Undergraduate Courses: Fall 2011

Spanish 100: Principles of Hispanic Literature & Criticism

Charles Oriel, Lecturer
sec 1, MWF 12:10-1:00 - CRN 80712
115 WELLMAN

Cristina Martínez-Carazo, Professor
sec 2, MW 10:00-11:20; 11:30-11:50 - CRN 80713
105 OLSON

This course is an introduction to textual analysis with readings from Spanish and Spanish American literature and culture. The course will deal with basic genres: narrative, poetry, drama and essay and will provide students with the opportunity to acquire the basic technical vocabulary of the Hispanic literary and cultural critic.

Lecture - 3 hours; Extensive Writing or Discussion - 1 hour.

Prerequisite: course 24, 24S, or 33.

Textbooks:

  • Edward Friedman, Aproximaciones al estudio de la literatura hispanica (McGraw Hill, 2008)
  • A Course Reader

Spanish 115: History of the Spanish Language

Robert Blake, Professor
MW 12:10-1:30, 1:40-2:00
CRN 80716
158 OLSON

This course examines the Spanish language from its roots in spoken Latin to modernity. There will be emphasis on the close relationship between historical events and language change, and the role that literature plays in language standardization. Not open for credit to students who have completed course 115S.

Lecture - 3 hours; Extensive Writing or Discussion - 1 hour. Prerequisite: course 24, 24S, or 33 and Linguistics 1 OR consent of instructor.

Textbooks:

  • David Pharies, Breve historia de la lengua espanola

Spanish 131N: Survey of Spanish Literature: 1700 to Present

Charles Oriel, Lecturer
MWF 10:00-10:50A
CRN 80718
212 WELLMAN

This is a survey course of major Spanish literary works, movements and genres from the 18th through the 20th century. This course will focus specifically on literary movements such as the Enlightenment, Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism, and Modernism, with an emphasis on close readings.

Lecture - 3 hours; Term Paper.

Prerequisite: course 100, 100S, 141, 141S, 170, or 170S.

Textbooks:

  • Fernando Ibarra, Antologia de Autores Espanoles, Volume 2 (Pearson, 1972)
  • Garcia Lorca, Bodas de Sangre (Letras Hispanicas) (Catedra, 1986)
  • Miguel de Unamuno, Abel Sanchez. Una Historia de Pasion (Austral, 1940)

SPANISH 137N:  20th CENTURY SPANISH FICTION STORY

Marta Altisent, Professor

TR 3:10-4:30P
CRN 83595

1130 HART

Introduction to basic theories of narration, exploring such topics as plot, structure, auctorial presence and narrative point of view, the position of the reader, and the boundaries among the novel, the nouvelle and the short story. Each narrative will also serve as a model for a definition of the lyrical, fantastic, allegorical, and testimonial modes. b. A systematic overview of the evolution of the novel in Spain in its cultural and socio-historical context.

Study of 5 novels and 4/5 short stories that represent innovative literary techniques as well as the ideological changes that have taken place in the second half of twentieth- century Spain. The impact of postwar artistic european currents (Post-surrealism, existentialism, Italian neorealism, and posmodernism) will be underlined in connection with the historical tensions following the Spanish Civil War, through the dictatorship, the democratic transition, and the present desencanto, as reflected in these fictions.

Textbooks:

  • Miguel de Uamuno, La tia Tula
  • Ramón del Valle Inclán, Sonata de Estío
  • Camilo José Cela, La familia de Pascula Duarte
  • Carmen Laforet, Nada
  • Josefina Aldecoa, Historia de una maestra

Course Reader:

Short stories by Rodoreda, Javier Marías, Ana María Matute, Manuel Rivas, Lucia Etxebarria and others.


SPA 142: Humor, Magic and Horror: Short Tales of Medieval Castile

Cristina González, Professor
TR 9:00-10:20
CRN 83596
2016 HARING

After reviewing the role of folklore in medieval narrative, this course will focus on short tales of the Castilian Middle Ages, paying particular attention to those dealing with humor, magic and horror, themes that delighted readers for centuries. Readings will include excerpts from well-known verse and prose works such as Los Milagros de Nuestra SeñoraEl Libro de Buen AmorEl Libro del Caballero Zifar, and El Conde Lucanor, among others.

Textbook:

  • Course Reader

SPA 144: Imágenes de la immigración

Cristina Martínez-Carazo, Professor
MW 2:10-4:00
CRN 83597
226 WELLMAN

Imágenes de la inmigración se centra en la representación de la figura del inmigrante en España tal y como se plasma en la literatura, cine, prensa, televisión y fotografía. Exploraremos el impacto de estas construcciones en la sociedad española y en especial en la redefinición de la identidad nacional en la era de la globalización. La transformación de una sociedad homogénea articulada durante el franquismo en una sociedad plural encuentra su eco y su modelo en los productos culturales de los últimos 15 años. Estos textos por un lado reflejan el realidad de la España actual y por otro la construyen, reforzando en el proceso el protagonismo de las imágenes a la hora de perfilar la identidad de España.

