Scida

Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 or departmental placement

  • Section 001 TuTh 12:30-1:45PM in New Cabell Hall 315
  • Section 002 TuTh 11:00AM-12:15PM in New Cabell Hall 183

In this course we will explore various areas of linguistics as they relate to the study of the Spanish language, including: the sound system (phonetics and phonology), word formation (morphology), sentence structure (syntax), language change (historical linguistics), linguistic variation (dialectology), meaning (semantics), and language learning (second language acquisition). Through course readings and assignments, students will learn to apply linguistic analysis to the study of language and understand how research in linguistics informs what we know about language. Coursework will include weekly writing assignments, six quizzes, a digital research project, and a final exam. Taught in Spanish.

SPAN 3300 – Texts and Interpretation 

Please check SIS for sections, dates, times, locations, and instructors.

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 I (Middle Ages to 1700) with Crystal Chemris

MoWeFr 1:00-1:50PM in New Cabell Hall 338

Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 and 3300, or departmental placement

In this introduction to Spanish Literature of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque, selections of literary classics will be studied in their historical and aesthetic context, highlighting in particular the importance of the mixture of Jewish, Islamic and Christian cultures. Topics such as gender, alterity, artistic experimentation, and social critique will be explored as the course progresses, offering students a foundation in the cultural production of Spain's early periods which continues to impact Hispanic literature today.

SPAN 3410 – Survey of Spanish Literature II (1700 to Present) with Samuel Amago

MoWeFr 12:00-12:50PM in New Cabell Hall 338

Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 and 3300, or departmental placement

This course for advanced undergraduates represents a panoramic survey of the last two hundred years of Spanish peninsular culture. Over the course of the semester, we will explore representative literary movements of modern Spain, including Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism, the Avant Garde, Modernism, and Postmodernism in terms of their historical, intellectual, artistic and cultural contexts.

SPAN 3430 – Survey of Latin American Literature II (1900 to Present) with Anne Garland Mahler

TuTh 12:30-1:45PM in New Cabell Hall 338

Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 and 3300, or departmental placement.

Spanish 3430 provides students with a survey of Latin American literature and the context in which it has developed from 1900 to the present. Students will leave this course with a general understanding of the region’s major literary trends, including their social and political dimensions. “Literature,” in this course, refers to a wide range of cultural production from literary texts (novels, stories, essays, poems) to visual art, film, and song lyrics. Throughout the course, we will consider the following questions: How has Latin America’s cultural production shaped and been shaped by its cultures, peoples, and historical events? How do the consciousness, memory, and imagination expressed within the region’s literature both reflect and create the region’s realities? And perhaps most importantly, who has (and has not) had access to Latin America’s literature and how has that shaped the way the region has represented itself through both the written word and image?

SPAN 4040 – Translation from Spanish to English 

MoWe 2:00-3:15PM in Shannon House 109 with Alexa Jeffress

Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 and 3300, or departmental placement

Note: SPAN 4040 may be used to satisfy the Language or Literature course requirement.

Please direct inquiries to the instructor.

SPAN 4200 – History of the Language with Joel Rini

TuTh 2:00-3:15PM in New Cabell Hall 027

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

Please direct inquiries to the instructor.

SPAN 4202 – Hispanic Sociolinguistics with Omar Velázquez-Mendoza 

MoWe 2:00-3:15PM in New Cabell Hall 383

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

This course examines the Spanish language within its social context by exploring—among others—the following topics: 1) language versus dialect; 2) the standard language; 3) linguistic variation and its main variables: geography, style, gender, age, etc.; 4) grammaticalization as a social process; 5) language variation and language change; 6) language contact and biligualism; 7) Spanish in the US. Taught in Spanish.

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

TuTh 12:30-1:45PM in New Cabell Hall 383

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 SPAN 3430.

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 4320 – Contemporary Latin-American Short Fiction with María-Inés Lagos

TuTh 12:00-12:50AM in New Cabell Hall 383

Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 and 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 SPAN 3430.

