Spanish Fall 2015: Expanded Graduate Course Descriptions

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Spanish 201. Literary Theory I (4 units)
Emilio Bejel, Professor

T 4:10-7:00P
144 Olson Hall
CRN 73025

Course Description: En este curso introductorio estudiaremos algunas de las teorías críticas del siglo XX y XXI, especialmente el estructuralismo, el post-estructuralismo, el feminismo, la teoría sicoanalítica, el neo-marxismo, la "genealogía" de Foucault, y la teoría entendida-queer. También discutiremos algunos asuntos relacionados con polémicas teórico-prácticas como las de estudios literarios vs estudios culturales, así como los conceptos de post-modernidad, performatividad, testimonio, culturas híbridas, ciudad letrada, y la tensión entre el texto impreso y el texto digital.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor (

Format: Seminar - 3 hours; Term Paper.


  • Terry Eagleton, Literary Theory: An Introduction [3rd Edition]  (University of Minnesota Press, 2008)
  • Nick Mansfield, Subjectivity: Theories of the Self from Freud to Haraway  (New York University Press, 2000)

Spanish 203. Research Methodologies
Linda Egan, Professor

F 2:10-4:00P
203 Olson Hall
CRN 73671

Course Description: Introduction to the range of scholarly research methodologies currently being realized in Spanish linguistics, literary and cultural studies: archival research, textual analysis, discourse analysis, statistics for linguistics, introduction to scholarly writing (MLA style) and scholarly publishing.

Format: Seminar - 2 hours.


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Spanish 207. History of the Spanish Language (4 units)
Robert Blake, Professor

159 Olson Hall
CRN 73032

Course Description:  This course will give graduate students a solid background in the evolution of Spanish from its Latin origins. The course will begin with a theoretical discussion of how and why languages change. Students will examine the lexical, phonological and syntactic changes that have occurred from Vulgar Latin to Old Spanish to Medieval Spanish (c. 1600). Particular emphasis will be paid to some of the earliest textual manifestations of the Spanish language: namely, the jarchas, glosas, notarial documents, El Cantar del Mio Cid, and the Alfonsine writings.

Prerequisite: None.

Format: Seminar - 3 hours; Term Paper.


  • Ralph Penny, Gramática Histórica del Español, translated into Spanish by Blanca Ribera de Madariaga, et al.  (Ariel, 2014)

Spanish 262. Contemporary Spanish Literature: Narrative (4 units)
Cristina Martinez-Carazo, Professor

W 4:10-7:00P
144 Olson Hall
CRN 73558

Course Description:  Study of the 20th-century novel and short story with emphasis on the avant-garde, existentialism, social realism and postmodern trends.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor (

Format: Seminar - 3 hours; Term Paper.


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Spanish 274. Problems of Knowledge in Luso-Hispanic Literature (4 units)
Robert Newcomb, Professor

M 4:10-7:00P
263 Olson Hall
CRN 73496

Course Description: In this seminar we will read a series of late 19th and 20th c. Latin American and peninsular novels and short stories as the basis for an extended inquiry into problems of knowledge. This inquiry touches on epistemology (what is knowledge?), ethics (what should we know, and what shouldn’t we know?) and taxonomy (how are types of knowledge differentiated from one another?). The seminar will pair prominent Spanish- and Portuguese-language literary texts with canonical works from philosophy and critical theory. These pairings reflect a secondary goal of the seminar: to begin considering Latin American and peninsular literature not merely as the object of the theoretical gaze, but also as a vehicle for accessing theory.

Readings will be in Spanish and English, and discussions will be in Spanish. Portuguese-language texts will be read in English or Spanish translations when available, though students with a good reading knowledge of Portuguese will be asked to read these texts in the original.

This course counts as an elective toward the Designated Emphasis (DE) in Critical Theory.


- Truth, Lying, and Narration: Machado de Assis’ Dom Casmurro and Friedrich Nietzsche

- Libraries and Archives: Borges’ Ficciones and Michel Foucault’s The Order of Things

- Authorial Authority in Question: Unamuno’s Niebla and Roland Barthes

- Seeing and Not Seeing: Saramago’s Ensaio sobre a Cegueira and Plato’s Cave Allegory

- The Uses and Misuses of History: Queirós’ A Ilustre Casa de Ramires, Critical History, and Genealogy

- Minor Literatures: Bolaño’s La literatura nazi en América and Deleuze and Guattari

- Memory and Narration in Wartime: Jorge’s A Costa dos Murmúrios and Paul Ricoeur

- The Boundaries between Fiction and Literature: Carvalho’s Nove Noites and Hayden White

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor (

Format: Seminar - 3 hours; Term Paper.


  • Readings will be provided online

Spanish 390. The Teaching of Spanish in College (4 units)
Claudia Sanchez-Gutierrez, Professor

MW 2:10-4:00P
263 Olson Hall
CRN 70533

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.


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