Course Listing

Spanish Spring 2023

SPAN 3000 Phonetics with Emily Scida

TuTh 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

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 & represented in the linguistic competence of their speakers. When appropriate, comparisons will be made between Spanish & English or Spanish & other (Romance & non-Romance) languages. Course seeks to improve the student's pronunciation. Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 or a score of 641-800 on the SAT II Exam, or a 4 or 5 on the AP Exam.

SPAN 3010 Grammar and Composition I with Manuel Acevedo-Reyes, Adam Cohn, Daniel Doncel Martin, Yafrainy Familia, Sara Park, Esther Poveda Moreno

MoWeFr 9:00 AM – 9:50 AM; 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM; 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM; 1:00 PM – 1:50 PM

TuTh 9:30 AM – 10:45 PM; 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM; 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

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. Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 or equivalent.

SPAN 3015 - Spanish for Heritage Learners with Paula Sprague

MoWeFr 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

The course first provides students a recognition of the language skills and linguistic cultures they bring with them. Second, work with thematic resources and practice of 'standardized' syntax, discipline-specific discourse, and rhetorical registers in writing and speech, combined with a review of grammar and of syntactic norms of Spanish will reinforce students' expressive abilities and confidence using the language in various contexts.

SPAN 3020 – Grammar and Composition II with Sergio Silva Ardila

MoWeFr 9:00 AM – 9:50 AM

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 3040 Business Spanish with María Esparza Rodríguez and Robert Sanchis Álvarez

MoWeFr 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM; 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM

TuTh 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

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 Profession with Alicia López Operé 

TuTh 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM, 12:30 PM-1:45 PM

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 3070 Si se puede: Community Engagements in Spanish-Speaking Charlottesville with Esther Poveda Moreno

MoWeFr 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM

SPAN 3070 is an advanced conversation course with a community-based language learning component. In this specific iteration of SPAN 3070, we will focus on the role of education as a tool for social change in the Spanish speaking world. As part of the course requirements, students will volunteer as bilingual tutors and mentors with the Equity Center’s Starr Hill Pathway ProgramThrough community work, engagement with course materials (podcasts, documentaries, graphic novels, short stories, and testimonials), and conversations with guest speakers, we will reflect on the importance of education as the foundation to build more fair, inclusive, and equitable societies, and how this is manifested in the local and broader Spanish speaking world. Prerequisites: SPAN 3010, 651+ score in the UVA Spanish Placement Diagnostic (used prior to May 1, 2022), 701-800 score in the SAT II Test, 5 in the AP Exam Spanish Language, 4+ in the AP Exam Spanish Literature, or 5, 6, or 7 in the IB Exam Spanish A1 or A2.

SPAN 3300 Texts and Interpretations with Jesús Galindo, Jesús Jativa, Sara Park, and Paula Sprague 

MoWeFr 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM, 12:00  PM – 12:50 PM

TuTh 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM, 11:00 AM – 12:15 AM, 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM

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 (Mid Ages - 1700) with Michael Gerli

TuTh 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM

El curso comprende una  introducción a la literatura castellana de la Edad Media, el renacimiento, y el barroco hasta 1680. Las obras se estudian en su contexto histórico-cultural. Además de intentar de estimular un aprecio por algunas obras maestras de estos períodos, el curso intentará dar a conocer el marco histórico-intelectual de varios aspectos de las culturas peninsular y europea.

SPAN 3410 Survey of Spanish Literature II (1700-Pres) with Adam Cohn

TuTh 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM 

SPAN 3430 Latin American Literature II (1900-Present)​ with María Esparza Rodríguez and Charlotte Rogers

MoWeFr 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

TuTh 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

SPAN 4319 Borges with Gustavo Pellón

TuTh 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Requisitos: SPAN 3010, 3300, y 3 créditos de 3400-3430, o permiso del profesor.

Este curso se propone estudiar la obra de Jorge Luis Borges con énfasis en sus cuentos, sin excluir algunos ensayos y poemas. Borges desde la perspectiva de la literatura comparada y a Borges como lector y escritor de literatura mundial.

Tu nota se basará en 3 ensayos y las reflexiones sobre la lectura para cada clase. Cada uno vale 25% de tu nota total.

Los ensayos: El curso examinará la obra de

1. un ensayo corto de 1,250 palabras sobre un cuento de Borges no estudiado en clase. Puede ser un cuento que vamos a estudiar después.
2. un ensayo corto de 1,250 palabras que haga una comparación entre dos cuentos de Borges, o un cuento de Borges y un poema de Borges, o un cuento de Borges y uno de otro autor.
3. un ensayo que consiste en una reescritura de 10 de tus reflexiones.


