Courses

Fall 2018 – Iberian and Latin American Undergraduate Courses

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Portuguese Undergraduate Courses

ROPO 10103-01 – Brazilian Portuguese Language & Culture I
MWF 11:30-12:20
S.Teixerira

This is an introductory, first-year language sequence with equal focus on speaking, listening, reading, and writing. An appreciation for the diverse cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world is also encouraged through readings, music, videos, and class discussion. (ROPO 67001)

ROPO 10105-01 – Portuguese for Spanish Speakers I
MWF 2:00-2:50
S. Teixerira

This course sequence is designed for students with at least intermediate-level proficiency in Spanish. Classroom activities emphasize the acquisition of basic language structures, vocabulary, and sound systems, as well as the active use of spoken language in context. Students are introduced to the diverse cultures of the Portuguese-speaking countries through current video, printed media, music, and short fiction. This sequence is followed by ROPO 20201 or ROPO 20202. ROPO 10105 - 10106 and either ROPO 20201 or ROPO 20202 together fulfill the language requirement.

ROPO 20201-02 -  Intermediate Portuguese I
MWF 12:50-1:40
S. Teixeria

Through selected readings in Portuguese, Brazilian, and Lusophone African literatures, films, newspaper and magazine articles, and popular music, students discuss a variety of cultural issues and expand their vocabulary. Particular attention is placed on reviewing major topics in Portuguese grammar and on developing students' writing abilities. ROPO 20201 fulfills the language requirement and prepares students to study abroad in Brazil.

ROPO 20202-01 - Intermediate Portuguese II
MWF 10:30-11:20
S. Teixeira

This is a continuation of ROPO 20201 but it may be taken separately. ROPO 20202 is a fourth-semester language course designed to develop facility in speaking, reading, and writing at an advanced level. Discussions and writing assignments are based on films as well as on short stories, chronicles and newspaper articles.

ROPO 30551-01 -  Brazilian Pop Culture: Music, Television, Cinema & Sports
MW 12:30-1:45
M. Bahia

Students will hone their oral and written skills through the study of a myriad of the most popular cultural activities in Brazil. MPB, Música Sertaneja, Pop, Funk, Soap Operas, Popular Movies, Soccer and Volleyball will provide students with a rich panorama of Contemporary Pop Culture in Brazil while revealing deeper conflicts and tensions within Brazilian society. (Offered in Portuguese). Prerequisite: Intermediate Portuguese II (ROPO 20202) or equivalent.

ROPO 40953-01 – Contemporary Brazil Beyond Stereotypes
MW 2:00-3:15
M. Bahia

Images of Brazil often evoke stereotypical images of soccer and carnaval. In this course, we will study these staples of Brazilian culture beyond the shallow confines of stereotypes. History, Sociology, and Cultural Studies will all contribute for an interdisciplinary approach to understand the complexities of Contemporary Brazilian society. (offered in English)

ROPO 46000-01 – Directed Reading

ROPO 67001-01 – Brazilian Portuguese Languages & Culture I
MWF 11:30-12:20
S. Teixeira

This is an introductory, first-year language sequence with equal focus on speaking, listening, reading, and writing. An appreciation for the diverse cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world is also encouraged through readings, music, videos, and class discussion. (ROPO 10103-01)

Fall 2018 - Spanish Undergraduate Courses

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

ROSP 20450-01 – Spanish of Business
MWF 10:30-11:20
I. Menes

This course is designed to give students with intermediate-advanced levels of proficiency in Spanish a solid foundation in business vocabulary, cultural concepts, and situational practice that will help them prepare for success in today’s Spanish-speaking business world.  This class seeks to develop intercultural communicative competence for business purposes, such as an understanding of leadership, banking, real state, and ethics, among other topics. By the end of the semester, students should be able to communicate completely in Spanish with Spanish-speaking co-workers, clients, employees, and costumers at the national and international level.

ROSP 20600 - Cultural Conversations & Writing
This is an upper-intermediate cultural conversation and writing course designed to follow the four-semester language sequence and to act as a bridge to more advanced courses. In order to improve oral and writing language skills, this course engages students intellectually by using challenging, authentic materials and focusing on the exchange of ideas. Through the reading, discussion, and analysis of these materials, students will develop more sophisticated oral expression and expository writing as well as critical and abstract thinking skills. Being a content-driven course, topics could include, but are not limited to questions from the domains of politics, history, art, music, literature, film, religion, pop culture, etc. This course may be used as one of the two 20000-level electives for the Spanish major.

ROSP 20600-01 – Cultural Conversations & Writing
MWF 9:25-10:15
T. Botero

The primary focus of this class will be on film, short stories and plays from many of the great writers and producers of Latin America and Spain.  Additional complimentary materials will be used to highlight contemporary topics of history, art, politics, violence, social justice, and culture in general. The purpose of this course is to develop and increase proficiency and fluency of oral expression and expository writing, as well as the development of new, more complex sophisticated vocabulary. By the end of the semester you will be able to write and have conversations about a variety of intricate and more refined issues.

ROSP 20600-02 – Cultural Conversations & Writing
MWF 9:25-10:15
M. Coloma

This course, designed for the intermediate level (ROSP 20202 or above) and for those planning on studying in Spain or returning from the country, exposes students to the diversity of today’s contemporary Spain and its culture.  As an important goal, this class will provide a comprehensive overview of the country’s key historic events, visual arts, literature, cinema, and music, as well as its popular traditions and daily customs. In addition, this course will develop students’ skills according to the standards for foreign language learning, such as listening, writing, reading and speaking more fluently.  Students will be able to reflect about the multiple perspectives regarding Spain’s role in the European and international communities of the past and the twenty-first century.

ROSP 20600-03 – Cultural Conversations & Writing
MWF 10:30-11:20
T. Botero

The primary focus of this class will be on film, short stories and plays from many of the great writers and producers of Latin America and Spain.  Additional complimentary materials will be used to highlight contemporary topics of history, art, politics, violence, social justice, and culture in general. The purpose of this course is to develop and increase proficiency and fluency of oral expression and expository writing, as well as the development of new, more complex sophisticated vocabulary. By the end of the semester you will be able to write and have conversations about a variety of intricate and more refined issues.

ROSP 20600-04 – Cultural Conversations & Writing
MWF 11:30-12:20
M. Coloma

This course, designed for the intermediate level (ROSP 20202 or above) and for those planning on studying in Spain or returning from the country, exposes students to the diversity of today’s contemporary Spain and its culture.  As an important goal, this class will provide a comprehensive overview of the country’s key historic events, visual arts, literature, cinema, and music, as well as its popular traditions and daily customs. In addition, this course will develop students’ skills according to the standards for foreign language learning, such as listening, writing, reading and speaking more fluently.  Students will be able to reflect about the multiple perspectives regarding Spain’s role in the European and international communities of the past and the twenty-first century.

ROSP 20600-05 – Cultural Conversations & Writing
MWF 11:30-12:20
M. Jancha

In this upper-intermediate course, we will engage in rich discussions about literary texts and short films from Spain and Latin America that address topics such as: the role of the imagination, the influence of media, power and politics, personalities, and the mystery of love.  Outside of class, students will also participate in target-language conversations to reflect on personal speaking strategies while making cultural connections. In addition, students can look forward to developing their writing skills throughout the semester. From brainstorming to organization and the final revision process, there will be opportunities to write descriptions, opinions, comparisons, and reflections.  We will also review and practice key grammar points in each chapter to improve language accuracy.

