SPA 7400 Spanish Teaching Methodology
Focuses on the analysis of approaches and techniques for teaching Spanish as well as the effective design and implementation of best instructional practices for developing students’ proficiency. Examines the relationship between theory and research in second language acquisition ( SLA) and language teaching and learning. Analyzes the interrelated perspectives of language teaching and learning contexts, curriculum, instruction, assessment and evaluation, and professional development.
SPA 7410 Latin American Poetry
This course focuses on the Latin American avant-garde through Vicente Huidobro, César Vallejo, Jorge Luis Borges and Pablo Neruda; the turn to politically committed poetry in Neruda and Vallejo, and contemporary tendencies in Octavio Paz, Nicanor Parra, Rosario Castellanos, Ernesto Cardenal, Gonzalo Rojas, and more.
SPA 7420 Literary and Cultural Theories
Critical approaches to literature with the necessary theoretical background designed to familiarize students with various methods for analyzing literary texts.
SPA 7430 Masterpieces of Hispanic Literature
The seminar analyzes the major Spanish and Latin American authors included in the AP reading list. It is aimed to prepare AP teachers to know these authors in their context and using the latest analytical tools. The course also counts for the MA degree.
SPA 7440 Special Topics
SPA 7450 Cultural Authority in Early Modern Spain
This seminar presents cultural approaches to books and reading. It is designed to familiarize students with key issues regarding the materiality of texts, their production, dissemination, circulation and consumption. Focusing on a wide selection of early modern textual productions, and not exclusively on what has been considered “literary texts,” considerable effort is given to presenting the texts in their original early-modern format, resorting to facsimiles, as well as microfilms from the sixteen and seventeen centuries. The seminar is conceived within a mentoring/teaching philosophy, where by students acquire general reading and research skills, which they apply to specific topics and issues with my guidance. It is also aimed at introducing students to different approaches of doing research.
SPA 7451 Cervantine Spain
An interdisciplinary approach to Cervantes' Spain.
SPA 7457 Baroque Social Order
An approach to the ideologies of disclosure in the 17th Century Comedia.
SPA 7470 Poetics in Early Modern Spain
Examines the socio-humanist and theo-philosophical revolution of Spanish society of the 16th and 17th centuries through its foremost poets.
SPA 7491 Contemporary Spanish Stage
Examines the dichotomy between socio-political repression and conformity and protest in Spain of XX and XXI centuries through representative dramatists.
SPA 7492 Readings Spanish Modernism
A study of Spanish modernism, showing how imported images and pessimistic ideologies from Europe helped shape the Spanish culture of the first part of the twentieth century.
SPA 7493 Contemporary Poetic Voices of Spain
Lyric poetry of Spain from the beginning of the twentieth- century to present day against the background of European historical, socio-cultural, philosophical and artistic consciousness.
SPA 7494 Space & Politics in Medieval Spain
Analyzes the politics of Spain in Medieval Castille by examining works of different genres such as the Romancero and Spanish epic poetry. The relation between the meaning of private and public sphere in Medieval literature and the political discourse of Christian rulers will be scrutinized.
SPA 7502 Spanish Applied Linguistics
Analyzes contemporary theory, research, and practice surrounding the acquisition and use of Spanish in bilingual and multilingual settings.
SPA 8510 The Dream of Reason: The Romantic Period Revisited
This graduate seminar studies the romantic period in Spain examining its evolution in relation to other European Countries. The major authors of this period are presented, beginnning with Cadalso, and ending with Bécquer and Rosalía de Castro, two authors that led the way to modernism.
SPA 8540 Nature in the Middle Ages
Examines literary representation of the relation between human beings and the natural world as it has been conceived by Medieval Spanish writers. The literary works studied will focus on the period between the 10th and the 15th centuries, coinciding with the beginning of the Spanish Reconquista.
SPA 8580 Relación & Politics in Medieval Literature
The creation of historical memory in Spanish Medieval Literature. By studying works like the Poema de Fernán Gonzalez and the Cantar de Mío Cid, and Syrian hagiographic material, the course attempts to shed light on the intersection of religion and politics in Medieval Spain.
SPA 8598 Discursos de la memoria
Hispanic narrative or poetic discourses (testimonio, autobiography, memoir) that reflect individual or collective memory.
SPA 8599 Postmodernity & Spanish Novel
A study of major authors and artists that comprise the cultural and aesthetic revolution that began approximately in 1950 and continued with new directions to today.
SPA 9520 History of the Span Language
The development from Latin, Vulgar Latin and Old Spanish, and a study of current linguistic trends.
SPA 9556 Spanish Sociolinguistics
An introduction to the theoretical foundations of sociolinguistic variation (dialectal, social, historical, dialect/language contact) in Spanish-speaking communities.
SPA 9575 Hispanic Cultural Studies
Examines the various definitions of culture and the production of cultural meanings and identities in Latin America. It will provide students with tools and methodologies that enable them to understand and to analyze cultural phenomena tied to questions of identity, such as alterity, hibridity, transculturation, indigenismo and (Latin)Americanism.
SPA 9580 Post/Colonial Text: Dialogues
Reading and discussion of the historiography of the colonial times in Latin America in their historical, political and cultural contexts of production and reception.
SPA 9582 Postmodern Fiction in Latin America
Study of postmodern fiction written in the last two decades dealing with exile, collective memory, marginality, gender and urban violence as part of the post-dictatorship imaginary.
SPA 9583 Women's Voices of Latin America
Texts written by representative Latin American women writers focusing on "the women question" will be discussed in their cultural and historical context.
SPA 9584 Short Story of the Americas
Short story in Latin America examined through literary analysis. Readings include stories by North American and Latin American authors.
SPA 9588 Theater in Latin America
Study of contemporary Latin American theater (text and stage) through historical, sociological and literary analysis of works from various leading dramatists.