Romance Languages and Literatures

Courses

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.