BA Paper Preparation: Spanish

Level: Undergrad
Winter
2016-17
Spanish Literature
SPAN 29900

In consultation with a faculty member, students must devote the equivalent of a one-quarter course to the preparation of a BA project. Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form. PQ: Consent of undergraduate adviser. 

Catalan Avant-Garde Theater

Núria Perpinyà
Level: Both
Spring
2016-17
Spanish, Catalan Literature
CATA 22900/32900
SPAN 22900/32910, TAPS

Theatre is the mirror of the nation. The clearest expression of its urges, its battles, and as Adorno would say, of its own contradictions. Catalunya is one of the most modern and European-like countries of the west. This desire for modernism is expressed in artists such Salvador Dalí as well as the avant-garde daydreaming theater of La Fura dels Baus. In Catalunya, a small country, theater has been the national defense during Franco’s dictatorship and in the present times serves as a nationalist weapon to claim the independence. In this course, we will explore the history of Catalunya and Europe through theatre, by means of written literature and performances’ footages which will make lectures more dynamic and attractive. Also, we will meet the personal dramas of women, and their social and historical implications through the theory of gender.

Theatre is a recreational and collective way of understanding a culture, thus it will be proposed to the students the possibility to create a short play written and performed by them.

Methodologically, the course is multifaceted and intertextual. The analysis tools are comparatist, historical, political, linguistic, psychiatric and philosophical; the approach is creative (writing and acting) and related to cultural studies and feminism. The aim is to demonstrate that the Catalan drama is a splendid window to get to know the Catalan culture and is fully integrated into contemporary theatre. The plays studied range from the thirties to the present day. Catalan texts will be provided translated into English or Spanish. Classes will be conducted in Spanish and English.

Cómo domar una pluma salvaje': territorialidad, identidad, y resistencia en literatura mexicoamericana/chicana

José Estrada
Level: Undergrad
Autumn
2016-17
Spanish Literature
SPAN 28116
LACS 28116

En este curso se estudiará la literatura y otros medios artísticos mexicoamericanos/chicanos desde el siglo XVI hasta el siglo XXI. Tendrá tres ejes: la caracterización del espacio y lugar, metafórico y tangible; algunos aspectos de identidad y auto representación en distintos periodos históricos; y el surgimiento y cuestionamiento del movimiento chicano, a través del lenguaje utilizado en la literatura. La diversa ascendencia mexicana, mestiza, europea, y/o indígena dentro de un contexto estadounidense; y la alargada historia de conquista, colonización, guerra y opresión; dan a luz a un lenguaje variado que con frecuencia obliga que la historia se adelante al presente. Dicho lenguaje nos conlleva a la formación de identidad que, como se verá en los textos, fluctúan dependiendo del contexto histórico. La clase también se ahondará en la representación y (re)creación de los momentos históricos e imaginarios. La mayoría de los textos primarios son textos escritos en o traducidos al español, sin embargo, debido a la complejidad cultural mexicoamericana/chicana, los textos también incluyen palabras en inglés, náhuatl, y/o caló. De esta manera, la clase busca introducir al estudiante sobre maneras de aproximarse al texto y al lenguaje en un género poco estudiado dentro del ámbito académico en español. PQ: SPAN 20300 or consent. Taught in Spanish.

Culturas populares en el mundo ibérico (siglos XVI-XVII)

Miguel Martínez
Level: Grad
Winter
2016-17
Spanish Literature
SPAN 31800

The popular classes of early modern Europe engaged in a rich array of cultural practices, including the production and consumption of a wide variety of literary materials. In the Iberian peninsula, moreover, some of the central cultural phenomena of the period are difficult to understand without taking into account the specifically popular social distribution of their uses and appropriations. In this seminar we will explore, for instance, popular readings of the Amadís, carnivalesque discourses and practices, the complexity and multiplicity of the romancero, the development of popular print and pliegos de cordel, the theater of playwrights such as Gil Vicente, Lope de Rueda, Lope de Vega, and Cervantes, or the autobiographies of the Catalan tanner Miquel Parets and the Valencian typographer Juan Martín Cordero. In order to seriously engage in a theoretical discussion about the complex notion of popular culture, we will also read classic essays by Bakhtin, Burke, Ginzburg, De Certeau, Chartier, Gramsci, Frow, Fiske, Caro Baroja, Redondo, and Maravall. Taught in Spanish.

