Undergraduate Courses: Winter 2009

Upper Division

Spanish 100: Principles of Hispanic Literature and Criticism
Cristina Martínez-Carazo, Assoc. Professor (sec. 1 - TR 9:00-10:20) CRN 50894
Charles Oriel, Lecturer (sec. 2 - MWF 9:00-9:50) CRN 50895
Charles Oriel, Lecturer (sec. 3 - MWF 11:00-11:50) CRN 50896

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 with each section.

Travis Bradley, Asst. Professor (MWF 2:10-3:00) CRN 53373

This course focuses on the phonetics and phonology of modern Spanish varieties. Students will explore in a systematic and formal manner the similarities and differences between the sound systems of Spanish and English, with attention given to dialectal differences that exist among major varieties of Spanish spoken around the world. The course is of particular interest to prospective teachers seeking to formalize their understanding of the Spanish and English sound systems in order to assist future students with issues of pronunciation.

Lecture-3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: course 24, 24S or 33.

Textbooks: Jorge M. Guitart, Sonido y sentido: Teoría y practica de la pronunciación del español con audio CD.

Spanish 130: Golden Age
Sam Armistead, Professor (TR 3:10-4:30) CRN 50900

We will read representative works from the Spanish "Golden Age" (1500-1625): Garcilaso, Fray Luis de León, Quevedo, the comedia, the picaresque novel, and Don Quijote.

During the Golden Age, the distinctive religious tensions and problems which characterized the Hispanic Middle Ages, will continue to inform Spanish culture, giving rise to literary achievements of astounding richness and diversity and of far-reaching importance to subsequent European and American literature.

Lecture-3 hours. Midterm and final exams. Prerequisite: course 100 or 100S.

Textbooks: A. Sanchez-Romeralo and F. Ibarra, Antología de autores españoles, I: Antiguos.

Spanish 139: Modern Spanish Theater
Marta Altisent, Professor (TR 9:00-10:20) CRN 53374

This course traces the evolution of modern Spanish drama as a reflection of the convulsive historical, ideological, and cultural changes that have forged two topical images of 20th century Spain (from that of an underdeveloped and exotic land to that of one of Europe's most innovative, prosperous and liberal societies). The plays chosen represent the subversion of traditional dramatic values such as the "honor" and the "honra" motifs, and the embrace of anti-theatre trends (expressionist, surrealist and absurdist drama), as well as social and existential concerns of universal value. The last part of the course will focus on the revolutionary gender attitudes and family values as reflected in Post-Franco theatre.

Lecture-3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: course 100 or 100S.

Textbooks: Max Aub, San Juan; Miguel Mihura, Tres Sombreros de Copa; Fernando Arrabal, El Cementerio de Automoviles; Ferando Fernan-Gomez, Las Bicicletas Son Para El Verano; Federico Garcia Lorca, Yerma and La zapatera prodigiosa.

Spanish 142: The Short Novel in the Golden Age
Adrienne Martín, Professor (TR 10:30-11:50) CRN 50903

This course will study the creation of the novella (novela ejemplar) as a new literary genre in early modern Spain. We will explore the complex notion of exemplarity as moral and discursive mechanism within the narrative of two of the greatest prose writers of the time: Miguel de Cervantes and María de Zayas. Both novelists are important social critics who write against the grain and question conventional attitudes towards identity, subjectivity, love, marriage, personal freedom, minority groups, relationships between sexes and classes, and gender roles.

Lecture-3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: course 100 or 100S. May be repeated for credit when topic differs.

Textbooks: Maria De Zayas, Novelas Ejemplares y Amorosas; Miguel De Cervantes, Novelas ejemplares.

Spanish 144: Images of Immigration in Film, Literature, Photography and the Press
Cristina Martínez-Carazo, Assoc. Professor (sec. 1, TR 12:10-1:30 ) CRN 53375

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; discussion-1 hour. Prerequisite: course 24, 24S, or 33.

Textbooks: Instructor will be using a course reader.

Spanish 144: Muslims, Christians and Jews in Medieval Spain
Sam Armistead, Professor (sec. 2, TR 6:10-7:30) CRN 53376


The Libro de buen amor, by Juan Ruiz, Arcipreste de Hita, is one of the great masterpieces of Medieval Spanish literature. The LBA has suggested, to students, teachers, and scholars, a series of crucial but enigmatic critical problems: What genre does it represent? What is the author's intent? Does the LBA represent a single redaction, written all at one time, or two redactions (or stages) written at different times? Why is there so much critical disagreement concerning the work? What is the meaning of the LBA? Some very recent and important discoveries, concerning Juan Ruiz's origins and the work's enigmatic perspectives, shed dramatic new light on these ongoing essential problems. All of this will be discussed in detail during the course.

Lecture-3 hours; discussion-1 hour. Midterm and final exams. Prerequisite: course 24, 24S, or 33.

Textbooks: Juan Ruiz, Libro de buen amor, ed. Steven D. Kirby.

Spanish 150N: Survey of Latin-American Literature to 1900
Linda Egan, Professor (MWF 1:10-2:00)

(sec. 1 - T 5:10-6:00) CRN 53665
(sec. 2 - W 5:10-6:00) CRN 53666
(sec. 3 - R 5:10-6:00) CRN 53667

This is a survey course using one principal anthology to look as closely as possible at major authors and works of the nascent Spanish-American literature, from Columbus's Diary to modernism at the end of the 19th century. The goals of the course, in addition to acquainting majors and minors with significant milestones in the development of a new Spanish-language literature, include strengthening reading ability and sharpening critical skills. Literary terms and concepts introduced in Spanish 100 will be assumed for practical application.


