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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.

Spanish 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.