Ecocritical Perspectives in Latin American Literature and Film

Victoria Saramago
Level: Grad
Autumn
2016-17
Spanish Literature
SPAN 34110
LACS 34110 PORT 34110

This course provides a survey of of ecocritical studies in Latin America. Through novels, poems, and films, we will examine a range of trends and problems posed by Latin American artists concerning environmental issues, from mid-19th century to contemporary literature and film. Readings also include works of ecocritical criticism and theory that have been shaping the field in the past decades. Taught in Spanish. PQ: Undergraduate students may enroll with prior consent from the instructor. Taught in Spanish.

Introducción a las literaturas hispánicas: del modernismo al presente

Laura Gandolfi
Level: Undergrad
Spring
2016-17
Spanish Literature
SPAN 22003
LACS 22003

En este curso haremos un recorrido panorámico por algunas de las principales tendencias de la escritura hispanoamericana y sus diásporas desde a finales del siglo XIX hasta el presente. Habremos de prestar particular atención no sólo a las dimensiones estéticas de los textos sino también a las condiciones socio-históricas y políticas que los posibilitaron y en las que, a su vez, ellos incidieron. Entre los autores y autoras a estudiar se encuentran José Martí, Rubén Darío, Mariano Azuela, María Luisa Bombal, Horacio Quiroga, Teresa de la Parra, Jorge Luis Borges, Luis Rafael Sánchez y Pedro Pietri, entre otros/as. PQ: SPAN 20300 or consent of instructor. Taught in Spanish.

Language, History, and Culture I : Spanish

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Autumn, Winter, Spring
2016-17
Spanish Language
SPAN 20100

This course is a general extension of all basic patterns of the language for intermediate students. Students explore the diversity of the Spanish-speaking world through a variety of texts and audio-visual materials.

Language, History, and Culture II : Spanish

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Autumn, Winter, Spring
2016-17
Spanish Language
SPAN 20200

This course focuses on both objective and subjective description of people, places, and life processes. A variety of written, oral, listening, and reading activities allow students to explore different genres while reviewing grammatical and lexical items pertaining to each individual theme in context. Cultural awareness is enhanced through exposure to an array of target-language media, as well as through in-class discussion. PQ: SPAN 20100 or placement.

Language, History, and Culture III : Spanish

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Autumn, Winter, Spring
2016-17
Spanish Language
SPAN 20300

This course develops the use of persuasive and argumentative language. Our focus is on analyzing and debating current issues pertaining to the Spanish-speaking world, and articulating sound personal perspectives on these issues. A variety of written, oral, listening, and reading activities allow students to explore an ample selection of topics, while reviewing grammatical and lexical items pertaining to each individual theme in context. Cultural awareness is enhanced through exposure to an array of target-language media as well as through in-class oral presentations and discussions. PQ: SPAN 20200 or placement. 

Literatura mexicana del siglo XIX

Laura Gandolfi
Level: Undergrad
Spring
2016-17
Spanish Literature
SPAN 29222
LACS 29200

This course examines multiple forms of Mexican literary and cultural production from the nineteenth century through the early twentieth century. Drawing from essays, poetry, fiction, travel narratives, photographs and illustrated magazines, the course focuses on key periods of social and artistic upheavals. We will start by examining the relationship between fiction writing and the nation-building process, as well as the link between the construction of a national “Mexican identity” and foreign travel narratives. We will then move to the second half of the century, exploring authors pertaining to the mayor literary movements of the period (in particular, romantic and realist novels), and we will analyze the textual and visual rhetoric associated with the costumbrista genre. We will conclude with modernista poetry, chronicles and short story. Readings in literary criticism and theory will engage with primary texts in the course as well. Taught in Spanish.

