Courses

Spring 2020-Spanish Graduate Courses

Please Note: Preliminary Schedule Only-Subject to Change

Migrant, Bridge, Border, Wall: Aesthetics and Politics
J. Lund
Mondays, 3:30-6:15pm.

This course takes up the relations between aesthetics and politics as they pertain to traffic, migrancy and the international movement of people.  Politico-philosophical categories such as freedom, containment, refugee, civilian, (in)equality, nation, hate and hospitality will be at the center of our conversations.  Our approach will be interdisciplinary and our objects of study will include recent literature, film, television and historical research that deal with these themes in a sustained way.  Possible objects of study include: novels and stories by Bolaño, Erpenbeck, Halliday, Luiselli, Ryan, Van der Vliet Oloomi, Winslow; films by González Iñárritu, Herzog, Martel, Soderbergh; series including Fauda and Taboo; and recent scholarship from Grandin, Mac & Smith, and Mahler.  Students will be active partners in the final design of the course.  Student production will include a combination of writing and class leadership.  Some lecture; most meetings will be discussion driven.  Interdisciplinary work is encouraged.  Language of instruction is English, although student production can happen in any language.  

Desubjectivation, Antirepresentation, Demetaphorization
P. Aguilera-Mellado
Tuesdays, 3:30-6:15pm

In an article from 1938 titled ‘The Age of the World Picture’, Martin Heidegger concluded that ‘the fundamental event of modernity is the conquest of world as picture’, a process that has some pivotal consequences for the history of thought: ‘that the world becomes picture is one and the same process whereby, in the midst of beings, man becomes subject’. Ultimately, and always according to Heidegger’s analysis, that world becomes picture goes hand in hand with the foreclosure of the self as hypokeimenon and subjectum (from Descartes, etc.), namely, as the assumption of the self qua substantial ground that gathers and represents everything onto itself, to such extent that thinking itself is flooded by representation and gathering, ultimately equaling knowledge to research always at the disposal of the self. In this course we will follow the traces of this and other gestures by Martin Heidegger in the wake of the destruktion of metaphysics initiated by F. W. Nietzsche in order to challenge metaphysical grounded approaches to 'subjectivity', 'representation', as well as to 'metaphorization' as an also privilege way of literary and symbolic expression that still falls under the metaphysical understanding of the relationship between being and language, or subject and object. Our deconstructive approach will transform our comprehension of questions such as subjectivity, representation, image, historicity, nation, democracy, gender or race.
The authors of our study will be: Plato, Nietzsche, Marx, Freud, Heidegger, Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Derrida, Luce Irigaray, Catherine Malabou, Jean-Luc Nancy, and Didi-Huberman.  Taught in English.

Más allá de la teoría: creación literaria y feminismo en América Latina 
V. Miseres
Wednesdays, 3:30-6:15pm

Este curso aborda el feminismo a partir del estudio de textos literarios (ensayos, novelas, poesía) y periodísticos de mujeres escritoras fundamentales en el surgimiento y consolidación de este movimiento social en América Latina. ¿Qué prácticas y discursos feministas se desarrollan desde la primera mitad del siglo XIX, momento en el que las mujeres comienzan a ganar espacios en la esfera pública, y las primeras décadas del siglo XX, cuando América Latina ingresa incipientemente al debate internacional sobre los derechos de la mujer (voto, divorcio, entre otros)? ¿Qué aportes y nuevas lecturas sobre el feminismo posibilita la creación artística y literaria? ¿Por qué es necesario mirar a la literatura para comprender el discurso y las políticas feministas de hoy?  El curso propone acercamientos a estos y otros interrogantes en la historia del debate por los derechos femeninos, desde el siglo XIX a nuestros días. Con una perspectiva interdisciplinaria que incluye la crítica literaria, los estudios culturales y de género, la historia, la filosofía, el derecho y las ciencias políticas, en cada unidad de trabajo analizaremos el desarrollo y transformación de las reflexiones sobre la mujer, que en un comienzo encuentran en la literatura una vía de reafirmación de la domesticidad femenina para luego transformar la escritura de autoría femenina en un lugar de disputa, en el cual es posible subvertir o cuestionar las identidades y roles asignados dentro de la sociedad patriarcal latinoamericana. Estudiaremos así también los modos en los que conceptos como “cuerpo”, “familia”, “maternidad”, “machismo”, “patriarcado” o “erotismo” son resignificados dentro de una literatura femenina que pugna por el cambio social y la revisión de las representaciones estereotípicas de la mujer y sus funciones sociales.  Enseñado en español.

