Spanish Fall 2019: Expanded Upper Division Course Descriptions

 

For day, time, room, and TA information, see our schedule page here
 Or the course search tool: https://registrar-apps.ucdavis.edu/courses/search/index.cfm.

Spanish 100. Principles of Hispanic Literature and Criticism (4 units)

Charles Oriel, Lecturer

Course Description: This course is an introduction to textual analysis with readings from Spanish and Spanish American literature and culture. The course will deal with basic genres: narrative, poetry, drama, and essay and will provide students with the opportunity to acquire the basic technical vocabulary of the Hispanic literary and cultural critic.

Prerequisite: Spanish 024 or 033.

GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities, Oral Literacy, World Cultures and Writing Experience.

Format: Lecture - 3 hours; Writing or Discussion - 1 hour.

Textbook:

  • Course reader

Spanish 115. History of the Spanish Language (4 units)

Robert Blake, Professor

Course Description: This course examines the Spanish language from its roots in spoken Latin to modernity. There will be emphasis on the close relationship between historical events and language change, and the role that literature plays in language standardization.

Prerequisite: Spanish 024 or 033, or consent of instructor; Linguistics 001 recommended.

GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities or Social Sciences.

Format: Lecture - 3 hours; Writing or Discussion - 1 hour.

Textbook:

  • David A. Pharies, Breve historia de la lengua española: Segunda edición revisada  (University of Chicago Press, 2015)

Spanish 118. Special Topic in Spanish Linguistics (4 units)

Agustina Carando, Professor

Course Description: Drawing from research in language contact, bilingualism, and education, this course aims at familiarizing students with the sociolinguistic challenges facing speakers of Spanish in the US context, promoting an understanding of this diverse population and destigmatizing their language practices. Students will interview Spanish speakers around the community and analyze their speech data throughout the quarter.

Prerequisite: Spanish 111N or consent of instructor (acarando@ucdavis.edu).

GE credit (New): Social Sciences.

Format: Lecture - 3 hours; Term Paper.

Textbooks:

  • TBA

Spanish 131N. Survey of Spanish Literature: 1700 to the Present (4 units)

Charles Oriel, Lecturer

Course Description: This survey course focuses on Spanish literature from the year 1700 through the present day. This long period includes various literary, social, political and cultural movements, such as the Enlightenment, Romanticism, Naturalism, the Generation of ’98 and Surrealism, all of which will be taken into account and discussed in class. Readings include examples of all the main literary genres: essay, poetry, novel, short story and drama.

Prerequisite: Spanish 100/100S or 141/141S or 170/170S.

GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities and World Cultures.

Format: Lecture - 3 hours; Term Paper or Discussion - 1 hour.

Textbooks:

  • Miguel de Unamuno, Abel Sánchez: Una historia de pasión  (Espasa Calpe/Austral, 2005)
  • Federico Garcia Lorca, Bodas de Sangre  (Catedra, 1990)
  • A course reader

Spanish 141. Introduction to Spanish Culture (4 units)

Staff

Course Description: Introduction to history, geography and culture of Spain. Art, history of ideas, and everyday cultural manifestations. Introduction to critical reading and textual analysis.

Prerequisite: Spanish 024/024S or 033.

GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities, Visual Literacy, and World Cultures.

Format: Lecture - 3 hours; Writing/Discussion - 1 hour.

Textbooks:

  • TBA

Spanish 147. Origins and Educational Implications of Anti-Hispanic Prejudice (4 units)

John Slater, Professor

Course Description: Examination of Anti-Hispanic prejudice in the United States focusing on the "Black Legend," a 16th Century anti-Spanish myth underpinning the doctrine of "Manifest Destiny." Exploration of the Legend's presence in contemporary American society through interviews and analysis of school textbooks.

Prerequisite: None.

GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities, American Cultures, Governance & History, Domestic Diversity, and Writing Experience.

Format: Lecture/Discussion - 3 hours; Fieldwork; Term Paper.

Textbooks:

  • TBA

Spanish 151. Survey of Latin American Literature from 1900 to the Present (4 units)

Staff

Course Description: Using a thematic approach, this course provides an introduction to contemporary Latin American literature through the close reading of major writers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Analyses of short stories, novels, poems, music and films will open debates on important issues like the construction of identities, the writing of history and memory, colonialism, the effects of exile and migration, and the ever-renewed struggle between civilization and barbarism. As we read, our goal will be to discover how literature speaks in its own way about history, politics, identity and culture.

Prerequisite: Spanish 100/100S or 141/141S or 170/170S.

GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities and World Cultures.

Format: Lecture - 3 hours; Term Paper or Discussion - 1 hour.

Textbooks:

  • TBA

Spanish 160. Latin American Women Writers in Translation (4 units)

Ana Peluffo, Professor

Course Description: Latin American women writers from the 19th and 20th centuries. Recent theoretical approaches to literature by women in Latin America. Discussions in English of works by Matto de Turner, Avellaneda, Storni, Ocampo, Agustini, Mistral, Castellanos, and others.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor (aopeluffo@ucdavis.edu).

GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities and World Cultures.

Format: Lecture/Discussion - 3 hours; Term Paper.

Textbooks:

  • TBA

Spanish 170. Introduction to Latin American Cultures (4 units)

Ana Peluffo, Professor

Course Description: Introduction to history, geography and culture of Latin America. Multiple genres of cultural production and representation, with a focus on cultural diversity and regional difference. Introduction to critical reading and textual analysis.

Prerequisite: Spanish 024 or Spanish 033

GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities, World Cultures, Visual Literacy and Writing Experience.

Format: Lecture - 3 hours; Term Paper.

Textbooks:

  • TBA

Spanish 172. Cultura Mexicana: Mujeres Chingonas (4 units)

Robert Irwin, Professor

Course Description:  Muchos ámbitos culturales en México fueron dominados por muchos años por hombres. En la literatura, casi no hay escritoras en el canon de literatura nacional antes de las últimas décadas del siglo XX. En el cine, son escasas las directoras. Hasta años recientes, tampoco hay muchos casos de artistas (pintoras, escultoras, etc.) femeninas de renombre. No obstante la falta de oportunidades para mujeres, hay mujeres excepcionales – en muchos casos tanto en cuestiones de talento como de personalidad - que han asumido papeles protagónicos en las artes mexicanas. En cada caso sus triunfos han sido grandes logros ante el machismo mexicano que pretende subordinarlas. Pero al mismo tiempo estas mujeres imponentes son tan numerosas que parecen representar algún tipo de corrección constante al sexismo institucionalizado en el nacionalismo mexicano. En este curso, se estudia esta participación activa e impactante de las mujeres en la cultura mexicana a través de casos históricos de tanto la producción cultural (literatura, cine, música popular, teatro) como la vida real (sus biografías). Las trayectorias de estas mujeres hacen cuestionar las definiciones de la masculinidad y la feminidad en la cultural mexicana y la dinámica de machismo, vistas desde la época de la independencia hasta la actualidad. Algunas de las figuras que se analizarán: la escritora pionera Laura Méndez de Cuenca y María Amparo Ruiz de Burton; la curandera y oradora revolucionaria Teresa Urrea; la patrona de las artes Antonieta Rivas Mercado; la artista y activista Frida Kahlo; la cantante brava de música ranchera Lucha Reyes; la superestrella del cine mexicano María Félix; la antropóloga feminista Marta Lamas; la cabaretera Jesusa Rodríguez; y la empresaria chicana Jenni Rivera, entre otras.

Prerequisite: Spanish 024 or 033.

GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities, Visual Literacy and World Cultures.

Format: Lecture - 3 hours; Term Paper.

Textbooks:

  • TBA

Spanish 174. Chicano Culture: Mexican Migrations to the United States: Bandidos, Braceros and Bad Hombres (4 units)

Robert Irwin, Professor

Course Description: Este curso presenta un recorrido histórico de las olas migratorias mexicanas hacia "el norte" con enfoques tanto en las perspectivas y experiencias de los mismos migrantes como en su imagen pública en los Estados Unidos. Se estudiará esta historia a través de una serie de obras culturales (literatura, música popular, cine, arte visual), haciendo hincapié en algunas figuras de renombre, tales como Joaquín Murrieta, la Santa de Cabora, Juan Soldado, Lupe Vélez "the Mexican Spitfire", los Deportados de los Gatos, los Siete de la Raza, Emilio Varela y Camelia la Texana, Chalino Sánchez, Elvira Arellano, Alejandro González Iñárritu, entre otros - y  en grupos como los pachucos, los braceros y los DREAMers. Momentos claves de esta historia: la guerra mexicano-estadounidense de 1846-48, la revolución mexicana, el programa del bracero, el movimiento chicano, la actualidad.

Prerequisite: Spanish 024 or 033.

GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities, American Cultures, Governance & History and Domestic Diversity.

Format: Lecture - 3 hours; Discussion - 1 hour.

Textbooks:

  • Materials available on Canvas