Undergraduate Courses: Spring 2009

Upper Division


Spanish 100: Principles of Hispanic Literature and Criticism
STAFF (sec. 1 - MWF 10:00-10:50) CRN 90446
STAFF (sec. 2 - MWF 1:10-2:00) CRN 90447
Charles Oriel, Lecturer (sec. 3 - MWF 8:00-8:50) CRN 92930

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 or 24S or 33.

Textbooks: Check at the bookstore, books will vary for each section.


Spanish 110: Advanced Spanish Composition
Charles Oriel, Lecturer (MWF 1:10-2:00) CRN 90449

Practice in expository writing with emphasis on clarity, structure and idiomatic expression, focusing on a variety of topical and practical issues. Practical application and review of selected grammar topics.

Lecture - 3 hours; Frequent Writing Assignments. Prerequisite: course 24, 24S or 33.

Textbooks: Maria Canteli Dominicis, Repase y Escriba.


Spanish 111N: The Structure of Spanish: Sounds & Words
Travis Bradley, Associate Professor (MWF 12:10-1:00) CRN 90450

This course provides an introduction to the sound system of Spanish. After an initial overview of the goals of contemporary linguistic theory, we will explore how speech sounds are produced from an articulatory point of view. By exploring the structuralist notions of phoneme versus allophone, complementary distribution versus free variation, and contrast versus neutralization, we will see how sounds are organized and represented as part of the linguistic competence of Spanish speakers. The course also introduces generative phonology, which permits a deeper understanding of systematic, rule-governed nature of sound patterns. Throughout the course, theoretical and practical comparisons will be made with English and other Romance Languages as appropriate.

Lecture - 3 hours. Prerequisite: Linguistics 1 and Spanish 24, 24S or 33, or consent of instructor.

Textbooks: José Ignacio Hualde, Antzon Olarrea, and Anna María Escobar, Introducción a la lingüística hispánica.


Spanish 116: Applied Spanish Linguistics
Miriam Hernandez-Rodriguez, Associate Instructor (MWF 9:00-9:50) CRN 90453

This course provides an introduction to the theoretical study of second language acquisition. The main goals of this course are to introduce the major concepts and terminology used to teach Spanish as a second language, to provide an overview of the different language teaching approaches, and review the issues related to the Spanish language learning.

Lecture/Discussion - 3 hours; Midterm Exam; Extensive Writing (Research Paper). Prerequisite: course 24, 24S, or 33, or consent of instructor.

Textbooks: Diane Larson-Freeman, Techniques and Principles in Language Teaching; D. Koike and C. Klee, Lingüística aplicada: Adquisición del español como segunda lengua.


Spanish 131N: 19th and 20th-Century Spanish Literature (1898-2000)
Marta Altisent, Professor (TR 9:00-10:20) CRN 90454

This is a chronological study of Spanish literature since the end of the 19th century to the present. We will analyze a selection of novels, dramas, poems and chronicles representative of the artistic, ideological, and historical changes (the 1898 Spanish-American war, the Spanish Civil War, Post-Franco Spain) that have shaped Spain’s modern identity. We will focus on the evolution from traditional realism to more experimental and subversive modes of writing, examining aspects such as authorial presence, status of narrative voice, setting, rhythm, tone, feminine perspectives, and ‘otherness’. The works selected will serve as paradigms for a definition of diverse aesthetic currents and modes: Realism-Naturalism, Symbolism, Postmodernism, Eroticism, Urban and Rural Fiction, among other.

Lecture - 3 hours; Discussion - 1 hour. Prerequisite: course 100.

Textbooks: Benito Pérez Galdós, Tristana; Nuria Amat, Reina de America; Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, Rimas y leyendas; Federico García Lorca, La zapatera prodigiosa; Miguel de Unamuno, Abel Sanchez; Camilo José Cela, La familia de Pascual Duarte; F. Garcia Lorca, Poesia de F.G. Lorca; Plaza Janes (ed.), Antologia (Barcelona).