ROSP 20600-06 – Cultural Conversations & Writing
MWF 12:50-1:40
E. Mangione-Lora
Más Allá de los Buenos Modales

This course explores part of the 90% of the cultural "iceberg" that lies below the surface of various Latin America cultures, especially Mexican culture in formal situations. We will use authentic texts, film and other media to strengthen our linguistic abilities and develop cultural competency. We will hone our skills in 4 writing genres: descriptive, narrative, argumentative and reflective. We will learn the do's and don'ts, and the historical, social, and cultural reasons for them. By the semester's end you will be comfortable having a spontaneous conversation about complex issues; you will have drafted an example of writing that you are proud of; you will have created an ePortfolio to showcase your work; and you will have learned a few basic steps of salsa, merengue and bachata.

ROSP 20600-07 – Cultural Conversations & Writing
MWF 12:50-1:40
A. Topash-Rios

A Cultural Mosaic: Perspectives on Contemporary Topics
In this course, contemporary readings and films will serve as texts to organize and inspire discussions on inter-societal themes including power, personality, human relationships, perceptions of reality, and more. In addition to readings and short films, there will be targeted vocabulary generation. The main goals of this course are advancement of oral and written proficiency, significant vocabulary acquisition, confidence-building, and cultural awareness.

ROSP 20600-08 – Cultural Conversations & Writing
MWF 2:00-2:50
A. Topash-Rios

A Cultural Mosaic: Perspectives on Contemporary Topics
In this course, contemporary readings and films will serve as texts to organize and inspire discussions on inter-societal themes including power, personality, human relationships, perceptions of reality, and more. In addition to readings and short films, there will be targeted vocabulary generation. The main goals of this course are advancement of oral and written proficiency, significant vocabulary acquisition, confidence-building, and cultural awareness.

ROSP 20810-01 CBL: Language, Culture and Community: Immigration and the Construction of Memory
MW 2:00-3:15
M. Coloma

This fifth-semester language and culture course is designed for students who want to improve their communication skills in Spanish and broaden their understanding of the Hispanic world through connecting with the local Spanish speaking community. Each section may focus on different topics, such as health care, education, social services, history of immigration, and intercultural competence. The course has a required Community-Based-Learning component in which students engage with the Latino community through placements in such areas as health care, youth mentoring or tutoring programs, English as a New Language (ENL) classes, and facilitating educational workshops with parents. In this course, students integrate their service experiences with the academic components of the class through readings, research, reflective writing, and discussion.

ROSP 30051-01 - CBL: Once Upon a Time - Children’s Literature and Community Connections
TR 11:00-12:15
R. Parroquin

Students will be introduced to Literatura Infantil y Juvenil (LIJ) in the Spanish-speaking world through a combination of considerable reading of LIJ across genres and levels and a critical perspective of LIJ via academic text and articles. Authors will include prolific writers of LIJ like Alma Flor Ada, as well as widely known writers like Cortázar, Paz, Pérez Revérte, Poniatowska, and Vargas LLosa who have also begun writing children's books. Among genres read will be folklore, narrative, fiction (contemporary, realistic, historical, multicultural), fantasy, short story, poetry, and non-fiction. Students will also learn about various LIJ book awards and their evolution over time. In addition, students will develop criteria for evaluating quality LIJ. Finally, there is a Community-Based Learning (CBL) component where students will share LIJ with the local Latino community through CBL projects and/or a reading program with Latino youth. Pre-requiste: ROSP 20202 or above or placement by exam. This course can count as an advanced elective towards the major. Crosslist ILS 20913 and ESS 30670

ROSP 30310-01/02/03/04/05 – Introduction to Hispanic Literature and Cultures
Various Professors

This course is a practical introduction to the analysis and explication of Spanish-language literary texts. The course is designed for students ready to move from 200-level Spanish classes to upper-level literature and survey courses. The goal is to develop students' skills of critical reading, as well as students' ability to articulate judgments, feelings and opinions in Spanish; to establish a point of view and argue it effectively. The premise is that these skills of critical reading will increase the enjoyment and appreciation of fine writing. Some class sessions will be devoted to discussion of techniques and terminology of literary analysis. Most class sessions will involve a close reading and discussion of specific texts selected from the anthology Aproximaciones al estudio de la literatura hispánica, a selection of Hispanic prose, poetry and theater from different regions and periods. Students will also write two or three short analytical essays (3-4 pages) during the semester. Prerequisite: ROSP 20202, 20211, 2021, 20237, 27500 or equivalent.

ROSP 30310-01 -  Introduction to Hispanic Literature and Cultures
MW 9:30-10:45
P. Uparella

ROSP 30310-02 -  Introduction to Hispanic Literature and Cultures
TR 11:00-12:15
B. Heller

ROSP 30310-03 -  Introduction to Hispanic Literature and Cultures
TR 12:30-1:45
C. Brix

ROSP 30310-04 -  Introduction to Hispanic Literature and Cultures
MW 12:30-1:45
L. Francalanci

ROSP 30310-05 -  Introduction to Hispanic Literature and Cultures
MW 11:00-12:15
P. Aguilera-Mellado

ROSP 30320-01 – Advanced Grammar & Writing
MWF 12:50-1:40
M. Coloma

This course is oriented towards students who have completed the intermediate level and thus want to refine their Spanish competence, as well as for those who wish to study abroad or who are returning from a program in a Spanish-speaking country.  The topics covered in this course include grammar, vocabulary and cultural subjects. Reinforcement of the students’ linguistic development, conceptual accuracy and discursive ability will be emphasized in the use of academic Spanish. This course offers opportunities for students to correct, exercise and obtain confidence in their control of grammatical structures and formal and informal vocabulary.

ROSP 30320-02 – Advanced Grammar & Writing
MWF 2:00-2:50
I. Menes

This course is oriented towards students who have completed the intermediate level and thus want to refine their Spanish competence, as well as for those who wish to study abroad or who are returning from a program in a Spanish-speaking country.  The topics covered in this course include grammar, vocabulary and cultural subjects. Reinforcement of the students’ linguistic development, conceptual accuracy and discursive ability will be emphasized in the use of academic Spanish. This course offers opportunities for students to correct, exercise and obtain confidence in their control of grammatical structures and formal and informal vocabulary.

ROSP 30651-01 - Riot, Rebellion, and Revolution in the Lettered City: Violence and Unrest in Latin America
TR 9:30-10:45
H. RuizMelo

Latin American cultural history is one of agitation and turmoil. Since colonial times,  Riots, Rebellions, and Revolutions are not only at the center of Latin America’s politics, but also its art, literature, and culture. Through a survey of a representative selection of canonical and non-canonical Latin American texts (including literary pieces, films, pamphlets, periodicals, photographs, among others), this course will examine the intersections between literature, politics of unrest, and the figure of the intellectual in Latin America. Students will gain an understanding of fundamental topics of Latin American cultural and political history, including colonialism, modernity, racism, and political resistance. This course satisfies either the Early Latin-American Literature and Culture or the Modern Latin American Literature and Culture distribution requirements.

