Undergraduate Courses: Winter 2010

Upper Division


Portuguese 100: Principles of Luso-Brazilian Literature and Criticism
Leo Bernucci, Professor (TR 1:40-3:00) CRN 63427

This course is an introduction to the principles of literary criticism applied to the study of fiction, poetry, and essays of major literacy writers of the Luso-Brazilian world.

Lecture - 3 hours; Term Paper.

Prerequisite: course 3 OR Spanish 24, 24S, or 33

Textbook:

  • A Course Reader

Spanish 100: Principles of Hispanic Literature and Criticism
Emilio Bejel, Professor (sec. 1, TR 9:00-10:20, 101 Olson) CRN 90786

Cristina Martinez-Carazo, Associate Professor (sec. 2, MW 10:00-11:50, 101 Olson) CRN 60787

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.

Textbook:

  • Edward Friedman, Approximaciones al estudio de la literatura hispanica (McGraw-Hill, 2008)

Spanish 110: Advanced Spanish Composition
Charles Oriel, Lecturer (MWF 10:00-10:50, 90 Social Science and Humanities) CRN 63391

This course offers a practice in expository writing with emphasis on clarity, structure and idiomatic expression, focusing on a variety of topical and practical issues. Students are introduced to practical application and a review of selected grammar topics.

Lecture - 3 hours; Frequent Writing Assignments.

Prerequisite: course 24, 24S, or 33.

Textbook:

  • Maria Canteli Dominicis, Repase y Escriba (Wiley, 2007)

Spanish 115: History of the Spanish Language
Omar Velazquez-Mendoza, Instructor (MW 12:10-2:00, 229 Wellman) CRN 63845

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 (University of Chicago Press, 2007)
  • A Course Reader

Spanish 117: Teaching Spanish as a Native Tongue in the U.S. 
Cecilia Colombi, Professor

Lecture: TR 10:30-11:50, 1150 Hart

Discussion Sections:
Section 1, T 5:10-6:00, 141 Olson (CRN 63394)
Section 2, R 5:10-6:00, 244 Olson (CRN 63396)
Section 3, F 1:10-2:00, 101 Olson (CRN 63397)

Especially designed or students who are interested in teaching Spanish to heritage speakers. The course will focus on the cultural diversity of the main Spanish speaking populations in the U.S. and on applied language teaching methodologies in the context of teaching Spanish to heritage speakers at different levels. Course content includes: a review of the cultural diversity of the main Spanish-speaking populations in the United States: Chicanos/ Mexican-Americans, Puerto Ricans/ Neoricans, Cuban-Americans, Central Americans and other Latino communities who live in the United States. First and second language acquisition process. Teaching effective communicative skills in Spanish in the Interpersonal, Interpretative and Presentational modes. Register and genre pedagogy: Inclusion of materials in the classroom setting pertaining to the cultural and literary contributions of main Spanish-speaking groups in the U.S. Micro-teaching.

 The course will be conducted primarily in Spanish through lectures, videos, individual, and group activities. There will be discussion sessions of micro-teaching, i.e. workshops based on students’ simulated in-class teaching.

Lecture - 3 hours; Extensive Writing. 

Prerequisite: Linguistics 1 and course 24, 24S, or 33 OR Consent of Instructor; course 116/Linguistics 116 recommended.

Textbooks:

  • A Course Reader
  • Ana Roca and Cecilia Colombi, Mi Lengua: Spanish as a Heritage Language in the United States, Research and Practice (Hopkins, 2003)

Spanish 123: Creative Writing in Spanish
Francisco Alarcon, Lecturer (MWF 11:00-11:50, 90 Social Science & Humanities) CRN 63401 

This workshop course is an intensive writing of poetry or fiction in Spanish or in a bilingual (Spanish/English) format. Workshop will focus on the Chicano/Latino experience within the U.S. Students will write both in prescribed forms and in experimental forms of their won choosing. Offered in alternate years. The course will have the format of a seminar or literary workshop in which all participants will have the opportunity to critically comment on works presented by their peers in class. Poetry and narrative fiction will be the main literary genres covered during the quarter. Other genres like drama and autobiographical essays could also be reviewed following the particular interests of the participants. The class will be conducted in Spanish.

Discussion - 4 hours.

Prerequisite: course 24, 24S, or 33 OR Consent of Instructor

Textbooks:

  • Edward Friedman, Approximaciones al estudio de la literatura hispanica (McGraw-Hill, 2008)
  • Francisco Alarcon, From the Other Side of Night/ Del otro la de la Noche: New and Selected Poems (U of Arizona Press, 2002)
  • Jose Olivia Jimenez, Antologia de la Poesia Hispanoamericana Contemporanea (1914 - 1987)

Spanish 130: Survey Spanish Literature to 1700 - The Golden Age
Samuel Armistead, Professor (TR 4:40-6:00, 217 Olson) CRN 60789

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; Term Paper.

Prerequisite: course 100 or 100S

Textbook:

  • Antonia Sanchez-Romeraldo, Antologia de Autores Espanoles: Antiguous y Modernos, Volume 1 (Pearson, 1972)

Spanish 131N: Survey Spanish Literature (1700 - Present) 
Charles Oriel, Lecturer (MWF 1:10-2:00, 1 Wellman) CRN 63398

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; Discussion - 1 hour.

