Expanded Course Descriptions: FALL Quarter 2012

Spanish 100: Principles of Hispanic Literature & Criticism

Emilio Bejel, Professor
sec 1, MW 10:00-11:20 (LEC); 
11:30-11:50 (DIS) - CRN 40408

Charles Oriel, Lecturer
sec 2, MWF 9:00-9:50 - CRN 40409

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.

Lecture - 3 hours; Extensive Writing or Discussion - 1 hour.  Prerequisite: course 24, 24S, or 33.


  • Edward Friedman, Aproximaciones al estudio de la literatura hispanica, 7th ed. (McGraw Hill, 2012)
  • A Course Reader

Spanish 110: Advanced Spanish Composition

Charles Oriel, Lecturer
MWF 12:10-1:00
CRN 43412

This course focuses on improving writing in Spanish. In addition to addressing the mechanics of clear writing (syntax and the structure of paragraphs and arguments), there will also be a thorough review of the Spanish grammatical system, including such important areas as narration in the past (preterite and imperfect), sequence of tenses, the uses of the subjunctive and conditional modes, and the rules of accentuation.


  • Maria Canteli Dominicis, Repase y escriba (Wiley, 2011)

Spanish 115: History of the Spanish Language

Robert Blake, Professor
TR 9:00-10:20 (LEC)

sec, A01 T 5:10-6:00 (DIS) - CRN 43379
sec, A02 R 5:10-6:00 (DIS) - CRN 43380
sec, A03 F 1:10-2:00 (DIS) - CRN 43381

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. Not open for credit to students who have completed course 115S.

Lecture - 3 hours; Extensive Writing or Discussion - 1 hour. Prerequisite: course 24, 24S, or 33 and Linguistics 1 OR consent of instructor.


  • David Pharies, Breve historia de la lengua espanola

Spanish 130: Survey of Spanish Literature To 1700

Cristina González, Professor
TR 9:00-10:20
CRN 43579
1130 HART

We will study representative works from the Medieval and Early Modern periods, such as "Cantar de Mio Cid," "La Celestina," "Lazarillo de Tormes" and "Don Quijote de la Mancha."

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: course 100, 100S, 141, 141S, 170 or 170S.


  • Antonia Sánchez-Romeralo, Antologia de Autores Espanoles: Antiguous y Modernos, Volume 1 (Pearson, 1972)

Spanish 131N: Survey of Spanish Literature: 1700 to Present

Marta Altisent, Professor
TR 12:10-1:30
CRN 40411

This is a survey course of major Spanish literary works, movements and genres from the 18th through the 20th century. This course will focus specifically on literary movements such as the Enlightenment, Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism, and Modernism, with an emphasis on close readings.

Lecture - 3 hours; Term Paper.

Prerequisite: course 100, 100S, 141, 141S, 170, or 170S.


  • Unamuno, La Tia Tula
  • Rivas, Que Me Quieres, Amor?
  • Perez, Torquemada en la Hoguera
  • Amat, Reina de America
  • Garcia Lorca, Yerma
  • Course Reader


SPA 142: Special Topics in Spanish Cultural and Literary Studies - The Spanish Short Story

Marta Altisent, Professor
TR 3:10-4:30
CRN 40413

An introduction to the best 20th-century Spanish short-stories with a strong theoretical component. The aim of the course is twofold: (1) to trace the historical evolution of the story from Naturalism to Postmodernism (focusing on subject matter: civil war, exile, rural vs. urban marginalization, marine adventure, religion, eroticism, coming-of-age formulas, re-invented genders, etc); and 2) to analyze its prominent modes and sub-genres (such as the allegory, the fantastic, magic-realism, the erotic, herstoriesmicrostories; testimonial, journalistic, self-conscious, detective, and judicial stories, among other).

Prerequisite: 100 or 100S.


  • New Short Story Theories, Charles E. May University of Ohio Press  
  • Cuento español contemporáneo, by Ángeles Encinar and Anthony Percival

SPA 147: The Spanish Black Legend - X-Listed with EDU 147

Cristina González, Professor
TR 12:10-1:30
CRN 43579
293 KERR

This course examines the Anti-Hispanic prejudice in the United States focusing on the "Black Legend," a 16th Century anti-Spanish myth underpinning the doctrine of "Manifest Destiny." It plans to explore of the Legend's presence in contemporary American society through interviews and analysis of school textbooks. Topics and issues will include the following: What is the "Black Legend" and why both Anglos and Latinos should learn about it? What do the names "Anglos" and "Latinos" mean? History of the "Black Legend;" The "Black Legend" in history; Jared Diamond's and Samuel P. Huntington's views on history; Why the English and Spanish empires evolved the way they did? The United States as the hyphen between the two empires; The "Black Legend" in American everyday life; The "Black Legend" in American school textbooks; and Approaches to deconstructing the "Black Legend." This course is cross-listed with Education (EDU) 147.

