Undergraduate Courses: Fall 2009

Upper Division

Spanish 100: Principles of Hispanic Literature and Criticism
Cristina Gonzalez, Professor (sec. 1, TR 9:00-10:20) CRN 40598
Charles Oriel, Lecturer (sec. 2, MWF 10:00-10:50) CRN 40599

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, Approximaciones al estudio de la literatura hispanica

Spanish 110: Advanced Spanish Composition
Charles Oriel, Lecturer (MWF 1:10-2:00) CRN 40601

Practice in expository writing with emphasis on clarity, structure and idiomatic expression, focusing on a variety of topical and practical issues. Practical application and review of selected grammar topics.

Lecture-3 hours; Frequent Writing Assignments. Prerequisite: course 24, 24S, or 33.


  • Maria Canteli Dominicis, Repase y Escriba

Spanish 111N: The Structure of Spanish - Sounds and Words
Travis Bradley, Associate Professor (MWF 12:10-1:00) CRN 43480

This course provides an introduction to the sound system of Spanish. After an initial overview of the goals of contemporary linguistic theory, we will explore how speech sounds are produced from an articulatory point of view. By exploring the structuralist notions of phoneme versus allophone, complementary distribution versus free variation, and contrast versus neutralization, we will see how sounds are organized and represented as part of the linguistic competence of Spanish speakers. The course also introduces generative phonology, which permits a deeper understanding of systematic, rule-governed nature of sound patterns. Throughout the course, theoretical and practical comparisons will be made with English and other Romance Languages as appropriate.

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


  • José Ignacio Hualde, Introducción a la lingüistica hispánica
  • A Course Reader

Spanish 113: Spanish Pronunciation
Travis Bradley, Associate Professor (MWF 2:10-3:00) CRN 43481

This course focuses on the phonetics and phonology of modern Spanish varieties. Students will explore in a systematic and formal manner the similarities and differences between the sound systems of Spanish and English, with attention given to dialectal differences that exist among major varieties of Spanish spoken around the world. The course is of particular interest to prospective teachers seeking to formalize their understanding of the Spanish and English sound systems in order to assist future students with issues of pronunciation.

Lecture - 3 hours; Term Paper. Prerequisite: Linguistics 1 and course 24, 24S, or 33.


  • Jorge M. Guitart, Sonido y Sentido
  • A Course Reader

Spanish 115: History of the Spanish Language
Robert Blake, Professor (MW 10:00-11:50) CRN 40602

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.


  • Valdes, Dialogo De La Lengua
  • David Pharies, Breve historia de la lengua espanola

Spanish 131N: Survey of Spanish Literature
Marta Altisent, Professor (TR 12:10-1:30) CRN 43482

This is a chronological study of Spanish literature since the end of the 19th century to the present. We will analyze a selection of novels, dramas, poems and chronicles representative of the artistic, ideological, and historical changes (the 1898 Spanish-American war, the Spanish Civil War, Post-Franco Spain) that have shaped Spain’s modern identity. We will focus on the evolution from traditional realism to more experimental and subversive modes of writing, examining aspects such as authorial presence, status of narrative voice, setting, rhythm, tone, feminine perspectives, and ‘otherness’. The works selected will serve as paradigms for a definition of diverse aesthetic currents and modes: Realism-Naturalism, Symbolism, Postmodernism, Eroticism, Urban and Rural Fiction, among other.

Lecture - 3 hours; Extensive Writing or Discussion - 1 hour. Prerequisite: course 100.


  • Miguel Mihura, Tres Sombreros de Copa
  • Paloma Pedrero, Juego de noches: Nueve obras en un acto
  • Merce Rodoreda, La Plaza del diamante
  • Miguel de Unamuno, La tia Tula
  • Ramon del Valle Inclan, Sonata de Otono
  • Camilo Jose Cela, La familia de Pascual Duarte

Spanish 142: The Spanish Short Stories (1898-2008)
Marta Altisent, Professor (TR 9:00-10:20) CRN 43483

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 ware, rural vs. urban margination, marine adventure, religion, eroticism, exile, 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, herstories, microstories; testimonial, journalistic, self-conscious, detective, and judicial stories, among others).

Lecture - 3 hours; Extensive Writing or Discussion - 1 hour. Prerequisite: course 100


  • Charles E. May, The New Short Story Theories
  • Angeles Encinar (editor), Cuentos de este siglos: 30 narradora espanolas contemporaneas
  • A Course Reader 

Spanish 148: Cinema in the Spanish-Speaking World in Translation
Cristina Martinez-Carazo, Associate Professor (CRN 40608)

Lecture: TR 10:30-11:50
Film Viewing: T 6:10-9:00

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
  • A Course Reader

Spanish 150N: Latin-American Literature to 1900
Linda Egan, Associate Professor (TR 1:40-3:00) CRN 40609

This is a survey course using one principal anthology to look as closely as possible at major authors and works of the nascent Spanish-American literature, from Columbus's Diary to modernism at the end of the 19th century. The goals of the course, in addition to acquainting majors and minors with significant milestones in the development of a new Spanish-language literature, include strengthening reading ability and sharpening critical skills. Literary terms and concepts introduced in Spanish 100 will be assumed for practical application.