ROSP 30652-01 - The Carnival Trail
MW 3:30-4:45
I. Luna Lopez

Carnival has been often associated with colorful partying crowds, indulgence in pleasures and mockery of the seriousness of everyday life. In Latin America, carnival and popular festivities have come to the fore since the early twentieth century, when modernizing states reinvented and deployed them as symbols of fraternal nations in which differences coexisted harmonically. But, what role do the carnivals play in the construction of national and collective identities? How do they respond to the antagonisms within a nation? To answer these questions, this course will examine films, paintings and literary texts from the 20th and 21st centuries that represent some of the most popular carnivals in Latin-America: Blacks and Whites Carnival (Colombia), Candombe (Uruguay), Mama Negra (Ecuador), Oruro’s Carnival (Bolivia), Rio’s Carnival (Brazil), and Yawar Fiesta (Peru). The course will focus on the role of carnival and popular festivities’ representations vis à vis hegemonic discourses of national identity; and how carnival’s representations reinterpret the historical past, highlight the existence of diverse cultural temporalities, and display linguistic, cultural and racial heterogeneities. The course will address debates around nation, popular culture, modernity and modernization, and the consumption and appropriation of what has been called Cultural Heritage and patrimony.

ROSP 30710-01 – Imperial Spain
TR 12:30-1:45
E. Juarez

This course is an introduction to the history, society and literature of Early Modern Spain. Students will learn about the major historical developments that lead to the creation of Imperial Spain from 1492 to its disintegration by the end of seventeenth century. Through the reading of selected representative works we will discuss how different literary figures project the ostentation of the haughty aristocratic group, the miserable poverty of the vast population, the sexual inequality, and the injustice towards converted Jews and moors.

ROSP 30717-01 – Brains, Brawn, and Heart: Women in Medieval Iberian Literature
MW 2:00-3:15
K. Oswald

This course will examine a panorama of vastly differing depictions of women in Medieval Iberia, in texts written almost exclusively by men. Through a selection of prose and verse from the 13th to 16th centuries, we will consider questions such as loyalty and betrayal, submission and rebellion, piety and blasphemy, and love and rejection. Texts will be read in Spanish though, in most cases, the Medieval Spanish will be at least partially modernized for students.

ROSP 30820-01 – Modern Latin-American Literature and Culture
MW 2:00-3:15
M.R. Olivera-Williams

A survey of literary trends and major figures in modern Spanish-American literature from 1880 to the present. Readings of selected texts in prose, poetry, and theatre. Recommended prerequisite: ROSP 30310.

ROSP 30825-01 – Crimes Narratives Memory & Identity
TR 9:30-10:45
B. Heller

The crime narrative, a large category that includes the mystery novel, detective fiction, testimonial, and other subgenres, is often thought of as a minor genre limited by its formulas. It may be entertaining, but it isn’t “serious” fiction. This course pays serious attention to the genre and its development in Latin America from its origins in the late 19th century to today, focusing on the issues of memory and identity. The goal is to see what these narratives can tell us about the societies they represent, the traumas and conflicts they dramatize, and the losses and mysteries that attend them.

ROSP 40252-01 - The Spanish Baroque
TR 11:00-12:45
J. Vitulli

The course will explore the development of the Baroque in Spain, with emphasis on (1) The Baroque and its relationship to the Spanish cultural context; (2) Characteristics of baroque literature; (3) The relationship between Renaissance and baroque styles; (4) The connection between power and subjects in Early Modern Spanish culture; (5) the Baroque and its links with modern culture among other topics. We will focus on poetry, narrative and theatrical texts.

ROSP 40415- 01 - Foundations of Iberian Modernities
MW2:00-3:15
P. Aguilera-Mellado

The passage to Modern times witnessed major shifts in the understanding of social life, politics, and the central categories of our human condition. This course will examine some of the fundamental concepts and popular notions of Modernity such as: the self, state, nation, nation-state, market-state, representation, and fundamental rights, as they were discussed in the Iberian Peninsula since the last decades of the 18th Century to the first decades of the 20th Century. We will pay particular attention to Spain’s struggle for Modernity by studying historical events and intellectual movements in the country such as Absolutism, Enlightenment, Liberalism, Decisionism, Romanticism, Realism, or Republicanism. We will proceed by comparing Spanish modern authors (Goya, Blanco-White, Larra, Donoso Cortés, Rosalía, Galdós or Pi i Margall) to other European authors (Thucydides, Locke, Kant, or Walter Benjamin). We will read literary texts (essay, narrative, political discourses) as well as other cultural artifacts (treatises, autobiographies, historical articles, and movies). The students will have ample opportunities to discuss and compare processes of modernization in Iberia to similar events and ideas in the United States, France, and the then-nascent Latin American republics. Our international approach will also consider texts of other Iberian regions or nations such as Portugal, Galiza, Euzkadi and Catalunya (Eça de Queiroz, Pi i Margall, Sabino Arana, or Castelao). Ultimately, we will examine how liberalism and the nation-state as well as most of the traditional modern categories of our study are being reevaluated in recent years (Wendy Brown, etc.). All the materials would be provided in their original language as well as in Spanish.

40580-01 - Mexican Cinema
MW 9:30-10:45
J. Lund

This course will introduce the student to modern Mexican film. The trajectory of the course covers a basic canon of essential works from the incipient years of Mexico's so-called "Golden Age" up until the present (roughly 1930 - 2015). Lecture and discussion will be driven by the aesthetic, cultural and political problems and themes invited by the films themselves, which will be the center of the course: no less than fifteen feature films will define our agenda for the semester. Alongside the films we will read two kinds of documents: on the one hand, a selection of film scholarship, dealing with both the specific films and the history of Mexican cinema more generally; on the other hand, a set of essays on Mexican cultural politics relevant to the themes engaged in the cinematic work. Comparative work is encouraged. Language of instruction: Spanish. Readings in Spanish and English, films generally in Spanish with English subtitles.

ROSP 40876-01 - Race and Ethnicity
TR 12:30-1:45
M. Moreno

What do Afro-Latina/os, Indo-Latina/os, and Asian-Latina/os have in common? The answer is simple: these groups tend to be erased under the panethnic term "Latina/o." The purpose of this course is to explore the racial and ethnic complexities that are blurred by the umbrella term "Latina/o." Literature by Afro-Latina/o, Indo-Latina/o and Asian-Latina/o authors will provide a lens through which we can examine issues related to race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, citizenship, transculturation, and migration. Readings include Piri Thomas’ Down These Mean Streets, Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera, and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton: An American Musical. The course also seeks to bridge the classroom and the community through volunteering at La Casa de Amistad. Tutoring/mentoring at La Casa will provide an opportunity for students to deepen their understanding of the issues studied in class in a "real world" context while also fostering stronger ties between Notre Dame and the South Bend community. For the Community-Based Learning segment of the course, students will spend 2 hours per week volunteering (outside of regular class hours). This course will be conducted in Spanish. Spanish heritage speakers are welcome; ILS majors/minors can choose to complete written work in English. Crosslist AFST 43575, ILS 40910

ROSP 40905-01 - From Text to Table
MW 9:30-10:45
V. Miseres

If the saying "We are what we eat" is true, then food reflects and determines our identity, our subjectivity, and our very being. Through the study of Latin American canonical and less-known literary texts from Colonial to contemporary times, this course focuses on food as a cultural artifact shaped by the dynamics of colonialism, modernization, immigration, and globalization. From a multidisciplinary perspective that includes Literary, Cultural and Gender Studies, as well as History and Anthropology, we will explore topics such as food exchange value, regional and indigenous traditions, social behavior and consumption, cooking imaginaries and social structure, culinary technologies, and gender correlations, among others. Primary sources include texts by Cristóbal Colón, Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Ricardo Palma, Esteban Echeverría, Juana Manuela Gorriti, Soledad Acosta de Samper, Rubén Darío, Rosario Castellanos, Gabriel García Márquez, and Isabel Allende. We will read these works together with theoretical approaches by Claude Lévi-Strauss, Walter Mignolo, Pierre Bordieu, and Walter Benjamin.