Spanish 138N: Modern and Contemporary Spanish Poetry
Marta Altisent, Professor (TR 1:40-3:00) CRN 92932

Study of the main Spanish poets and poetic movements from the mid 19th century to the present, including major works, themes, concepts, and rhetorical devices of Spanish Romanticism, Modernism/Symbolism, Surrealism and Existentialism. Emphasis will be on Spanish poets of the 1920’s. Specific topics such as social-testimonial poetry of the Civil War, women voices, the return to Nature, the influence of media and mass culture, Eroticism, and Spanish regional identities will also be considered.

Lecture - 3 hours; Term Paper. Prerequisite: course 100, 131, or permission of the instructor.

Textbooks: Arturo Ramoneda (ed.), Antología de la poesía española del siglo XX (1890-1939)Treasury of Spanish Love – Poems Quotations & Proverbs.


Spanish 142: Anglos, Latinos and the Spanish Black Legend
Cristina González, Professor (M 5:10-8:00) CRN 92931

This course will enhance understanding between Anglos and Latinos by studying the birth and evolution of the so-called “Black Legend,” a 16th Century myth that racialized Spaniards by representing them as uniquely brutal and avaricious people, characteristics attributed to their Muslim and Jewish roots, respectively. Spaniards were presented as an impure and barbarian race that mixed with Native Americans and other non-Europeans in the Americas, producing a thoroughly inferior people. In contrast, the English were depicted as a pure and civilized nation which brought progress to the New World and preserved its superiority by avoiding miscegenation. The "Black Legend," which underpins the doctrine of "Manifest Destiny," was used to justify the appropriation of territories by the United States during the Texas Revolt, the Mexican-American War, the California Gold-Rush and the Spanish-American War, and it still affects how Latinos are perceived and treated in this country today.

Lecture - 3 hours; Term Paper. Prerequisite: course 100 or 100S.

Textbooks: A Course Reader, including selections from Philip W. Powell, Tree of Hate: Propaganda and Prejudices Affecting United States Relations with the Hispanic World; Joseph P. Sánchez, The Spanish Black Legend: Origins of Anti-Hispanic Stereotypes; Lawrence E. Harrison, Who Prospers? How Cultural Values Shape Economic and Political Success; Jared Diamond, Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human SocietiesCollapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed; Samuel P. Huntington, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World OrderWho Are We? The Challenges to America’s National Identity; Juan González, Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America.


Spanish 151N: Introduction to Contemporary Latin American Literature and Culture
Michael Lazzara, Assistant Professor (TR 12:10-1:30)
(sec. 1 - T 5:10-6:00) CRN 93010
(sec. 2 - W 5:10-6:00) CRN 93011
(sec. 3 - R 5:10-6:00) CRN 93012

Using a thematic approach, this course provides an introduction to contemporary Latin American literature through the close reading of major writers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Analyses of short stories, novels, poems, music and films will open debates on important issues like the construction of identities, the writing of history and memory, colonialism, the effects of exile and migration, and the ever-renewed struggle between civilization and barbarism. As we read, our goal will be to discover how literature speaks in its own way about history, politics, identity and culture.

Lecture - 3 hours; Discussion - 1 hour. Prerequisite: course 100 or 100S.

Textbooks: José Emilio Pacheco, Las batallas en el desierto; Juan José Saer, El entenado. A Course Reader containing selections by Leopoldo Lugones, Horacio Quiroga, Jorge Luis Borges, Juan Rulfo, José Luis González, Julia de Burgos, Gabriela Mistral, José María Arguedas, Margo Glantz, and others, will be available at Davis Copy Shop.


