Fall 2018 - Spanish Graduate Courses
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ROSP 63010-01 – Introduction to Theory And Research In Hispanic Literatures And Culture
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
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
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.
Spring 2018 - Spanish Graduate Courses
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ROSP 63875-01 – Cuban Literature, History and Culture From the Late Colonial Period to the Special Period
This course will offer a panoramic view of Cuban literature written from the 1840s through the final decades of the 20th century. In addition to close literary analysis of texts from various genres and by a wide variety or authors – such as Juan Francisco Manzano, Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, José Martí, Nicolás Guillén, Alejo Carpentier, Nancy Morejón, and Pedro Juan Gutiérrez – we will also study various aspects of Cuban history such as the legacy of slavery and the nature of the plantation economy, the quest for national identity, the far-reaching impacts of US intervention on the island, and the social, political, and moral consequences of the Cuban Revolution.
ROSP 63893-01 – From Borderlands to Hamilton: Race and Ethnicity in US Latino/a Literature
Despite encompassing a highly heterogeneous group, labels such as Latino/a, Latin@, and Latinx often end up erasing the diversity of this community. This course will examine the representation of race and ethnicity in US Latino/a literature, with an emphasis on the production of Afro-Latino/as, in order to reveal the complexities that hide behind such labels. Applying a transhemispheric approach that takes into account the specific histories and sociocultural conditions of each group—Mexican-Americans, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Cubans, Salvadorans, and Guatemalans—this course explores the construction of transcultural racial identities in the diaspora. Some of the readings include Piri Thomas’ Down These Mean Streets, Tomás Rivera’s ….And the Earth Did Not Devour Him, Sandra Cisnero’s House on Mango Street, Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Leticia Hernández-Linares’ Mucha Muchacha, Víctor Hernández Cruz’s The Mountain in the Sea, and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway smash-hit musical, Hamilton, among others.
ROSP 63977-01 – Modernization and Modernity in Latin America
M.R. Olivera Williams
This graduate seminar will focus on the complexities of modernization, that process of transit, according to Guillermo O’Donnell, from “tradition” to “modernity,” which in Latin America is the replication of economic, social, and political characteristics of the contemporary industrialized western societies. We will approach the concepts of mobility as the physical displacement of people from one place to the other (Europe / Latin America; countryside / urban areas; downtown / suburbs; home / public spaces) and circulation, understood as the transmission of aesthetic parameters and cultural processes, which are central to the modern culture of the early twentieth century or modernity. Both concepts will be fruitful for our analyses of the main literary movements of the time: modernismo and avant-garde as well as for the study of the emergence and evolution of manifestations of popular culture, such as tango. Readings will mostly be theoretical or conceptual in nature, which will enable us to delve in the discussion of primary texts—poetry, chronicles, prose, and cinema—as well as in the study of modern citizens as bodies in movement.
Modernization and Modernity in Latin America: Mobility and Circulation of Texts, Bodies, and Ideas.
Fall 2017 - Spanish Graduate Courses
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ROSP 63010-01 - Introduction to Research and Textual Analysis
This an introductory course on research and textual analysis. Students will examine various modern schools and theories of interpretation and the reading of cultural artifacts (including literary texts), familiarize themselves with research methods in our profession, and carry out a research project in the field of Hispanic literary studies. Course requirements include full engagement with weekly readings and class discussions, one 20-minutes presentation, and a final research project: for MA students, a paper ready to be presented at a professional conference; and for PhD students, a paper that represents a major advance towards their degree, i.e., a dissertation proposal, a persuasive version of a dissertation chapter, or a publishable article. This course is required of all first-year MA students in the Program in Iberian and Latin American Studies and is recommended for new PhD students.
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?