ROSP 53000-01 Senior Seminar: 
TR 9:30-10:45
J. Vitulli

The Senior Research Seminar is the capstone experience for Spanish majors.  It requires students to draw on skills learned and refined in upper-level classes to create and write a sophisticated, unique research project.  It also requires students to follow the path of academic scholars in choosing a topic, finding appropriate resources (both primary and secondary sources), developing a methodology and an outline, reading sources critically, and writing and re-writing an extended paper.  The Senior Research Seminar has three goals. First, it is intended to introduce senior students to the most up-to-date trends in literary analysis and theory. Second, the course is structured in order to allow students to pursue sophisticated research in the field of Spanish and Latin American literatures and cultures.  Third, the Senior Research Seminar paper could be the basis for a Senior Thesis in order to graduate with distinction in Spanish. The seminar will be divided in two parts. During the first half of the semester, students will be able to know and reflect on a set of methodological and theoretical tools for investigation of cultural practices such as literature, critical theory, popular and mass culture, social movements, and institutions, etc. within the context of Spanish and Latin American social formations. The second half of the semester will be devoted to the composition of the Senior Research paper.

 

Spring 2018 - Iberian and Latin American Undergraduate Courses

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

Portuguese

ROPO 10104-01 – Beginning Portuguese II
MWF 11:30-12:20
S. Teixeira

This is an introductory, first-year language sequence with equal focus on speaking, listening, reading, and writing. An appreciation for the diverse cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world is also encouraged through readings, music, videos, and class discussion.

ROPO 10105-01 – Portuguese for Spanish Speakers I
MWF 12:50-1:40
S. Teixeira

This course sequence is designed for students with at least intermediate-level proficiency in Spanish. Classroom activities emphasize the acquisition of basic language structures, vocabulary, and sound systems, as well as the active use of spoken language in context. Students are introduced to the diverse cultures of the Portuguese-speaking countries through current video, printed media, music, and short fiction. This sequence is followed by ROPO 20201 or ROPO 20202. ROPO 10105 - 10106 and either ROPO 20201 or ROPO 20202 together fulfill the language requirement.

ROPO 10106-01 – Portuguese for Spanish Speakers II
MWF 2:00-2:50
S. Teixeira

This course sequence is designed for students with at least intermediate-level proficiency in Spanish. Classroom activities emphasize the acquisition of basic language structures, vocabulary, and sound systems, as well as the active use of spoken language in context. Students are introduced to the diverse cultures of the Portuguese-speaking countries through current video, printed media, music, and short fiction. This sequence is followed by ROPO 20201 or ROPO 20202. ROPO 10105 - 10106 and either ROPO 20201 or ROPO 20202 together fulfill the language requirement.

ROPO 10115-01 – Intensive Beginning Portuguese for Study Abroad
MWF 10:30-11:20
R 11:00-12:15
M.Bahia

Designed for highly motivated students this intensive course along with the acquisition of language skills emphasizes the active use of written and spoken Portuguese in context.Students attend class regularly with an instructor M T W R & F. ROPO 10115 is followed by ROPO 20201, and together they fulfill the language requirement and prepare students to study abroad in Brazil

ROPO 20201- 01: Intermediate Portuguese I
MWF 10:30-11:20
S. Teixeira/R. Luna

Through selected readings in Portuguese, Brazilian, and Lusophone African literatures, films, newspaper and magazine articles, and popular music, students discuss a variety of cultural issues and expand their vocabulary. Particular attention is placed on reviewing major topics in Portuguese grammar and on developing students' writing abilities. ROPO 20201 fulfills the language requirement and prepares students to study abroad in Brazil.

ROPO 20202- 01: Intermediate Portuguese II
MWF 10:30-11:20
S. Teixeira

This is a continuation of ROPO 20201 but it may be taken separately. ROPO 20202 is a fourth-semester language course designed to develop facility in speaking, reading, and writing at an advanced level. Discussions and writing assignments are based on films as well as on short stories, chronicles and newspaper articles.

ROPO 30651-01 – Brazilian Music, Culture and Society
MW 12:30-1:45
M. Bahía

Understanding Brazilian complex social and cultural issues and cultural issues through the study of diverse music genres, from the traditional Samba, Bossa Nova, and MPB to the more contemporary and daring Funk Carioca and Tecnobrega (Taught in Portuguese).

ROPO 40810-01 – The Making of a Country: Race and Social Inequality in Brazil
MW 2:00-3:15
M. Bahía

This course will focus on metanarratives of racial formation in Brazil and their correlation with social inequality. An interdisciplinary approach will be used to examine how the notion of ‘racial paradise” was created in the first half of the 20th century, and how it has been challenged and deconstructed over the last decades by the Brazilian intelligentsia. (Taught in English). Cross-listed with AFST 40786
 

Spanish

ROSP 20460-01/02 – Spanish for Medical Profession
ROSP 20460-01: MWF 12:50-1:40
ROSP 20460-02: MWF 2:00-2:50
M. Coloma

This is an intermediate Spanish level course designed for students interested in any health profession. We will develop medical language skills and cultural competency for health care situations. The course will include practical terminology, a review of hospital settings, multimedia simulations, films, recorded doctor-patient interactions, and current medical events. Spanish is the only language of instruction.

ROSP 20600 - Cultural Conversations and Writing
MWF - Various Times

This is an upper-intermediate cultural conversation and writing course designed to follow the four-semester language sequence and to act as a bridge to more advanced courses. In order to improve oral and writing language skills, this course engages students intellectually by using challenging, authentic materials and focusing on the exchange of ideas. Through the reading, discussion, and analysis of these materials, students will develop more sophisticated oral expression and expository writing as well as critical and abstract thinking skills. Being a content-driven course, topics could include, but are not limited to questions from the domains of politics, history, art, music, literature, film, religion, pop culture, etc. This course may be used as one of the two 20000-level electives for the Spanish major.

ROSP 20600-01: MWF 9:25-10:15
ROSP 20600-04: MWF 11:30-12:20
M. Coloma

This course, designed for the intermediate level (ROSP 20202 or above) and for those planning on studying in Spain or returning from the country, exposes students to the diversity of today’s contemporary Spain and its culture.  As an important goal, this class will provide a comprehensive overview of the country’s key historic events, visual arts, literature, cinema, and music, as well as its popular traditions and daily customs.  In addition, this course will develop students’ skills according to the standards for foreign language learning, such as listening, writing, reading and speaking more fluently.  Students will be able to reflect about the multiple perspectives regarding Spain’s role in the European and international communities of the past and the twenty-first century.


ROSP 20600-02: MWF 9:25-10:15
ROSP 20600-03: MWF 10:30-11:20
T. Botero

The primary focus of this class will be on film, short stories and plays from many of the great writers and producers of Latin America and Spain.  Additional complimentary materials will be used to highlight contemporary topics of history, art, politics, violence, social justice, and culture in general. The purpose of this course is to develop and increase proficiency and fluency of oral expression and expository writing, as well as the development of new, more complex sophisticated vocabulary. By the end of the semester you will be able to write and have conversations about a variety of intricate and more refined issues. 


