Classes

“Monsters” in Latin American Literature

We will explore a range of mythological and fantastical writing to examine historical, cultural, literary, and political contexts for the representation of monstrosity, including issues related to race, class, gender, and sexuality.

Latinx Literature in Spanish and in Translation

The primary goals in this course are to introduce students to a range of recent Latinx writing and to help develop an understanding of some of the critical issues involved in the study of U.S. Latinx literature today. Thus, we will analyze the histories of predominant Latinx sub-groups, such as Mexicans, Chicanas/os and Puerto Ricans, while also incorporating broader considerations of the ways in which Central America, South America, and the Caribbean play crucial roles in constituting a “Latinx” identity. We will read (and watch) texts in Spanish and Spanish translations of English texts and explore the following topics: history and memory; the practice of translation, the politics of language and the suppression of non-English languages in the U.S.; marginalization, racism, economic inequality, and discrimination.

Self-Portraits of Latin America: Memory, Migration, and Identity in the 21st Century

This course explores the phenomenon of autobiography in the contemporary world: How does memory inform the present? Why are autobiographies, memoirs, and selfies so popular? We will study a variety of different renditions of the Latin American migratory experience in the United States and within Latin American countries; these examples will range from autobiographies and memoirs, newspaper chronicles, blogs, films, paintings, and social media. Through these we will engage in some of the most exciting debates in Latin American studies today: the interplay of writing and identity formation; memory and the state; how much we allow an author’s biographical background to influence how we interpret a text; the phenomenon of self- portraiture; and the relationships of class, gender, and genre in these formats. An important aspect of the course will be examinations of how the Internet shapes these issues.

Spanish for Heritage Speakers II (SPAN 305)

This course provides language instruction that is specific to the linguistic needs of heritage Spanish speakers. The focus is on vocabulary development, orthography, and grammar through reading and writing. Topics addressed include issues relating to Hispanics/Latinos in the U.S. and their cultural and historic roots in Latin America and Spain.

Studies in Spanish Language (SPAN 401/601)

Advanced training in oral and written communication in Spanish.

300-Level Advanced Spanish Language

An advanced Spanish language course in the four language skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing) with focus on sociocultural issues in the Spanish-speaking world. In addition to regular oral practice, the course will include such activities as formal oral presentations, intensive and extensive reading, and a fair amount of expository writing.

Do you speak “American”?: The Politics of Spanish Language and Literature in the U.S.

The two aims of this course are: first, to provide a historical foundation for Latinx Literature, which is generally considered a product of the 20th century; second, to critique the process of literary canon formation in the U.S. from the perspective of communities that have traditionally been marginalized by that process because of their language; we will discuss the challenges of formulating a literary history from time periods before the word “Latino” was even used. Since we will explore early Spanish Language Literature in the U.SThis course is intended to be an introduction to LatinX Literature. 

Early Latinx Literature will serve as the test case through which we will also explore the following topics: history and memory; the politics of language and the suppression of non-English languages in the U.S.; immigration policies; marginalization, racism, economic inequality, migration, discrimination, and the borderlands of language.

The Political Economy of Culture (INCC – Graduate Program Core Course)

A study of the economic, social and political forces conditioning cultural identity and production. Special attention is paid to questions of race, gender, social class, nation and the international order.

Latin America and its Diverse Cultures (SPAN 312 – Introduction to Latin American Literature)

This course is organized around a literary focus on Latin America and its diverse cultures. The course stresses the skill of close critical reading and the relations among literary texts, their social contexts, and other cultural manifestations. It also seeks to develop students’ reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension.