Romance Languages and Literatures

Courses

BA Paper Preparation: Spanish

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Winter
2017-18
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. PQ: Consent of undergraduate adviser. Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form. Must be taken for a quality grade.

Beginning Elementary Spanish I

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Autumn, Winter
2017-18
Spanish Language
SPAN 10100

This course is intended for students who have no previous knowledge of Spanish, and for those who need an in-depth review of the basic patterns of the language.

Beginning Elementary Spanish II

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Autumn, Winter, Spring
2017-18
Spanish Language
SPAN 10200

This course offers a rapid review of the basic patterns of the language and expands on the material presented in SPAN 10100. PQ: SPAN 10100 or placement.

Beginning Elementary Spanish III

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Autumn, Winter, Spring
2017-18
Spanish Language
SPAN 10300

This course expands on the material presented in SPAN 10200, reviewing and elaborating the basic patterns of the language as needed to prepare students for the Spanish competency examination. PQ: SPAN 10200 or placement.

Catalan Multipart Singing in Modern and Contemporary History: from Religious Brotherhoods to Taverns and Choir Societies

Jaume Ayats
Level: Both
Spring
2017-18
Spanish, Catalan Literature
CATA 27917/37917
SPAN 27917/37917, MUSI 27918/37918

To sing together “a veus” (Multipart) has historically been an experiential way to build social groups. The aim of this course is to present this activity across Catalonia from the XVIth century until XXIst century, paying special attention to how Multipart Singing has articulated a large part of association and shared community life since the middle XIXth century. The Catalan example will be placed among Multipart Singing in Mediterranean Latin countries, where the phenomenon is shared with great intensity. PQ: Reading knowledge of Arabic, Catalan, French, Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish. For music undergrads: MUS 23300.

Cervantes in the Americas

Medardo Rosario
Level: Undergrad
Winter
2017-18
Spanish Literature
SPAN 28017
LACS 28017

Miguel de Cervantes continues to be a literary referent for some of the most important authors in the Americas. Jorge Luis Borges, Mario Vargas Llosa, Carlos Fuentes, Roberto Bolaño and Jorge Volpi are among those who have reflected on Cervantes’ literary works. In this course we will examine some of the most representative examples of the transatlantic dialog that emerged from the appropriation of Cervantes’ Don Quixote as inspiration for the production of literary texts in the Americas. Each text will be paired with a section of Don Quixote in order to establish a transatlantic dialog that aims to explore how certain cultural materials are re-appropriated and re-contextualized to produce new manifestations of art. Taught in Spanish.

Cervantes' Novelas ejemplares & the mysteries of narrative

Frederick de Armas
Level: Grad
Winter
2017-18
Spanish Literature
SPAN 34200

This course will re-assess Cervantes’ Novelas ejemplares. The course will take as a point of departure two statements made in the Prologue to the collection: that this was the first such collection in Spanish; and that it contains hidden mysteries. Thus, we will study the Novelas in the context of the Italian novelle by Boccaccio and Bandello to assess their originality. And we will look for the mysteries in narrative through ekphrasis, onomastics, disruptions in chronology, the doubling of a historical present, the subversion of the romance mode and the geographical amplitude of the tales. The course will conclude with a look at later Spanish novelas in order to gain further insight as to Cervantes’ innovative techniques. Taught in Spanish.

Composición y conversación avanzada I

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Autumn, Winter, Spring
2017-18
Spanish Language
SPAN 20400

This course targets the development of advanced writing skills and oral proficiency in Spanish through the study of a wide variety of contemporary journalistic texts and unscripted recordings. Students will review problematic grammatical structures, write a number of essays, and participate in multiple class debates, using the authentic readings and listening segments as linguistic models on which to base their own production. PQ: SPAN 20300 or consent of instructor.

Composición y conversación avanzada II

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Winter, Spring
2017-18
Spanish Language
SPAN 20500

This course, the second segment of two in the third-year language sequence, continues the development of advanced writing skills and oral proficiency in Spanish through the study of a wide variety of contemporary journalistic texts and unscripted recordings. Students will review problematic grammatical structures, write a number of essays, and participate in multiple class debates, using the authentic readings and listening segments as linguistic models on which to base their own production. PQ: SPAN 20400 or consent of instructor.