ROSP 20600-05: MWF 12:50-1:40
E. Mangione-Lora

Más Allá de los Buenos Modales
This course explores part of the 90% of the cultural "iceberg" that lies below the surface of various Latin America cultures, especially Mexican culture in formal situations. We will use authentic texts, film and other media to strengthen our linguistic abilities and develop cultural competency. We will hone our skills in 4 writing genres: descriptive, narrative, argumentative and reflective. We will learn the do's and don'ts, and the historical, social, and cultural reasons for them. By the semester's end you will be comfortable having a spontaneous conversation about complex issues; you will have drafted an example of writing that you are proud of; you will have created an ePortfolio to showcase your work; and you will have learned a few basic steps of salsa, merengue and bachata.

  • ROSP 20810-01: Community-Based Spanish: Language, Culture and Community: Immigration and the Construction of Memory
    MW 2:00-3:15
    T. Botero

    This course has a required Community-Based-Learning (CBL) component in which students engage with the Latino community and will require weekly meetings outside of the classroom working with your community families assigned. 

    Through literature, film, current events, and guest speakers, students will develop knowledge about migration issues, family immigration histories, and problems facing our Latino communities in general, and particularly in South Bend with a focus on the immigrant perspective. For the CBL part of the class, students through ethical engagements will work on a collaborative creation and preservation of memory (memory of experiences that shape everyday life and the future of their assigned family). Together through a series of interviews conducted on a weekly basis, they will document the powerful narratives that not only shape memory but signal possibilities of what is to come. Using storytelling techniques, students will work with families to create and record the family histories using a variety of methods that will result in a collaborative book detailing their life and path that has lead them to our community. This course will help create spaces of solidarity and communication as legitimate points of departure for the politics of the future for both students and the community. Through this project students actually see the face of immigration in a more personal way a way that changes their perspective.  

  • ROSP 20810-02: Community-Based Spanish: A Cultural Mosaic: Perspectives on Contemporary Topics
    MW 9:30-10:45
    A.Topash-Rios

    In this course, contemporary essays, articles, poetry, short story and short films will serve as texts to organize and inspire discussions on inter-societal themes including power, personality, human relationships, perceptions of reality and more.  In addition to readings and short films, there will be review of targeted grammar topics.  The main goals of this course are advancement of oral and written proficiency, significant vocabulary acquisition, and confidence-building.  In addition, we will pave the way for literacy development for the children in the 4s room at El Campito Child Development Center as we move you, the Notre Dame student, forward in your second language skills and dispositions. Through your reflective assignments, you will describe how you are growing in your awareness of the connections between self, community and society, especially with regards to the challenges faced by El Campito families as they seek a better future for their children.

ROSP 30051-01 – Once Upon Time: Children’s Literature
MW 2:00-3:15
R. Parroquin

Students will be introduced to Literatura Infantil y Juvenil (LIJ) in the Spanish-speaking world through a combination of considerable reading of LIJ across genres and levels and a critical perspective of LIJ via academic text and articles. Authors will include prolific writers of LIJ like Alma Flor Ada, as well as widely known writers like Cortázar, Paz, Pérez Revérte, Poniatowska, and Vargas LLosa who have also begun writing children's books. Among genres read will be folklore, narrative, fiction (contemporary, realistic, historical, multicultural), fantasy, short story, poetry, and non-fiction. Students will also learn about various LIJ book awards and their evolution over time. In addition, students will develop criteria for evaluating quality LIJ. Finally, there is a Community-Based Learning (CBL) component where students will share LIJ with the local Latino community through CBL projects and/or a reading program with Latino youth. Pre-requiste: ROSP 20202 or above or placement by exam. This course can count as an advanced elective towards the major.

ROSP 30101-01 – Caribbean Diasporas
TR 12:30-1:45
K. Richman

This course examines the development of Creole societies in the French, Spanish, Dutch, and British Caribbean in response to colonialism, slavery, migration, nationalism and, most recently, transnationalism. The recent exodus of as much as 20 percent of Caribbean populations to North America and Europe has afforded the rise of new transnational modes of existence. This course will explore the consciousness and experience of Caribbean diasporas through ethnography and history, religion, literature, music, and culinary arts.

ROSP 30310-01/02/03/04 – Introduction to Hispanic Literature and Cultures
MW 12:30-1:45, MW 2:00-3:15, TR 11:00-12:15, TR 12:30-1:45, TR 2:00-3:15,
Various Professors

This course is a practical introduction to the analysis and explication of Spanish-language literary texts. The course is designed for students ready to move from 200-level Spanish classes to upper-level literature and survey courses. The goal is to develop students' skills of critical reading, as well as students' ability to articulate judgments, feelings and opinions in Spanish; to establish a point of view and argue it effectively. The premise is that these skills of critical reading will increase the enjoyment and appreciation of fine writing. Some class sessions will be devoted to discussion of techniques and terminology of literary analysis. Most class sessions will involve a close reading and discussion of specific texts selected from the anthology Aproximaciones al estudio de la literatura hispánica, a selection of Hispanic prose, poetry and theater from different regions and periods. Students will also write two or three short analytical essays (3-4 pages) during the semester. Prerequisite: ROSP 20202, 20211, 2021, 20237, 27500 or equivalent.

ROSP 30715-01 – Imagined Worlds: Now and Then
TR 12:30-1:45
J. Vitulli

Since its first uses in the Sixteenth Century, the term utopia meant both "good place" and "no place." Thus, the concept carried two different ideas in its own meaning, an ideal society and an unreachable one. In the past years, the concept—as well as its opposite, dystopia—has been applied to explain literary representations of imagined worlds that hold a mirror up to our own “real” world. Analyzing and discussing cultural products that create, depict, and represent invented societies is, without a doubt, a good path to understand and to critique key aspects of this complex world we live in today. Cross-listed with MI 30500

ROSP 30718-01 – Love, Betrayal, And Vengeance in Spanish Epic
MW 3:30-4:45
K. Oswald

This course will address the development of three Spanish epic legends—the Cid, the Seven Sons of Lara, and Bernardo del Carpio—from the thirteenth century to the twenty first. We will examine questions of love (both familial and romantic), betrayal, and vengeance, addressing how and why the presentations of such concepts change throughout the legends’ retellings in chronicles, narrative poetry, ballads, theatre, and film.  Cross-listed with MI 30501

ROSP 30722-01 – Catalan Literature and Culture
TR 12:30-1:45
L. Francalanci

This course aims to provide students with an introduction to major authors, works, and trends in Catalan literature from the medieval period to the 21th century. We will be reading representative work from such vibrant cities as Barcelona and Valencia, as well as the Balearic Islands, and other Catalan speaking territories. The study of Catalan literature represents a dynamic and unique opportunity for Spanish Majors to enhance their knowledge of the Iberian Peninsula, and to foment a better understanding of the cultural and linguistic reality of today's Spain. While learning about Catalan literature and culture students will also have the opportunity to explore a wide array of topics, such as history, socio-linguistics, culture, and identity politics. This course will place special emphasis on the relationship between Catalan and Spanish literary traditions from the Middle Ages to the present. No previous knowledge of Catalan language is required: Spanish will be the language of class instruction and readings. Primary and secondary sources will be complemented with the use of films and other audiovisual materials. Fulfills 30710 or 30720 requirements or can count as a 30000-level elective.

