Spanish Graduate Courses Fall 2018

Graduate Courses

SPAN 5650 – Realism and Generation of 1898 with Samuel Amago

We 3:30-6:00PM in New CAB 038

Graduate seminar on trends in modern Spanish narrative fiction from the late nineteenth century to the early twentieth centuries, centering on key texts selected from the MA reading list. In addition to conducting a critical survey of the central narrative, aesthetic and cultural contexts from which these literary texts emerge, we will also discuss publishing and teaching in Modern Spanish Studies.

Course objectives:

The principal objective of this course is not to impart information to the student, but to develop his or her skills as a reader and critic of Spanish narrative fiction and to begin to explore strategies for success in the profession. Through their work this semester, students can expect to achieve:

1. a working knowledge of critical and theoretical tendencies in Modern Spanish Studies,

2. a more sophisticated grasp of the principles of literary analysis and key concepts of narrative and cultural theory,

3. an understanding of research methods and practice in Hispanic Studies.


Caballero, Fernán. La gaviota (1849)

Alas “Clarín,” Leopoldo. La Regenta (1884-85)

Baroja, Pío. Camino de perfección (1901)

Unamuno, Miguel de. Niebla (1907)

Laforet, Carmen. Nada (1945)

Rodoreda, Mercè. La plaza del Diamante (1960)

SPAN 7220 – History of the Language with Joel Rini

TuTh 2:00-3:15PM in New CAB 594

Please direct inquiries to the instructor.

SPAN 7559 – New Course in Spanish "Spanish Poets & Poetry" with Fernando Valverde, Distinguished Visiting Professor

Tu 5:00-7:30PM in New CAB 183

An overview of contemporary poetry of the Spanish-speaking world – Spain, Spanish America, and Spanish writers in the US. Students. Engagement in close reading and discussion/interpretation of poems; students are also introduced to translation as a means of approaching poetry for gaining a deeper understanding of the vocabulary, syntax and images employed. Includes visits to class by poets.

SPAN 7850 – Themes and Genres “Don Quijote” with E. Michael Gerli

Mo 3:30-6:00PM in Wilson Hall 244

The course seeks to undertake a detailed reading of Don Quijote from a theoretical and historical perspective in order to explore its pivotal role in the development of the novel. Special consideration is given to Renaissance literary theory, particularly the commentaries on Aristotle's Poetics and the humanistic polemics on mimesis (imitation and the problem of the emulation of reality and truth in artifice), plus the history and reception of romance in Europe in the century prior to the publication of Don Quijote in 1605. Close attention is paid to the interaction of Renaissance literary theory and moral philosophy in Don Quijote. The course will also introduce the student to the notion of Humanism, while seeking to present the major research sources in Spanish literature. In addition to looking back at the theoretical foundations of Don Quijote, we will also address its subsequent impact upon the later European novel. We will, in short, deal with the problematic of the rise of the realist novel.

SPAN 8210 – Teaching Foreign Languages with Emily Scida

TuTh 11:00-12:15PM in New CAB 064

Please director inquiries to the instructor.

SPAN 8560 –Seminars: Spanish America Modern Period “The Black Radical Tradition in Latin America” with Anne Garland Mahler

Tu 3:30-6:00PM in Wilson Hall 238

This course will engage the extensive body of critical work and literature on black radicalism in the American hemisphere. From the Haitian Revolution, Aponte rebellion, and independence wars, to communist internationalism and Garveyism, to civil rights and Black Power, to the contemporary Black Lives Matter movements, the history of the American hemisphere is largely defined through its history of black radical thought and black activism. Yet in the proliferation of scholarship on these subjects, the contributions of Afro-Latin American activists and intellectuals are often elided. This course will thus focus on the tradition of black radicalism among Afro-Latin Americans, situating the interventions of these intellectuals within their hemispheric and global milieus. Primary texts for this course will range from poetry, memoir, novels, film, political ephemera, and hip hop. These texts will be accompanied by a substantial historical and critical scholarly bibliography.

Authors include:

George Reid Andrews, Amiri Baracka, Miguel Barnet, Devyn Spence Benson, Aimé Césaire, Walterio Carbonell, Alejandro de la Fuente, María de los Reyes Castillo Bueno, Daisy Rubiera Castillo and Inés María Martiatu, W.E.B. Du Bois, Jihan El Tahri, Frantz Fanon, Ada Ferrer, Juan Flores, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Glenda Gilmore, Nicolás Guillén, Frank Andre Guridy, C.L.R. James, Miriam Jiménez-Román, Sandalio Junco, Vera Kutzinski, William Luis, Antonio Maceo, Carlos Moore, Robin Moore, Regino Pedroso, Pedro Pietri, Gloria Rolando, Margaret Stevens, Michelle Ann Stephens, Roberto Zurbano Torres, Michel Rolph-Trouillot, Mark A. Sanders, among others.

Graduate Courses