Curso de redacción académica para hablantes nativos

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Autumn
2017-18
Spanish Language
SPAN 20402

This advanced language course helps students achieve mastery of composition and style through the acquisition of numerous writing techniques. A wide variety of literary, historiographic, and sociological texts are read. Through writing a number of essays and participating in class debates, students are guided in the examination of linguistic structures and organization of several types of written Spanish discourse. This course also enhances awareness of the cultural diversity within the contemporary Spanish-speaking world and its historical roots. PQ: SPAN 20300 or placement. Open only to native and heritage speakers with consent of instructor.

Discurso académico para hablantes nativos

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Spring
2017-18
Spanish Language
SPAN 20602

This seminar/practicum focuses on developing vocabulary and discourse styles for academic verbal communication. This goal is achieved through exposure to taped formal and informal interviews and public debate in the media. Most important, however, is active class participation. Through a number of class presentations, students put into practice a variety of discourse styles (e.g., debates, lectures, seminars, interviews). We also read numerous Spanish newspapers. PQ: SPAN 20300 or consent. Open only to native speakers.

Embodiment and Identity in the Literatures of the Hispanic Caribbean

Ebenezer Concepción
Level: Undergrad
Winter
2017-18
Spanish Literature
GNSE 23115
SPAN 23155, LACS 23115

In this course, we will examine processes of embodiment and the formation of identities in the 20th- and 21st-century literary production of Cuba, Santo Domingo, and Puerto Rico, and their diasporas in the United States through aesthetic and conceptual frameworks. We will consider the following questions: How does the literature of the regions in question portray bodies in relation with the self, other bodies, and the spaces they inhabit? How does this correlate to the formations of the self and identity? More specifically, how does gender, sexual, and racial/ethnic difference inform the constitution and practices of the body in public and private settings and in relation with the nation-state? We will primarily analyze texts from various genres in their own narrative construction, their sociohistorical placement, and in dialogue with other media, such as film and visual art. Authors studied include: Rosario Ferré, Junot Díaz, Luis Negrón, Achy Obejas, Reinaldo Arenas, Rita Indiana, et al. Taught in English. Students majoring or minoring in Spanish will be asked to read and/or write in the Romance language.

Empire, Slavery, Salvation: Writing Difference in the Colonial Americas

Larissa Brewer-García
Level: Grad
Spring
2017-18
Spanish Literature
SPAN 38810
LACS 38810

This course explores portrayals of human difference in literature, travel writing, painting, and autobiography from Spain, England, and the Americas. Students will become versed in debates surrounding the emergence of human distinctions based on religion, race, and ethnicity in the early modern era. Understanding these debates and the history surrounding them is crucial to participating in informed discussion, research, and activism regarding issues of race, empire, and colonialism across time and space. Taught in Spanish.

Espacio y memoria en el cine español

Mario Santana
Level: Both
Autumn
2017-18
Spanish Literature
SPAN 29220/39220

Through the study of a selection of films and documentaries, this course will provide a critical examination of the history and poetics of cinema in Spain, with particular attention the relation between the representation of space and the recovery of traumatic memory in contemporary culture. Taught in Spanish. PQ: SPAN 20300 or consent of instructor.

From Baroque to Neo-Baroque

Miguel Martínez & Rachel Galvin
Level: Grad
Autumn
2017-18
Spanish Literature
SPAN 40017
CDIN 40000, ENGL 63400, CMLT 40000

We will take a transatlantic and hemispheric approach to examining the political, epistemological, and aesthetic dimensions of the concept of the Baroque, by reading European and Latin American theory and poetry from three centuries (17th, 20th, 21st). The course is purposefully designed to put modern and early modern texts in constant dialogue. The literary essays of 20th-c. Latin American writers such as Lezama Lima and Alfonso Reyes, for instance, will illuminate the 17th-c. poems of Góngora and Sor Juana, while these will be read in conjunction with those of José Kozer, Luis Felipe Fabre, and Tamara Kamenszain. The remarkable persistence of the Baroque across centuries, geographies, and cultures raises a number of questions. Why has the Baroque not gone out of fashion, but rather, been reborn again and again? How does this apparently recondite mode manage to remain politically relevant and articulate urgent ideas in its moment? How does the Baroque provide poets with a prism through which to explore questions of subjectivity, originality, and capital? How does the Baroque contribute to or complicate notions of intertextuality? How does a Baroque aesthetic theorize accumulation and waste in developing capitalist and late capitalist societies? How does the connection between the neo-Baroque and antropofagia, the Brazilian notion of cultural cannibalism, play out in poems not only written in Brazil, but also throughout Latin America and in the US? PQ: Spanish encouraged but not required.

