Expanded Course Descriptions Graduate: Spring 2013

Spanish 205: Spanish Phonology

Travis Bradley, Associate Professor
W 4:10-7:00P, 144 Olson
CRN 62390

Course Description: Phonology is the subfield of theoretical linguistics that attempts to explain why sounds pattern the way they do in the languages of the world. This seminar provides an introduction to the organization of the Spanish sound system from the perspectives of linear and non-linear generative phonology. Comparisons will be made among Spanish dialects and with other languages as appropriate. Students will be able to (1) identify sound patterns from a set of data; (2) describe these patterns using the formalisms of phonological theory; (3) read, understand, and critique analytical proposals from the literature; and (4) explore a research topic in Spanish phonology.


  • José Ignacio Hualde, The Sounds of Spanish (Cambridge, 2005)
  • Additional Readings will be made available

Spanish 223: Critical Approaches to Spanish Literature II: Poetry & Drama

Marta Altisent, Professor
R 4:10-7:00P, 622 Sproul
CRN 62391

Course Description:
 A critical study of key texts of three centuries of Spanish poetry and drama from Romanticism to Postmodernity. The course traces a coherent articulation of these two genres, according to modern literary theory criteria, and analyzes literary examples that represent Spain's resistance and assimilation to modern Western traditions.  The first part will trace the development of modern Spanish poetry, through a wide spectrum of poetic currents and language structures, to acquaint the student with major themes, images, rhetorical devices, deictic enunciations, myths, and basic literary systems of poetic thinking.  The second part will be devoted to playwrights (i.e. Zorrilla, Valle Inclán, García Lorca, Fernando Arrabal, Buero Vallejo, Mayorza), whose works are examples of romanticism, expressionist drama, symbolist tragedy, surrealist play, epic theater, farce, theater of the absurd, and metadrama, among others. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding their themes, styles, dramatic and performative techniques in relation to their contemporary audiences. We will also consider the historical, political, cultural and moral preoccupations underlying each text, as it positions itself between tradition and experimentation, the concrete and the universal.

  • Federico García Lorca, Así que Pasen Cinco Años (Catedra, 1995)
  • Miguel Mihura, Tres Sombreros de Copa (Catedra, 2000)
  • Fernando Arrabal, El Cementerio de Automóviles (Catedra, 2004)
  • Arturo Ramoneda, Antología de la Poesía Española del Siglo XX (1890-1939) (Alianza Editorial, 2007)
  • Max Aub, San Juan (Editorial del Hombre Anthropos, 1992)
  • Jose Zorrilla, Don Juan Tenorio (Catedra, 2008)
  • Ramón del Valle-Inclán, Luces de Bohemia (Espasa Calpe, 2011)
  • Francisco Nieva, La Carroza de Plomo Candente y Coronada y el Toro (Espasa Calpe, 1986)
  • Antonio Buero Vallejo, La Fundación (Austral, 2010)
  • Lluisa Cunillé, Barcelona, Mapa de Sombras (Ediciones y Publicaciones Autor, S.L.R., 2007)
  • Juan Mayorga, La Tortuga de Darwin (Ñaque Editora, 2008)
  • Juan Mayorga, La Paz Perpetua (Oviedo, 2009)

Spanish 230: Topics in Latin American Cultural Studies

Ana Peluffo, Associate Professor
M 4:10-7:00P, 622 Sproul
CRN 62392

Course Description: This course will examine the role of affect and feelings in the configuration of national, gendered and ethnic identities in Latin America.   While tracing the cultural genealogy of canonical and non-canonical emotions (compassion, rage, paranoia, disgust, horror, love, melancholia) we will discuss the political and aesthetic uses of emotion in different cultural and geographical contexts. Topics to be discussed include melodrama and the literary tableau, the role that feelings play in nation-building projects, the tension between stoic and sentimental masculinities, and the construction of emotional subjectivities in Latin American texts. Films and other visual materials will be used as well as theoretical materials by Eva Illouz, Sarah Ahmed, Beatriz Sarlo, Walter Benjamin, Cornejo Polar, Josefina Ludmer and Angel Rama among others.
Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, Sab (1841)
Domingo Faustino Sarmiento. Facundo. Civilización y barbarie (1845)
Jorge Isaacs, María (1868)
José Hernández, El gaucho Martín Fierro (1872-1879)
José Martí, La edad de oro (1889)
Horacio Quiroga, Cuentos de amor, de locura y de muerte (1917)
Poemas de Delmira Agustini y Alfonsina Storni (1902-1916)
Manuel González Prada, Páginas libres (1894)
Silvina Ocampo, La furia y otros cuentos (1950)
Alan Pauls, Historia del llanto (2007)

Spanish 274: The Literary World of Jorge Luis Borges

Leopoldo Bernucci, Professor
T 4:10-7:00P, 622 Sproul
CRN 59836

Course Description: 
This seminar aims to examine the literary activity of J. L. Borges during the period of 1923-1970. Classes will be organized, although these divisions are not totally appropriate in Borges’s works, around three types of discourse: poetry, fictional prose, and essay. This course will help students systematize and deepen their knowledge of the Argentine author through critical readings, which will serve to problematize questions relevant to his complex oeuvre. The seminar will combine modern literary theory and the author’s meta-textual commentaries (prologues, epilogues, essays, book reviews) in search of a definition of Borges’s poetics.


  • A Course Reader