Expanded Course Descriptions Spring Quarter 2012

SPA 100: Principles of Hispanic Literature & Criticism

Charles Oriel, Lecturer
Sec. 001, MWF 1:10-2:00 - CRN 90453

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- 1hour. Prerequisite: course 24, 24S, or 33.


  • Edward Friedman, Aproximaciones al estudio de la literatura hispanica (McGraw Hill, 2011)
  • Course Reader

SPA 111N: Structure of Spanish: Sounds and Words

Rebecca Estes
Sec. 001, MWF 11:00-11:50 - 
CRN 94290
1130 HART

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 patters. 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 or 33, or consent of instructor.


  • Hualde, Introducción a la lingüística hispánica (Cambridge 2010, 2nd ed.)

SPA 116: Applied Spanish Linguistics

Joseph Harrington

Sec. 001, MWF 2:10-3:00 - CRN 93284

Este curso proporciona una introducción al estudio teórico de la adquisición de segunda lengua y su implementación en la enseñanza. Sus metas principales son:

  • introducirle al alumno los conceptos claves y terminología básica de la lingüística aplicada;
  • ofrecerle una base teórica y metodológica sólida y fundamentada;
  • presentar los métodos y prácticas más destacados de la enseñanza;
  • practicar lo antedicho en talleres prácticos y microlecciones para su posterior consideración, evaluación y crítica.

Lecture/Discussion - 3 hours; Extensive Writing (Research Paper).  Prerequisite: course 24, 24S or 33 and Linguistics 1 or Consent of Instructor.


  • Diane Larsen-Freeman, Techniques and Principals in Language Teaching
  • Dale A. Koike, Lingüística aplicada: Adquisición del español como segunda lengua

SPA 123: Creative Writing in Spanish

Francisco Alarcón, Lecturer

Sec. 001, MWF 11:00-11:50 - CRN 90457

This workshop course is an intensive writing of poetry or fiction in Spanish or in a bilingual (Spanish/English) format. Workshop will focus on the Chicano/Latino experience within the U.S. Students will write both in prescribed forms and in experimental forms of their won choosing. Offered in alternate years. The course will have the format of a seminar or literary workshop in which all participants will have the opportunity to critically comment on works presented by their peers in class. Poetry and narrative fiction will be the main literary genres covered during the quarter. Other genres like drama and autobiographical essays could also be reviewed following the particular interests of the participants. The class will be conducted in Spanish.

Discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: course 24 or 33, or consent of instructor.


  • Edward Friedman, Aproximaciones al estudio de la literatura hispanica (McGraw Hill, 2008)
  • Jimenez, Antologia de la Poesía Hispanoamericana
  • Francisco Alarcón, From Other Side of Night: New and Selected Poems (Arizona, 2002)

SPA 130: Survey of Spanish Literature to 1700

Cristina Gonzalez, Professor
Sec. 001, TR 10:30-11:50 - 
CRN 93285
166 CHEM

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)

SPA 133N: Marginalized Groups in Golden Age Literature

Emily Foss
Sec. 001, MWF 1:10-2:00 - 
CRN 93286

This course will explore the experience of marginalized groups as reflected in Golden Age narrative and theater. Spanish society of the time was characterized by its diversity, and we will examine issues concerning social class, gender, and religious heritage (Jewish and Muslim). A careful reading of these works will take into account the process of dialogue between author and readers. Particular attention will be dedicated to the cultural context of Golden Age Spain, and the creativity resulting from the literary process of making an indirect social commentary.

Lecture/Discussion - 3 hours; Midterm Exam. Prerequisite: course 100.


  • Anónimo, Lazarillo de Tormes
  • Calderón de la Barca, El Alcalde de Zalamea
  • Ana Caro, Valor, agravio, y mujer
  • Anónimo, El Abencerraje
  • Course Reader containing: Una selección de María de Zayas, Novelas amorosas y ejemplares y Desengaños amorosos, Miguel de Cervantes, El retablo de las maravillas, Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quijote (capítulos 53 y 54).


SPA 142: "Love and Death in Spanish Drama of the Renaissance and Baroque (16th and 17th centuries)"

Charles Oriel, Lecturer
Sec. 001, MWF 10:00-10:50 - CRN 90460


This course focuses on two central and mutually-related themes of Spanish drama from the Renaissance and baroque periods: love and death. Readings include six well-known and highly influential plays: La Celestina (Fernando de Rojas), El caballero de Olmedo and El castigo sin venganza (Lope de Vega), La estrella de Sevilla (unknown authorship), El burlador de Sevilla (Tirso de Molina) and El médico de su honra (Pedro Calderón). Other related topics include honor, justice, destiny, family relations, the monarchy and representations of sexuality.

