Spanish Graduate Courses Spring 2020

Spanish Graduate Courses – Taught in Spanish

SPAN 5820  – Spanish America: From Romanticism to Modernism with Fernando Operé

M/W 2:00-3:15PM in New Cabell Hall 407

SPAN 7850 – Themes and Genres with Trevor Dadson, Visiting Distinguish Professor and Samuel Amago

  • Section 001 – “Moriscos and other Minorities in Early Modern Spain” M 3:30-6:00PM in New Cabell Hall 209 with Trevor Dadson, Visiting Distinguish Professor


  • Section 002- “Film Theory” T/Th 12:30-1:45PM in Kerchof Hall 317 with Sam Amago

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.


SPAN 7860 – Regional Literature: Mass Media and Spanish American Narrativewith Gustavo Pellón

TuTh 3:30-6:00PM in New Caball Hall 407

In this course we will study the fascination various contemporary novelists have for kitsch, mass culture, and "bad literature."  We will examine how these authors reconcile kitsch and art, and we will consider the aesthetic and social consequences of their experiments.

Alejo Carpentier.  Los pasos perdidos.

Manuel Puig.  Boquitas pintadas.  Penguin

Mario Vargas Llosa.  La tía Julia y el escribidor

Gabriel García Márquez.   El amor en los tiempos del cólera.  Penguin

Severo Sarduy.  De donde son los cantantes

Luis Rafael Sánchez.  La guaracha del Macho Camacho. 

Isabel Allende.  Eva Luna.  Harper Collins

Osvaldo Soriano.  Triste, solitario y final

José Ortega y Gasset.  La rebelión de las masas.

Matei Calinescu.  Five Faces of Modernity: Modernism, Avant-garde, Decadence, Kitsch, Postmodernism (Duke UP, 1987).  

Milan Kundera. The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

SPAN 8560 – The Latin American Jungle Noval with Charlotte Rogers

We 3:30-6:00PM in New Cabell Hall 411