Lecture/Discussion - 3 hours; Field Work; Term Paper. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, and Wrt.  Prerequisite: Upper-Division Standing or Consent of Instructor.


  • A Course Reader

SPA 148: Cinema in the Spanish-Speaking World in Translation

Cristina Martínez-Carazo, (Professor)
TR 10:30-11:50 (LEC) - CRN 43404
158 Olson

T 6:10-9:00 (FILM VIEWING)
1130 HART

This course will analyze the construction of Spanish identity and the socio-historical events that have shaped it through film. The selection of movies and texts presented in this class will help the students to improve their ability to read films aesthetically, culturally, and historically. Cultural aspects such as gender differences, the role of women in Spanish society, the political situation, social structures, economical aspects, power institutions, religion will be studied through movies. The emphasis will be on the cultural information illustrated by these films. No prior knowledge of cinematography techniques and principles will be required.

Lecture - 3 hours; Film Viewing - 3 hours. Prerequisite: course 24, 24S, or 33.


  • Barry Jordan and Mary Allison, Spanish Cinema: A Student's Guide

Spanish 151: Survey of Latin American Literature 1900 to Present

Michael Lazzara, Professor
TR 12:10-1:30
CRN 43202

Using a thematic approach, this course provides and 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.

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 100, 100S, 141, 141S, 170 or 170S.


  • José Emilio Pacheco, Las batallas en el desierto
  • Juan José Saer, El entenado
  • Course Reader containing selections by Horacio Quiroga, Jorge Luis Borges, Juan Rulfo, José Luis González, Julia de Burgos, Gabriela Mistral, José María Arguedas, Margo Glantz, and others will be available at Classical Notes

SPA 157:   Descripció Del Curso y  Método de Trabajo

Emilio Bejel, Professor
MW 2:10-3:30 (LEC); 3:40-4:00 (DIS)
CRN 40417

1. Descripción
El curso consiste en el examen de un corpus literario central a la historia cultural hispanoamericana contemporánea. Las obras elegidas, comprendidas en la noción clásica (y problemática) de “obra maestra”, nos servirán como puerta de entrada a algunos problemas que definen la cultura hispanoamericana durante el período. Por ello, en cada caso, además de un análisis formal y temático de cada obra, se vinculará la misma con la reflexión en torno a la “identidad hispanoamericana” y cuestiones de clase, género, etnia, ideología y política.

2. Objetivos

  1. Presentar un panorama comprehensivo de los problemas que definen a la cultura hispanoamericana del siglo XX a través de la literatura.
  2.  Analizar una selección de obras literarias centrales en el quehacer cultural hispanoamericano de los siglos XX y XXI, en algunos géneros relevantes (ensayo, cuento, poesía). También se     añadirán algunas películas que servirán para aumentar el conocimiento de algunos de los temas tratados en el curso.
  3. Mejorar las habilidades de los estudiantes en comprensión oral, lectura, escritura y conversación en español.
  4. Desarrollar habilidades de reflexión crítica.


  • Course Reader

Spanish 170: Introduction to Latin American Culture

Arturo Laris, Graduate Student
MWF 1:10-2:00
CRN 43413

This course provides a general introduction to Latin American culture while presenting students with a range of critical tools for analyzing a broad range of cultural texts, including short stories, poetry, essays, literary crónicas, political discourses, popular legends, films, paintings, popular music and testimonios. Sample cultural texts will be analyzed from a range of critical perspectives and time periods—though emphasis will be placed on the post-1960s era—with an eye toward understanding their politics, aesthetics, ethics, and ideologies. This course will serve as a “gateway” course that seeks to equip students with the tools needed to succeed in more advanced upper division Spanish courses. Topics to be considered may include: colonialism, the “idea” of Latin America, cultural heterogeneity, identity formations, social movements, violence and dictatorship, globalization, and neoliberalism.

