Spanish Graduate Courses Fall 2019

Spanish (SPAN) Graduate Courses – Taught in Spanish

SPAN 5350 – Golden Age with Staff                        

Tu 3:30-6:00PM in Kerchof Hall 317

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SPAN 5850 – Spanish America: Modern Period with Charlotte Rogers                          

Th 3:30-6:00PM in New CAB 364

This course is designed for graduate students in Spanish, and those from other departments with sufficient competency in the language to participate.  It aspires to comprehensively analyze many major texts of Spanish American literature of the Modern Period, as defined by our department’s MA program.  Beyond merely preparing students for examinations, this course also contextualizes contemporary Spanish American literature within broader discussions of literary history and theory.

SPAN 7100 – Literary Theory with Gustavo Pellón

Mo 3:30-6:00PM in Kerchof Hall 317

The last forty years have witnessed a veritable explosion of literary theory. As each new school of thought has arisen, it has challenged previous conception of the object and practice of literary studies. The course will undertake an examination of how the developments in literary theory have altered the definition of criticism. We will consider the major critical tendencies of the twentieth century, among them: formalism, myth criticism, structuralism, deconstruction, reader-response criticism, feminist criticism, new historicism, and post-colonial theory.

Written work will consist of a review of a theoretical text (25%), and a longer paper where you will apply a particular theoretical approach to the study of a Spanish or Spanish American literary text (50%).  Everyone will write a 250-word commentary on some aspect of the reading assignment for each class (25%).  These commentaries are an important part of your preparation and they should be available to you during class discussion.  The course will be conducted in English and Spanish.

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SPAN 7220 – History of the Language with Omar Velázquez-Mendoza

MoWe 3:30-4:45PM in Shannon House 107

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. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. No previous coursework in linguistics required. Conducted in Spanish. Fulfills the historical requirement for the M.A. Linguistics program.

SPAN 7850 – Themes and Genres “Recent Currents in 20th and 21st Century Latin American Cultural Studies” with Anne Garland Mahler

We 3:30-6:00PM in New CAB 594

In this course, we will read key critical books published in the last ten years that exhibit recent trends in Latin American cultural and literary studies. We will examine the ways that these works bring together the study of Latin American 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 8540 – Seminars: Modern Spanish Literature “Spanish and Catalan Visual Poetry” with Andrew Anderson

Tu 3:30-6:00PM Location TBA

This seminar will consider the corpus of experimental visual poetry produced by Spanish and Catalan writers during the 1910s and 1920s; in its most basic sense, visual poetry implies a text whose appearance/disposition on the page somehow contributes to its signification.

We will begin the semester by looking at the origins and influences of modern visual poetry, in Apollinaire and his calligrammes, Futurism and expressive typography, Dada and their various experiments, and Huidobro and his poemas pintados of Salle XIV.  Thereafter we will focus on Spanish and Catalan examples, from the Catalan avant-garde period (Junoy, Salvat-Papasseit, etc.), and from ultraísmo and other moments, ending with Giménez Caballero’s Carteles and Maruja Mallo’s and Alberti’s collaboration at the end of the decade of the 1920s.

My intention is that, in addition, over the course of the semester class members will collectively compile a digitally scanned anthology of all the Spanish and Catalan texts that we are studying.

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