Course Listing

SPAN 3010 – Grammar and Composition I with Esther Poveda Moreno, Alicia López Operé, Jesús Játiva Fernández, Benjamín Romero Salado, and Sergio Manuel Silva Ardila

MWF 9:00-9:50, 11:00-11:50, 12:00-12:50, 1:00-1:50; TR 9:30-10:45, 11:00-12:15

SPAN 3010 seeks to develop advanced literacy in Spanish through extensive analysis and discussion of journalistic and literary texts, and documentaries and films from the Spanish-speaking world. Emphasis is placed on how grammatical forms codify meaning and grammar and meaning interact to construct the language and textual structures expected in the following types of texts: a photo-narrative, a report on a current event, and a film review. 

SPAN 3020 – Grammar and Composition II with Paula Sprague

MWF 9:00AM-9:50

SPAN 3020 seeks to develop advanced literacy in Spanish through extensive analysis and discussion of journalistic and literary texts, and documentaries and films from the Spanish-speaking world. We will focus especially on analyzing and learning advanced and late-acquisition grammatical structures and on how grammar and meaning interact to construct the language and textual structures expected in the following types of essays: and op-ed, a literary review, and an academic essay.

SPAN 3030 Cultural Conversations: Sí se puede: Community Engagement in Spanish Speaking Charlottesville with Esther Poveda Moreno

(Meeting days/time TBA)

SPAN 3030: Sí se puede: Community Engagements in Spanish-Speaking Charlottesville is a Spanish conversation course and the second part of a course sequence with a civic and community engagement component. In SPAN 3030, students will continue the community work that they initiate in fall 2021 with the UVA Equity Center and Madison House AHS (Albemarle High School) Tutoring Program. They will also engage with materials (documentaries, films, podcasts, graphic novels, testimonials, articles, and short stories) on selected education projects and movements in Argentina, Colombia, México, Spain, and the USA. As part of the course, students will also converse with guest speakers. Through their community work, their engagement with course materials, and the conversations with the guest speakers, students will reflect on the importance of education as one of the foundations to build more fair, inclusive, and equitable societies, and how this is manifested in the local and broader Spanish speaking world.

Both courses will be conducted in Spanish, and the civic & community engagement projects will allow students to use their Spanish with the Charlottesville community. Please note that, as part of the UVA Civic & Community Engagement Program, this is a two-semester course; therefore, students are required to take both courses in the sequence articulated above. Both courses in the sequence count for the Latin American Studies Program Major and Minor.

For any questions or further information please contact Prof. Esther Poveda Moreno at

Textos requeridos: 

Voces de Hispanoamérica, ed. Raquel Chang Rodríguez y Marta Filer (Cengage). 5ta edición. ISBN 978-1305584488 (versión electrónica o en papel) 

Catalina de Erauso, Historia de la Monja Alférez, Catalina de Erauso, escrita por ella misma, ed. Ángel Estebal (Cátedra, 2011). ISBN 978-8437619569

SPAN 3040 Business Spanish with Alicia López Operé, Susan Abraham, and Jesús Galindo Benítez

MWF 9:00-9:50, 10:00-10:50; TR 8:00-9:15, 9:30-10:45

This is an intermediate level course in which students read, research, discuss, debate and write in Spanish about recent themes that are relevant to commercial and economic contexts in the Spanish-speaking world. It is a language class that focusses on Spanish in professional settings; no previous academic or practical experience in commerce is required.

SPAN 3050 Spanish for Medical Professions with Alicia López Operé 

TR 12:30-1:45

Spanish for Medical Professions, is a recommended course for students that want to have a career in the health professions, and also for those who need to interact with Spanish-speaking people in hospitals, clinics and similar spaces. The course has been designed to develop linguistic competency as well as cultural competency in the health context. The emphasis is put on the real use of the language and the understanding of cultural differences among Spanish-speaking countries and the United States, and Latino patients in the United States. The course has a background theme on contemplative practices. 