US Latina/o Literature and Cultural Production
M. Moreno-Anderson

Thursdays, 12:30-3:15pm.
The presence of Latina/os has had an enormous impact on the U.S. socio-cultural landscape.  From music, to literature, film, and politics, Latinos/as are constantly reshaping and forcing us to question what it means to be "American."  At the same time, US Latina/o cultural production has challenged, questioned, and revised the histories of their countries of origin, in order to provide a more nuanced reflection on the experience of migration to the U.S.  This course will examine how these ideas are reflected in literary and cultural production of Latina/os of Mexican, Salvadoran, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, and Peruvian descent. Some of the authors examined include: Gloria Anzaldúa, Helena María Viramontes, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Fred Arroyo, Martín Espada, Junot Díaz, Elizabeth Acevedo, Ana Menéndez, William Archila, and Daniel Alarcón. The intersectionality between race, ethnicity, gender, transnationalism, and migration will be central to our discussions.  The language of instruction is English. 

 

Fall 2019-Spanish Graduate Courses

Please Note: Preliminary Schedule Only-Subject to Change

Introduction to Theory
J. Lund
M 3:30-6:15

This course will introduce the student to literary and cultural theory.  Major trends will include Marxism, psychoanalysis, feminism and post-structuralism.  This course is required of all first-year PhD and MA students in the Spanish section.  Students from across the university are welcome.  Language of instruction: English.

APARIENCIAS, CUERPOS E IDENTIDAD EN LAS AUTOBIOGRAFÍAS DE LA TEMPRANA MODERNIDAD ESPAÑOLA
E. Juárez-Almendros
MW 12:30-1:45

El objetivo del curso es examinar el papel de las apariencias y de la representación de cuerpos en la creación de la identidad en distintivas obras autobiográficas desde el siglo XIV al XVII. Las narraciones en torno al yo abarcan tanto los relatos escritos por personas históricas (autobiografías de Leonor de Córdoba, Teresa de Cartagena y Teresa de Ávila así como las narraciones de soldados) como las autobiografías ficticias de las novelas picarescas. Las aproximaciones para la lectura de estos textos van a ser eclécticas. Además de revisar el fondo histórico-social en el que se producen, se aplicarán, entre otras, las teorías del género autobiográfico, estudios de la discapacidad, estudios culturales en torno a ropas-apariencias y teorías feministas. Se hará énfasis en ciertos temas recurrentes: escritura de mujeres, desigualdades sociales, pobreza y discriminación, concepciones del cuerpo, enfermedades y discapacidad física y mental, discursos moralistas, médicos y de soluciones del pauperismo.  Lenguaje de instrucción: Español.

American Poetic Expression: Parallel Readings in Spanish American Poetry
B. Heller
T: 12:30-3:15

This course takes up the question of Latin American poetry from a Lezamian perspective.  Departing from Lezama Lima's monumental La expresión americana along with other theoretical texts, the class will engage a canon of Latin American poetic work that includes the Popol vuh, Sor Juana, Rodríguez, Martí, Vallejo, Neruda, Piñera, Marosa di Giorgio, and a selection of contemporary poets such as Zurita, Juan Carlos Flores and Damaris Calderón.  La expresión americana is a meditation on Latin American cultural history, landscape and identity, but it also proposes a hermeneutical method based on the capacity of images to illuminate power relations. These will be the central issues we will address in our discussions. Language of instruction: Spanish.

Latin American Colonial Studies
C. Jáuregui
W: 3:30-6:15

This research seminar has the objective of developing a series of research projects around a set of paradigmatic texts in Latin American cultural history related to the establishment of imperial sovereignty over the New World, the colonial domination and governance of indigenous populations and the counter-colonial resistance that has challenged colonialism since the Discovery. For PhD students, this seminar should result in a preliminary scholarly article with enough quality to be reviewed and submitted to a peer review publication or to be turned into a chapter of an ongoing dissertation. For MA students, it should result in a research paper ready to be presented in a professional conference.

 

Spring 2019 - Spanish Graduate Courses

Subject to change, so please refer to InsideND for the most up-to-date, accurate information.

