Portuguese 597F - Short Story in the Portuguese Speaking World
This course focuses on some representative authors and works from Portugal, Brazil, Lusophone Africa, and Lusophone United States. Writers represented are Sá-Carneido, Miguel Torga, Jorge de Sena, Rodrigues Miguéis, Sophia de Mello Bryner Andresen, Machado de Assis, Guimarães Rosa, Clarice Lispector, Moacyr Scliar, Baltasar Lopes, Manuel Lopes, Yolanda Amarilis, Luandino Vieira, Luís Bernardo Honwana, Mia Couto, Onésimo Almeida, José Francisco Costa, and Katherine Vaz. The course will begin with a brief survey of short story theory since Edgar Allan Poe. In the reading of texts, several approaches to the short story will be tested (genetic, mimetic, intertextual, affective, formalistic). Some key concepts attendant to the theory and criticism of short story theory will receive special attention: marginalized populations and loneliness; coming of age; foundational short story; experimentalism; the interrelations of the short story and other literary genres; the individual short story vs. heterogeneous collections vs. the integrated collections or cycles or sequences; and the short story of the Portuguese-American diaspora. Course is open to both graduates and undergraduates. Requirements: excellent knowledge of Portuguese; perfect attendance; class participation; and three 4-5 page papers for undergraduates, and a major research paper (20-25 pages) for graduates.
Portuguese 597NL - New History and Literature
The main aim of the course is to understand Brazilian society and its latest changes in mentalilty through the study of literature. We will begin by focusing on the background of the third phase of the French new history school after the 1970s, its 'linguistic turn' during postmodernism and its anti-metaphysical standpoint. We will discuss Hayden White's work Metahistory and Linda Hutcheon's concept of metafiction in A Poetics of Postmodernism, among other authors, such as Fernand Braudel and Michel De Certeau. Turning to new history novels and essays by the Brazilian authors Lilia Schwarcz, Ana Miranda and Antonio Torres (in Portuguese, or in English or in Spanish translation), will illustrate the history of mentality, the history from below and oral history in Brazilian literature and society. Finally, we will compare new history novels with traditional historical novels, such as those by Machado de Assis, Diná Silveira de Queiroz or Agripa Vasconcelos (in Europe, Eça de Queiroz, Balzac, or Stendhal).
Portuguese 697A - Brazil in Film & Fiction
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.
Spanish 558 - Spanish American Essay
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 597AP - Applied Linguistics
This course is an introduction to the field of Applied Linguistics. We start by examining the evolution of foreign language instruction since the 19th century. Then, we look into current issues in the field, such as: input and input processing, output and interactionist theories, form focused instruction, noticing and awareness in SLA, feedback techniques, and the development of communicative competence. We look at some of the current research projects and findings related to those issues, and how they can help influence the pedagogical practice of foreign language teachers.
Spanish 597EC - Escritura Creativa
Spanish 597T - Catalan Cinema
Barbara Zecchi & Guillem Molla
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 Chomón. 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. Class meets once a week for three hours. Students are in charge of twenty minutes film introductions and to moderate discussions. Attendance is mandatory. Films are shown in the original language (Catalan or Castilian) w/ English subtitles.
Spanish 697BL - Boom Latino Americano
Alberto Ameal Pérez
Spanish 697TS - Topics in Spanish Phonetics & Phonology
Introduction to Spanish Intonational Phonology: In this course we will focus on the intonational system of Spanish, but also other intonational systems such as Catalan and Portuguese.The course is divided into three parts: 1.) The notion of intonation from a phonetic perspective as well as basic models of intronation, paying special attention to the Autosegmental-Metrical (AM) model (presently the most common model used for the description of Spanish dialects). 2.) Students Ear-training and transcription of intonation using the Sp_ToBI (Spanish Tones and Breaks Indices) system. Students will also be familiarized with the system for Catalan, Cat_ToBI. 3.) Reading and criticism of articles on intonational aspects of dialects of Spanish and other Romance languages. These articles will deal with different aspects of information including intonational focus, pitch range and alignment. Students will carry out a mini-experiment at the end of the course on some aspect of Romance intonation.
Spanish 697WD - Wages of Desire in Early Modern Spain
In this course, we will be reading a selection of canonical Spanish Golden Age comedias as both literary and cultural artifacts of the Spanish Golden Age, and as the manifestation of a vitally important socio-economic phenomenon that affected and transformed Spanish society in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. We will also seek to understand how plays were staged in the public playhouses (corrales de comedia) and the lives and social standing of those professionals who earned their livings from the theater in the period under consideration.
Spanish 797BS - From Paper to Celluloid
This class will study Spanish literary works and their cinematic adaptations. It will address the fundamental differences between written words and visual image, measure the fidelity of the recreation and reflect upon the implications of ideology and gender for reinterpretation. Movies include the two versions of María Lejárraja's Canción de cuna, Juan de Orduña's and Josefina Molina's recreations of Machado's La Lola se va a los puertos, and Garci's adaptation of Galdós's El abuelo, among others.