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


  • Fernando de Rojas, ed. Patricia S. Finch, La Celestina, European Masterpieces; Cervantes & Co., Spanish Classics #9 (2003)
  • Lope de Vega, ed. Teresa Otal, El caballero de Olmedo, Castalia Prima (2008)
  • Lope de Vega, ed. Edward Friedman, El castigo sin venganza, Juan De La Cuesta (2011)
  • ed. John C. Parrack, European Masterpeices, La Estrella de Sevilla, Cervantes & Co., Spanish and Classics #31 (2008)
  • Tirso de Molina, ed. R. John McCaw, European Masterpieces; El burlador de Sevilla, Cervantes & Co., Spanish Classics #8 (2003)
  • Pedro Calderón, ed. Carol Bingham Kirby, European Masterpieces, El médico de su honra, Cervantes & Co., Spanish Classics #26 (2007)


SPA 150N: Survey of Latin American Literature to 1900

Leopoldo Bernucci, Professor
Sec. 001, TR 10:30-11:50 - CRN 93287

176 CHEM

Spanish American literature from pre-Hispanic texts and the chronicles of the Conquest to Romanticism and Modernism. Reading selection includes history, fiction, poetry, drama, and essay.

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


  • Chang-Rodriguez, Voces de Hispanoamérica

SPA 151: Survey of Latin American Literature 1900 to Present

Michael Lazzara, Professor
Sec. 001, TR 12:10-1:30 - 
CRN 90465

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 153: Latin American Short Story

Ana PeluffoProfessor
Sec. 001, TR 9:00-10:20 - CRN 93288

In this course we will do close readings of Latin American short fiction, graphic fiction, and micro-narratives with a particular emphasis on the Southern Cone cultural region. We will do interdisciplinary readings of Latin American short stories paying particular attention to the relationship between narrative and other cultural media including photography, music, cinema and popular culture. We will read narrative works that have been adapted to the screen, and we will discuss theories of adaptation by establishing a dialogue between textuality and visuality, filmic and narrative techniques. Other topics to be discussed in the course are the relationship between the short story and politics, the intersections between literature and cyber-culture, gender and evolving concepts of privacy, and the ways in which contemporary authors use the short story to map out new theories about Latin American fiction that put into question culturally inherited paradigms. The course reader includes texts by Julio Cortázar, Silvina Ocampo, Pedro Mairal, Angélica Gorodischer, Samanta Schweblin, Roberto Arlt, Horacio Quiroga, Jorge Luis Borges, Felisberto Hernández, Baldomero Lillo, and Ricardo Piglia among others.

Lecture - 3 hours; Term Paper. Prerequisite: course 100 or 100S


  • A Course Reader

SPA 170: Introduction to Latin American Culture

Consuelo Cervantes
Sec. 001, MWF 10:00-10:50 - CRN 93289


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, José Martí, Porfirio Barba Jacob, José Guadalupe Posada, Carlos Gardel, Jorge Luis Borges, Horacio Quiroga, Salvador Novo, Roberto Gavaldón, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Senel Paz, Alonso Salazar, Pedro Lemebel, Santiago Roncagliolo, Carlos Monsiváis, Ary Barroso, Los Tigres del Norte, Café Tacuba, and Aterciopelados.

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


  • A Course Reader

SPA 173: Cinema and Latin American Culture

Ana Peluffo, Professor
Sec. 001, (Lecture) TR 3:10-4:30 - 
CRN 93290

Sec. 001, (Film Viewing) R 6:10-9:00 - CRN 93290

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

SPA 177: California and Latin America

Robert Irwin, Professor
(Lecture) TR 1:40-3:00 


(Discussion) Sec. A01, T 4:10-5:00 - CRN 90474

(Discussion) Sec. A02, W 4:10-5:00 - CRN 90475

(Discussion) Sec. A03, R 4:10-5:00 - CRN 90476

Este curso trata la historia de contacto cultural como consecuencia de migraciones, invasiones, colaboraciones, conflictos, acuerdos, intercambios, influencias, etc. entre Alta California (ahora el estado de California de Estados Unidos) y el resto de América Latina desde la época de la guerra de 1846-1848 hasta la actualidad, con un enfoque en las representaciones hechas en América Latina (tanto en México como en otros países del continente) de California, las representaciones hechas en California (especialmente desde la industria emblemática de la expresión cultural del estado, la del cine hollywoodense) de América Latina, y también las representaciones hechas de la California latinoamericana, la de los Californios, los mexicanos, los braceros, los pachucos, los pochos, los chicanos, los centroamericanos, los chilenos y los demás “latinos” que han vivido y que viven en el estado, y que de alguna manera le han hecho a California no sólo una región latinoamericana, sino uno de los centros principales productores de cultura latino-americana.

May be taken to fulfill requirement for majors in Chicano/Latino literature/culture (in lieu of SPA 117, 174 or 176) - or as an elective.

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


  • No textbook or course required.