Literatura y música en el gran Caribe hispanohablante

Agnes Lugo-Ortiz
Level: Undergrad
Spring
2016-17
Spanish Literature
SPAN 27510
LACS 27511

Uno de los aspectos más notables de las culturas del Caribe hispanohablante, tanto insular como continental, a todo lo largo del siglo XX, y hasta el presente, ha sido el diálogo sostenido entre la textualidad literaria y la música. Trama y melodía, palabra y ritmo se han buscado obsesivamente con la intención aparente de danzar. Sin embargo, las formas y registros resultantes de esa búsqueda han sido múltiples y no siempre armónicos. En este curso nos interesa trazar las distintas maneras en que la literatura ha invocado la inefabilidad aural de lo musical y reflexionar sobre sus posibles sentidos. Desde la forma del son en la poesía afroantillana, pasando por la estructura de las variaciones y fugas barrocas en la obra de Alejo Carpentier, hasta la incesante invocación al bolero y a la salsa en la narrativa más reciente, la escritura literaria en el Caribe más que decir parecería querer sonar y cantar. ¿Qué da cuenta de ello? ¿Cómo entender su particularidad? ¿Qué efectos produce? En el curso haremos una introducción básica al repertorio de formas musicales activados por ese decir literario, en ambos sus dimensiones estéticas e históricas, y examinaremos los sentidos de su apropiación y transformación por el hecho textual. Entre las posibles obras a estudiar se encuentran "Elogio de la plena " de Tomás Blanco, "El acoso" y Concierto barroco de Alejo Carpentier, La guaracha del Macho Camacho de Luis Rafael Sánchez, ¡Qué viva la música! de Andrés Caicedo, Maldito amor de Rosario Ferré, El entierro de Cortijo de Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá, Sólo cenizas hallarás de Pedro Vergés y Sabor a mí de Pedro Juan Gutiérrez, entre otras. Taught in Spanish. Requires instructor consent.

Literature and Material Culture in Latin America

Laura Gandolfi
Level: Grad
Winter
2016-17
Spanish Literature
SPAN 34910
LACS 34910

This seminar will examine the intersection of material culture and Latin American literary and artistic production from the nineteenth century to the present. Using objects as lens, we will focus on the ways in which textual and visual representations of the inanimate world address questions concerning aesthetics, nationalism, gender, class, and human agency. Authors may include Jorge Isaacs, Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera, Amado Nervo, José Asunción Silva, and Felisberto Hernández. Theoretical readings by Agamben, Appadurai, Benjamin, Bodei, Clifford, Freud, Heidegger, Lukács, Marx, among others. Taught in Spanish.

Reading & Research: Spanish

Staff
Level: Grad
Autumn, Winter, Spring
2016-17
Spanish Literature
SPAN 42100

Register by section number from faculty list on the web.

Readings in Special Topics: Spanish

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Autumn, Winter, Spring
2016-17
Spanish Literature
SPAN 29700

This course involves directed readings in special topics not covered by courses offered as part of the program in Spanish. Subjects treated and work to be completed for this course must be chosen in consultation with the instructor no later than the end of the preceding quarter. Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form. PQ: SPAN 10300 or 20200, depending upon the requirements of the program for which credit is sought.

