Graduate Courses: Spring 2011

Spanish 205. Spanish Phonology
Travis Bradley, Associate Professor (W 4:10-7:00, 3 Wellman) CRN 52978

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.

Seminar - 1 hour; Research Paper. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing is is required, and basic knowledge of phonetics is recommended.

Text:

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

Spanish 230. Cuba: arte y revolucion
Emilio Bejel, Professor (T 4:10-7:00, 144 Olson) CRN 52979

Este curso es básicamente sobre la relación entre política, literatura y, hasta cierto punto, cine. Se comenzará con el enorme esfuerzo intelectual de José Martí a finales del siglo XIX por encontrar una respuesta a la relación entre política y literatura, al puesto de la poesía en un mundo aceleradamente modernizante y tecnológico. Luego, saltaremos al siglo XX y a la posición de José Lezama Lima y los miembros de la revista Orígenes en cuanto a esa problemática, para finalmente llegar a la compleja lucha entre arte y política a partir de la Revolución Cubana de 1959. Además de algunas obras claves de Martí, estudiaremos poemas de Lezama Lima, narraciones como Biografía de un cimarrón (Miguel Barnet), Calibán (Roberto Fernández Retamar), Las palabras perdidas (Jesús Díaz) y obras de autores como Nancy Morejón y Nicolás Guillén, entre otros escritores contemporáneos.

Seminar - 3 hours; Research Paper. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing or Consent of Instructor.

Text:

  • Jesus Diaz, Las Palabras Perdidas (Fondo de Cultura)
  • Miguel Barnet, Biografia de un Cimarron (Machester Univ. Press)
  • A Course Reader

Spanish 274. Politics, Gender and Sentimentality in Latin America
Ana Peluffo, Associate Professor (R 4:10-7:00, 263 Olson) CRN 50446

This course will examine the role of affect and feelings in the configuration of national, gendered and racial identities in Latin America. While tracing the complex genealogy of the discourse of suffering in different cultural areas, we will discuss the political uses of emotion in indigenista and abolitionist movements, the cultural representation of tears in literature and film, stoicism and sentimental masculinities, the circulation of emotion between the private and public spheres, and the different models of sensibility that emerge in Latin American texts.

We will go through several articles and stories taken from the following texts:

  • Flora Tristán, Peregrinaciones de una paria
  • Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, Sab
  • José Hernández, Martín Fierro
  • Matto de Turner, Aves sin nido
  • Eva Perón, La razón de mi vida
  • Felisberto Hernández, El cocodrilo y otros cuentos
  • José Martí, La edad de oro
  • Alan Pauls, Historia del llanto

Seminar - 3 hours; Research Paper. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing or Consent of Instructor.

Text:

  • A Course Reader