Lecture-3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: course 100 or 100S.

Textbooks: Chang-Rodríguez & Filer, Voces de hispanoamérica.

Spanish 173: New Tendencies in Latin American Documentary Film: The Subjective Turn
Michael Lazzara, Asst. Professor (Lecture: TR 4:40-6:00, Film Viewing: R 6:10-9:00) CRN 53377

Starting with the leftist liberation struggles of the 1960s and 1970s in Latin America and the wave of politically-committed documentary films that accompanied them, this course will study how Latin American directors, in recent decades, have turned away from direct cinema strategies that attempted to portray reality "objectively," and have opted instead for new forms expression that complicate the status of objectivity in documentary film. The course argues that the 1990s and 2000s have witnessed a "subjective turn" in Latin American documentary film that, by incorporating metanarrative elements, has blurred the lines between "fact" and "fiction." As part of this turn, the filmmaker's first-person presence and a personalized, essayistic style have become central tools for addressing urgent social and political issues. Students will learn about the workings of the documentary genre and its history in Latin America, but even more importantly they will engage in close readings and analyses of recent productions from Latin America.

Films to be screened and discussed may include: Fernando E. Solanas, La hora de los hornos (1968); Patricio Guzmán, La batalla de Chile (1975-1979), Chile: la memoria obstinada (1997), Salvador Allende (2004); Andrés Di Tella, La televisión y yo (2003), Fotografías (2006); Albertina Carri, Los rubios (2003); Sandra Kogut, Um passaporte hungaro (2002); Juan Carlos Rulfo, Del olvido al no me acuerdo (1999); Lorena Muñoz and Sergio Wolf, Yo no sé qué me han hecho tus ojos (2003); Carlos Armella and Pedro González Rubio, Toro negro (2005); Joao Moreira Salles, Santiago (2007); Eduardo Coutinho, Jogo de cena (2007); Carmen Castillo, Calle Santa Fe (2007), among others.

Lecture/discussion-3 hours; film viewing-3 hours. Prerequisite: course 24, 24S, or 33.

Textbooks: Patricia Aufderheide, Documentary Film; Paul Firas and Pedro Meira Monteiro, Andres de tella: Cine Documential y archivo personal.

Spanish 175: Witnessing in Latin America: Trauma, Violence and Memory
Michael Lazzara, Asst. Professor (TR 1:40-3:00) CRN 53378

This course explores the role of the witness as a key figure in contemporary Latin American cultural production. We will seek to understand how bearing witness to political violence has been taken up by Latin American artists and survivors in literature and film as both a thematic and formal concern, as well as a political and ethical imperative. Specific discussion topics will include the construction of first person narratives, the concept of perspective, memory, testimonial genres, and the writing of history in the aftermath of human rights abuses and dictatorships. In the first half of the course, we will read selected texts from Cuba, Chile, Guatemala, and Argentina that deal with colonialism, slavery, indigenous peoples, and the Conquest. The second half of the course will deal specifically with Argentine cultural production related to that country's "Dirty War" (1976-1983).

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

Textbooks: Pilar Calveiro, Poder Y Desaparicion (Los Campos De Concentracion En Argentina); Beatriz Sarlo, Tiempo Pasado: Cultura De La Memoria y Giro Subjetivo, Una Discusion; Rigoberta Menchu, Me llamo Rigoberta Menchu y asi me nacio la conciencia.

Spanish 176: Literature in Spanish Written in the United States
Francisco Alarcón, Lecturer (MWF 11:00-11:50) CRN 53379

Survey of the literacy and cultural contributions of the main Spanish-speaking populations present in the U.S.: Chicanos, Puerto Ricans, Cuban-Americans, Central Americans, and other Latinos. Special focus will be given to the works written in Spanish. The course contents will include: socio-historical perspectives of the literatures written in Spanish in what is now the U.S.; review of the cultural diversity of the main Spanish-speaking populations in the United states - Chicanos, Puerto Ricans, Cuban-Americans, Central Americans and other Latinos; and critical analysis of representative literary texts from all genres (poetry, short-stories, theater, and essays) by authors writing in Spanish in the U.S. In summary, this course is envisioned to be an introductory course that will deal with similarities and differences between the different literary cultural traditions present in the main Spanish-speaking groups in the U.S. Some of the other issues to be covered in the course are: What constitutes a national literature? What are the implications of the so-called multiculturalism in the U.S.? What is the role of the first-generation writer, the writer in exile and immigrant/writer? What are some of the relations/tensions between the different cultural traditions?

Lecture-3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: course 24, 24S, or 33.

Textbooks: Nicolas Kanellos, En otro voz: Antologia de la literatura hispanicas en los Estados Unidos; Francisco Alarcón, From the other Side of the Night/Del otro lado de la noche; Manuel Martin-Rodriguez, La voz urgente:antologia de la literatura chicana en espanol; Cherie Moraga & Ana Castillo, Esta puente, mi espalda; Julian Olivares, Cuentos Hispanos de los Estados Unidos.