ROSP 30810-01: Early Latin American Literature and Culture
MW 8:00-9:15 a.m.
C. Jáuregui

This course provides a panoramic survey of Spanish American literature during the Colonial period, from the time of the first encounter (1492) through the 19th century. We will read from chronicles, autobiographies, short stories, travel accounts, as well as poetry and texts of indigenous peoples. We will complement our reading with the viewing of selected films set in the colonial period. Selections will be chosen from Náhuatl and Maya literature, Christopher Columbus, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Inca Garcilaso, Bernardo de Balbuena, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, and others. This course satisfies the early Spanish American requirement. Pre-requisite: ROSP 30310.

ROSP 30820-01 – Modern Latin-American Literature and Culture
MW 2:00-3:15
M.R. Olivera-Williams

This course provides a panoramic survey of Spanish American literature from roughly 1880 to the present, with attention to principal literary trends and concepts of literary analysis in Spanish. To focus the course, we will be pursuing the problem of modernity as it emerges in the major movements and authors of the long twentieth century, tracing divergent responses to the complex and rapid changes – including industrialization, shifting gender roles, and the emergence of new media such as cinema– of the period. And we will be particularly attuned to non-realist forms of literary expression, especially fantastic literature, as they reemerge consistently in the region throughout the “long” twentieth century and represent an important contribution of Latin American literature to world literature. We will read essays, poetry, short stories, and a short novel by authors such as José Martí, Rubén Darío, Jorge Luis Borges, Juan Rulfo, Rosario Ferré, and others, with an eye towards understanding the social and historical contexts in which the works took shape. The course is designed to expose you to some of the region’s most celebrated and provocative works of literature, as well as help you understand the major challenges and promises Latin America faced during its modern period. It will also hone your skills in analyzing texts in Spanish, as we will practice close reading through a variety of genres and styles. Cross-listed with LAST 30401

ROSP 30820-02 - Modern Latin American Literature and Culture
MW 11:00-12:15
S. Quesada

A survey of literary trends and major figures in modern Spanish-American literature from 1880 to the present. Readings of selected texts in prose, poetry, and theatre. Recommended prerequisite: ROSP 30310. Cross-listed with LAST 30401

ROSP 40253-01 – Amazing Lives of the Baroque Era
TR 11:00-12:15
J. Vitulli

What constitutes an extraordinary life? What can we learn about a particular historical moment by examining the fictional and real lives of the remarkable characters who populated their society? This seminar will analyze the various modes of representation and social control exerted by Spanish institutions during the Baroque period. Specifically, we will read a series of real and imaginary lives of men and women who challenged this power structure by living and writing extraordinary lives. These fictional accounts of an individual’s life together with real accounts of imaginary individuals will give us the opportunity to face the complexity of Baroque Spain. Infamous men and women, marginalized subjects, persecuted personae are some of the examples of the extraordinary characters that we are going to meet in the class. Through the looking glass of their fantastic lives, we will analyze important concepts and categories such as subjectivity, subject formation, power/knowledge relations, gender, race, religious intolerance, persecution. We will focus on the creative responses forged by a heterogeneous community of people who wanted to reaffirm their individual freedom. The seminar will pay special attention not only to the discursive mechanisms used by the Spanish elite in order to maintain the status quo, but also will analyze how persecuted people of the same era were able to resist and challenge the dominant discourse. During the semester, we will read canonical literary texts (Poetry, drama, narrative) as well as other cultural artifacts (Manuals, treatises, chronicles, biographies, autobiographies, inquisitorial cases and movies). Cross-listed with MI 40502

ROSP 40414-01 – Regarding the (S)pain of Others: Framing Modern Spanish Citizenship
MW 9:30-10:45
D. Jorza

This course departs from Erving Goffman’s notion of “cultural frame”, which shows how social existence is an ongoing “negotiation” about which cultural frame should encompass and thus ascribe meaning to various events and actions. Bearing this perspective in mind, this seminar focuses on different models of Spanish citizenship by examining the educational emotional value of various modern Spanish cultural artifacts, whose representational mode (melodrama and/ or comedy) provides a peculiar affective frame within which ordinary socio-historical experience was interpreted and given meaning.

ROSP 40663-01 – Colonial Modernity and the Conquest of Yucatan
MW 11:00-12:15
C. Jáuregui

This is a class that focuses on a selection of historical and literary narratives as well as modern texts and films about different forms of colonialism and counter-colonial resistance in the Yucatan Peninsula since the 16th century until today; from the invasion of Cortés in 1519 to the contemporary cyclical invasion of 16 million tourists a year.

ROSP 40979-01- Culturas en Contacto: Translation and Hispanic Literatures
TR 2:00-3:15
B. Heller

This course examines the issue of translation as it is raised by seminal texts in the Spanish and Latin American traditions. We will read short stories, poetry and essays from both Spain and Latin America

Fall 2017-  Iberian and Latin American Undergraduate Courses

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

Portuguese

ROPO 10103-01 – Brazilian Portuguese Languages & Culture I
MWF 10:30-11:20
M. Bahia

This beginning Portuguese hybrid course combines the traditional classroom format with online instruction. This course introduces students to contemporary Brazilian and Lusophone cultures through film, music, news media and internet resources. Along with the Acquisition of language skills, ROPO 10103 emphasizes the active use of written and spoken Portuguese in context. Meets three times in the classroom plus online requirements.  Cross-listed with ROPO 67001.

ROPO 10105-01 – Portuguese for Spanish Speakers I
MWF 2:00-2:50
S. Teixeira

This course sequence is designed for students with at least intermediate-level proficiency in Spanish. Classroom activities emphasize the acquisition of basic language structures, vocabulary, and sound systems, as well as the active use of spoken language in context. Students are introduced to the diverse cultures of the Portuguese-speaking countries through current video, printed media, music, and short fiction. This sequence is followed by ROPO 20201 or ROPO 20202. ROPO 10105 - 10106 and either ROPO 20201 or ROPO 20202 together fulfill the language requirement.

ROPO 10112-01 – Intensive Portuguese for Professional Purposes
MWF 11:30-12:20/TR 11:00-12:15
S. Teixeira

Designed for highly motivated students, this intensive beginning language course, along with the acquisition of language skills, emphasizes the active use of written and spoken Portuguese for professional purposes in context. This intensive course is followed by ROPO 20201, and together they fulfill the language requirement and will prepare the students for the study abroad program.


ROPO 20201-02 Intermediate Portuguese I
MWF 12:50-1:40
S. Teixeira

Through selected readings in Portuguese, Brazilian, and Lusophone African literatures, films, newspaper and magazine articles, and popular music, students discuss a variety of cultural issues and expand their vocabulary. Particular attention is placed on reviewing major topics in Portuguese grammar and on developing students' writing abilities. ROPO 20201 fulfills the language requirement and prepares students to study abroad in Brazil.

ROPO 30812-01 – Brazilian Literature: Modernism and Cultural Anthropophagy
MW 12:30-1:45
M. Bahia

 In this course, students will focus on the development of Brazilian Modernism in the 20th Century through the analysis of masterpieces by world renowned authors such Clarice Lispector and Jorge Amado. Furthermore, we will explore the thought-provoking concept of “Cultural Anthropophagy” in works by leading Brazilian modernists such as Mário deAndrade and Oswald de Andrade. OFFERED IN PORTUGUESE  

ROPO 40952-01 – The Giant of the South: Brazil in the 21st Century
MW 2:00-3:15
M. Bahia

What are the new challenges for the Brazilian democracy and human development post-impeachment?  What are the current issues in race, religion, class, gender and politics that are shaping the present and the future of the Giant of the South?  (offered in English) Cross-listed with LLRO 40952, AFST 40579, and GSC 40520.

