Courses

SEMINARS THAT OUR FACULTY REGULARLY TEACH INCLUDE:

Enrique Alvarez

Bodies Transnationalism and Affect in Recent Hispanic Poetry. New trends in Hispanic poetic discourse from a transnational perspective exploring issues of pathos, physical and emotional displacements, spatial form, and discourses of resistance to economic neoliberalism. (Fall 2017)

Federico García Lorca: Between Life and Literature. New readings of Lorca’s work following new research on the topic of late modernism, queer studies, and formalist aesthetics in Spanish poetry. (Fall 2018)

Brenda Cappuccio

Seminar on the Spanish novel from 1939-1975. Students read works ranging from Cela's tremendista novel La familia de Pascual Duarte to Merce Rodoreda's La plaza del diamante to Juan Goytisolo's La reivindicación del conde don Julián while at the same time considering the critical reaction each had produced. (Spring 2018)

Seminar on the Spanish novela negra. Texts will include detective novels produced since 1970 to the present. We will be looking at the critical theory about these works as well as the varying historical and political atmospheres in which they were written. (Fall 2019)

Juan Carlos Galeano

Contemporary Spanish American Poetry. This course focuses on the main trends in poetry during the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries. Works of individual poets will be analyzed and balanced within the context of significant artistic and literary movements such as the avant-garde "poesía comprometida," “exteriorismo,” and "antipoesía" along with foundational and nascent environmental concerns in poetic texts. (SPW 5357: Spring 2018)

The Environmental Imagination in Spanish American Cultures. The purpose of this class is to study the relationship between peoples and the non-human world as they appear in the rich cultural production of the Americas. Explorer’s narratives, fiction, poetry and other works are examined in the frameworks of theories from environmental humanities and climate change current discourses. (SPW 6934: Fall 2016)

Representations of the Amazon in Film. The goal of this course is to examine critically the images created about the lands and peoples from Amazonia through film. A variety of topics discussed include how cinematic visions by Amazonians and non Amazonians have fostered politics shaping the life in Amazonia as well as building new interpretations of human and nature relationships. (SPW 5195)

Amazonian Cultures in Oral and Literary Traditions. Contextualized by theories of cultural anthropology and ecocriticim this course studies Amazonian’s oral and literary cosmovisions as expressions of the entangled histories of the human and non-human. It examines the ways in which, through their hybrid cultural and artistic traditions, Amazonians theorize on colonization, large-scale development, acceleration of environmental changes, and multispecies relationships. (SPN 5900)

Matt Goldmark 

Latinx Studies: Reading and Writing the Past. This course considers how Latinx writers and multimedia artists engage, interrogate, and recreate the past to question narratives of history and nation. The course engages various historical periods and media, including novels, comic books, and codices. (SPW4930)

Empire and Intimacy in Colonial Spanish America. This seminar uses theory from kinship and queer studies to interrogate how intimate relationships—sexual, affective, and religious—configure imperial systems, their political structures, and hierarchies of difference. (SPW6934)

Imperial (Non)Fictions: Ethnography, Essay, and History. This class studies how information about and from Latin America becomes labeled “true.” It deals with a variety of non-fiction genres, including ethnographies, museum exhibitions, documentaries, and news articles. (SPW4190; SPW5365)

Jose Gomariz

Modernismo. Lectura y discusión de textos representativos del modernismo hispanoamericano en sus contextos sociales, históricos y culturales. Estudiaremos planteamientos teóricos y críticos del modernismo; analizaremos el discurso de emancipación del escritor modernista; las codificaciones contraculturales y simbólicas del imaginario modernista frente a la modernidad burguesa; así como la construcción de la nación, de la subjetividad, e identidad modernas. (SPW6934 / SPW4190)

Spanish American Prose (Nonfiction): The Spanish American Essay on Colonialism, Culture, and National Identity. This course examines the formation and evolution of the Spanish American essay from the Enlightenment to the present, and offers an in-depth analysis of the main intellectual thought processes and cultural debates on colonialism, culture, and national identity. (SPW 5365)

Cuba: Diaspora, Race, and Cultural Identity. From Christopher Columbus’ arrival in 1492 to the 21st Century, this course analyzes Cuban literature with a focus on the formation of identity by diasporic subjects. The course examines cultural, economic, and social processes, such as colonialism, slavery, and immigration, using an interdisciplinary approach. Post-Colonial Studies and Cultural Studies will serve as theoretical support to analyze discursive constructs such as race, identity, and nation. (SPW4774)

Alejandra Gutierrez

Graduate Reading Knowledge in Spanish. This course is designed to present structures of the Spanish language and vocabulary to prepare graduate students majoring in other disciplines to read journals, books, and monographs written in Spanish useful to the student’s research, and to take the Graduate Reading Knowledge Exam to fulfill the language requirement of other programs. For this class I created a new syllabus, and designed a class to give students, with all different levels of Spanish, the tools to pass the language test. (SPN 5060: Spring 2019) 

Hispanic Culture and Performance. (SPW 4301)

Keith Howard

Critical Inquiries into the Early Hispanic Episteme. Beginning with the premise, as outlined by Michel Foucault in The Order of Things, that it is possible to trace certain important epistemological shifts in the Western world from the end of the Middle Ages to our own time, this course aims to heighten our awareness of how today the practice of professional cultural studies is systematically interpellated through the discourses specific to our own systems of knowledge and communication. Taking medieval and early modern Iberia, as well as its colonies, as a case study, our examinations of a selection of texts from this geographic and temporal space will revolve around the usefulness, or lack thereof, of some of the contemporary West’s most prominent social constructions of subject formation, such as race, class, gender, and nationhood. (SPW5586)

Jeannine Murray-Román 

Comparative Caribbean Studies. Exploring comparative methodologies through Caribbean objects of analysis from Anglophone, Francophone, and Hispanophone traditions, this course shifts theoretical analytic each time it is offered: Fall 2015 on performance studies, Fall 2017 on theories of decolonization; Fall 2019 on speculative fictions and theories. Students who can read texts in the original language are expected to do so. All texts are available in English translation. (Cross-listed FRW 6938 /SPW 6934 / FOL 5934-01)

Puerto Rico: Policy and Poetry. This course addresses independence movements, U.S. settler colonialism in its island possessions, and Afro-Puerto Rican identities, using methodology from history and cultural studies, urban planning, visual art and media studies. With objects of analysis ranging from legal opinions such as the Insular Cases, hashtags, and guidebooks, to poetry by Julia de Burgos, Pedro Pietri, and Raquel Salas-Rivera, this course takes a multi-disciplinary approach to Puerto Rico's history and possible futures. (SPW 4930; HUM 5938) 

Delia Poey

Contemporary Latin American Fiction. This course will cover twentieth and twenty-fist century Latin American fiction.  While the course is designed to expose students to a broad range of representative authors and texts, it also seeks to situate those texts in both specific histories and broader theoretical frameworks.  Roughly half of the semester will focus on “canonical” texts.  The other half of the semester will be dedicated to layering, critiquing and responding to those texts through readings of less recognized voices. (SPW 5385)

Latinx Literatures.  This course will cover a broad spectrum of texts written by Latinx authors.   It will also cover a sampling of critical issues and debates within the field.  The course will be devoted to Chicanx, Puerto Rican, Cuban-American, and Dominican-American authors. (SPW6934)

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