Sonoridad, Música y Literatura en el Caribe Contemporáneo

Agnes Lugo-Ortiz
Level: Grad
Spring
2016-17
Spanish Literature
SPAN 37520
LACS 37520

Uno de los aspectos más notables de las culturas del Caribe hispanohablante, tanto insular como continental, a todo lo largo del siglo XX, y hasta el presente, ha sido el diálogo sostenido entre la textualidad literaria y la música. Trama y melodía, palabra y ritmo se han buscado obsesivamente con la intención aparente de danzar. Sin embargo, las formas y registros resultantes de esa búsqueda han sido múltiples y no siempre armónicos. En este seminario nos interesa trazar las distintas maneras en que la literatura ha invocado la inefabilidad aural de lo musical y reflexionar sobre sus posibles sentidos. Desde las formas de la rumba y el son en la poesía afroantillana, pasando por la estructura de las variaciones y fugas barrocas en la obra de Alejo Carpentier, hasta la incesante invocación al bolero y a la salsa en la narrativa más reciente, la escritura literaria en el Caribe más que decir parecería querer sonar y cantar. ¿Qué da cuenta de ello? ¿Cómo entender su particularidad? ¿Qué efectos produce? En el curso trabajaremos con el repertorio de formas musicales activados por el decir literario, en ambas sus dimensiones estéticas e históricas, y examinaremos los sentidos de su apropiación y transformación por el hecho textual en contrapunto con una selección de textos teóricos y críticos relevantes al tema.

Spanish Cinema-Basque Cinema

Diana Palenzuela
Level: Undergrad
Spring
2016-17
Spanish Literature
SPAN 24716
BASQ 24710

This course explores Basque cinema from its beginnings to our days while also reviewing Spanish cinema from a Basque point of view. Among other topics, the course will explore the nationalist imaginary and its influence in film, the centrality of gender (and motherly) representations in Basque cinema, Basque films' recent tendency to become Spanish blockbusters outselling Hollywood, and allusions to the Basque Country in Spanish cinema.

Text/Image/Territory in Nineteenth-Century Latin America

Agnes Lugo-Ortiz
Level: Grad
Autumn
2016-17
Spanish Literature
SPAN 33710
LACS 33710

In this seminar we will explore how concepts of territory and territorialization were textually and visually articulated in nineteenth-century Latin America. Our inquiry will not only interrogate the aesthetic principles and procedures through which the nation (conceived as geography) was envisioned in the literature and arts of the period, most saliently around the figure of the landscape. We will also investigate alternative forms of spatialization related, yet irreducible, to the imperatives of the modern nation-state, such as the cognitive mappings associated to scientific explorations and to the symbolization of private property. What are the epistemological presuppositions and ideological implications of such practices? What scenarios did they produce? Who was deemed or destined to inhabit them, and within what temporality? In our discussions we will engage key theoretical works on space, territory and landscape (e.g. Lefebvre, Mignolo, Cosgrove, W.J.T. Mitchell, Casid, Mirzoeff) and may focus on literary texts by Bello, Echeverría, Sarmiento, Matto de Turner and Cirilo Villaverde, and on visual artifacts by Rugendas, Blanes, Laplante, Christiano Junior, and Velasco, among others. Taught in Spanish.

Traducción y piratería en el mundo colonial

Larissa Brewer-García
Level: Grad
Spring
2016-17
Spanish Literature
SPAN 32810
LACS 32810

Translation and piracy can both involve the strategic appropriation of language, knowledge, or property. This course analyzes the relationship between translation and piracy in the creation of foundational works of colonial Latin American literature. As students read texts about colonial encounters, conquests, piracy, and conversion, they will become familiar with early histories of translation in Latin America and a variety of early modern, modern, and post-colonial translation theories. Taught in Spanish.

Witches, Sinners, and Saints

Larissa Brewer-García
Level: Both
Winter
2016-17
Spanish Literature
SPAN 26210/36210
LACS 26212/36212 GNSE 36210, CRES 26220, CRES 36220

This course examines representations of women's bodies and sexualities in colonial Latin American writings. In doing so, we will study the body through a variety of lenses: the anatomical body as a site of construction of sexual difference, the witch's body as a site of sexual excess, the mystic's body as a double of the possessed body, the tortured body as a site of knowledge production, and the racialized bodies of New World women as sites to govern sexuality, spirituality, labor, and property in the reaches of the Spanish Empire. Taught in Spanish.