Spanish

ROSP 20450-01 - Spanish for Business
MWF 10:30-11:20
I. Menes
This course is designed to give students with intermediate-advanced levels of proficiency in Spanish a solid foundation in business vocabulary, cultural concepts, and situational practice that will help them prepare for success in today’s Spanish-speaking business world.  This class seeks to develop intercultural communicative competence for business purposes, such as an understanding of leadership, banking, real state, and ethics, among other topics.  By the end of the semester, students should be able to communicate completely in Spanish with Spanish-speaking co-workers, clients, employees, and costumers at the national and international level.

ROSP 20600 - Cultural Conversations & Writing (Various times and various instructors, see below)
This is an upper-intermediate cultural conversation and writing course designed to follow the four-semester language sequence and to act as a bridge to more advanced courses. In order to improve oral and writing language skills, this course engages students intellectually by using challenging, authentic materials and focusing on the exchange of ideas. Through the reading, discussion, and analysis of these materials, students will develop more sophisticated oral expression and expository writing as well as critical and abstract thinking skills. Being a content-driven course, topics could include, but are not limited to questions from the domains of politics, history, art, music, literature, film, religion, pop culture, etc. This course may be used as one of the two 20000-level electives for the Spanish major.

ROSP 20600 -01 - Cultural Conversations & Writing 
MWF 9:25-10:15
T. Botero

The primary focus of this class will be on film, short stories and plays from many of the great writers and producers of Latin America and Spain.  Additional complimentary materials will be used to highlight contemporary topics of history, art, politics, violence, social justice, and culture in general. The purpose of this course is to develop and increase proficiency and fluency of oral expression and expository writing, as well as the development of new, more complex sophisticated vocabulary. By the end of the semester you will be able to write and have conversations about a variety of intricate and more refined issues.                      

ROSP 20600-02 -Cultural Conversations & Writing 
MWF 9:25-10:15
M.Coloma

This course will use informative and thought-provoking films to focus on the history, art and culture of Latin America. Supplementary texts and articles will provide background historical events and analysis to enhance the understanding of the circumstances and themes that each of the films address. A comprehensive review of Spanish grammar will be provided. Also, activities that promote effective communication of abstract themes with high-intermediate use of grammatical structures will be emphasized. The goal of the course is to improve oral and written communication and the development of new, more complex, vocabulary.

ROSP 20600-03 - Cultural Conversations & Writing
MWF 10:30-11:20
M. Coloma

Same as section 2

ROSP 20600-04 - Cultural Conversations & Writing
MWF 11:30-12:20
E. Mangione-Lora

Más Allá de los Buenos Modales
This course explores part of the 90% of the cultural "iceberg" that lies below the surface of various Latin America cultures, especially Mexican culture in formal situations. We will use authentic texts, film and other media to strengthen our linguistic abilities and develop cultural competency. We will hone our skills in 4 writing genres: descriptive, narrative, argumentative and reflective. We will learn the do's and don'ts, and the historical, social, and cultural reasons for them. By the semester's end you will be comfortable having a spontaneous conversation about complex issues; you will have drafted an example of writing that you are proud of; you will have created an ePortfolio to showcase your work; and you will have learned a few basic steps of salsa, merengue and bachata..

ROSP 20600-05 - Cultural Conversations & Writing
MWF 11:30-12:20
M. Coloma

Same as section 2

ROSP 20600-06 - Cultural Conversations & Writing
MWF 11:30-12:20
A. Topash-Rios

A Cultural Mosaic: Perspectives on Contemporary Topics
In this course, contemporary readings and films will serve as texts to organize and inspire discussions on inter-societal themes including power, personality, human relationships, perceptions of reality, and more. In addition to readings and short films, there will be targeted vocabulary generation. The main goals of this course are advancement of oral and written proficiency, significant vocabulary acquisition, confidence-building, and cultural awareness.

ROSP 20600-7 - Cultural Conversations & Writing
MWF 12:50-1:40
E. Mangione-Lora

Same as section 4

ROSP 20600-08 
MWF 2:00-2:50
T. Botero

Same as section 1

ROSP 20810-01 – CBL: Language, Culture and Community
MW 2:00-315
M. Coloma

This fifth-semester language and culture course is designed for students who want to improve their communication skills in Spanish and broaden their understanding of the Hispanic world through connecting with the local Spanish speaking community. Each section may focus on different topics, such as health care, education, social services, history of immigration, and intercultural competence. The course has a required Community-Based-Learning component in which students engage with the Latino community through placements in such areas as health care, youth mentoring or tutoring programs, English as a New Language (ENL) classes, and facilitating educational workshops with parents. In this course, students integrate their service experiences with the academic components of the class through readings, research, reflective writing, and discussion.

ROSP 30017-01 -  Introduction to Translation and Interpreting, Theory and Practice
MW 2:00-3:15
E. Mangione-Lora

Students will explore translation theory, ethics, preparations, procedures and techniques by means of Monica Baker’s In Other Words: A Course Book on Translation. Together with an advanced language text to improve language skills, and selected readings to provide a strong preparation for meaningful interaction with their community partners, the course will provide real-world opportunities for application and feedback for the skills the students develop.  Students will be expected to work with the community partner for 10-12 hours per semester, which typically entails a visit once per week to the partner site.

ROSP 30310-01 – Introduction to Hispanic Literature and Cultures
MW 9:30-10:45
E. Juarez
ROSP 30310-02 – Introduction to Hispanic Literature and Cultures
MW 2:00-3:15
V. Miseres
ROSP 30310-03 – Introduction to Hispanic Literature and Cultures
TR 12:30-1:45
P. Uparel
ROSP 30310-04 – Introduction to Hispanic Literature and Cultures
MW 12:30-1:45
D. Jorza
ROSP 30310-05 – Introduction to Hispanic Literature and Cultures
TR 11:00-12:15
L. Bravo

This is an upper-division course for students with advanced preparation. It serves as the introduction to the analysis and explication of Spanish-language literary texts. Short texts in prose, poetry, and theatre from a variety of periods and countries within the Hispanic world are read, presented, and discussed. The course is a prerequisite for the survey courses, and must be completed by the end of the junior year.

ROSP 30320-01 – Advance Grammar and Writing
MWF 12:50-1:40

I. Menes
ROSP 30320-02 – Advance Grammar and Writing
MWF 2:00-2:50
I. Menes
This course is oriented towards students who have completed the intermediate level and thus want to refine their Spanish competence, as well as for those who wish to study abroad or who are returning from a program in a Spanish-speaking country.  The topics covered in this course include grammar, vocabulary and cultural subjects.  Reinforcement of the students’ linguistic development, conceptual accuracy and discursive ability will be emphasized in the use of academic Spanish. This course offers opportunities for students to correct, exercise and obtain confidence in their control of grammatical structures and formal and informal vocabulary.

ROSP 30571-01 – Cinema and Everyday Life in Postwar Spain
MW 11:00-12:15
D. Jorza

This cinematic survey of postwar Spain will analyze symptomatic representations of Spanish history and culture through the Spanish film production that was produced after the Civil War, during Franco’s long dictatorship (1939-1975). Some of the topics that will be explored in the course include the Spanish Civil War, censorship, national(ist) imaginaries, the modern city versus the traditional countryside, tourism, desarrollismo, violence, religion, love, family, and gender roles.