Introducción a las literaturas hispánicas: textos españoles clásicos

Frederick de Armas
Level: Undergrad
Winter
2017-18
Spanish Literature
SPAN 21703

En este curso estudiamos algunas de las obras más importantes de las tres primeras épocas de la literatura española: época medieval, Renacimiento y Siglo de Oro (modernidad temprana). Analizamos también diferentes géneros literarios como el cuento, la novela corta, la poesía y el teatro. Nos dedicamos al estudio de la narrativa comenzando con ejemplos de don Juan Manuel, y continuando con las Novelas ejemplares de Cervantes. Nos dedicamos a analizar la poesía de Fray Luis de León y sonetos de otros grandes poetas. También estudiamos el teatro, incluyendo una comedia de Lope de Vega. Entre los tópicos más importantes del curso se encuentran: la realidad y la imaginación; las ventajas y desventajas de la imaginación; la importancia de la magia y la astrología; el gobierno de un reino; los buenos y malos consejeros; la guerra y la salvación; los ideales renacentistas; el tema del desengaño, el contraste entre el estilo llano y el culteranismo y conceptismo; el sentido de la ejemplaridad; y el papel de la mujer en la sociedad. Veremos además cómo en España vivían conjuntamente cristianos, judíos y moros, y cómo convivían. Taught in Spanish. PQ: SPAN 20300 or consent of instructor.

Introducción a las literaturas hispánicas: textos españoles contemporáneos

Miguel Martínez
Level: Undergrad
Autumn
2017-18
Spanish Literature
SPAN 21803

Este curso ofrecerá un amplio panorama de las literaturas españolas de los siglos XIX y XX. Buena parte de la historia cultural de España ha estado marcada por la ansiedad respecto al supuesto atraso cultural, político, social y económico del país. La modernidad se convierte así en objeto de deseo y de disputa cultural para los intelectuales españoles que luchan por definir en qué consiste y cómo alcanzarla. Este es el tema que nos guiará, de manera flexible, por las obras de autores como Mariano José de Larra, Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, Rosalía de Castro, Emilia Pardo Bazán, Leopoldo Alas Clarín, Antonio Machado, Federico García Lorca, Ana María Matute, Max Aub y Manuel Rivas, entre otros, complementadas por algunas películas. En relación con este tema principal, se explorarán también el lugar del campo y la ciudad en la imaginación moderna, la cuestión nacional, las luchas por la emancipación de la mujer, las tensión creativa entre tradición y vanguardia artística, o los debates sobre la historia y la memoria del pasado reciente de España. Taught in Spanish. PQ: SPAN 20300 or consent of instructor.

Introducción a las literaturas hispánicas: textos hispanoamericanos del modernismo al presente

Level: Undergrad
Spring
2017-18
Spanish Literature
SPAN 22003
LACS 22003

This course offers an introduction to modern Spanish American literature, from the late nineteenth century through the present moment. Drawing from essays, fiction, poetry, and film, the course focuses on the complex relations between literary production, aesthetics, and sociopolitical transformations. Among other topics, we will discuss how to approach literary texts and how to interpret them. How does literature signify? How does it work? What does it say about history, politics, and society in Spanish America? How do literary fictions relate to other cultural forms such as photography and film? Taught in Spanish. PQ: SPAN 20300 or consent of instructor.

Introducción a las literaturas hispánicas: textos hispanoamericanos desde la colonia a la independencia

Jorge Lefevre
Level: Undergrad
Winter
2017-18
Spanish Literature
SPAN 21903

This course examines an array of representative texts written in Spanish America from the colonial period to the late nineteenth century, underscoring not only their aesthetic qualities but also the historical conditions that made their production possible. Among authors studied are Christopher Columbus, Hernán Cortés, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Simón Bolívar, and José Martí. PQ: SPAN 20300 or consent of instructor. Taught in Spanish.