Lecture - 3 hours; Term Paper.

Prerequisite: course 24, 24S, or 33.

Text:

  • A Course Reader

SPA 149: Brazilian Literature in Translation

Robert Newcomb,  (rpnewcomb@ucdavis.edu)
TR 10:30-11:50
CRN 83598

158 Olson

This course serves to introduce an English-speaking audience to the literature of Brazil, Latin America’s largest country and a rising regional and global economic and political power.  Through our reading of a cross-section of Brazilian novels and short stories, and our viewing of two classic Brazilian films, we will trace the country’s historical evolution from Portuguese colony, to independence in 1822, to its early 21st century “emergence” onto the world stage.  Major themes to be discussed through the prism of Brazilian literature include: urban versus rural tensions, race, class, and gender relations, economic modernization and challenges, internal migration, law and criminality, marginal and marginalized communities in Brazil, and historical memory.  Taught in English.  No knowledge of Portuguese required, though Portuguese-speaking students should inform the professor at the beginning of the quarter.

Prerequisite: SPA 100

Credit (subject to advisor’s approval): Spanish major/minor, Portuguese minor, Latin American and Hemispheric Studies minor

Textbooks:

  • Manuel Antonio de Almeida, Memories of a Militia Sergeant (1852-1853)
  • Machado de Assis, The Psychiatrist (1882)
  • Patrícia Galvão, Industrial Park (1933)
  • Graciliano Ramos, Barren Lives (1938)
  • Clarice Lispector, Family Ties (1960)
  • Paulo Lins, City of God (1997)
  • Bernardo Carvalho, Nine Nights (2002)

Films:

  • Barren Lives (dir. Nelson Pereira dos Santos, 1963)
  • City of God (dir. Fernando Meirelles, 2002)

Spanish 156: Dario, Modernism, and its Legacy

Linda Egan, Professor
TR 12:10-1:30
CRN 83599
158 OLSON

The course focuses on one major literary "movement" in the development of Spanish-American literature as an autonomous expression of Hispanic culture independent of Spanish peninsular writing. For the first time since Spain colonized the American territories, a Western literary mode finds its authentic and original expression in Latin America, through the inventive works of Rubén Darío, Manuel Gutiérrez Nájara, José Martí and other modernist authors of Spanish America. Textual readings will emphasize poetry, as this literary mode grew out of versified experimentation with language, but we will also see how modernist techniques and themes are developed in selected prose works, and consider, overall, the influence of modernism on later poetry and prose of the 20th century.

Lecture - 3 hours; Project - 1 hour. Prerequisite: course 24, 24S, or 33. 

Textbook:

  • A Course Reader

SPA 157:   Descripció Del Curso y  Método de Trabajo

Emilio Bejel, Professor
TR 9:00-10:20
CRN 83600
1130 HART

1. Descripción
El curso consiste en el examen de un corpus literario central a la historia cultural hispanoamericana contemporánea. Las obras elegidas, comprendidas en la noción clásica (y problemática) de “obra maestra”, nos servirán como puerta de entrada a algunos problemas que definen la cultura hispanoamericana durante el período. Por ello, en cada caso, además de un análisis formal y temático de cada obra, se vinculará la misma con la reflexión en torno a la “identidad hispanoamericana” y cuestiones de clase, género, etnia, ideología y política.

2. Objetivos

  1. Presentar un panorama comprehensivo de los problemas que definen a la cultura hispanoamericana del siglo XX a través de la literatura.
  2.  Analizar una selección de obras literarias centrales en el quehacer cultural hispanoamericano de los siglos XX y XXI, en algunos géneros relevantes (ensayo, cuento, poesía). También se     añadirán algunas películas que servirán para aumentar el conocimiento de algunos de los temas tratados en el curso.
  3. Mejorar las habilidades de los estudiantes en comprensión oral, lectura, escritura y conversación en español.
  4. Desarrollar habilidades de reflexión crítica.

Textbook:

  • Course Reader

Spanish 170: Introduction to Latin American Culture

Michael Lazzara, Professor
TR 1:40-3:00
CRN 80301
141 OLSON

This course provides a general introduction to Latin American culture while presenting students with a range of critical tools for analyzing a broad range of cultural texts, including short stories, poetry, essays, literary crónicas, political discourses, popular legends, films, paintings, popular music and testimonios Sample cultural texts will be analyzed from a range of critical perspectives and time periods—though emphasis will be placed on the post-1960s era—with an eye toward understanding their politics, aesthetics, ethics, and ideologies. This course will serve as a “gateway” course that seeks to equip students with the tools needed to succeed in more advanced upper division Spanish courses. Topics to be considered may include: colonialism, the “idea” of Latin America, cultural heterogeneity, identity formations, social movements, violence and dictatorship, globalization, and neoliberalism.

