Fall 2017 - Spanish Graduate Courses
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ROSP 63010-01 - Intro to Theory of Hispanic Literatures and Cultures
This core course will provide students with a hands-on introduction-in Spanish-to the analysis of literary texts from a variety of genres and eras. It will also provide the elements of literary and cultural theory that are key to success in the profession of Hispanic Studies. By the end of the course students should: -understand formalist as well as other approaches to the reading of literary texts, with an emphasis on Hispanic literary and cultural texts in particular; -comprehend the basics of modern literary theory and criticism, and understand the unique contribution of critics and theorists from Latin American and the Iberian peninsula; and- be able to formulate research questions and carry out a major research project in the field of Hispanic literary studies. The course will focus on basic concepts of hermeneutics, linguistics and the theory of signs, literary history, cultural studies, as well as key approaches to reading poetry, narrative, drama, film and other cultural objects. Special topics (at instructors' discretion) may also include issues of gender, sexuality, race, disability, cultural and national identity, translation, colonialism and neocolonialism, memory and trauma, etc. Students will also receive a practical introduction to bibliographical research and management of search and information tools. Course requirements will include substantial weekly readings, full engagement with the readings and class discussions, one shorter paper and a final, major research paper. This major research project will be presented orally to the Spanish section (students and faculty) during the last week of class. This course is required of all first-year M.A. students and fourth-year B.A./M.A.'s in the Program in Iberian and Latin American Studies. New PhD in Literature students concentrating in Hispanic literatures and cultures and undergraduate students in the honors program are strongly encouraged to take this course as well.
ROSP 63243-01 – Constructing & Deconstructing the Baroque Subject, Culture, and Transgression in Early Modern Spain
The seminar examines the various modes of repression and social control exerted by Spanish institutions during the Baroque period as they attempted to create a new form of subjectivity. The course will pay special attention not only to the discursive mechanisms used by the elite in order to maintain the Counter Reformation status quo, but also will analyze how different groups were able to resist and also challenge the dominant discourse. We will read canonical literary texts (poetry, drama, narrative) as well as other cultural artifacts (manuals, treatises, chronicles, biographies).
ROSP 63723-01 - Poetics and the Long Latin American Poem
In this seminar we will read a mix of philosophical/theoretical works on the nature of poetry (poetics: poetic language; image; metaphor; voice; identity—from Aristotle to Agamben, from Paz to Lezama Lima, from Bakhtin to Eagleton), as well as a panorama of major long poems in the Latin American tradition, including, Neruda, “Alturas de Macchu Picchu”, Vallejo, España, aparta de mí este cáliz, Huidobro, “Altazor”, Paz, Piedra del sol, Lezama Lima, “Dador”, Loynaz, “Últimos días de una casa,” Cardenal, “Hora O”, Dalton, “Taberna”, Zurita, “Canto a su amor desaparecido,” among others. We will try to answer the following questions: What is Poetry? What is Poetic Language? What Does Poetry Do? What happens in a poem? Who happens? When?
Spring 2017 - Spanish Graduate Courses
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ROSP 63241-01 – Creating Female Disability in Early Modern Spanish
This course examines, from the perspective of feminist disability theories, the concepts and roles of women in selected Spanish discourses and literary texts from the end of the fifteenth to the seventeenth century. The purpose is to show how diverse early modern texts perpetuate traditional notions and segregation of female bodies considered imperfect and inferior in contrast to the norm of male corporeality. In addition to selected theoretical approaches, the readings include primary Spanish medical and moral treatises as well as a variety of literary texts such as Fernando de Rojas’s Celestina, Francisco Delicado’s Lozana Andaluza, the picaresque novels Lazarillo de Tormes, El Buscón and Guzmán de Alfarache, Cervantes’s La tía fingida and Coloquio de los perros, Quevedo’s satirical poetry and Teresa de Ávila’s Libro de la vida.
This class will be conducted in Spanish but it is open to any graduate student that can read and understand the language.
ROSP 63769-01 - Memory, Culture, and Human Rights in the Southern Cone
Although “memory” has been a topic for intellectual reflection since classical antiquity, it has experienced an upsurge in academia since the 1980s, particularly due to the rise of Holocaust Studies and the urgent need to reflect on gross human rights violations around the world. Crossing the social sciences and humanities, memory has become a category for critical inquiry as well as a political and ethical imperative that links intellectual reflection to political activism in the aftermath of authoritarian regimes, genocide, and situations of violence. Furthermore, “memory studies” now find spaces of institutional legitimacy in the U.S. and abroad as graduate programs and specialized journals promote scholarship in this area. What are memory studies: an autonomous field, a space of inquiry that permits certain kinds of interdisciplinary work? What kinds of work can be done within the rubric of memory studies? What are the limits, drawbacks, and untapped potential of this framework? This seminar looks at the productivity of “memory” as a lens to do cultural studies work; in so doing it explores the multiple convergences among memory, culture, and human rights. We will discuss how societal actors in different historical, cultural, and national settings construct meanings of past political violence, inter-group conflicts, and human rights struggles. We will also work to acquire the critical vocabulary that scholars working in this area regularly use. Readings will mostly be theoretical or conceptual in nature, although we will also discuss a few “primary” texts derived largely from the Southern Cone of Latin America, an area in which memory studies have firmly taken root. Seminar participants will be encouraged to draw parallels to other contexts and geographies that are relevant to their individual research programs.