Introducción al análisis literario

Mario Santana
Level: Undergrad
Autumn
2017-18
Spanish Literature
SPAN 21500

Through a variety of representative works of Hispanic literature, this course focuses on the discussion and practical application of different approaches to the critical reading of literary texts. We also study basic concepts and problems of literary theory, as well as strategies for research and academic writing in Spanish. Taught in Spanish. PQ: SPAN 20300 or consent of instructor.

Las regiones del español

Staff
Level: Undergrad

2017-18
Spanish Literature
SPAN 21100
LACS 21100

This sociolinguistic course expands understanding of the historical development of Spanish and awareness of the great sociocultural diversity within the Spanish-speaking world and its impact on the Spanish language. We emphasize the interrelationship between language and culture as well as ethno-historical transformations within the different regions of the Hispanic world. Special consideration is given to identifying lexical variations and regional expressions exemplifying diverse sociocultural aspects of the Spanish language, and to recognizing phonological differences between dialects. We also examine the impact of indigenous cultures on dialectical aspects. The course includes literary and nonliterary texts, audio-visual materials, and visits by native speakers of a variety of Spanish-speaking regions. PQ: Open only to native and heritage speakers with consent of instructor.

Lengua, cultura y ciudadanía en la España contemporánea

Mario Santana
Level: Grad
Winter
2017-18
Spanish Literature
SPAN 33920
CATA 33920

Uno de los componentes fundamentales en la construcción de la España contemporánea (desde principios del siglo XIX hasta el presente) ha sido la “invención” de una cultura nacional a partir de un proceso selectivo de materiales preexistentes (lenguas, tradiciones, ideologías, mitos...) que facilitaran y legitimaran la transformación de los súbditos del Antiguo Régimen en ciudadanos de un estado. Este seminario estará dedicado a estudiar tanto la trayectoria histórica como los debates críticos actuales sobre el papel que han jugado en esa conceptualización moderna de la identidad colectiva las lenguas y literaturas ibéricas, y en particular su institucionalización y difusión a través de aparatos de transmisión ideológica y epistemológica (el sistema educativo o el paradigma epistemológico del “hispanismo”, por ejemplo). Taught in Spanish.

Nuevas formas de la intimidad en las escrituras latinoamericanas actuales

Tamara Kamenszain
Level: Both
Autumn
2017-18
Spanish Literature
SPAN 26117/36117
LACS 25115/35115 (parent)

La literatura del siglo XX se caracterizó por poner el foco en el “yo” del escritor. Ya sea para ocultarlo, para mostrarlo tímidamente o para exhibirlo sin prejuicios, lo cierto es que ese “yo” se transformó en el protagonista de los cambios literarios que apuntaron al siglo XXI. Este fenómeno, que se produjo tanto en la poesía como en la narrativa y en el teatro, permite hoy el surgimiento de formas nuevas que descolocan los viejos géneros literarios. Formas donde los restos de las novelas en primera persona, del “yo lírico” de la poesía, del viejo diario íntimo, de las autobiografías, de las crónicas, se pueden encontrar insertados en nuevas escrituras del presente que operan más a la manera de la producción escrita en las redes sociales, que con el protocolo estético de lo literario. Este curso se propone analizar el recorrido de estas verdaderas transformaciones subjetivas, en relación directa con los contextos históricosociales en los que se producen. Para esto se trabajarán textos narrativos, poéticos y teatrales de diversos creadores latinoamericanos contemporáneos. Taught in Spanish.

Problemas críticos y teóricos en el estudio de las culturas ibéricas y latinoamericanas

Miguel Martínez
Level: Grad
Spring
2017-18
Spanish Literature
SPAN 38800
LACS 38802

En este seminario abordaremos algunas de las problemáticas clave que han estructurado el campo de los estudios literarios hispánicos/ibéricos y latinoamericanos en las pasadas décadas. Taught in Spanish.