ROSP 30710-01 – Early Peninsular Lit and Culture
TR 12:30-1:45
E. Juarez

This course is a survey of Spanish literature from the medieval period through the 17th century. We will study representative works with a view to understanding the cultural, intellectual and historical forces that shaped the literary production of the period. Much emphasis will be placed on the thematic threads of the evolving literary creation of the Castilian hero and the notion of love in relation to diverse literary conventions. Works to be read include Poema de Mio Cid, El conde Lucanor, La Celestina, Lazarillo de Tormes, Renaissance and Baroque poetry (Garcilaso, Góngora y Quevedo), a play by Lope de Vega, and excerpts from Cervantes' Don Quixote. Active student participation is required. Lecturing will be kept to a minimum so as to allow more time for analysis and discussion of the texts. This course satisfies the early Spanish Peninsular requirement. Sophomore and junior majors only. Pre-requisite: ROSP 30310. Cross- listed with MI 30500.

ROSP 30717-01 Brains, Brawn, and Heart: Women in Medieval Iberian Literature
9:30-10:45
K. Oswald

This course will examine a panorama of vastly differing depictions of women in Medieval Iberia, in texts written almost exclusively by men. Through a selection of prose and verse from the 13th to 16th centuries, we will consider questions such as loyalty and betrayal, submission and rebellion, piety and blasphemy, and love and rejection.  Cross-listed with MI 30717.

ROSP 30817-01 -  Monstrous Latin America in the Early Modern Period
MW 8:00-9:15
S. Quintero

Both terrifying and fascinating, monsters help us reflect on society’s cultural fears and anxieties. Their bodies—hybrid, abnormal, alluring—serve as cultural signs encoding moral, ethical, political and religious issues for every epoch and culture. In particular, Monsters have always populated the imaginations of Latin America. From the flesh-eating savages with canine muzzles mentioned in the first colonial accounts of the “New World,” to representations of caudillos (Strong Men) as bloodthirsty vampires governing the newly born nation states, monstrosity has served as central metaphor to characterize Latin American identity.
In this course we will use/take monstrosity as a conceptual framework to analyze exemplary texts, trends, and authors from Latin American cultural history. The course will be divided in two parts. The first section will be centered on literary and cultural texts from Colonial times. Then, the second section will introduce modern texts and reinterpretations (literature, movies, graphic novels, performance art pieces) of the monsters under study. Overall, students will learn how representations of monsters and monstrosity have resonated with fundamental events in the region’s cultural history, including colonization, slavery, indigenous uprisings, nation formation, modernization, and Globalization, among others. This course can fufill either Early or Modern Latin-American Literature and Culture.

ROSP 30820-01 – Modern Latin-American Lit and Culture
MW 2:00-3:15
M. Olivera-Williams
ROSP 30820-02 – Modern Latin-American Lit and Culture
TR 12:30-1:45
M. Moreno

This course provides a panoramic survey of Spanish American literature from roughly 1880 to the present, with attention to principal literary trends and major cultural problems. To focus the course, we will be pursuing the problem of modernity as it emerges in the major movements and authors of the long twentieth century, tracing divergent responses to the complex and rapid changes – including industrialization, shifting gender roles, and the emergence of new media such as cinema – of the period. We will read essays, poetry, short stories, and a short novel by authors such as José Martí, Rubén Darío, Jorge Luis Borges, Juan Rulfo, Gabriel García Márquez, and others, with an eye towards understanding the social and historical contexts in which the works took shape. The course is designed to expose you to some of the region’s most celebrated and provocative works of literature, as well as help you understand the major challenges and promises Latin America faced during the modern period. It will also hone your skills in analyzing texts in Spanish, as we will practice close reading and argumentative analysis in various ways. Cross-listed with LAST 30401

ROSP 40234-01 - Power, Performance, and Self: Early Modern Spanish Culture and Society Through Literature         TR 2:00-3:15
E. Juarez

The objective of this course is to examine the specific ideology and cultural practices that characterized sixteenth and seventeenth century Spanish society through the reading of diverse representative literary texts. The course is organized around thematic clusters in order to explore major questions such as creation of identity, issues of gender and sexuality, honor and marital institutions, ethnic and class inequality, theatrical performance and religion and mysticism. Texts include picaresque novels, historical autobiographies, plays, short novels, mystical writings and a contemporary movie, Alatriste. In addition to literary texts, readings include complementary historical and critical documents.
 

ROSP 40726-01 – Gabriela Mistral and Her World
MW 3:30-4:45
M. Olivera-Williams

This course, designed as a seminar for upper-level Spanish students, will consider the poetry of Gabriela Mistral in its historical and cultural context, paying particular attention to the aesthetic evolution of her poetry and to its social and religious aims. Letters and other writings by the Chilean poet will also be discussed. The seminar will be conducted in Spanish.  Cross-listed LAST 40425              

ROSP 40773-01 – Cuban Literature, History, and Culture from the Late Colonial Period through the Cuban Revolution
TR 11:00-12:15
T. Anderson

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 Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, José Martí, Nicolás Guillén, Alejo Carpentier, and Nancy Morejón – 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 40892-01 – Borders and Bridges
TR 11:00-12:15
M. Moreno

What is a border? Who inhabits the borderlands? What function does the border play in the construction of a national or cultural identity? How do we bridge communities? How are borders represented, established, and challenged in the works of US Latino/a writers? These are some of the questions that this course will address within the context of US Latino/a literature and culture. Most of the course will focus on two geographical areas that we tend to associate with these concepts: the traditional US-Mexico border and the lesser studied Caribbean. Students will watch films and read literary works by Mexican-American, Puerto Rican, Dominican-American and Cuban-American authors in order to gain a deeper understanding of how borders and borderlands inform contemporary discourse and culture. This course has a Community-Based Learning (CBL) requirement. Students are expected to sign up for tutoring at La Casa de Amistad once a week for 2 hours. The course will be taught in Spanish and is open to advanced non-majors. Cross-listed ILS 40909, ROSP 63892. PSIM attribute.

ROSP 53000-01 – Senior Seminar
TR 9:30-10:45
J. Vitulli
ROSP 53000-02 – Senior Seminar
MW 11:00-12:15
B. Heller

The Senior Research Seminar is the capstone experience for Spanish majors.  It requires students to draw on skills learned and refined in upper-level classes to create and write a sophisticated, unique research project.  It also requires students to follow the path of academic scholars in choosing a topic, finding appropriate resources (both primary and secondary sources), developing a methodology and an outline, reading sources critically, and writing and re-writing an extended paper.  The Senior Research Seminar has three goals. First, it is intended to introduce senior students to the most up-to-date trends in literary analysis and theory. Second, the course is structured in order to allow students to pursue sophisticated research in the field of Spanish and Latin American literatures and cultures.  Third, the Senior Research Seminar paper could be the basis for a Senior Thesis in order to graduate with distinction in Spanish. The seminar will be divided in two parts. During the first half of the semester, students will be able to know and reflect on a set of methodological and theoretical tools for investigation of cultural practices such as literature, critical theory, popular and mass culture, social movements, and institutions, etc. within the context of Spanish and Latin American social formations. The second half of the semester will be devoted to the composition of the Senior Research paper.

 

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