Spanish Fall 2018: Expanded Graduate Course Descriptions

Spanish 201. Literary Theory I (4 units)

Robert Irwin, Professor

R 4:10-7:00P
109 Olson Hall
CRN 43336

Course Description:This course presents a survey of contemporary critical approaches to cultural objects for the context of Latinx, Latin American and Peninsular studies, considering the probematic roles of both theory and politics in academic inquiry. Some key methods and concepts include: semiotics, feminist standpoint theory, afropessimism, teoría cuir, affect theory, epistemologies of the south, border as method. The class will look at how major social issues emerging from civil rights and social movements have influenced academic inquiry. It will introduce the work of mainstream metropolitan figures such as Roland Barthes, Michel Foucault, Donna Haraway, and Judith Butler, as well as that of others emerging from the colonial margins of the metropolitan academy, such as Franz Fanon, Stuart Hall, and Achille Mbembe. Special attention will be given to the work of influential theorists from Spanish, US Latinx and Latin American contexts, including Franz Fanon, Gloria Anzaldúa, Paul B. Preciado, Marta Lamas, Néstor Perlongher, Walter Mignolo, Arturo Escobar, Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Martha Escobar, Néstor García Canclini, and Rossana Reguillo, among others.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor (rmirwin@ucdavis.edu).

Format: Seminar - 3 hours; Term Paper.

Textbooks:

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Spanish 215. Technology in Foreign Language Teaching (4 units)

Robert Blake, Professor

W 4:10-7:00P
151 Olson Hall
CRN 42508

Course Description:  This course will introduce graduate students to the field of CALL: computer assisted language learning. We will examine how the web, computer-assisted communication, social computing, and online programs and games can utilized in pursuit of second language learning. Examination and applications will be drawn from Spanish, French, German, and ESL. No prior technological experience is required.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor (rjblake@ucdavis.edu); Spanish 205 and 206 recommended.

Format: Seminar - 3 hours; Term Paper.

Textbook:

  • Robert J. Blake, Brave New Digital Classroom: Technology and Foreign Language Learning [2nd Edition]  (Georgetown University Press, 2013)

Spanish 258. Spanish Literature of the Renaissance and Golden Age: Prose (4 units)

John Slater, Professor

M 4:10-7:00P
117 Olson Hall
CRN 42510

Course Description: 

Literature and Medicine: Theories, Texts, and Approaches.

This course is a theoretical and practical introduction to literature and medicine, with secondary foci on medical anthropology and the history of medicine.  “Literature and Medicine” is an interdisciplinary field that has seen tremendous growth over the last few decades.  Increasingly, literary scholars have turned to medical texts and ideas to explain philosophies about the body, as well as theories of embodiment.  This course will elucidate the ways in which literature not only borrows medical ideas, but also organizes and mediates medical knowledge.  We will examine the rich medical marketplace of early modern Spain (which included médicos and cirujanos, parteras and comadronas, ensalmadores and saludadores, curanderos and charlatanes); we will examine how literature constituted a discourse to contest mistreatment at the hands of medical practitioners; and we will consider the ways in which medicine and literature became competing textual arenas to analyze experiences of sickness and health.  Although our focus will be on early modern texts (written at the moment that modern physiology, anatomy, and chemical medicine came into being), seminar participants will be encouraged to explore the long history of interdisciplinary interactions between medical and literary discourses.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor (jslater@ucdavis.edu).

Format: Seminar - 3 hours; Term Paper.

Textbooks:

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Spanish 390. The Teaching of Spanish in College (4 units)

Claudia Sanchez-Gutierrez, Professor

MW 2:10-4:00P
244 Olson Hall
CRN 40323

Course Description:  Theoretical instruction in modern teaching methods and demonstration of their practical application. Required of graduate teaching assistants.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Format: Lecture - 2 hours; Discussion - 2 hours.

Textbooks:

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