Ficciones (1944)
El Aleph (1949)
El informe de Brodie (1970) Poesía completa.
Textos en Collab.

SPAN 4520 Special Topics in Culture and Civilization: Crucible of Nationhood - Mexico in the 19th Century with Angélica Morales Sarabia

TuTh 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

The course will offer a panoramic view of the political, cultural, and social events from the last decades of the 19th century that led to the Mexican Revolution (1910-1917). This period of deep political and economic instability has been questioned as the base of the birth of an alternative political project that resulted in the construction of the Mexican nation. The course will examine a multiplicity of historiographic, cultural, and social processes in order to show the vitality of Mexico in the global world in the last decades of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. 

This is an undergraduate course taught by a Distinquished Visiting Professor, Angélica Morales Sarabia from the National University of Mexico (UNAM). 

SPAN 4520 Special Topics in Culture and Civilization: Spain, the Pacific, and Asia with Ricardo Padrón

MoWe 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Cristóbal Colón navegó hacia el oeste intentando llegar al Oriente, pero se topó con un Nuevo Mundo. Aunque muchos españoles se dedicaron a aprovechar las oportunidades presentadas por este descubrimiento, otros seguían interesados en hallar una ruta que atravesara o diera la vuelta al continente americano y así llegar a las Indias que Colón había querido alcanzar.  El esfuerzo culminó en la conquista de las Islas Filipinas en 1565-70, la cual dio lugar a una nueva fase imperialista orientada hacia la China, Japón, y otros sitios asiáticos. Este curso sirve como introducción a esta dimensión tan poco conocida del expansionismo español, usando textos de la época junto con fuentes secundarias modernas.  El tema es oportuno para reflexionar sobre las dimensiones globales de la cultura temprana moderna española.

Prerequisito: SPAN 3010, 3300, y 3 créditos de 3400-3430.

SPAN 4600 Literature and Cinema with Sam Amago

TuTh 11:00 AM - 12:15 AM

Explores the relationship between literature and film as narrative arts, focusing on contemporary classics of the Spanish and Spanish-American novel and their cinematic adaptations.   

SPAN 4621 Latin American Women Poets (3) with Gustavo Pellón

TuTh 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM 

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. 


Delmira Agustini.  Poesías completas.  Cátedra. Alfonsina Storni. 

Antología poética.  Losada. Gabriela Mistral. 

Desolación, Ternura, Tala, Lagar.  Porrúa.

Selected poems by Rosario Castellanos and Nancy Morejón in Collab.

SPAN 4662 AfroLatinidad across the Americas with Anne Garland Mahler

MoWe 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

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-Latinx 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 4710 Latin American Culture and Civilization- México

TuTh 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM 

This is an undergraduate course taught by a Distinquished Visiting Professor, Angélica Morales Sarabia from the National University of Mexico (UNAM). 

SPAN 4711 1492 and the Aftermath with Ricardo Padrón

MoWe 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

En este curso nos acercaremos a la historia del encuentro entre España y el Nuevo Mundo que empezó con el viaje de Cristóbal Colón en 1492 a través de los relatos escritos por los participantes en los eventos mismos, y otros escritores del mismo período.  Nuestro propósito no será la mera reconstrucción de la realidad histórica a través de estos textos necesariamente parciales, sino también el análisis de las maneras en que la cultura y la ideología inevitablemente dan forma y sentido al relato histórico.  Leeremos textos escritos por españoles junto con otros elaborados por mestizos.   

Este curso cuenta como uno de "Culture & Civilization" para los propósitos de la especialización en español. También sirve como un curso de “Cultures and Societies of the World,” y “Historical Perspectives” para los propósitos del BA. Prerequisito: SPAN 3010, 3300, y 3 créditos de 3400-3430.

SPAN 7850 Recent Currents in 20th and 21st Century Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Studies with Anne Garland Mahler

Mo 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM

In this course, we will read key critical books published in the last ten years that exhibit recent trends in Latin American and Caribbean cultural and literary studies. We will examine the ways that these works bring together the study of Latin American and Caribbean literary and cultural production with closely related fields like performance studies, border studies, hemispheric studies, oceanic studies, Latinx studies, and more. Emphasis will be placed on the analysis of both the content and the structure of these works. The course will include supplemental readings on how to construct book-length manuscripts and on other publishing and writing-related professional concerns. In addition to building students’ critical corpus, students will write proposals for their own projects.

SPAN 7850 Trash Studies with Sam Amago

Tu 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Readings and discussions in Trash Studies, cultural archaeology, ecocriticism, film and literature, theory and criticism. Case studies drawn from modern Spain, Spanish cultural production.