Prerequisite: course 100 or 100S

Textbook:

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

Spanish 144: Topics in Spanish Cultural Studies - Imagenes de la Immigracion 
Cristina Martinez-Carazo, Associate Professor (MW 2:10-4:00, 205 Olson) CRN 60792

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

Textbook:

  • A Course Reader

Spanish 154: The Spanish-American Novel 
Leopoldo Bernucci, Professor (TR 10:30-11:50, 147 Olson) CRN 63399

This course focuses on the evolution of the Spanish-American novel during the 19th and 20th centuries. There will be an emphasis on significant contemporary works. For more information, contact Prof. Bernucci directly at lmbernucci@ucdavis.edu.

Lecture - 3 hours; Term Paper.

Prerequisite: course 100 or 100S

Textbooks:

  •  Jose Joaquin Fernandez de Lizardi, El Periquillo Sarniento (Editorial Porrua, 1992)
  • Eugenio Cambaceres, Sin rumbo (BiblioLife, 2007)
  • Mariano Azuela, Los de abajo (Editorial Porrua, 2002)
  • Miguel Angel Asturias, El Senor Presidente

Spanish 155: Mexican Novel 
Linda Egan, Associate Professor (TR 9:00-10:20, 147 Olson) CRN 63400

This is a survey course on the historic-cultural, theoretical and analytical study tracing the evolution of the Mexican Novel from it roots in the colonial period and nineteenth century to the present. Major goals of the course include acquisition of knowledge about the sociopolitical reality influencing significant stages in the Mexican novel’s development, iteration of the major literary tendencies reflected in the novel over time (romantic, realistic, etc.) and application of critical and theoretical concepts through close textual readings. Emphasis is on the narrative of the Revolution as it undergoes formal and ideological transformations.

Lecture - 3 hours; Term Paper.

Prerequisite: course 100 or 100S

Textbook:

  • Mariano Azuela, Los de abajo (Penguin, 1997)
  • Fuentes, La Muerte de Artemio Cruz (Catedra, 1962)
  • Mastretta, Arrancame la vida (2006)
  • Rulfo, Pedro Paramo (Catedra, 1994)

Spanish 157: 20th Century Masters in Latin American Literature
Emilio Bejel, Professor (TR 3:10-4:30, 223 Olson) CRN 63402

El curso consiste en el examen de un corpus literario central a la historia cultural hispanoamericana entre 1898 y la actualidad. Las obras elegidas, comprendidas en la noción clásica (y problemática) de “obra maestro”, nos servirán como puerta de entrada al entero espectro de 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.

Lecture - 3 hours; Term Paper.

Prerequisite: course 100 or 100S

Textbook:

  • A Course Reader

Spanish 159: Special Topics - Mexican Poetry
Linda Egan, Associate Professor (sec. 1, TR 12:10-1:30, 1 Wellman) CRN 63403

This special course covers Mexican poetry from its pre-hispanic compositions in Spanish translation before the European conquest to its latest manifestations in the twenty-first century. Texts will be analyzed according to cultural, historical and literary norms of the era (Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic, etc.), with emphasis on student participation in learning to understand poetic interpretation. Students have said they had no idea how much they were going to love poetry until they took this course.

Lecture - 3 hours; Term Paper.

Prerequisite: course 100 or 100s

Textbook:

  • A Course Reader

Spanish 159: Special Topics - Elements of the Fantastic in 20th Century Latin-American Short Stories
Valerie Hecht, Instructor (sec. 2, MWF 2:10-3:00, 235 Wellman) CRN 64105

Este curso será un estudio del desarrollo del cuento fantástico hispanoamericano desde los últimos años del siglo XIX hasta los primeros del siglo XXI. Se discutirán cuentos (juntos con otros productos culturales y artísticos) que se han categorizado como fantásticos, maravillosos, mágicos, etc. El curso seguirá una cronología para identificar y analizar elementos e imágenes de los varios “motivos” fantásticos, las anomalías y las realidades alternativas presentes en esta tradición literaria que establece una compleja relación con los paradigmas filosóficos, sociopolíticos e históricos de su tiempo. Los autores que se estudiarán incluyen a: Arreola, Bolaño, Borges, Couto Castillo, Ferré, García Márquez y Rivera Garza. (Note: Contact the instructor directly for the English translation.)

Lecture - 3 hours; Term Paper.

Prerequisite: course 100 or 100s

Textbook:

  • A Course Reader

Spanish 170: Introduction to Spanish-American Culture 
Ana Peluffo, Associate Professor (TR 9:00-10:20, 103 Wellman) CRN 63404

This course provides an introduction to the heterogeneity of Latin American culture from the post-independence period to the present. We will pay particular attention to the construction of national identities through a variety of medium including essays, poetry, visual materials, music and film. Other topics to be discussed are the opposition between civilization and barbarism, trans-culturation, colonialism, the relationship between the global and local, and the impact that gender, ethnicity and class have on political movements and power relations in the region.

Grading: Final Paper, Oral Presentation, and Two Exams.

Lecture - 3 hours; Term Paper.

Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor

Textbook:

  • A Course Reader (To be purchased at Davis Copy Shop)

Spanish 175: Topics in Spanish-American Cultural Studies - Chile y Argentina desde los 60: políticas, estéticas, memorias
Michael Lazzara, Associate Professor (MW 12:10-2:00) CRN 63412

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 summer abroad course in Chile.

Lecture - 3 hours; Project - 1 hour.

Prerequisite: course 24, 24S, or 33

Textbook:

A Course Reader