Reading Spanish for Research Purposes

Staff
Level: Grad
Spring, Summer
2017-18
Spanish Language
SPAN 23333/33333

This intensive course is designed to take students with a basic knowledge of Spanish to the level of reading proficiency needed for research. To that end, students will work on grammar, vocabulary, and reading strategies. Students will read a range of scholarly texts, a number of which will be directly drawn from their respective areas of research. PQ: One quarter of Spanish or equivalent, placement into SPAN 10200, or an intermediate level of another Romance or classical language.

Research and Performance: Latin American Baroque Music

Miriam Escudero
Level: Both
Spring
2017-18
Spanish Literature
SPAN 23117/33117
LACS 25114/35114, MUSI 23718/33718

This course will examine the musical document as a source of musicological studies and its relationship to performance. We will look at various types of documents and assess specific problems of each age and geographical area. Topics include: major reservoirs of music documents in Latin America; the early music ensemble, Ars Longa, and the rescue of opera ominia; recording and performing Cuban and Latin American music in a historically informed way; the Sacred Music Collection from eighteenth century Cuba. There is a performance component to this class. Students are encouraged to have some background in music or Latin American history prior to entering the course. PQ: Recommended background of MUSI 15300 or MUSI 27200 OR SPAN 20300 plus a course in Latin American history or literature.

Spanish Cinema-Basque Cinema

Diana Palenzuela
Level: Undergrad
Spring
2017-18
Spanish Literature
SPAN 24716
BASQ 24716

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.

Spanish for the Professions

Level: Undergrad
Spring
2017-18
Spanish
SPAN 20304

This course is designed as an alternative to SPAN 20300 for students aspiring to use Spanish in a professional context. In order for both courses to serve as equal preparation for the following course in the sequence (SPAN 20400), the textbook used and the grammatical topics covered in SPAN 20300 and 20304 are identical, while some readings, listenings and vocabulary will differ. Students will expand their lexical and cultural knowledge of their chosen professional area through self-selected readings and a presentation, and will hone linguistic skills relevant to any workplace environment. PQ: SPAN 20200 or consent of instructor.

Spanish Language, History, and Culture I

Level: Undergrad
Autumn, Winter, Spring
2017-18
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. PQ: SPAN 10300 or placement.

Spanish Language, History, and Culture II

Level: Undergrad
Autumn, Winter, Spring
2017-18
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.

Spanish Language, History, and Culture III

Level: Undergrad
Autumn, Winter, Spring
2017-18
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.

Summer Intensive Elementary Spanish

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Summer
2017-18
Spanish Language
SPAN 10123

This eight-week course helps beginning students build a solid foundation in the basic patterns of written and spoken Spanish and their use in everyday communication. It is specifically designed to help you obtain functional competency in speaking, reading, writing and listening in Spanish. The curriculum is the equivalent of SPAN 10100-10200-10300 during the regular academic year, and successful completion of the fulfills the language competency requirement for UChicago students in the College.

Theater and Performance in Latin America

Danielle Roper
Level: Both
Spring
2017-18
Spanish Literature
SPAN 29117/39117
LACS 29117/39117, TAPS 28479/34879, GNSE 29117/ 39117, CRES 29117/39117

What is performance? How has it been used in Latin America and the Caribbean? This course is an introduction to theatre and performance in Latin America and the Caribbean that will examine the intersection of performance and social life. While we will place particular emphasis on performance art, we will examine some theatrical works. We ask: how have embodied practice, theatre and visual art been used to negotiate ideologies of race, gender and sexuality? What is the role of performance in relation to systems of power? How has it negotiated dictatorship, military rule, and social memory? Ultimately, the aim of this course is to give students an overview of Latin American performance including blackface performance, indigenous performance, as well as performance and activism. This course will be taught in English. This course will be taught in English. PQ: Undergrads must be in third or fourth year.

Unsettling Encounters: Colonial Latin America in Film

Larissa Brewer-García
Level: Undergrad
Spring
2017-18
Spanish Literature
SPAN 24420
LACS 24420

This course explores a selection of foundational texts of Latin American literature in conversation with films about colonial Latin America by American and European directors. We will engage questions of how, when, and why images remember historical moments, and will consider the possibilities and limitations of using film to represent history. Students will learn and practice techniques of textual analysis and film criticism while discussing themes such as visual literacy, cultural imperialism, and economic colonialism. Taught in Spanish. PQ: SPAN 20300 or consent of instructor.