Lecture - 3 hours; Prerequisite:


SPA 173: Cinema and Latin American Culture

Michael Lazzara, Professor
TR 3:10-:30 (LEC) - 158 OLSON
M 6:10-9:00 (FILM VIEWING) - 106 OLSON
CRN 40419

Starting with the leftist liberation struggles of the 1960s and 1970s in Latin America and the wave of politically-committed documentary films that accompanied them, this course will study how Latin American directors, in recent decades, have turned away from direct cinema strategies that attempted to portray reality "objectively," and have opted instead for new forms expression that complicate the status of objectivity in documentary film. The course argues that the 1990s and 2000s have witnessed a "subjective turn" in Latin American documentary film that, by incorporating metanarrative elements, has blurred the lines between "fact" and "fiction." As part of this turn, the filmmaker's first-person presence and a personalized, essayistic style have become central tools for addressing urgent social and political issues. Students will learn about the workings of the documentary genre and its history in Latin America, but even more importantly they will engage in close readings and analyses of recent productions from Latin America.

Films to be screened and discussed may include: Fernando E. Solanas, La hora de los hornos (1968); Patricio Guzmán, La batalla de Chile (1975-1979), Chile: la memoria obstinada (1997), Salvador Allende (2004); Andrés Di Tella, La televisión y yo (2003), Fotografías (2006); Albertina Carri, Los rubios (2003); Sandra Kogut, Um passaporte hungaro (2002); Juan Carlos Rulfo, Del olvido al no me acuerdo (1999); Lorena Muñoz and Sergio Wolf, Yo no sé qué me han hecho tus ojos (2003); Carlos Armella and Pedro González Rubio, Toro negro (2005); Joao Moreira Salles, Santiago (2007); Eduardo Coutinho, Jogo de cena (2007); Carmen Castillo, Calle Santa Fe (2007), among others.

Lecture/discussion-3 hours; film viewing-3 hours. Prerequisite: course 24, 24S, or 33.


  • A Course Reader

SPA 175: El deporte en América Latina: perspectivas críticas

Robert Irwin, Professor
MW 12:10-1:30 (LEC); 1:40-2:00 (PROJ) - CRN 40423

Este curso se enfoca en el deporte en América Latina desde la perspectiva crítica de los estudios culturales. A través del estudio de varios casos históricos, se analizará cómo el deporte, sobre todo como espectáculo cultural, significa y asume un papel a veces central en las construcciones de nación e identidad. Algunos de los casos: las grandes victorias de Brasil en la Copa Mundial de fútbol en épocas de nacionalismo y dictadura, el mexicano-americano Pancho González y cuestiones de raza y clase social en el deporte “elitista” del tenis, el trabajo “social” del beisbolista puertorriqueño Robert Clemente, el feminismo y la obra pionera de la salvadoreño-americana Rosie Casals en la profesionalización del deporte de las mujeres, el boxeador Roberto Durán y la política internacional en las Américas, deporte y política revolucionaria: los Juegos Olímpicos de México de 1968, el deporte y el narcotráfico: los dos Escobares colombianos, los cubanos en el béisbol estadounidense (el caso del “Duque”), Mark Sánchez y la raza en el fútbol americano, entre otros. Temas importantes serán el nacionalismo, el consumo cultural, la transculturación, la globalización, la profesionalización, la mediatización y la sexualización.

Lecture - 3 hours; Extensive Writing or Discussion - 1 hour. Prerequisite: course 24, 24S, or 33

Textos principales:

  • El fútbol a sol y sombra, Eduardo Galeano
  • Diccionario de estudios culturales latinoamericanos, Mónica Szurmuk and Robert McKee Irwin

Spanish 176: Literature in Spanish Written in the United States

Francisco Alarcón, Lecturer
MWF 9:00-9:50
CRN 43203

This course is a survey of the literary and cultural contributions of the main Spanish-speaking populations present in the U.S.: Chicanos, Puerto Ricans, Cuban-Americans, Central Americans, and other Latinos.

Lecture/Discussion - 3 hours; Term Paper. GE credit: ArtHum and Div.  Prerequisite: course 24, 24S, or 33.


  • Francisco Alarcón, From Other Side of Night and Selection of Poems
  • Martin Rodriguez, La vos urgente
  • Kanellos, En otra voz
  • Moraga, Esta puente, mi espalda
  • Olivares, Cuentos Hispanos de los Estados Unidos