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Spring 2017

This class focuses on issues in community-engaged research and teaching. As educators in higher education in the field of Spanish, we are often called on to make connections between our field in and the community both in our research and our classes. Students will be familiarized with critical pedagogy for community engagement and service-learning, as well as best practices for engaged research, specifically in low-SES communities where Spanish is spoken in the U.S. and internationally). Issues related to the role of the researcher are also discussed. In addition to these topics, this course will also focus on linguistic diversity and social justice, exploring themes such as stratification and linguistic segregation, linguistic diversity in the workplace and in education, language and the gender gap, and linguistics and global justice. A community-engaged project will be carried out during the semester, and students will benefit from various lectures from scholars involved in diverse aspects of community-engaged or social justice-related projects in Linguistics.

This course is an introduction to the field of Applied Linguistics. We start by examining the evolution of foreign language instruction since the nineteenth 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. 

  • Travels and Borders in Latin American and US Latina/o Literature - Luis Marentes

This course studies the way in which Latin American and US Latina/o writers have constructed and complicated notions of ethnic and/or national identity through narratives of travel or border experience. We understand borders in a broad and flexible manner, considering not only political divisions between nation-states, but also geographical borders and cultural "contact zones." For that reason, we consider a broad range of travels, including tourism, migration, exploration, deportation, exile and the quotidian movement between different geographical and/or cultural spaces.

  • Practicing Literary Translation: Spanish / Portuguese / Catalan - Regina Galasso

This course offers extensive practice of literary translation with readings of key texts by translators of Iberian and Latin American literatures. Students will work on a semester-long project of their choice that is a translation involving any language combination of Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, and English. As students become familiar with the varying views of translation, they will develop their ability to talk and write about translators' strategies and choices, and recognize translation as a scholarly activity. This course also provides an opportunity for students to enhance their literary analysis skills while forming a community of readers and writers. Students will complete short exercises, collaborative work, and presentations. Knowledge of at least one of these languages and English required.

This course will study Spanish literary works and their cinematic adaptations. It will address the fundamental differences between written words and visual image. It will assess the fidelity of the recreation and reflect upon the implications of ideology for reinterpretation. The films studied in this course 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.

Fall 2017

This course is an introduction to different methods and approaches to foreign language teaching. During the course, students learn how to prepare a foreign language lesson, and develop the necessary abilities to become language instructors. This course is required for all new TAs.

  • 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

This course is an introduction to the study of intonation, from the perspective of the Autosegmental-Metrical framework for the study of intonation. This course begins with a basic introduction to the study of intonation, including a brief survey of theoretical models as well as Gussenhoven’s Biological Codes. Next students will be introduced to the Autosegmental-Metrical Theory and ToBI (Tones and Breaks Indices Systems), focusing specifically on the ToBI system that has been developing for varieties of Spanish, Sp_ToBI. Students will be familiarized with methods for eliciting intonational contrasts, and will become familiar with Sp_ToBI transcription. Research on the most cutting-edge topics in intonational phonology in Western Romance will be discussed, with a special focus on Spanish. By the end of the semester students will be able to provide an intonational description/analysis of a specific dialect of Spanish.

This seminar will provide students with the theoretical tools necessary to understand the key concepts and issues that are fundamental to the interpretation and control of the critical discourses, both literary and cultural, related to the Luso-Hispanic world. The goals of this seminar are both applied and theoretical in nature. While the course offers a historical overview of major trends and movements in literary and cultural theory, it also aims to stimulate the student’s own independent critical thinking. The seminar furthermore seeks to offer an overview of the current theoretical research conducted by the faculty of the Spanish and Portuguese program in Luso-Hispanic Literary Studies.

This is an introductory seminar on modern Latin American poetry, from Modernism (1880) to avant-garde (1920/1930). We will read and discuss canonical authors (Dario, Martí, Huidobro, Vallejo, among others). We will differentiate between pure and impure poetry, debate the two avant-gardes and their authors, and asses the importance of Brazilian Modernism and the week of 22. We will also address more general questions, such the meaning of being modern in poetry, the representative character of Latin American poetry, as well as social and cultural changes in Spanish American society. Emphasis will be placed on the close reading of poems.

This course explores the connections between travel and translation. Moving beyond travel as a metaphor for translation and vice versa, this course uses translation as an analytical tool to study travel accounts thereby enhancing their complexities and place in literary history. Most texts will be from literature of the twentieth century to the present, but students may choose texts from beyond this timeframe for their individual projects. Readings in Spanish, Catalan, and English.


Spring 2018

  • Research Methods in Second 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.

  • Bilingualism and Language Contact - Patricia Gubitosi

This course focuses on language contact situations in the Spanish speaking world. Important theoretical problems are addressed by the study of linguistic phenomena in bilingual and multilingual context as well as the role played by the contact language in the motivation of linguistic change processes. The proposed course intends to offer the students an approach to the knowledge of linguistic concepts as applied to the study of the live varieties of the Spanish spoken around the world. Fieldwork and analysis of live/real discourse will be required.

Engaging in a discussion of the politique des auteurs and auteur theory, each issue of this course focuses on the work of a different Spanish director, such as Luis Buñuel, Carlos Saura, Pedro Almodóvar, Pilar Miró, and Isabel Coixet. This seminar aims to highlight the director’s cinematic models, distinctive style, and recurrent themes.

This course explores the academic discipline and activist movement, Queer Latinx Studies, which is invested in interrogating the ways that race, gender, and sexuality intersect, overlap, and at times violently refute one another in the lives of LGBTQ Latinx people. We will look historically at the ways that categories of race and ethnicity have intersected with gender and sexuality over the last century of Latinx literature and cultural production. Our focus will be on 1) How categories of race and sexuality been similarly constructed within U.S., Latin American, and Latinx literature, 2) How have certain races and “non-normative” sexualities been understood as “deviant” and criminalized accordingly, and 3) How the writers we encounter begin to construct new narratives for discussing race and sexuality within the emerging field of Queer Latinx critique.

This seminar will interrogate the production of space in medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque lyric poetry from the Iberian Peninsula. It will study how texts are materially and deictically embedded in space. It will explore the implications of this embeddedness for orally transmitted texts, but also for texts archived in writing and reenacted through recitation and silent reading. As the literal meaning of texts engages with the construction of spaces, the course will also examine the interplay between literary space and the spatial configuration of authors, vis-à-vis their work and addressees. Readings will include theoretical essays by Henri Lefebvre, Michel de Certeau, Hans U. Gumbrecht, Simone Pinet, and Stephen C. Levinson, and lyric poetry by authors such as Jorge Manrique, Florencia del Pinar, Jordi de Sant Jordi, Ausiàs March, Garcilaso de la Vega, Isabel de Vega, Lope de Vega, Luis de Góngora, and Francisco de Quevedo.