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
Luiza Lobo (Visiting Professor)
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
Aimed at graduates and undergraduates with language skills, literary passion and an interest in developing their own writing and creative skills in Spanish. This course understands creative writing as a way into aesthetic/literary and self-knowledge. The practice of creative writing will be constant and there will be guest speakers. As far as we know, this is the first and only university course in the region dedicated to creative writing in Spanish. Advanced knowledge of Spanish required. No other prerequisites. Open to students from all Five Colleges and from any discipline. Enrolling limited to 10 students.
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
John Cull (Visiting Professor)
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.
Portuguese 597PW - Women Writers of Portugal
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 697DQ- Don Quijote
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 597HA- Discursos de género
During the 19th century, liberalism and romanticism provided the grounds for the flourishing of "feminine writing" to the point that, between 1840 and 1860, women clearly were the protagonists of the literary landscape. Such predominance started to dissipate as the century advanced, and the feminine presence in the canon became more and more sporadic. This course will focus on the struggle of Spanish women throughout the 19th century to maintain a literary space from where to undermine the patriarchal construction of a female identity and launch her own subjectivity, express her own desires, denounce the violence women must undergo, and ultimately search for the terms of her own identity.
Spanish 597CL - Caribe
This seminar focuses on the works of the masters of the Caribbean Short Story. This genre is the most popular literary genre in Latin America, and it is considered to be 'protean' due to its ability to morph into any number of forms. We will read selected representative texts by authors from Venezuela, Cuba, Costa Rica, Colombia, Puerto Rico, among others, in order to identify intersections between the aesthetic movements, the regional history, and the traditional conflicts with the peripheral Modernity. We will spend the first few sessions on the theory of the Short Story. Students will be expected to participate intensively in this seminar: there will be oral presentations, book reviews, a midterm exam, and a research paper on primary sources. The seminar is open to advanced students, graduate and undergraduate.
Spanish 697LA - Research Methods in Second Language Acquisition
This course is an overview of research methods used in 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.
Spanish 797RM - Advanced Seminar in Sociolinguistics
This seminar explores the challenges of being a sociolinguist. In this seminar the students will learn how to collect samples of naturally-occurring speech; understand some of the problems involved in recording speech interactions; be acquainted with some of the ethical issues involved in human-subjects research in general, and in sociolinguistic research in particular (obtain proper consent, interview people following ethical guidelines, and treat data confidentially). Students are expected to request IRB approval for further presentation and publication of research results.