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  Poetic Voices of Spain 20th and 21st Centuries

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.

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What our graduates say about the Program:

"I was particularly pleased with the courses in cultural studies and postcolonialism and with the opportunity to learn about postmodernity in Spain and Latin America."        -Sue Davis, Prof. Emerita of Political Science, University of Delaware '10

"The graduate program in Hispanic Studies at Villanova is an excellent academic experience. The program maintains a fine balance between reading primary materials, learning the work of contemporary and past scholars, and developing original ideas through writing and research. It is also a community; each of the professors takes a very personalized approach to their classes and students know their professors on a personal level."     -Brian Yates '07