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Spanish 201. Literary Theory I (4 units)
Robert Newcomb, Professor

R 4:10-7:00P
144 Olson Hall
CRN 62288

Course Description: In this course we will study important figures and problems in critical theory. In addition to providing seminar participants with an overview of some of the “big names” of international critical theory,  a field traditionally dominated by Anglophone and Francophone academics and thinkers, we will highlight important peninsular and Latin American critical theorists who, to a large extent, have not been incorporated into the canon of critical theory, but whose contributions are of vital importance for our discipline. Themes to be addressed include: representation; cultural cannibalism; the authorial function; genealogies; colonialism and post-colonialism; comparative literature; the spacial organization of power; feminism and gender studies; cultural studies.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor (rpnewcomb@ucdavis.edu).

Format: Seminar - 3 hours; Term Paper.

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Spanish 207. History of the Spanish Language (4 units)
Robert Blake, Professor

M 4:10-7:00P
151 Olson Hall
CRN 62289

Course Description:  This course will give graduate students a solid background in the evolution of Spanish from its Latin origins. The course will begin with a theoretical discussion of how and why languages change. Students will examine the lexical, phonological and syntactic changes that have occurred from Vulgar Latin to Old Spanish to Medieval Spanish (c. 1600). Particular emphasis will be paid to some of the earliest textual manifestations of the Spanish language: namely, the jarchas, glosas, notarial documents, El Cantar del Mio Cid, and the Alfonsine writings.

Prerequisite: Latin 001.

Format: Seminar - 3 hours; Term Paper.

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Spanish 257. Spanish Literature of the Renaissance and Golden Age: Drama (4 units)
John Slater, Professor

T 4:10-7:00P
144 Olson Hall
CRN 66290

Course Description: This is a class about the pleasures of literature. My primary objective is simple: to share with you the reasons that I keep reading early modern drama.  Those reasons have a lot to do with the stunning repertoire of female characters who populate the early modern stage: Fenisa, Petronila, Juana, Ismenia, Mariene...  We will plot a course through fun, weirdness, heartbreak, and elation.  We will discuss well- and lesser-known works by Ana Caro, María de Zayas, Lope de Vega, Calderón de la Barca, Sor Juana, and others.  Along the way, you will get a basic introduction to the material history and stagecraft of early modern drama.  Mostly, however, we will reconnect with the joys that made us readers in the first place.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor (jslater@ucdavis.edu).

Format: Seminar - 3 hours; Term Paper.

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Spanish 390. The Teaching of Spanish in College (4 units)
Claudia Sanchez-Gutierrez, Professor

MW 2:10-4:00P
151 Olson Hall
CRN 60091

Course Description:  Theoretical instruction in modern teaching methods and demonstration of their practical application. Required of graduate teaching assistants.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Format: Lecture - 2 hours; Discussion - 2 hours.

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