Spanish 175: Doubtful Paradise - The Representations of the Amazon in Modern Latin American Narrative
Leopoldo Bernucci, Professor (sec. 1, TR 10:30-11:50) CRN 92933

The course aims at exploring the different dimensions that the word Amazon evokes: paradise, hell, the last frontier, the greatest ecological powerhouse, the land of the last Indians, and others. Through a series of fictional texts, mainly novels and short stories, students will be in contact with modern literary representations of the Amazon that problematize the very notion of civilization-barbarism, a dichotomy that has served well many Latin American writers since Romanticism. Readings will include short stories by Horacio Quiroga (Uruguay, 1878-1937), José Eustasio Rivera, Mario Vargas Llosa, and a few critical essays.

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

Textbooks: Mario Vargas Llosa, La Casa Verde; Jose Eustasio Rivera, La Voragine.


Spanish 175: Utopias and Dystopias in Latin American Literature, Criticism and Film
Rob Newcomb, Assistant Professor (sec. 2, MWF 1:10-2:00) CRN 92934

This course will explore the rich heritage of reflection on utopias in Latin American literature, from maroon colonies to "ideal" Christian communities to planned ultramodern cities to workers' paradises. Focusing on the 19th century to the present, we will examine a broad cross-section of literary fiction, critical essays, and films from Latin America - including a number of selections from Brazil. After a brief survey of foundational utopian texts by Plato and Thomas More, as well as some historical context, the course will begin in earnest, as we tackle short stories, essays, novellas, and films - all of which meditate in one way or another on the question of utopia (and its nightmarish inverted form, dystopia) as it relates to Latin American cultural expression. Issues we will consider include: the prospects of founding ideal communities in the New World; the tenuous distinction between "real" and "invented" utopias; the symbolic and political function of utopian ideas, settlements, and projects, and; the disturbing relationship between social planning and violent repression.

This class will be conducted in Spanish. Brazilian texts will be read in Spanish or English. Students who speak Portuguese and who wish to read Brazilian texts in the original may do so with the instructor's approval.

The course reader will feature short pieces by writers such as: Machado de Assis (The Psychiatrist); Jorge Luis Borges; Hugo Chávez; Christopher Columbus; Julio Cortázar; Subcomandante Marcos; Pêro Vaz de Caminha; Alfonso Reyes (Última Tule); José Enrique Rodó; Moacyr Scliar (One-Man Army); José Vasconcelos (La raza cósmica).

Possible secondary sources include Sérgio Buarque de Holanda (Visión del paraíso); Fredric Jameson and Ángel Rama.

Films to be screened include The Mission (dir. Roland Joffé); Black God, White Devil (dir. Glauber Rocha); City of God (dir. Fernando Meirelles); Children of Men (dir. Alfonso Cuarón)

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

Textbooks: Gregory Claeys and Lyman Sargent (eds.), The Utopia Reader; A Course Reader.


Spanish 177: California and Latin America
Robert Irwin, Associate Professor (TR 1:40-3:00)

(sec. 1 - T 4:10-5:00) CRN 93073
(sec. 2 - W 4:10-5:00) CRN 93074
(sec. 3 - R 4:10-5:00) CRN 93075

Este curso trata la historia de contacto cultural como consecuencia de migraciones, invasiones, colaboraciones, conflictos, acuerdos, intercambios, influencias, etc. entre Alta California (ahora el estado de California de Estados Unidos) y el resto de América Latina desde la época de la guerra de 1846-1848 hasta la actualidad, con un enfoque en las representaciones hechas en América Latina (tanto en México como en otros países del continente) de California, las representaciones hechas en California (especialmente desde la industria emblemática de la expresión cultural del estado, la del cine hollywoodense) de América Latina, y también las representaciones hechas de la California latinoamericana, la de los Californios, los mexicanos, los braceros, los pachucos, los pochos, los chicanos, los centroamericanos, los chilenos y los demás "latinos" que han vivido y que viven en el estado, y que de alguna manera le han hecho a California no sólo una región latinoamericana, sino uno de los centros principales productores de cultura latino-americana.

May be taken to fulfill requirement for majors in Chicano/Latino literature/culture (in lieu of SPA 117, 174 or 176) - or as an elective.

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

Textbooks: A Course Reader.