Graduate Courses

HISPANIC STUDIES GRADUATE COURSES

Tentative Courses 2017-2018

Fall Term


SP 9785 Transatlantic Studies  (Constanza Burucua)
Fridays 2:30-4:30pm, AHB 3B15

El Seminario de Estudios Transatlánticos se entiende como un espacio dialógico de encuentro multidisciplinario, en el que especialistas en el campo de los estudios hispánicos, de las artes y/o de la cultura, presentarán su trabajo a estudiantes de posgrado y a la comunidad universitaria en general. Las sucesivas exposiciones estarán organizadas en tres unidades: “Intercambios culturales y artísticos”, “Lingüística”, “Cuba hoy”. Desde un amplio espectro de aproximaciones teóricas y metodológicas, pero siempre con el mundo Hispano-Americano como eje de la discusión, el objetivo del curso es el de ahondar en los debates contemporáneos acerca de la cultura y el lenguaje como espacios de comunicación intercultural.

SP 9650A Historia en la novella y cine hispanoamericanos  (Rafael Montano)
Mondays 1:30-4:30pm

SP 9100A Migration and Ethnic Relations in Colonial Latin American Art (ca. 1520-1810)  (Alena Robin)
Wednesdays 3:30-6:30pm

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to Colonial/ Viceregal Latin American art (ca. 1520-1810) through the perspective of contact, migration and ethnic relations. Beginning with the Conquest of America by the Spaniard and Portuguese, America received outside influence that had a major impact on artistic creation. Not only did European artists come to work in America, but there was an on-going artistic commerce between the metropolis and the colonies. Patrons, religious or secular, also came with their own cultural background. Prints, books and ideas also circulated widely. The artistic influence was not, however, going in a one way direction. Moreover, the indigenous presence is something that gave Latin American Viceregal art a unique touch, but also the Asian and African influences must be taken into account. All of those traditions somehow met in Latin America and gave birth to unique artistic creations. Some topics that will be considered through reading and discussing of selected texts: the encounters, race and ethnic relations as an artistic topic, early collecting, the artists behind the works of art, patronage, devotion to images of Christ and the Virgin, gender issues, the materiality of the artwork, Asian and African influences.

SP 9720A/LING 9709A Second Language Speech Learning  (Yasaman Rafat)
Tuesdays 12:30-3:30pm

In this course, we will be examining a variety of themes related to the acquisition of L2 phonetics and phonology including theories and models of L2 speech learning, phonetics and phonology in second language acquisition, acquisition of L2 phonology, sociolinguistic, psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic aspects of L2 speech learning, as well as training effects on pronunciation. We will read and discuss empirical studies on important phenomena in L2 speech learning of a number of languages including English, Spanish, Italian, German, Norwegian, Arabic, Farsi, & Japanese. Experimental paradigms most often used in laboratory research will be presented.

Winter Term

SP 9723B/LING 9723B First Language Acquisition  (Joyce Bruhn de Garavito)
Mondays 1:30-4:30pm

Most people assume there is no interesting problem in the acquisition of your native tongue. However, language is perhaps one of the most complex activities we engage in, and yet a child is able to acquire the necessary linguistic knowledge in around three years. How is this possible? What steps does the child go through? Using examples from different languages we will learn to think about the ‘miracle’ of acquisition, and try to understand how it is accomplished. Understanding L1 acquisition is particularly interesting for what it contributes to the nature/nurture debate.

SP 9724B/LING 9724B Language Attrition  (Yasaman Rafat)
Tuesdays 12:30-3:30pm

In this course we will examine first language phonological and morpho-syntactic attrition (loss) and maintenance in bilinguals from a cognitive, social, and individual perspective.