We will explore the great variety of the short story in Spanish America during the 20th and 21st century. Starting with Baldomero Lillo’s stories about life in the coal mines in Southern Chile at the turn of the 20th century, we will read short stories addressing a multiplicity of themes (family relationships, the workings of power and politics, love relationships, friendships, the intersection of social, political, gender, class and race issues, etc.) taking into account the socio historical context. Among the authors we will include Horacio Quiroga, María Luisa Bombal, Jorge Luis Borges, Juan Rulfo, Julio Cortázar, Gabriel García Márquez, Carlos Fuentes, José Donoso, Elena Poniatowska, Luisa Valenzuela, Rosario Ferré, Liliana Heker, Ana María Shua, Roberto Bolaño, Cristina Peri Rossi, and a group of young writers born in the 1970s and 80s. We will also watch films and documentaries that will help us to better understand the socio historical background. Class participation, 2 exams, quizzes and written assignments, and one research paper.

SPAN 4500 – Special Topics Literature Seminars with Anne-Garland Mahler and Andrew Anderson

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

  • Section 001 “Afro-Latinidad”  TuTh 2:00-3:15PM in New Cabell Hall 191 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 3420 or 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.

  • Section 003 “Modern Spanish Theatre”  MoWeFr 2:00-2:50PM in New Cabell Hall 395 with Andrew Anderson

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 3410.

We will study selected plays by Ramón del Valle-Inclán, Federico García Lorca, and Antonio Buero Vallejo.  Through close readings we will seek to understand what the plays are about and how they explore and communicate their themes, and also what challenges they presented for their staging.  In one or other way, thematically or technically, they all deviate from the stylistic norms of “realist” theatre current at the time.  Discussion/seminar format.

SPAN 4530 – Special Topics Language Seminar “Spanish to English Translation II” with Melissa Frost

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

Note: SPAN 4530 with topic: Spanish to English Translation II may be used to satisfy the Literature course requirement.

Spring 2019 ONLY: Due to the limited number of literature courses being offered, this course may be used as a substitute for the Latin American survey requirement.

  • Section 001 TuTh 11:00AM-12:15PM in New Cabell Hall 132
  • Section 002 TuTh 9:30-10:45AM in New Cabell Hall 027

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 4621 – Latin American Women Poets with Gustavo Pellón

TuTh 11:00AM-12:15PM in New Cabell Hall 168

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 SPAN 3430.

In this course we will read extensively from the poetry of the three most famous women poets of Latin America in the twentieth century: Uruguay’s Delmira Agustini, Argentina’s Alfonsina Storni, and Chile’s Gabriela Mistral, the first Latin American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. 

Texts:

Delmira Agustini.  Poesía completas.  Cátedra.

Alfonsina Storni.  Antología poética.  Losada.

Gabriela Mistral.  Desolación, Ternura, Tala, Lagar.  Porrúa.

Span 4704 – Islamic Ibeia with E. Michael Gerli

TuTh12:30-1:45AM in New Cabell Hall 485

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

The course offers an introduction to Islam and a cultural history of al- Andalus (Islamic Iberia) from 711 until the expulsion of the Morsicos from early modern Spain in 1609. Lectures, videos, and oral reports will concentrate on several major moments: The rise of the Emirate/Caliphate of Córdoba and Islamic hegemony in the peninsula; fragmentation of the Caliphate and cultural splendor of the ta’ifa (pl. tawa’if) kingdoms in the eleventh century; the advent of Moslem fundamentalism from the Maghrib in the eleventh and twelfth centuries; the phenomenon of mudejarismo after the Christian conquest of Seville and Córdoba in the mid-thirteenth century; the contradictions posed by Islam in Granada, a client state of Castile during most of its history, after the decline of Islam in the rest of the peninsula (1250-1492); and the problems created by the presence of Islamic culture in a Christian state during the sixteenth-century.

