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Courses for Spanish

AAS 514/COM 509/SPA 596Empire, Slavery, and Salvation: Blackness in the Atlantic WorldAn exploration of portrayals of blackness in literature, travel writing, painting, and autobiography from Spain, England, and the Americas. Students become versed in debates surrounding the emergence of human distinctions based on religion, race, and ethnicity in the early modern era as they analyze a variety of historical representations of blackness. 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.Larissa Brewer-García
LAS 504/SPA 595Provincializing European History in Spanish America (16th century)How did 16th century history, a provincial set of knowledge elaborated in Medieval Europe and Northern Italy, became a discipline able to interpret Indian pasts and societies once applied and adapted to the New World? This course explores the new forms of history writing which appeared in the New World during the 16th century. Special attention is given to Indian and Mestizo figures who conceived and wrote histories while creating the political and religious conditions for a new society (early colonial society). Both 16th century European historicism and native reactions to be analyzed and discussed. Course is taught in Spanish.Serge M. Gruzinski
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 538/COM 538/MED 538Seminar in Golden-Age Literature: Case studies from Spain and the New World: Bodies of evidenceBodies of evidence, bodies of knowledge, the body politic, bodies--inviolate to mutilated, saintly to criminal-are figured in Medieval and Early Modern Hispanic literature in ways that reveal not only cultural paradigms, myths and obsessions, but also some widely divergent cultural inscriptions involving marginal social groups, the history of the senses, sexuality and gender. The relationships between bodily and cognitive systems will form the basis for our analyses of such texts and authors as: El Cantar de mio Cid, "Libro de buen amor", "Celestina", "Don Quijote",Sor Juana.Marina S. Brownlee
SPA 583Seminar in Literary TheoryWhat is the "matter" of theory, its basic content and scope? This seminar studies the main trends in modern theoretical thought from Russian Formalism and their reduction of literature to formal systems of signification and the Frankfurt School's readings of mass culture, to most recent interpretations of the role of power in cultural production in Foucault, Deleuze, Sarduy, Spivak, Rama, Hall, and others. This seminar seeks to develop a coherent overall overview that incorporates philosophical and social perspectives on the fundamental questions of critical thinking.Gabriela Nouzeilles

SPA 401 / LAS 428 Topics in Hispanic Culture (Europe and America) - Revolution, Mourning, and Literature in 20th Century Latin America
Twentieth-century Latin American history is shaped by the collective experience of various revolutionary and social movements. From the Mexican to the Cuban revolution and the populist Peronism and Varguismo, to the belligerent promises of "Chavismo", the cultural history of the region cannot be understood apart from the pitfalls of revolutionary nationalism. This course studies the processes of mourning unleashed by the shortcomings or failures of those revolutionary processes through music, literature, cinema, music, as well as comics and graphic art.  Rafael Elias Rojas Gutiérrez

LAS 401 / SPA 412 / LAO 401  Latin American Studies Seminar - Islands, Literature and History in Latin America & the Caribbean
How have islands been depicted in literature, historical narratives, film, and popular culture? How have empires, from the Spanish conquest to Guantánamo, reinvented the Caribbean islands as tropical paradises or as very real prisons? We consider the ways in which nationalist discourse, slavery and marronage, revolutions, military occupations, and tourism have shaped collective memory in the sugar islands. We will also explore questions of exit, voice and loyalty in Caribbean diasporic communities. "The Tempest", More's "Utopia" and "Robinson Crusoe" will provide starting points for rethinking key poetic and political traditions at play.  Arcadio Díaz-Quiñones

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