Graduate Courses: Winter 2009

Spanish 206: Spanish Syntax
Raul Aranovich, Assoc. Professor (W 4:10-7:00) CRN 53380

An examination of Spanish sentence structure within the framework of Transformational Generative theory. The student will learn how to analyze different grammatical phenomena characteristic of modern Spanish, such as pronominal clitics, the functions of the reflexive and personal 'a', negation, word order variation, etc.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

Textbooks: Carmen Benjamin and Dr. John Butt, A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish; Karen Zagona, Syntax of Spanish.


Spanish 223: Critical Approaches to Spanish Lit. II: Poetry and Drama
Marta Altisent, Professor (T 4:10-7:00) CRN 53381

A critical study of key texts of two centuries of Spanish poetry and drama tracing a coherent articulation of these genres, according to modern literary theory criteria. The course will focus on the works/authors that best represent Spain's resistance and assimilation to modern aesthetics and attitudes.

The first part of the course will be devoted to the development of the 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 legacy of poets Gustavo A. Becquer, Ruben Dario, Antonio Machado, Unamuno, Juan Ramon Jimenez and the Avant-garde poetry of the 1920s will be discussed. The last four weeks will be dedicated to 5 playwrights (Valle Inclán, García Lorca, and Arrabal) as examples of expressionist drama, symbolist tragedy, surrealist play, epic theater, farce, theater of the absurd, and metadrama). Special emphasis will be placed on the dramatic techniques in relation to historical, social and political factors of modern and postmodern Spain.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

Textbooks: Ferando Fernan-Gomez, Las Bicicletas Son Para El Verano; Luisa Cunille, Barcelona, mapa de sombras; Fernando Arrabal, El Cementerio de Automoviles; Max Aub, San Juan; Federico García Lorca, Doña Rosita la soltera; Ramon Del Valle-Inclan, Luces de Bohemia; Frederico Garcia Lorca, Asi que pasen cinco anos; Miguel Mihura, Tres Sombreros de Copa; Jose Zorrilla, Don Juan Tenorio; Arturo Ramoneda, Antologia de la poesia espanola del siglo XX.


Spanish 224: Cervantes
Adrienne Martín, Professor (R 4:10-7:00) CRN 53382

En este curso leeremos otras obras maestras de Cervantes aparte de Don Quijote: su poesía, fragmentos de su novela pastoril La Galatea, una selección de sus comedias, entremeses, y Novelas ejemplares, y el Viaje del Parnaso. Examinaremos cómo este gran humorista modifica e hibridiza todos los géneros existentes de finales del siglo dieciséis y crea nuevos para ironizar sobre la situación literaria, sociohistórica, y política del momento. Los temas que abordaremos incluyen: Cervantes y la modernidad literaria; el amor neoplatónico pastoril frente al crimen pasional; elementos experimentales de su teatro; el ludismo en los entremeses; crítica socio-sexual en las novelas ejemplares; poetastros, academias y el estado de la poesía en la epopeya burlesca del Parnaso.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

Textos:
Novelas ejemplares (Crítica)
Poesias Completas, I (incluye Viaje del Parnaso) (Clásicos Castalia)
Entremeses (Clásicos Castalia)
los demás textos estarán disponibles en internet


Spanish 274: Carlos Monsiváis, Elena Poniatowska, and Co.: The Chronicle in Mexico
Linda Egan, Professor (sec. 1, W 4:10-7:00) CRN 50972

In the contemporary context of an expanded notion of the literary and of a postcolonial reconsideration of cultural verities and values, this seminar takes up the Mexican nonfiction narrative from several angles. A fundamental goal of the course will acquaint students with the crónica actual as canonically practiced by Mexico's leading intellectuals, cultural critics and producers of literary journalism, a genre Monsiváis recently defined as "descaradamente literario." These principal cronistas are, of course, Carlos Monsiváis and Elena Poniatowska." For the enrichment of contrast and comparison, other cronistas - the "and Co." of the course title - will also be studied. An underlying awareness of narratological and generic theories (the rhetorics of chronicle, testimonio, essay and fiction) will inform approaches to the primary texts. History itself, past and immediate, constitutes the assumed extratextual touchstone.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Textbooks: A course Reader will gather for convenience selected primary, theoretical, critical texts. Additionally: Carlos Monsiváis, Amor perdido and A ustedes les consta, 2nd ed. (2006); Elena Poniatowska, Fuerte es el silencio and Nada, nadie: las voces del temblor; Linda Egan, Carlos Monsiváis: cultura y crónica en el México contemporáneo (if available; I was informed in May that this edition is sold out in Mexico; if we cannot get it in Spanish, then: Carlos Monsiváis: Culture and Chronicle in Contemporary Mexico); Michael K. Schuessler, ElenísimaEl arte de la ironía Carlos Monsiváis ante la crítica (Eds. Mabel Moraña and Ignacio Prado Sánchez).


Spanish 274: Luso-Hispanic Encounters
Rob Newcomb, Asst. Professor (sec. 2, M 4:10-7:00) CRN 53383

This seminar will examine the manifold ways in which Portuguese- and Spanish-speaking essayists have described, conceptualized and challenged the state of Luso-Hispanic relations. Our readings will be skewed toward Brazilian and Spanish American writers and theorists active from the late 19th century to the present, though select texts from Portugal and Spain will be considered as well, so as to give the seminar's participants a sense for transatlantic commonalities and discrepancies in the theorization of Luso-Hispanic interactions. In reading a range of essayistic and critical texts - some of which are canonical interventions, some of which are less known - we will consider how attention to the Luso-Hispanic dimension may serve to reinforce or possibly undermine assumptions about how the fields of Luso-Brazilian, Hispanic, and Latin American studies are structured. Further, this seminar is aimed at providing participants with a background in Spanish with exposure to major figures and themes in Lusophone criticism and theory. Participants are therefore encouraged to consider how writers, texts, and critical paradigms may be productively applied across the Luso-Hispanic frontier, and to develop final papers that apply this approach to their particular research interests. Writers we will discuss include Antero de Quental, Joaquim Nabuco, José Enrique Rodó, Sérgio Buarque de Holanda, Alfonso Reyes, Gilberto Freyre, Antonio Candido, Silviano Santiago, Eduardo Lourenço, Roberto Schwarz, and Ángel Rama. Participants should feel comfortable reading texts in Portuguese. Classroom discussion will be in Portuguese and/or Spanish, depending on participants' proficiency.

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

Textbooks: A course reader.


Spanish 291: Foreign Language Learning
Carlee Arnett, Professor (M 12:10-3:00) CRN 50973

This course will provide an overview of approaches to university-level foreign language instruction in the United States and the theoretical notions underlying current trends in classroom practices across commonly taught foreign languages. Course objectives are the following: (1) to acquaint students with issues and research in foreign language teaching; (2) to show ways of using that research to achieve moreeffective classroom instruction; (3) to develop students' skills in evaluating teaching performance and instructional materials; and (4) to prepare students for continued professional development, including the use of technology in the classroom. Class meetings will be devoted to lectures by the course instructor and invited guest speakers, student-led discussion, and short presentations and/or demonstrations by students and the instructor. Students will use professional journals to explore topics of interest; prepare their own classroom materials; evaluate the instructional materials developed by others; and complete a final exam.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

Textbooks: A course packet.