Span 4710 – Latin American Culture and Civilization with Fernando Operé

MoWe 3:30-4:45PM in Wilson Hall 214

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

This course intends to acquaint the student with the history and culture of two important countries in Latin America: Argentina and Mexico. We will start with pre-Columbian cultures, and the historical evolution from colonial times, the Independent period up to the present. The second part of the course will be dedicated to study cultural and social topics: identity; race and ethnicity; city and countryside; artistic and music production; food and cuisine; fluctuations in the economy; religion and its many manifestations; and violence and resistance among others. The methodology is the consistent comparison of these two countries in the most important faces of their history and development.

Spanish Spring 2019

Spanish Graduate Courses – Taught in Spanish

SPAN 5750 – Contemporary Spanish Literature with Andrew Anderson

We 3:30-6:00PM in Shannon House 109

In this core course we will study and analyze well-known texts from twentieth-century Spain drawn from the reading list for the qualifying exams. Over the course of the semester, we shall be looking at plays (texts by Valle-Inclán, García Lorca, and Buero Vallejo), poems (a broad selection of representative poems by a number of Spanish poets), novels (texts by Cela, Laforet, Martín Gaite and Mendoza), and essays (Ortega y Gasset).  The approach will be based essentially on close-reading, though attention will also be paid to the socio-historical context in which the works were composed and received.  Discussion/seminar format.

SPAN 5800 – Spanish America: Colonial Period to 1800 with Allison Bigelow

Tu 3:30-6:00PM in Shannon House 107

Este curso proporciona un panorama de la literatura latinoamericana en el periodo que abarca el examen de maestría del área colonial: 1492-1700. Los textos primarios nos ayudarán a entender la complejidad cultural del periodo colonial, mientras las fuentes secundarias nos orientarán a varias preguntas abiertas y polémicas historiográficas. De esta forma nos vamos planteando preguntas en cuatro temas principales: saberes nuevos (datos e informaciones nuevos, autores noveladores, diversidad epistemológica), la polémica de la posesión (derecho, justicia, poder y autonomía del territorio, cuerpo y mente), indígenidad e “yndios” (culturas, saberes e historias indígenas, escritura y lectoescritura, representaciones de los pueblos y tradiciones indígenas) y la cultura criolla (el barroco de Indias, resistencia y marginalización del barroco).

Please email the instructor for pre-circulated texts that we will discuss in our first meeting, martes 15 de enero: Colón (1493, 1498-1500), Laiou (1998), Restall and Lane (2018), and readings in professionalization. We will address different aspects of professional development each week of the semester.

SPAN 7040 – Translation from Spanish to English with Gustavo Pellón

TuTh 2:00-3:15PM in Shannon House 109

Spanish 7040 offers an introduction to the craft of literary translation.  Although we will study important concepts in translation theory, the emphasis of the course is on the practice of translation from Spanish to English.  The course will be run as a translation workshop.  Each class will include the discussion of the reading assignments and our translations of short texts.  There will be class presentations, tests on idiomatic expressions, proverbs and false cognates;  a take home midterm exam; and a final translation project which the student will choose in consultation with the professor.  The final project will typically result in a 3,750-5,000-word manuscript, but this is negotiable depending on your ambitions, dreams, and the difficulty of the text chosen.  Future instructors of Spanish 4040 Translation will be chosen from those who complete this course.

Textos:

•  Jack Child.  Introduction to Spanish Translation.

•  John Biguenet and Rainier Schulte, eds.  The Craft of Translation.

•  Rainier Shulte and John Biguenet, eds. Theories of Translation.

•  Textos en Collab.

•  Un buen diccionario bilingüe.  Por ejemplo: Oxford (275,000 palabras), Simon & Schuster’s, Larousse. 

•  Un buen libro de gramática.  Por ejemplo: John Butt and Carmen Benjamin, A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish (New York: Edward Arnold, 1994).

