Courses

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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