Spanish Spring 2016: Expanded Graduate Course Descriptions

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Spanish 202. Literary Theory II: Human-Animal Studies and Hispanic Literatures (4 units)
Adrienne Martin, Professor

R 4:10-7:00P
622 Sproul Hall
CRN 62961

Course Description: Human-Animal Studies (HAS) is a new multidisciplinary field that scrutinizes the spaces that animals occupy in human society and culture, as well as the concept of animality, which challenges traditional ways of defining the boundary between the human and the animal. In this seminar, conducted in English, we will examine HAS theory in light of trans-historical works of Spanish and Latin American literatures in which animals play a prominent role.

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

Format: Seminar - 3 hours; Term Paper.

Textbooks:

  • All readings will be available on SmartSite.
     

Spanish 215. Continuing Issues in Spanish Phonology (4 units) - **CANCELLED**
Travis Bradley, Professor

W 4:10-7:00P
263 Olson Hall
CRN 62962

Course Description: In this special topics seminar, we will explore issues in Spanish phonology from contemporary theoretical and methodological perspectives. We will survey the latest, cutting-edge research in the framework of Optimality Theory, which employs rankings of universal and violable constraints, and compare this mode of analysis to traditional rule-based approaches. The course emphasizes the use of acoustic analysis to provide an accurate characterization of phonetic data, in contrast to the impressionistic descriptions on which phonological analyses have been based in the past. Comparisons will be made across Spanish varieties, including recent theoretical and descriptive work on Judeo-Spanish, and with other languages as appropriate. This seminar will provide a background in contemporary Spanish phonology that should also be helpful in the development of future research on L2 phonology and/or the teaching of pronunciation.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor (tgbradley@ucdavis.edu); Spanish 205 and 206 recommended.

Format: Seminar - 3 hours; Term Paper.

Textbooks:

  • Sonia Colina, Spanish Phonology: A Syllabic Perspective  (Georgetown University Press, 2009)
  • A Course Reader
     

Spanish 272. Critical Approaches to Latin American Literature: Narrative (4 units)
Ana Peluffo, Professor

T 4:10-7:00P
622 Sproul Hall
CRN 62963

Course Description: This course will examine the role of affect, emotion and feelings in the configuration of national, gendered and racial identities in Latin America. While tracing the  genealogy of the interdisciplinary "affective turn", we will discuss the political uses of emotion in indigenista, gauchesque and abolitionist narratives, the cultural representation of "ugly" emotions in Latin American literature and film, and the different models of sensibility that emerge in Latin American texts. Visual materials will be incorporated into our weekly discussions as well as theoretical texts on the emotions by Sarah Ahmed, Brian Massumi, Lauren Berlant, Baruch Spinoza, Eva Illouz, and Norbert Elias among others. The course will be taught in Spanish.

Some of the films and texts we will be covering in the course are: Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, Sab (1841); José Hernández, Martín Fierro (1879); Clorinda Matto de Turner, Aves sin nido (1889); Jorge Luis Borges, El Aleph (1945); Damián Szifron, Relatos Salvajes (2014); Adrián Caetano, Bolivia (2001); Claudia Llosa, Madeinusa (2006); Antonio Carreño, Manual de urbanidad y buenas maneras (1853); Selva Almada, Chicas muertas (2015); Cabezón Cámara, Gabriela, Beya (le viste la cara a Dios) (2015).

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

Format: Seminar - 3 hours; Term Paper.

Textbooks:

  • TBA