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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

Fall 2014 Courses

Portuguese 597PW - Women Writers of Portugal
Jose Ornelas

This course, open to both graduate and undergraduate students, focuses on female voices of contemporary Portugal as they explore through new discursive strategies issues related to gender construction and the ever-changing socio-historical space. The influence of women writers in shaping Portuguese literary canon. Readings by Agustina Bessa Luis, Fernanda Botelho, Lidia Jorge, Olga Goncalves, Teolinda Geraso, Clara Pinto Correia, Maria Velho da Costa, Maria Gabriels Llansol. Requirements: undergraudates, two papers (7-8 pages); graduates, two papers (10-12 pages). Prerequisites: A reading k nowledge of Portuguese or consent of instructor.

Spanish 597J - Foreign Language Teaching Methods
Carole Cloutier

The purpose of this course is to review current language acquisition theories, examine various recent trends that have influenced teaching practice, including task-based approaches, and extract from these resources those elements that seem most relevant to the construction of future models for language teaching.

Spanish 597CS - 20th Century Spanish Novel
Diogenes Costa Curras (Visiting Professor)

This seminar focuses on realist narratives in 20th century Spanish literature. A central question concerns how Spanish writers reacted to and commented upon political and social transformations and upheavals in their works throughout the 20th century. Furthermore, this course will examine to which extent the writers at hand, break with, transform or continue previous conceptualizations and manifestations of literary realism. Course materials include novels by Carmen Laforet, Miguel Delibes, Suso de Toro, and Belén Gorpegui and short stories by Méndez Ferrín, and Carmen Martín Gaite. While the main focus will be on literature, films by Icíar Bollaín and Guillermo del Toro will be considered as well. Our discussions throughout the semester will be guided by the following questions: How is reality represented differently across mediums at different historical moments? How do realist representations explore, reflect on and challenge Spanish—political and social—reality at the time? What is the significance of realism with regard to Spanish nationalism? In addition to the primary sources, course materials include theoretical key texts on conceptualizations of realism (Bertolt Brecht, Georg Lukács, André Bazin), nationalism (Benedict Anderson, Homi Bhabha), and history (Hayden White, Michel de Certeau). Discussion conducted in English/Spanish.

Spanish 597W - Latino/a Literature
Roberto Márquez (Visiting Professor)

The Hispanic Caribbean and its Diasporas will examin the emergence and articulation of a distinctly Latin@ consciousness in the United States and the literary expression in which , over time, it finds creative expression. Emphasis will be on the historical, communal, and Diaspora contexts of that expression, as well as its literary particularities, characteristic forms, settings, moods and signature concerns.

Spanish 672 - Hispanic Dialectology
Patricia Gubitosi

This course examines and compares diachronic and synchronic surveys of the dialects of Spain, Spanish America and the Hispanic Caribbean. Some theoretical approaches and methodologies to study dialect classification are considered. Also, the course revises the debates on the origins and historical development of Spanish dialects in Latin America as well as the most recent developments in the fields of Dialectology.

Spanish 697DQ - Don Quijote
Albert Lloret

This seminar provides a close reading and commentary of the two parts of Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (1605 and 1615). The novel will be discussed in connection with the author's literary culture, paying special attention to chivalric and byzantine romances, picaresque fictions, lyric poetry, ballads, and literary theory. The author's writing process and narrative techniques, the printing of the first editions, and the history of the interpretation of the novel will also be crucial issues that will frame our analysis. Taught in Spanish.

Portuguese 697RM - Research Methods in Language Acquisition
Luiz Amaral

This course is an overview of research methods used in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition. Students analyze the different types of research projects, and learn the necessary steps to prepare a research report, including how to formulate research questions and hypotheses, design a methodology for data gathering, code and analyze the data, and report their findings. We look at those issues both in quantitative and qualitative research. We discuss the different settings where second language research can be conducted and the implications for research validity and reliability.

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 Fagundes

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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 597 - Creative Writing
Margara Russotto

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Spanish 697 - Prosodic Acquisition
Meghan Armstrong

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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.

Spanish 797S - Space Presence and Being
Albert Lloret

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Spanish 790 - Seminar in Hispanic Linguistics
Patricia Gubitosi

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