Graduate Courses: Fall 2009

Spanish 215: L2 Vocabulary Acquisition, CALL, and Corpus Analysis
Robert Blake, Professor (M 4:10-7:00) CRN 40675

This seminar will explore how researchers have looked at L2 vocabulary development with particular emphasis on computer methodologies such as CALL and corpus analysis. Reading assignments will come from a course pack with selections from Chun, de Bot, Hulstjn, Meara, Nation, Read, Wesche, and others. Students will prepare several in-class presentations and write a final paper on a topic of their choosing.

Seminar - 3 hours; Term Paper.


  • A Course Reader
  • I.S.P. Nation, Learning Vocabulary in Another Language

Spanish 222: Narrativa española de los siglos XIX Y XX 
Cristina Martinez-Carazo, Associate Professor (R 4:10-7:00) CRN 43492

En este seminario exploraremos la evolución de la narrativa española de los siglos XIX y XX a partir de una serie de ensayos y de novelas representativos del período. Tomando como hilo conductor el concepto de realismo, en concreto el modo en que la narrativa de estos dos siglos busca o rechaza la ilusión de realidad, analizaremos obras correspondientes al realimo decimonónico, al naturalismo, modernismo/98, la novela postguerra y novela actual, dedicando especial atención a las técnicas narrativas dominantes. El tema del amor y del adulterio funcionarán también como aglutinantes de esta selección.

Simultáneamente incluiremos en nuestro estudio el proceso de adaptación cinematográfica y el encuentro/desecuentro entre el discurso visual y el discurso verbal. Como ejemplo de ello proyectaremos las versiones cinematográficas de las siguientes novelas estudiadas en el seminario: La Regenta, La familia de Pascual Duarte, Soldados de Salamina y Los girasoles ciegos..

Seminar - 3 hours; Term Paper.


  • Alberto Mendez, Los Girasoles Ciegos (Narrativas Hispanicas)
  • Clarin and Leopoldo Alas, La Regenta
  • Javier Cercas, Soldados de Salamina
  • Inclan R. Valle, Sonata De Otono
  • Camilo Jose Cela, La Familia de Pascual Duarte
  • Perez Galdoz, La De Bringas

Spanish 231: Utopian Dreams and Dystopian Nightmares in Contemporary Inter-American Fiction
Robert Newcomb, Assistant Professor (W 4:10-7:00 ) CRN 43493

In this seminar we will examine one of the most prominent themes in contemporary literature – utopia, and its nightmarish inverted form, dystopia. After a brief introduction to utopianism’s classical and Renaissance roots via a reading of Thomas More’s seminal Utopia (1516), we will shift focus to 20th and 21st century America, and read a series of novels and short stories by major writers of Spanish America, Brazil, the Caribbean, the U.S., and Canada. Issues we will consider include the assumed utopian “destiny” or “vocation” of the New World; the tenuous distinction between utopia and dystopia; how to understand “real,” imagined, and spectral utopias; utopia’s political and symbolic functions, and the complex interrelationships between knowledge, power, idealism and coercion.

Additionally, we will look to utopia as a thematic binding agent that allows us to engage difficult questions of intertextuality, Latin American and inter-American canon formation, and the grounds for comparative work generally. The course will feature several texts included on the Department of Spanish’s MA reading list, and will devote two weeks to an extended discussion of Gabriel García Márquez’s Cien años de soledad.

Readings will be in Spanish and English, and all discussions will be in Spanish. Lima Barreto’s O triste fim de Policarpo Quaresma will be read in Spanish translation. In addition to the texts listed below, a course reader comprised of additional literary and theoretical readings will be provided.

Seminar - 3 hours; Term Paper.


  • Thomas More, Utopia
  • Jorge Luis Borges, Ficciones
  • Alejo Carpentier, El reino de este mundo
  • William Faulkner, The Unvanquished
  • Gabriel García Márquez, Cien años de soledad
  • V.S. Naipaul, A Bend in the River
  • Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake
  • Roberto Bolaño, Los detectives salvajes (selection)

Spanish 274: Reconfiguring Identities in Contemporary Argentine Cinema - Gender, Ethnicity and Class
Ana Peluffo, Associate Professor (T 4:10-7:00) CRN 43494

In this course we will study a wide variety of filmic responses to the severe economic crisis that took place in Argentina in 2001. We will pay particular attention to new theoretical approaches on the construction of subjectivities in Latin American Studies and to the ways in which films can question the expansion of neoliberal policies and globalization (unemployment, violence, internal migrations and urbanization). Theoretical work on film studies, gender and ethnicity will be introduced in the course with the hope that students will be able to transpose these critical paradigms to other Latin American contexts.

Films to be discussed in class may include: Cama Adentro, Jorge Gaggero (2004); El Bonaerense, Pablo Trapero, 2003; Bar El chino, Daniel Burak (2003); Bolivia, Adrián Caetano (2001); El cielito, María Victoria Menis (2005); La ciénaga, Lucrecia Martel (2001); XXY, Lucía Puenzo (2007); Tan de repente, Diego Lerman (2002); El país del Diablo, Andrés Di Tella (2008); The Take, Naomi Klein (2004).

Seminar - 3 hours; Term Paper.


  • Gonzalo Aguilar, Otros mundos. Un ensayo sobre el Nuevo cine Argentino
  • Joanna Page, Crisis and Capitalism in New Argentine Cinema

Spanish 390: Problems in Teaching Spanish at the College Level
Norma López-Burton, Lecturer (MW 2:10-4:00) CRN 40706

Theoretical instruction in modern teaching methods and demonstration of their practical application.

Lecture - 2 hours; Discussion - 2 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing.


  • A Course Reader.