SPAN 3300 Texts and Interpretations with Paula Sprague, Alicia López Operé, Rachel West, and Ana Piriz Moguel

MWF 11:00-11:50, 12:00-12:50, 2:00-2:5-; TR 9:30-10:45, 11:00-12:15, 12:30-1:45

This intermediate level course introduces the student of Spanish to the fundamentals of reading and understanding various genres, and to practice discussing, analyzing, and writing about them in an academic register in Spanish. It draws on texts and materials from both Spain and Latin America, and builds students’ specialized vocabulary. All work for the class, including reading, discussion, and writing, is done in Spanish. SPAN 3300 is a prerequisite for the survey courses. 

SPAN 3400 Survey of Spanish Literature with Benjamín Romero Salado​ and Adam Cohn

TR 12:30-1:45, 2:00-3:15

Este curso ofrece una introducción a la literatura castellana de la Edad Media y de la temprana modernidad (el Renacimiento y el Barroco). Los textos abarcan aproximadamente desde el siglo XI hasta 1680. Las obras se estudiarán en su contexto histórico-cultural. Además de intentar estimular un aprecio por algunas obras maestras de estos períodos, se intentará dar a conocer el marco históricointelectual de varias facetas de la cultura peninsular, tanto como enseñar algunas estrategias para la lectura atenta de los textos antiguos.

SPAN 3410 Survey of Spanish Literature II with Fernando Valverde

MWF 12:00-12:50, TR 2:00-3:15

A journey through Spanish literature of the last three centuries, with special attention to Romanticism and the generation of '27. 

During the course, texts that have marked the development of Spanish literature up to the present will be read and discussed.

SPAN 3430 Latin American Literature II (1900-Present)​ with Anne Garland Mahler and Cole Rizki

MW 12:00-1:15, 3:30-4:45

This course 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 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 4200 History of the Language with Joel Rini

MW 2:00-3:15

The main objectives of the course are: (1) to offer the student an introduction to the development of Spanish, focusing on the major changes from Latin to Spanish through the study of historical grammar; (2) to explain the irregularities of Modern Spanish grammar; (3) to facilitate the reading Old Spanish

SPAN 4401 Spanish Lit of the Golden Age with Michael Gerli

MW 3:30-4:45

Readings from representative literary genres of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries: poetry, theater, prose narrative. The class is taught from the perspective of the `history of ideas' and emphasizes the role of the Spanish cultural, political, and religious environment of the period in adapting the major ideas of European Thought to a Hispanic context. Emphasis will also be given to theoretical literary aspects of the works we read, particularly the positioning and definition of the human subject in the texts. 

SPAN 4402 Don Quixote with Michael Gerli

MW 9:30-10:45

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 modern novel. Special consideration is given to Early Modern 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 problematics of the rise of the realist novel.  

SPAN 4320 Latin American Short Story with Gustavo Pellón

TR 5:00-6:15

Requisitos: Span 3300 y Span 3430 o equivalente.

Exploraremos la gran variedad del cuento en Latinoamérica durante los siglos XX y XXI. Entre los autores que vamos a leer están: Horacio Quiroga, Jorge Luis Borges, Juan Rulfo, Julio Cortázar, Gabriel García Márquez, Angelica Gorodischer, Mempo Giardinelli, Clarice Lispector, Isabel Allende, Rosario Ferré. Hay que leer los cuentos en el original (salvo Lispector). Leer traducciones de los cuentos es una violación de honor..

1) QUIROGA / CUENTOS-84-376-0959-3

2) BORGES / CUENTOS COMPLETOS-978-0-525-56712-7 9


4) RULFO / EL LLANO EN LLAMAS (CATEDRA)- 84-376-0512-1

5) MARQUEZ / TODOS LOS CUENTOS-978-84-9032-276-5


7) ALLENDE / CUENTOS DE EVA LUNA-84-9759-252-2

8) FERRE / PAPELES DE PANDORA-0-375-72469-

SPAN 4500 Special Topics: Afrolatinidad across the Americas with Anne Garland Mahler

MW 2:00-3:15

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 Afrolatinx 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 4530 Special Topics with Omar Velázquez-Mendoza

TR 3:00-4:15

An in-depth study of the geographical distribution of the Latin American Spanish dialects, whose disposition is analyzed both on synchronic (current) but also on diachronic (historical) terms. Special attention is placed on the colonial period, the most formative phase of Spanish dialect development in the Americas.