•  DRAE online

SPAN 7820 – Nineteenth-Century Spanish-American Literature with Fernando Operé

MoWe 2:00-3:15PM in New Cabell Hall 183

In this course, we will study of the Latin American frontiers since the discovery of the continent. By reading theory and chronicles and diaries from different periods, we will be able to establish how the frontier, and the idea of frontier, changed over time, and along with it the concept of "self identity," as well as the "Other" beyond the frontier line. Obviously, travelers were the protagonists of the crossing of new frontiers, and their chronicles talked to us about the way they conceptualized the new territories. Readings include chronicles, and travel books from 16th to 20th Century: Colón's Diario, Alonso de Ercilla y Zúñiga, La araucana.

Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca’s Naufragios’s, Hernán Cortes, Cartas de Relación; Bernal Díaz del Castillo’s Historia verdadera de la conquista de Nueva España, Lucio Mansilla’s Una excursión a los indios ranqueles; Juan León Mera Cumandá, Horacio Quiroga “Short stories”; Eustasio Rivera La vorágine; Pablo Neruda, Canto general; Ernesto and Mempo Giardinelli’s Final de novela en Patagonia, among others.

SPAN 7850 – Themes and Genres "Film Theory" with Sam Amago

Th 3:30-6:00PM in New Cabell Hall 191

Course objectives:

Over the course of the semester, we will develop and refine the vocabularies and analytical skills essential for teaching and research in Hispanic film studies. Students will gain a working knowledge of some of the major currents in theory and international film movements since 1950, including realism, auteurism, counter and Third Cinema movements, psychoanalytical and feminist approaches, spectatorship and subjectivity, globalization, colonialism and indigeneity. Case studies will be drawn principally from the cinemas of the Spanish-speaking world.

The seminar has three objectives:

  1. To introduce theoretical, analytical and historical approaches to the study of fiction film and documentary to graduate students with no prior experience in film studies;
  2. To provide a snapshot of the state of the field of Film Studies within the framework of international developments in academia and emerging theoretical and methodological perspectives and interdisciplinary issues;
  3. To think about resources, techniques, and tools available for research and teaching in Film Studies.

Course requirements:

Students will lead one class discussion and write two papers: a 4-5 page close formal analysis of one short film sequence (chosen in consultation with the professor), and a final paper (10-15 pages).

Required Texts:

David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson. Film Art: An Introduction. McGraw Hill

Leo Braudy and Marshall Cohen, eds. Film Theory and Criticism. Oxford UP.

K’iche’ Spring 2019

Maya K’iché (KICH) Courses

KICH 1020 – Introduction to Maya K’iché II on TuTh 4:00-5:15PM Allison Bigelow

The second part of a year-long sequence that introduces students to Maya K’iche’, this course focuses on three main areas: K’iche’ language, Maya linguistics, and Maya culture. The language and linguistics elements of the course will allow students to learn and understand complex relationships – the relationship of sound to syntax, of language to literature – in an entirely new cultural context and content area, building from their knowledge of K’iche’ I to expand and enrich their studies. Students will thus learn how to apply their work in other classes, especially linguistics, anthropology, Spanish, and Latin American studies, to a new body of content, recognizing how their study of other languages, literary forms, and issues in global development can enhance their study of K’iche’, and how to communicate those insights through the target language.

KICH 2020 – Intermediate Maya K’iché II on TuTh 2:00-3:15PM with Allison Bigelow

As the Maya K'iche' capstone course in the Duke-UVa-Vanderbilt consortium for the teaching of less commonly taught languages, this class asks students to apply their introductory study of grammar to original research with primary and secondary sources, print and oral alike. Having studied the difference between colonial-era and contemporary orthographies in KICH 2010, students will now work with primary sources and different translations of K’iche’ texts; for example, they might compare Dennis Tedlock’s translation of the Popol Vuh with and Allen Christenson’s more recent work, or they might choose to write their final essay on the work of contemporary poet Sam Colop. By collaborating with the Vanderbilt-based instructor of K’iche’, students will identify a research topic that reflects their larger academic and professional interests, learning how to integrate their work in other classes, especially linguistics, anthropology, comparative literature, Spanish, and Latin American studies, to their study of K’iche’. This capstone course will also ask that they recognize how their study of other languages, literary forms, and issues in global development can enhance their study of K’iche’, and how to communicate those insights through the target language.