The seminar will be conducted in Spanish. Students who enroll in this seminar will be offered an intensive, academically specialized experience that will seek to improve critical thinking skills, as well as skills in oral expression and writing.
ROSP 63921-01- Tracing Back Routes: Travel in Latin American Literature and Culture
Over the past two decades, the topic of travel and travel writing has called the attention of many scholars from different disciplines such as Cultural Studies, Postcolonial Studies, History, Anthropology, Geography and Literary Studies. In Latin America, following the wars of independence, the journey (particularly to Europe) became one of the basic rituals in the education of the ruling elite. At the same time, travel literature became one of the fundamental narrative and rhetorical paradigms to shape the proliferating reflections on emerging nations.
This course provides an introduction to the theory and practice of travel and travel writing as an expanding field of studies. Focusing specifically on the role of travel and travel writing within the context of Latin America, it will also analyze the ways in which travel writing negotiates notions of identity and otherness, the self and difference, since it is possible to establish a direct connection between travel and the processes of hybridization, transculturation, and translation that characterize the continent’s history.
Through different thematic units, the course considers the ways in which travel has been and continues to be a fundamental aspect to analyze the formation of Latin American intellectual circles, the process of incorporation and debate of foreign ideas, the different periods and types of exiles and migrations, and the construction of the continent’s cultural history through concepts such as “our America”, “arielismo-calibanismo”, “latinoamericanismo”, or hispanoamericanismo”.
The analysis of travel texts by the most relevant authors in Latin American canon as well as the study of less canonical figures from the 19th and the 20th centuries will also allow us to think about new trends in the study of the travel tradition in Latin America.
Fall 2016 - Spanish Graduate Courses
ROSP 63891 – US Latino/a Literatures and Cultures
The presence of Latinos/as has had an enormous impact on the American socio-cultural landscape. From music, to literature, film, sports, and politics, Latinos/as are constantly reshaping and forcing us to question what it means to be American. At the same time, US Latino/a cultural production has challenged, questioned, and revised the histories and conditions of their countries of origin that led to massive migrations to the U.S. This course will examine how these ideas are reflected in literary and cultural texts by U.S. Latino/a authors of Mexican, Salvadoran, Guatemalan, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, and Peruvian descent. Works by both canonical authors (such as Junot Diaz’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao) and emerging ones (Fred Arroyo’s Western Avenue and Other Fictions) will allow students to gain insight into the local and national Latino communities. Issues of race, ethnicity, class, gender, transnationalism, and migration will be central to our discussions. Readings from the fields of history, anthropology, sociology, cultural theory, race, and postcolonial theory will provide a solid context before embarking on the literary analysis of the chosen works. This course will be taught in English.
ROSP 63903 – Walter Benjamin and Latin America.
This seminar will introduce W. Benjamin as a critic of literature, culture and history and, particularly, it will explore in some detail what could be described as his "materialistic theology" and his critique of historicism and progress. This course is meant to offer a critical understanding of concepts such as defeat, redemption, remembrance, dialectic image, profane illumination, rupture, weak messianic power, political acedia, tradition of the oppressed, and so on. We will also address Benjamin’s critique of historical and political contextualism and his proposal of reading history against the grain and to rob texts from the hands of the historians who sing praises to the present. Finally, we will survey the reception of Walter Benjamin heterodox Marxism in Latin America, and will attempt specific case studies where Benjamin's critical and theoretical thought could be articulated to specific research projects related to Latin American cultural history. This seminar should result in a preliminary scholarly article with enough quality to be submitted to a peer review publication or to be easily turned into a chapter of an ongoing dissertation.
ROSP 63902 – Violence, Impunity and Human Rights on the Literatures of Central America and the Hispanic Caribbean
In this course we will focus on the themes of Violence, Impunity and Human Rights in the Literatures of Central America and the Hispanic Caribbean. For each class students will read literary texts and related secondary and theoretical readings that deal specifically with human rights issues such as torture, poverty, economic exploitation, women’s and children’s rights, racism, religious and cultural oppression, etc. Students will also be required to watch approximately 10 films, all of which will be directly related to the readings.