Expanded Course Descriptions Winter 2012

SPA 100: Principles of Hispanic Literature & Criticism

Charles Oriel, Lecturer
Sec. 001, MWF 9:00-9:50 - CRN 50966
1128 HART

Linda EganProfessor

Sec. 002 (lecture), MW 10:00-11:20 - CRN 50967
105 OLSON

(discussion), MW 11:30-11:50
105 OLSON

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.

Textbooks:

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

SPA 110: Advanced Spanish Composition

Charles Oriel, Lecturer
Sec. 001, MWF 12:10-1:00 - 
CRN 53556
125 OLSON

This course focuses on improving the 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.

Textbooks:

  • Maria Canteli Dominicis, Repase y escriba (Wiley, 2010)

SPA 111N: Structure of Spanish: Sounds & Words

Teresa Oteiza-Silva, Visiting Lecturer
Sec. 001, TR 10:30-11:50 - 
CRN 53558
205 OLSON

En este curso se ofrece una introducción a los estudios de la lingüística y a sus principales áreas de trabajo, esto es, la gramática, la fonética, la semántica y el discurso. Se revisa la evolución de esta disciplina y los principales paradigmas teóricos que han permitido su desarrollo. Asimismo, se examinan algunos aspectos fundamentales que han marcado la historia de la lengua española y los procesos de bilingüismo y lenguas en contacto.

Lecture - 3 hours.

Prerequisite: Linguistics 1 and Spanish 24, 24S or 33 or Consent of Instructor.

Textbooks:

  • José Ignacio Hualde, Antxon Olarrea, Anna María Escobar & Catherine E. Travis Introducción a la linguística hispánica (Cambridge 2010)

SPA 112N: Structure of Spanish: Words & Phrases

Cecilia Colombi, Professor
Sec. 001, TR 1:40-3:00:00 - 
CRN 53557
251 OLSON

La gramática española
Este curso explora la estructura del español en diferentes contextos: públicos e interpersonales. Se presentará la teoría de la lingüística sistémica-funcional (LSF) de Halliday como un modelo del lenguaje que relaciona el texto con el contexto y provee un marco de análisis del lenguaje escrito y oral. Es decir, se estudia al lenguaje en su relación con la estructura social y con su uso en contextos sociales. Se investigarán las características más sobresalientes del discurso escrito y oral haciendo referencia a los distintos géneros textuales.

Objetivos:
• Ofrecer a los participantes de la clase una introducción a los conceptos y terminología de la estructura del español.
• Proveer una orientación práctica de análisis e identificación de las distintas estructuras del español.
• Desarrollar la capacidad de reconocer y utilizar los registros orales y escritos del español.

Textbooks:

  • Artículos y notas de apoyo estarán en SMARTSITE > ASSIGNMENTS

SPA 117: Teaching Spanish as a Native Tongue in the U.S.: Praxis and Theory

Cecilia Colombi, Professor
TR 10:30-11:50 - 217 ART
 - LECTURE
Sec. A01 T 5:10-6:00 - 107 WELLMAN - DISCUSSION
Sec. A02 R 5:10-6:00 - 107 WELLMAN - DISCUSSION
Sec. A03 F 1:10-2:00 - 235 WELLMAN - DISCUSSION

Especially designed or students who are interested in teaching Spanish to heritage speakers. The course will focus on the cultural diversity of the main Spanish speaking populations in the U.S. and on applied language teaching methodologies in the context of teaching Spanish to heritage speakers at different levels. Course content includes: a review of the cultural diversity of the main Spanish-speaking populations in the United States: Chicanos/ Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans/ Neoricans, Cuban-Americans, Central Americans and other Latino communities who live in the United States. First and second language acquisition process. Teaching effective communicative skills in Spanish in the Interpersonal, Interpretative and Presentational modes. Register and genre pedagogy: Inclusion of materials in the classroom setting pertaining to the cultural and literary contributions of main Spanish-speaking groups in the U.S. Micro-teaching.

The course will be conducted primarily in Spanish through lectures, videos, individual, and group activities. There will be discussion sessions of micro-teaching, i.e. workshops based on students’ simulated in-class teaching.

Lecture-3 hours; one hour discussion. Prerequisite: Linguistics 1 and course 24, 24S or 33, or consent of instructor; course 116 recommended.

