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Spanish Linguistics


Spanish Studies



spanish linguistics

SPAN 432. SPANISH SYNTAX. Systematic introduction to the foundations of Spanish syntax based on standard and more recent treatments of Spanish and syntactic theory. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: SPAN 305 or consent of instructor. Prof. Jon MacDonald


SPAN 433. SPANISH SOCIOLINGUISTICS. Introduction to the sociolinguistic variation (social, historical, and dialectal) of Spanish-speaking communities, and to the basic theoretical and methodological concepts of sociolinguistic research. Taught in Spanish. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: SPAN 307 or SPAN 309; or consent of instructor. Prof. Anna María Escobar


SPAN 460. PRINCIPLES OF LANGUAGE TESTING. 3 to 4 hours. Same as EIL 460, EPSY 487, FR 460, GER 460, ITAL 460, PORT 460, and SLS 460. See EIL 460. Prof. H. Kang


SPAN 489. THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF SLA. Same as FR 481, GER 489, ITAL 489, LING 489, and PORT 489. See LING 489. Prof. H. Kang


SPAN 490. ADVANCED READINGS IN SPANISH. 0 to 3 hours. Directed reading course intended to develop an advanced student's interest in a special area of Hispanic linguistics or literature (author, genre, period, group of works, etc.). Topics to be chosen in consultation with an advisor. Only topics not covered in regular offerings will be considered. 0 to 3 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. May be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: SPAN 252 for linguistics topics; and any two of SPAN 310, SPAN 312, SPAN 314, or SPAN 316 for literature topics.


SPAN 491. TOPICS FOR HONORS STUDENTS. 0 to 3 hours. For candidates for honors in Spanish; intensive study of topics in Hispanic literature or linguistics. 1 to 3 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and of departmental honors advisor.


SPAN 588. SEMINAR SECOND LANGUAGE LEARNING. Treats specific topics in second language learning that are of current research and/or theoretical interest. Topics vary from term to term. Same as EALC 588, FR 588, GER 588, ITAL 588, LING 588, and PORT 588. May be repeated to a maximum of 16 hours if topics vary. Prerequisite: SPAN 580 or equivalent or consent of instructor. Prof. Jill Jegerski


Spanish Studies



Buenos Aires. Mexico City. Bogotá. Rio de Janeiro. The Virtual City. How does one “read” the contemporary urban metropolis of Latin America, whether real or imagined? Megacities are ever-present in Latin American cultural production, portrayed either through narratives of progress and modernization, or as alienating spaces and apocalyptic ruins. Building on the work of urban cultural studies and literary/film theory, this course examines cultural representations of five major “megalopolis” (four real and one virtual) in cultural works from 1900 until today.

The course examines concepts related to modernization, development, and the rise of mass media; it studies political and socioeconomic shifts in urban areas, including the effects of revolution, dictatorship and urban guerrillas, poverty (favelas and villas miseria), narcotraffic and criminality, and the reclaiming of city space by contemporary social movements. The focus will be on several cultural moments, from the 1920s modernization of these cities, to mass migrations in the 1940s and 50s, political unrest and state violence in the 60s and 70s, and the inequality of the neoliberal present. We will explore the following questions: How are cities and city dwellers represented in poetry, chronicles, novels, films, comic books and digital media? How does urban street culture (graffiti, hip-hop, internet “urban” spaces) interact with high culture? How does race, class and gender map onto city space in these works? We will examine literary and cultural works including Manuel Maples Arce’s poem “Urbe” (1924), Roberto Arlt’s novel El juguete rabioso (1926), Jorge Luis Borges’ short story “El hombre de la esquina rosada” (1927), Mário de Andrade’s crónicas from the 1930s, Ernesto Sábato’s novel El túnel (1948), Octavio Paz’s essays from El laberinto de la soledad (1950), Ruben Fonseca’s short stories from Feliz Ano Novo (1975), Diamela Eltit’s novel Lumpérica (1983) and Fernando Vallejo’s novel La virgen de los sicarios (1994). We will also view several films centered on urban life, including Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927), Victor Gaviria’s Rodrigo D: No futuro (1990), Fernando Meirelles’ Cidade de Deus (2002), and Mariano Cohn’s El hombre de al lado (2010). Other genres will include comics such as Carlos Varela’s La herencia del coronel (2008) or Ricardo Barreiro’s Parque Chas (2004). and Paola Power’s Virus Tropical (2011). Finally we will examine "urban" cultural products created for Internet, including cell phone videos and YouTube series. Course in Spanish. Brazilian works read in English or Spanish translation

Examines major works, critical movements and/or theoretical issues in the 20th and 21st century Spanish American literary and cultural studies. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 undergraduate hours or 8 graduate hours if topic varies. Prerequisite: SPAN 316 and SPAN 326. Prof. Eduardo Ledesma


SPAN 535. SEMINAR SPANISH AMERICAN LITERATURE. Special problems in methodology and research; includes other prose fiction. Same as CWL 562. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours if topics vary. Prerequisite: A related 400-level course in Spanish American Studies or consent of instructor. Prof. John Karam


590SPAN 590. AFFECTIVE TRANSFORMATIONS: THE POLITICS, EMOTIONS, AND AESTHETICS OF CHANGE IN MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY SPANISH CULTURE. The course will explore the politics, emotions and aesthetics of change in the context of modern and contemporary Spanish culture. “Change” will be understood in a broad sense, including conversion, metamorphosis, revolution, exchange, substitution or deviation. Particular attention will be paid to the (subjective and collective) effects of affects. We will also explore how change is encoded, promoted and/ or opposed in selected literary works of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, as well as in political/cultural debates in the news and social media. The theoretical framework for the course will include works by Walter Benjamin, Raymond Williams, Antonio Gramsci, Jacques Rancière, Chantal Mouffe, Lauren Berlant, Sara Ahmed, Martha Nussbaum, Manuel Castells and Beatriz Sarlo. NB. The class will be taught in Spanish or English, depending on enrollments. Prof. L. Elena Delgado