Lecture - 3 hours; Extensive Writing or Discussion - 1 hour. Prerequisite: course 100.


  • Raquel Chang-Rodriguez and Malva E. Flier, Voces de Hispanoamerica: Antologia literaria
  • A Course Reader

Spanish 156: Dario, Modernism, and its Legacy
Linda Egan, Associate Professor (TR 10:30-11:50) CRN 43922

The course focuses on one major literary "movement" in the development of Spanish-American literature as an autonomous expression of Hispanic culture independent of Spanish peninsular writing. For the first time since Spain colonized the American territories, a Western literary mode finds its authentic and original expression in Latin America, through the inventive works of Rubén Darío, Manuel Gutiérrez Nájara, José Martí and other modernist authors of Spanish America. Textual readings will emphasize poetry, as this literary mode grew out of versified experimentation with language, but we will also see how modernist techniques and themes are developed in selected prose works, and consider, overall, the influence of modernism on later poetry and prose of the 20th century.

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


  • A Course Reader

Spanish 170: Introduction to Latin American Culture
Robert Irwin, Professor (TR 1:40-3:00) CRN 43486

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, commercial films, paintings, popular music and testimonios. Sample cultural texts will be analyzed from a range of critical perspectives, reflecting both aesthetic and formal criteria, as well as ideological and commercial factors. Cultural products studied include major works by such figures as Simón Bolívar, José María Heredia, Ricardo Palma, José Martí, José Guadalupe Posada, Carlos Gardel, Jorge Luis Borges, Horacio Quiroga, Pablo Neruda, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Mercedes Sosa, Joan Baez, Rigoberta Menchú, Pedro Lemebel, Los Tigres del Norte, and Liliana Felipe.

Lecture - 3 hours; Extensive Writing. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.


  • A Course Reader

Spanish 173: Cinema and Latin American Culture - Youth Cultures and Urban Identities in Argentina
Ana Peluffo, Associate Professor (CRN: 43487)

Lecture: TR 12:10-1:30
Film Viewing: R 6:10-9:00

In this course we will study the depiction of youth cultures, subcultures and tribes in contemporary Argentine cinema. We will examine new politics of representation in the context of what has been called the "latino-americanization" of Argentine culture under neo-liberalism. Changes in the cultural imagination with regards to the construction of the young adult will be examined tracing a historical continuum that goes from the idealist adolescent who had dreams of changing the world in the sixties and seventies to the zombies, vagabonds and outlaws that populate many recent films. Although the emphasis on the course will be in the fictional representation of the so called “real” in a style that frequently merges the fictional and the documentary, we will also pay close attention to the characteristics of the filmic sound-image.

Films to be discussed in class may include: La noche de los lápices, Héctor Oliveira (1986); Pizza Birra Faso, Bruno Stagnaro e Israel Caetano (1998); Como un avión estrellado, Ezequiel Acuña (2005); Ana y los Otros, Celina Murga (2006); Cautiva, Gaston Biraben (2003; La niña Santa, Lucrecia Martel (2004); XXY, Lucía Puenzo (2007); Rapado, Martín Rejtman (1992).

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


  • A Course Reader
  • Margulis Mario (editor), La juventud es más que una palabra. Ensayos sobre cultura y juventud

Spanish 174: Chicano Culture
Francisco Alarcon, Lecturer (MWF 11:00-11:50)

(sec. 1, M 4:10-5:00) CRN 43489
(sec. 2, W 4:10-5:00) CRN 43488
(sec. 3, F 1:10-2:00) CRN 43490

An interdisciplinary survey of Chicano culture. Topics include literature, art, folklore, oral tradition, music, politics, as well as “everyday” cultural manifestations. The course is conducted in Spanish. This is a survey of the culture of the Mexican people from the pre-Hispanic period to the present. Pre-Hispanic concepts, myths, symbols, and legends present in Chicano culture are traced to their Mexican origins. The concept of Fifth Sun, Luis Valdez’s "Pensamiento Serpentino", the myths of Quetzalcoatl and Aztlán, and the Aztec homeland are examined, as well as the Mesoamerican concept of self and time. The period of conquest of Mexico by Spain is examined, both as presented by historians and interpreted by Octavio Paz in his book, El laberinto de la soleded. The turmoil of the first half of the nineteenth century in Mexico and implications of the annexation of the southwest to the U.S., by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848 are studied. Also examined are the origins of the stereotypes of the Mexican/Chicano found in American society, such as the pocho, the pachuco, and the cholo. The literary and artistic expressions of the Chicano Movement of the past twenty-five years are also analyzed as part of this course.

The course format consists of lectures by the instructor, occasional guest speakers, screening of a few films and class discussions based on the assigned readings. A term paper is a course requirement. This research paper should be on a topic illustrating an aspect of Chicano culture. Students are required to attend a one-hour discussion session every week.

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


  • Francisco Alarcon, From the Other Side of the Night
  • Manuel Martin-Rodriguez, La voz urgente: Antologia de la literatura chicana en espanol
  • Anzaldua, Borderlands
  • Tomas Rivera, Y no se lo trago la tierra
  • Octavio Paz, El laberinto de la soledad y otras obras