Spanish Graduate Courses 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.


•  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.

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