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Courses for Spanish

COM 563/ENG 578/LAS 564/SPA 597Studies in Forms of Narrative: Fiction in Latin AmericaThe course explores a range of forms and uses of fiction in Latin America since the end of the 19th century, with special attention to changing contexts of politics and history. Texts are available in English, and also read in Portuguese or Spanish as knowledge or enthusiasm allows.Michael G. Wood
SPA 500Methodology of Spanish Language Teaching: Seminar and PracticumThis course is an introduction to key terms and ideas in the field of second-language acquisition and core issues in teaching modern foreign languages, with special attention to Spanish and Portuguese. Students will develop and practice skills and techniques of teaching foreign languages, selection of content and materials, evaluation of student performance, and self-assessment of their own pedagogical practices. The theoretical foundation will be applied to the teaching of the four skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing). The teaching of culture and the use of new technologies will be also considered.Alberto Bruzos Moro
SPA 538Seminar in Golden-Age Literature: Passing Identities in Early Modern SpainThe concealment of one's birth rank, ethnicity, and/or gender was a strategy that allowed access to social spaces that would otherwise not have been accessible to certain subjects. On the other hand, the awareness that impersonators were secretly disrupting the natural social order contributed to heightened anxieties among those who felt threatened by social infiltration. This course examines the representation of the phenomenon of "passing" and its responses in the literature of Golden Age Spain. Readings will include more established literary works as well as lesser known books of jokes, treatises, and official discourses.Christina H. Lee
SPA 540Main Currents of Spanish Thought, 1848 to the Present: Spain: The Struggle for ModernityAn examination of processes of national construction in 19th and 20th century Spain, in connection with history, modernization, gender, subjectivity and social class. Among the topics to be discussed: country, city and migration; women and modernity; history and tradition; Hispanidad and Spanish nationalism; culture of the Spanish Civil War; subjectivity, social class and nation under Franco; history and memory in democratic Spain.Manuel-Angel G. Loureiro
SPA 547Narrative Prose in Latin America: Finance and FormThis course examines the relations between economic systems and aesthetic form, paying special attention to the effects and representations of finance capital in Latin America from the eighteenth through the twenty-first centuries. Focusing on a cluster of questions rather than a historical genealogy, the course asks how economic systems translate into aesthetics and how aesthetic form renders, inverts or mimes such systems. Emphasis on slave-based economies, nineteenth-century finance capital, petroleum economies, and contemporary finance. Readings in literature, art history, and criticism.Rachel L. Price
SPA 548/COM 542Seminar in Modern Spanish-American Literature: Archival Research WorkshopThis seminar is conducted as a workshop to train students in the methodology of archival research. We work with the papers of Latin American writers housed at Firestone Library, especially with recent acquisitions of letters and manuscripts by Cuban writer Severo Sarduy. Theoretical readings include texts by Derrida, Barthes, Murat, Freud, and others. Students are encouraged to publish the result of their semester-long research.Rubén Gallo
SPA 550Seminar in Colonial Spanish American Literature: Writing history in the New World:Spanish & Indian ChroniclersWriting History in the New World: How XVIth century History, a provincial set of knowledges elaborated in Western Europe, Northern Italy and Spain, became, once applied and adapted to the New World, a discipline able to interpret non Western pasts and societies? The course compares standard European Humanist History and the new forms of history writing appearing in Mexico during the XVIth century. Special attention is given this semester to the Indian responses to European historicism such as Mexican Codices, Images and Songs considered as an alternative to the European and Christian models.Serge M. Gruzinski

Courses for Portuguese

POR 562/COM 562/LAS 562/AAS 564Luso-Brazilian Seminar: Cities and NatureBrazilian society has become one of the most urbanized in the world. At the same time, many of the more widely circulating images of the country pertain to natural landscapes. In this course we study how ideas of city and nature have been constructed in opposition and complementarity, focusing on the 18th and 19th centuries. Emphasis is placed on Lusophone engagement with "non-western" epistemologies, urbanization, and "the production of nature." Topics to include transatlantic circulation of knowledge; slavery and the natural sciences; city planning and race; literature, visual arts, and spatial imaginaries.Bruno M. CarvalhoLilia K. Moritz Schwarcz