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Spanish and Portuguese, Deparment of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Upcoming Graduate Course Descriptions

For a complete list of graduate courses:
Hispanic Literature and Culture
Hispanic Linguistics
Lusophone Literature and Culture

Spring 2015 Courses

Portuguese 408/697A - Brazilian Film & Fiction
Daphne Patai

The principal aim of this course is to introduce students to Brazilian culture through selected films and readings (fiction and scholarly articles). By focusing on how filmmakers and writers represent key aspects of Brazilian society past and present, the following major themes will be explored: the colonization process; culture contact between Europeans and native Brazilians; slavery and the resistance to it; economic and political development; immigration and internal migration; life in the backlands; the dictatorship and its aftermath; urban problems. A second aim of the course is to study the development of Brazilian cinema through the past sixty years, especially the movement known as cinema novo. A third aim is to develop analytical skills and writing abilities.

Portuguese 597P - Portuguese & Brazilian Modernism
Francisco Cota Fagundes

Description TBA

Spanish 558 - Spanish American Essay
Luis Marentes

This class studies the different manifestation of the Spanish American essay, paying particular attention to the way this genre has been used to imagine an American identity.

Spanish 597T - Catalan Film Festival
Guillem Molla/Barbara Zecchi

(Offered in combination with the Catalan Film Festival). 1 credit, Pass-Fail. Spanish cinema started in Catalunya with two important schools: the realistic school led by Fructuós Gelabert; and the fantastic trend represented by Segundo de Chomán. After the silence forced upon Catalan cinema during Franco's dictatorship in the 40's and 50's, it started to regain an important role in the film industry with the Barcelona School in the mid 60's. Presently Catalan Cinema enjoys a strong recognition thanks to the works of well-known Catalan directors such as Bigas Luna, Ventura Pons and Isabel Coixet, among others. This class meets once a week for three hours and students are in charge of twenty minutes film introductions as well as discussion moderation; attendance is mandatory. Films are shown in the original language (Catalan or Castilian) w/ English subtitles.

Spanish 597EC - Escritura Creativa
Margara Russotto

Description TBA

Spanish 697 - Prosodic Acquisition
Meghan Armstrong

Decription TBA

Spanish 697WF - Women & Film
Barbara Zecchi

A close examination of the evolution of Spanish cinema by women directors through the viewpoint of gender and feminist film theories. This class will highlight women's mainly gynocentric cinematic scope and engage several of the most recurrent topics that shape women's films (such as violence against women, the depiction of the female body, and the rejection of traditional female roles, among others) in comparison with how these same themes surface in hegemonic cinema (i.e. both Hollywood and Spanish male-authored production). Furthermore this class will outline the historical evolution of female cinema: 1) Film-makers who worked before the Civil War and were silenced by Francisco Franco's dictatorship, 2) Those who had to negotiate their production within the regime's censorship, and 3) A third group that, in democracy, contributes to a "boom" of women behind the camera. By tackling the so-called gender-genre debate, this class will analyze how each group uses (or subverts) different male-dominated cinematic forms (such as neo-realism, the road movie, the film noir, etc.), thus shaping a female discursive "difference" in each period. Taught in Spanish.