SPAN 4712 Travelers in Latin America with Fernando Operé

MW 2:00-3:15

In this course of travelers and the crossing of 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 texts by Christopher Columbus, the Letters of Hernán Cortés after his conquest of Tenochtitlan, the wanders of Cabeza de Vaca in North America, Núñez de Pineda y Bascuñán in Chile, and other important travelers in 17th, 18th and 19th Century: Humboldt, Darwin, and Lewis and Clark in North America. We will continue with some travelers in the 20th Century: the transformative trips of Ernesto Che Guevara and Pablo Neruda.

SPAN 4715 Cuban Culture Through Cinema with Gustavo Pellón 

TR 3:30-4:45

The aim of this course is to study Cuban films in the context of Cuba's history and culture. The course will include the viewing of films outside the classroom (roughly one per week), readings about the films, history, and culture. Please note that out-of-class preparation and the reading load will be significant (6-9 hours per week). All films will be available for you to view in our course Collab site. The format of the class will be lecture/discussion with a strong emphasis on class participation.

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

SPAN 7220 History of the Language with Omar Velázquez-Mendoza

TR 2:00-3:15

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. The main objective of the course is to familiarize the graduate student with older forms of the language, thus facilitaing the reading of Medieval, Early Modern, and Colonial texts. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. No previous coursework in linguistics required. Conducted in Spanish. Fulfills the historical requirement for the M.A. program in Linguistics.

SPAN 7850 Themes and Genres with Sam Amago, Charlotte Rogers, Fernando Operé, and Cole Rizki

M 3:30-6:00; T 3:30-6:00; W; 3:30-6:00; MW 2:00-3:15

It has been said that it is impossible to understand Spain’s post-dictatorship era without taking Pedro Almodóvar into account. This seminar will test that hypothesis by studying the broad filmography of the country’s most important living auteur. Readings in film theory will complement close analyses of Almodóvar’s twenty-one feature-length movies, paying special attention to how the Almodóvar oeuvre captures and reflects the plasticity of Madrilenian urban space from 1980 to the present.



ITAL 3720 Novella:  Italian Short Narratives with Enrico Cesaretti

MWF 11:00-11:50

The main objective of this course is to introduce students to the long-standing and flexible genre of the Italian "novella" (or “racconto breve” [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 requires a good reading knowledge of Italian and aims also at boosting further students’ overall language skills.

ITAL 3280 Michelangelo with Deborah Parker

MW 2:00-3:15

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. This course focuses on all these pursuits. The course examines the artist’s accomplishments in sculpture, painting, architecture, and poetry. We will also explore how later artists adapted his works for audiences today. 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.

ITAL 3880 Reinventing Dante with Deborah Parker

MW 4:00-5:15

Dante is one of the greatest influencers of all time. The Inferno has captivated the imagination of artists as diverse as Botticelli, Keats, David Fincher as well as that of artists and writers in Latin America, East Asia, and Africa. Our investigations of adaptation and appropriation will be carried out in two directions: we will analyze re-workings of the poem to see how they differ from the original and how these changes prompt us to rethink the dynamics of creative reinvention.

ITAL 3559 New Course ITTR: Brividi: Italian Horror & Fantasy Films with Sarah Annunziato

TR 2:00-3:15

Throughout its storied history, Italian cinema has been most famous for its realism. However, during the 1950s, filmmakers from Italy began experimenting with fantastical genres, such as horror, science fiction, and fairytale. In this course, we will explore these genres and their relationship to questions of realism, folklore, gender, politics, emerging technologies, and American cinema.