SPAN 7850 Themes and Genres: Cervantes’s Novelas ejemplares (1613) and Speculative Literature with Michael Gerli

Th 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Anticipating the displacement of literary history away from imitation, the Novelas ejemplares foreclose the pursuit of unalloyed mimesis and reopen the space for fictions of the peculiar, the symbolic, the fantastic, and the all-encompassing, thus restoring the priority of the imagination over reason--denying the claim that in literature only reason can follow the paths that the imagination has broken. If we read the Novelas ejemplares from a strictly formal and theoretical point of view--as artistically deliberate contrasting imaginative spaces, each containing opposing styles and forms of representation--one discovers a complex and dynamic rhetorical and thematic relationship between all the narratively unified stories that comprise a single literary universe. The result is an intertwining set of stories that sheds light on the evolution of the literary values and components that shaped not only the literary career of Cervantes leading up to 1613 but much of the fiction of the Golden Age. The novellas comprise nothing short of an exploration of the modes of fiction and the forms that make fiction possible in its broadest sense: mimesis and anti-mimesis, or Aristotelian versus what may be designated more abstract Platonic and other symbolic approaches to representation that interrogate how to value fiction as something separate from reality—as something which justifies itself and at the same permits for the ethical edification of the reader, thus performing one of literature’s essential ethical tasks. In their entirety the Novelas simultaneously embrace both the imitation of time, place, and space and a more abstract method for the portrayal of the world of ideas. The Novelas ejemplares are thus profoundly philosophical, metafictional, and experimental. In this way, they are as much about the modalities of, and approaches to, fiction as they remain striking examples of it. 

SPAN 7850 Trans Studies in the Americas with Cole Rizki

Th 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM

This course introduces students to Latin American transgender and travesti studies through cultural production taking shape across the Americas. Turning to contemporary literary texts, visual culture, performance art, and theory, this course examines how cultural production by trans authors, artists, and activists illuminates and contests dominant social, political, cultural, and economic relationships of power across the hemisphere.

Italian Spring 2023

ITAL 1020 Elementary Italian II with Hiromi Kaneda and Stella Mattioli

MoWeFr 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM; 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

MoWe 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM; 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

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 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 talian II will also have many occasions to learn more about life in contemporary Italy as they study the country’s language. 

ITAL 2020 Intermediate Italian II with Sarah Annunziato and Stella Mattioli

MoWeFr 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

TuTh 9:30 AM- 10:45 AM

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. 

ITAL 2030 Intermediate Italian II (Professionals) with Sarah Annunziato

TuTh 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a light on the importance and the struggles of healthcare professionals, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of the different healthcare systems that exist around the world. Students who wish to fulfill the language requirement in Italian and also aspire to one day become doctors, nurses, dentists, psychologists, veterinarians, or work in the field of global public health policy will explore what it means to be a healthcare worker in contemporary Italy in this course. You will refine your knowledge of Italian grammar while also learning vocabulary that applies to the allied health professions. Additionally, students will learn about medical education, the healthcare system, parts of the body and health conditions, and patient communications. This knowledge will be acquired through experiential and project-based learning opportunities. Taught in Italian. Fulfills the final semester of the World Languages Requirement.

ITAL 3020 Advance Italian II with Francesca Calamita

MoWe 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

ITAL3020 is a 3000-level class aimed at advancing students’ language skills. Emphasis is placed on conversation, as well as composition and vocabulary. Students attending this class will deepen their knowledge of Italian culture and society, with a special focus on socio-cultural debates concerning politics, migration and gender issues. This course is designed with a series of virtual activities focused on experiential learning to achieve fluency in Italian through real-life situations. 

Italian women’s writing, LGBTQ cinema and globally acclaimed TV series, such as My Brilliant Friend (Rai-HBO) will be read/watched over the course of the semester.

ITAL 3559 New Course: Italian Cultural Studies with Hiromi Kaneda

MoWeFr 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

This course aims to study different aspects of contemporary Italian culture and history, including a module on crime facts. Have you ever heard about “il mostro di Firenze” and the anime boom in the late 70' in Italy? If not, this course can deepen your view and knowledge of Italy and its culture, including uncommonly known aspects.

ITTR 3559 New Course: Italian Coming of Age Films with Sarah Annunziato

TuTh 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

What does it mean to come of age? How has Italian cinema captured this process throughout its history? This course will explore these questions by studying how psychologists define the stages of child and adolescent development and then examining how Italian films of different eras depict them. Students will study the representation of lost innocence,  sense of self, coping with trauma, and development of sexual awakening on screen. Films to include: Cinema Paradiso, Mignon è partita, Io non ho paura, Caterina va in città, Tre metri sopra il cielo, Corpo celeste,  Il ragazzo invisibile, Call Me By Your Name, Sotto il sole di Riccione, Sulla stessa onda,  and Il filo invisibile. Taught in English.