Lecture - 3 hours; Prerequisite:

Textbook: A Course Reader


SPA 173: Cinema and Latin American Culture

Robert Irwin, Professor

TR 12:10-1:30 Lecture - 119 WELLMAN
R 6:10-9:00 Film Viewing - 106 OLSON
CRN 83602

 “El cine mexicano ‘se impone’: Mexican Golden Age Film in International Markets”
This course traces the rise and fall of Mexican cinema during its Golden Age (1936-55) with a focus not on its well documented box office triumphs in Mexico and its powerful influence in establishing widely accepted ideas of Mexican national culture among audiences of all regions and social classes across the nation, but on its broad popularity abroad.  Mexico’s film industry competed head to head with that of Argentina for foreign markets, and emerged victorious. It conquered the audiences first of Latin America and the Hispanophone United States, and later of Spain, Brazil and other parts of Europe, through a range of strategies that allowed it to become popular, without generating the kind of criticism inspired by Hollywood productions: that of cultural imperialism.  If Mexican cinema was sometimes accepted as “nuestro cine” by foreign audiences, the common phrase used to articulate its success, “el cine mexicano se impone” also implies that it could be seen as something of a cultural imposition.  This course examines this phenomenon through the analysis of the reception and impact of particular films in particular markets, including Venezuela, Cuba, Argentina, Colombia, Spain, the United States, and Yugoslavia.  Includes films of Cantinflas, Jorge Negrete, María Félix, Dolores del Río, Pedro Armendáriz, Libertad Lamarque, among others.

Film viewings Thursday evenings or at students' convenience at the library (DVDs will be on reserve).

Reading materials will be provided on SmartSite.


SPA 174: Chicano Culture

Francisco Alarcón, Lecturer
MWF 11:00-11:50 - Lecture
sec. A01 - CRN 83603
sec. A02 - CRN 83604
sec. A03 - CRN 83605
119 WELLMAN

An interdisciplinary survey of Chicano culture. Topics include literature, art, folklore, oral tradition, music, politics, as well as “everyday” cultural manifestations. The course is conducted in Spanish. This is a survey of the culture of the Mexican people from the pre-Hispanic period to the present. Pre-Hispanic concepts, myths, symbols, and legends present in Chicano culture are traced to their Mexican origins. The concept of Fifth Sun, Luis Valdez’s "Pensamiento Serpentino", the myths of Quetzalcoatl and Aztlán, and the Aztec homeland are examined, as well as the Mesoamerican concept of self and time. The period of conquest of Mexico by Spain is examined, both as presented by historians and interpreted by Octavio Paz in his book, El laberinto de la soleded. The turmoil of the first half of the nineteenth century in Mexico and implications of the annexation of the southwest to the U.S., by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848 are studied. Also examined are the origins of the stereotypes of the Mexican/Chicano found in American society, such as the pocho, the pachuco, and the cholo. The literary and artistic expressions of the Chicano Movement of the past twenty-five years are also analyzed as part of this course.

The course format consists of lectures by the instructor, occasional guest speakers, screening of a few films and class discussions based on the assigned readings. A term paper is a course requirement. This research paper should be on a topic illustrating an aspect of Chicano culture. Students are required to attend a one-hour discussion session every week.

Lecture - 3 hours; Extensive Writing or Discussion - 1 hour. Prerequisite: course 24, 24S, or 33

Textbooks:

  • Francisco Alarcon, From the Other Side of the Night
  • Manuel Martin-Rodriguez, La voz urgente: Antologia de la literatura chicana en espanol
  • Anzaldua, Borderlands
  • Tomas Rivera, Y no se lo trago la tierra
  • Octavio Paz, El laberinto de la soledad y otras obras

Spanish 175: Chile y Argentina desde los 60: políticas, estéticas, memorias

Michael Lazzara, Professor
TR 10:00-11:50
CRN 83828
1150 HART

A partir de la década del 60 se intensifica en Argentina y Chile la violencia política, que tiene como consecuencia, a mediados de los 70, la instauración de las dictaduras militares en el Cono Sur (Pinochet, Videla, etc.). Partiendo del estudio de los acontecimientos políticos y sociales más importantes desde los ’60 hasta la actualidad, analizaremos la forma en que estos hechos traumáticos se representan en distintos medios (la ficción, la música, la poesía, el cine, el género testimonial, los museos y monumentos), sin dejar de indagar en el papel que cumplen la justicia y las [des]memorias en las postdictaduras de corte neoliberal. ¿Cómo se narra el “pasado reciente” y sus tragedias humanas? ¿De qué forma se recupera un pasado “como algo cargado de sentido para el presente”? ¿Cómo se piensa hoy en día el proyecto revolucionario de los 60 y 70? ¿Qué posibilidades políticas existen para el futuro? ¿Qué críticas y nostalgias imperan?

NOTE: This course is highly recommended for students considering Professor Lazzara’s 2012 summer abroad course in Chile.

Lecture - 3 hours; Project - 1 hour.

Prerequisite: course 24, 24S, or 33

Textbooks:

  • Tununa Mercado, En estado de memoria
  • Michael J. Lazzara ed., Luz Arce and Pinochet’s Chile: Testimony in the Aftermath of State Violence              
  • A Course Reader