ROSP 63413-01 – Concepts of (Spanish) Modernity
W 3:30-6:15
P. Aguilera-Mellado

Este curso propone el estudio y deconstrucción de algunos de los conceptos fundamentales de la denominada Modernidad y la Modernidad tardía, con un énfasis particular en el desarrollo de la nación-estado de España, sus culturas y sus expresiones artísticas. Estudiaremos conceptos y nociones como: Ilustración por venir, mitos del liberalismo, revolución, acumulación capitalista, autonomía, soberanía, antirrepresentación, dictadura, de-subjetividad, guerra, violencia,  différance, técnica, otredad y globalatinización-decontención. Alguno de los autores de nuestro estudio serán: Jovellanos, Blanco-White, Goya, Galdós, Juan Benet, Belén Gopegui, Jesús Carrasco, Ramón Ll. Bande y Mercedes Álvarez. Estudiaremos sus obras de manera comparada a la de pensadores como: Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Benjamin, Heidegger, Giorgio Agamben y Jean-Luc Nancy. El objeto fundamental del curso es que la estudiante comprenda el longue durée del historicismo moderno de España, su genealogía y su actualidad, la denominada Guerra Civil Contemporánea, así como que nuestro estudio habilite (con independencia del particular campo de interés de cada estudiante) la puesta en práctica de la crítica teórica y deconstrucción de nociones y eventos culturales, artísticos e históricos.

ROSP 63911-01 -Poetics of the Creole. Baroque and Identity in the Hispanic Atlantic World
T 3:30-6:15
J. Vitulli

Poéticas de lo criollo. Barroco e Identidad en el Siglo XVII
El seminario va a enfocarse en la producción letrada de los virreinatos americanos durante el siglo XVII. Específicamente vamos a analizar una intersección cultural clave para entender este período, me refiero a la constante relación entre los significantes Barroco y Criollo. Durante el semestre, vamos a explorar una serie de textos, algunos canónicos y otros menos conocidos, donde se podrá percibir la forma en que los y las letradas del  siglo XVII americano intervienen en el campo cultural transatlántico, utilizando estrategias de validación, auto-representación como emergentes y miembros de un colectivo social complejo. Estudiaremos textos de diferentes géneros (poesía, narrativa, sermones, tratados) que fueron producidos en contextos y situaciones coloniales particulares (México, Perú, Caribe, Colombia) teniendo siempre en cuenta la manera en que interpelan el presente desde su alteridad histórica. Se discutirán textos y autores tales como el Discurso en loor de la poesía, la obra de Sor Juan Inés de la Cruz, los escritos de Juan de Espinosa Medrano, poemas y tratados de Bernardo de Balbuena, como así también una selección de la producción letrada de Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora, entre otros.

ROSP 63980-01 - Power and Violence
M 3:30-6:15
J. Lund

What are the relations between power and violence? How has this relation been dealt with (or not) in the context of the rise of the liberal nation-form? How have prominent thinkers reflected on this relation? How has the management of power and violence unfolded in modern political practice? And how has the power-violence relation been problematized through art?  This will be a highly conceptual course whose goal will be to review (master?) the modern political, philosophical and aesthetic relations between power and violence.  Authors we plan to study include: Weber, Benjamin, Gandhi, Fanon, Sartre, Mills, Arendt, Guevara, Foucault, Walesa, Galtung, Said, Lasch, Critchley, Bernstein, and case studies around the French Foreign Legion in Latin America, Black Lives Matter, and the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.  The language of instruction for this course is English.  Students will have the choice to write a series of short papers or one long paper.  Interdisciplinary work is encouraged. The language of instruction for this course is English.

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Fall 2018 - Spanish Graduate Courses

Subject to change. Please refer to InsideND for the most up-to-date, accurate information.

ROSP 63010-01 – Introduction to Theory And Research In Hispanic Literatures And Culture
M 3:30-6:15

B. Heller
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: 1)- understand formalist as well as other approaches to the reading of literary texts, with an emphasis on Hispanic literary and cultural texts in particular; 2)- 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-3)- 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 63230-01 - Cervantes and His TIme
T 3:30-6:15
E. Juarez-Almendros

A close reading of Cervantes's Don Quijote in relation to the prose tradition of the Renaissance: novella, the pastoral romance, the romance of chivalry, the humanist dialogue, and the picaresque novel. We will pay attention to the historical, social and cultural context of the work. In addition, students will get familiarized with major critical trends and interpretations of this classical novel.

ROSP 63664-01 - Civilization and Barbarism & Literature
W 3:30-6:15
V. Miseres

Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Latin American countries have struggled to define themselves, their territories, and their own histories.  In this context, the dialectic between “civilization” and “barbarism”—which was made prominent with the publication of Domingo F. Sarmiento’s Facundo (1845)—became a key concept to comment on the best and the worst stages in the evolution of the recently formed nations, the principal symbol through which their reality was perceived.  Although the referents of each of the terms continuously changed, the dual and oppositional formula remained constant. The objective of this course is to recover the literary uses and meanings of the opposition “civilization” vs. “barbarism” in order to analyze the evolving construction of Latin American identity.  As we trace the history of these notions, we will also unravel related concepts of gender, class, ethnicity, and the formation of a literary canon.

 

 

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