Textbooks:

  • Mi lengua: Spanish as a Heritage Language in the United States, Research and Practice (Georgetown University Press 2003)

SPA 131N: Spanish Literature 1700 to Present

Marta Altisent, Professor

Sec. 001, TR 10:30-10:50 - CRN 50973
168 HOAGLAND

19th and 20th-CENTURY SPANISH LITERATURE (1898-2000 This course is a chronological study of the different literary genres by significant Spanish authors, in the light of the artistic, ideological, and historical changes (from the 1898 Spanish-American War to Post-Franco Spain) that have shaped Spain’s modern and contemporary national identity.

The course will focus on the ideological and formal aspects of Spanish novels, drama and poetry in their socio-cultural context. We will analyze (4) novels, (2) drama and (20) poems by authors of the Spanish literary canon, (Gustavo A. Bécquer, Pérez Galdós, Miguel de Unamuno, Federico García Lorca, Rosa Montero) which represent the evolution from Romanticism and traditional Realism to more experimental modes, such as Modernism, Surrealism and the Postmodern.

Textbooks:

  •  Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, Rimas y Leyendas
  •  Benito Pérez Galdós, Torquemada en la hoguera
  •  Miguel de Unamuno, Abel Sánchez
  •  Federico García Lorc, Yerma (1936)
  •  Rosa Monter, Amado Amo (1988)
  •  Miguel Mihura, Tres sombreros de copa
  • SMARTSITE READER: Poems by Antonio Machado, Federico García Lorca, Pedro Salinas, Ana Rossetti.

SPA 141: Introduction to Spanish Culture

Daniel Herrera-Cepero, Lecturer

Sec. 001, MWF 1:10-2:00 - CRN 53559
103 WELLMAN

Introduction to history, geography and culture of Spain. art, history of ideas, and everyday cultural manifestations. Introduction to critical reading and textual analysis.

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

Not open for credit to students who have completed course 141S.

GE credit: AH, VL, WC.

Textbooks:

  • Course Reader

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

Marta Altisent, Professor

Sec. 001, TR 1:40-3:00 - CRN 53560
1150 HART

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).

Textbooks:

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

SPA 151: Latin American Literature 1900 to Present

Emilio Bejel, Professor

Sec. 001, TR 9:10-10:20 - CRN 50976
1150 HART

SPA 151N ofrece una introducción a la literatura y la cultura latinoamericanas desde fines del siglo 19 hasta el presente a través de la lectura cuidadosa de algunos de las obras (textos escritos y películas) más importantes de la región. En el curso transitaremos libremente entre diversos textos y producciones culturales (cuentos, poemas, ensayos y películas) que nos servirán como punto de entrada al debate sobre algunos problemas centrales de la cultura latinoamericana moderna. En cada clase, además de un análisis formal y temático de cada obra, se vinculará la misma con una reflexión en torno a la construcción de las identidades, la lucha de las mujeres y los grupos minoritarios por sus derechos, los chicanos, la violencia, los homosexuales, y cómo estos asuntos se relacionan con las épocas que llamamos modernidad y post-modernidad. Mientras vamos leyendo y comentando los textos, nuestro objetivo será entender cómo la literatura y el cine hablan a su manera de la historia, la política, la identidad y la cultura.

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

Textbooks:

  • Course Reader

SPA 154:  Boom! The Latin American Novel Takes on the World

Robert Newcomb, Professor

Sec. 001, TR 12:10-1:30 - CRN 53561
146 OLSON

This course focuses on the novel of the Latin American literary “boom.” This period, roughly equivalent to the 1960s and early 1970s, was a time of convulsive change around the world, and of extraordinary literary creativity in Latin America, with audacious young writers like Gabriel García Márquez, Carlos Fuentes, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Julio Cortázar pushing the limits of what the novel could achieve stylistically, and what it could say about politics, history, art, and human nature. “Boom” novels such as Fuentes’s La muerte de Artemio Cruz (1962) and García Márquez’s Cien años de soledad (1967) brought global recognition to Latin American literature, and cemented the image of the contemporary Latin American novel as ambitious, wide-ranging, and open to the intrusion of the fantastical into everyday life.

In this course, we will read three canonical novels in their entirety: Alejo Carpentier’s Los pasos perdidos (1953), Carlos Fuentes’s La muerte de Artemio Cruz (1962) and García Márquez’s Cien años de soledad. We will also read shorter prose selections from writers of the “pre-Boom” (Juan Rulfo, Jorge Luis Borges) and from Roberto Bolaño, a contemporary writer who is sometimes identified as an inheritor of the “Boom.”

Textbooks:

  • Alejo Carpentier, Los pasos perdidos 
  • Carlos Fuentes, La muerte de Artemio Cruz 
  • García Márquez, Cien años de soledad

SPA 157: Latin-American Masters of Detective Fiction

Linda EganProfessor
Sec. 001 (Lecture), MW 2:10-3:30 - CRN 53562
1130 HART

(Discussion), MW 3:40-4:00
1130 HART

Students will be introduced to leading Latin American writers of the detective genre, a literary form that entertains (nothing captures interest like a compelling whodunit) while presenting analytical and ideological challenges. A gnoseological discourse, the mystery is a quest for knowledge, and in the case of the Mexican, Chilean, Argentinian and Brazilian novels and stories we will read, our search will be for understanding of the sociopolitical and cultural context in which the crimes are investigated from the borderlands barely separating Hispanic from Anglo America to the Southern Cone and the vast reaches of Brazil. Fans of the mystery novel, the police procedural, the psychological thriller or the courtroom drama have long known that the good ones of those who author these subgenres figure among the most professional and proficient writers, whose care for language, structure, characterization and metaphor is as compelling as the evildoers who drive the narrative. This course may hook students new to the mystery genre, especially its postmodern noir, or black, mode (pessimistic, nostalgic, violent, erotic), or introduce confirmed addicts to new thrills, and place the detectives they read about at a transglobal and transcultural scene of the crime.

Textbooks:

  • Ramon Diaz Eterovic, La cuidad esta triste
  • Rubem Fonseca, El gran arte
  • Myriam Laurini, Morena en rojo

SPA 159: Revolución, arte y política en Cuba

Emilio Bejel, Professor

Sec. 001, TR 12:10-1:30 - CRN 50977
1150 HART

Este curso trata básicamente de la relación entre política, literatura y, hasta cierto punto, cine. Comezaremos dando una visión panorámica de la Revolución Cubana que tomó el poder en enero de 1959. Luego seguiremos estudiando obras y eventos claves a partir de esta fecha hasta hoy, entre ellos: no solamente la Invansión de Bahía de Cochinos y la Crisis de los Cohetes, sino obras como Biografía de un cimarrón (Miguel Barnet), Calibán (Roberto Fernández Retamar), poemas de Nancy Morejón y Nicolás Guillén, Palabras a los intelectuales (Fidel Castro), así como algunos textos de cubano-americanos, como Dreaming in Cuban (Cristina García). Estudiaremos y discutiremos también las películas y documentales siguientes: Fidel Castro, Memorias del subdesarrollo, Fresa y chocolate (película y novela), Mariel, Antes que anozhezca, Lista de espera, La vida es silbar.

Textbooks:

  • Course Reader

SPA 160: Latin American Women Writers

Ana Peluffo, Professor

Sec. 001, TR 1:40-3:00- CRN 53563
223 OLSON

In this course we will read texts by Latin American women writers from different cultural areas in Latin America. We will read biographical pieces, essays, interviews, short stories, and travel narratives by Flora Tristan, Matilde Mellibovsky, Blanca Varela, Victoria Ocampo, Eva Perón, Hebe de Bonifini, Elena Garro, and Rigoberta Menchú, among others. We will discuss strategies of self representation for female cultural producers, issues of gender and memory, the complicated relationship between women, and culture and political activism in Latin America. The class will be conducted in Spanish.

Grading: Oral presentation, a term paper, and a final exam.
Lecture/Discussion - 3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of the instructor.

Textbooks:

  • Course Reader

SPA 171: Music from Latin America (X-Listed w/ MUS 127)

Pablo Ortiz, Professor

(Lecture) TR 9:00-10:20 
115 MUSIC

(Discussion) Sec. A01, F 9:00-9:50 - CRN 53986
105 MUSIC

(Discussion) Sec. A02, W 2:10-3:00 - CRN 53992
105 MUSIC

Music and Culture in Latin America focuses on musical practices characteristic of five major Latin American regions, namely Mexico, the Caribbean, Brazil, Peru and the Andes, and the Southern Cone. We follow the evolution of genres such as huayno, cumbia, tango, bossa nova, rumba and corrido, to give some examples, and the ways in which these practices become "globalized" as techno-cumbia, techno-tango, or cuban hip-hop.  Course will be taught in English.  For more information, please email:  pvortiz@ucdavis.edu

Lecture-3 hours.  Prerequisite: course 100.

Textbooks:
Course Reader