SP 9125B Latin America in the Film Festival Circuit  (Constanza Burucua)
Wednesdays 9:30-12:30pm

The course looks at Latin American cinema (mostly contemporary films), and the associated ideas about the region, that circulate in the film festival circuit. Understanding the latter as a complex and dynamic phenomenon, the study of which has been tackled from a wide range of multidisciplinary approaches (from socio-economics to film studies, from anthropology to global studies), special attention will be paid to the political economies at stake in these transnational networks and their impact in terms of film distribution, exhibition and, perhaps more importantly, film production. By focusing on scholarship on film festivals, an expanding area of research since the mid 1990s, ideas will be discussed in the light of specific case studies, with the aim of reflecting on the current state of Latin American film industries, cultures and images. 

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Courses 2016-2017

Full Year
SP 9505Y - Information and Research Methods (para los de Literatura) Marjorie Ratcliffe/Peggy Ellis
Mondays 3:30-5:30pm, LWH 2210

Fall Term 2016
SP 9652A Imágenes sagradas y lugares de devoción (Alena Robin)

El propósito de este curso es acercarse al mundo artístico hispano a través de diversos estudios monográficos sobre imágenes sagradas y lugares de devoción. Si bien el material del curso está centrado en el poder que la imagen sacra adquirió desde la temprana Edad Moderna, veremos que es algo que sigue vigente en la actualidad. También se contemplarán los problemas que pueden surgir en torno a la exposición de estas imágenes en los museos. La dinámica del seminario estará centrada en la lectura de diversas fuentes primarias y segundarias, su discusión en clase y su relación con obras de arte.
Wednesdays 9:30-12:30pm, UCC 53

SP 9623A - La Celestina y su crítica literaria (Marjorie Ratcliffe)

Siguiendo una serie de temas, este curso estudiará la crítica literaria de esta obra maestra hispánica escrita en el momento clave de la historia española en la víspera de la modernidad. Se supone una lectura previa del texto.
Wednesdays 3:30-6:30pm, LWH 2210

SP 9716A/LING 9621A - Fonología (Yasaman Rafat)

Our overall goal is to examine phonological phenomena using methods from experimental phonetics, to introduce you to important theoretical innovations and debates, and to strengthen your skills in instrumental and modeling techniques related to the study of sound structure. We will explore topics in speech production, acoustics, and perception centered on the broad theme of variation. We will focus on experimental studies on synchronic variation and diachronic sound change in non-contact situations, as well as first language sound change in bilingual and bidialectal speakers.
Tuesdays 12:30-3:30pm, STVH 3166

SP 9018A - Literature and Musical Theater in the Hispanic World: Los casos de Pepita Jiménez y Cecilia Valdés (Victoria Wolff)

This course will study two canonical works of literature from the transatlantic Hispanic world: The Spanish novel Pepita Jiménez (1874) by Juan Valera and the Cuban novel Cecilia Valdés (1882) by Cirilo Villaverde. Both novels were rewritten and adapted as libretti for musico-dramatic performances. We will study how collaborators on these projects transformed literary works into musico-dramatic performances, their particular views on literature, text, and music in their artistic creations, and position them within wider cultural debates on zarzuela and opera. We will focus on how writers, librettists, and composers used literature to reflect on significant cultural, political, and social issues linked to nation-state building. Also up for consideration are perspectives on gender and the changing roles of women, national regeneration and burgeoning nationhood, empire and its historical legacy, and modernization and its affects on the arts.*Please note that this course will be offered in an accelerated form. It will begin on Thursday, October 20, 2016 and continue to meet every Tuesday and Thursday until  Tuesday, December 6.
T/TH 9:30-12:30pm (October 20-December 6), STVH 1119

SP 9707/Ling 9500Q - Research Methods and Statistics (para los de lingüísitica) (Ilena Paul)

Winter Term 2017

SP 9653B - Pintura novohispana (Alena Robin)

El propósito de este curso es acercar el alumno al mundo artístico a través de la lectura, análisis y comentario crítico de textos que han sido fundamentales para el estudio de la pintura novohispana. Los textos son de diferentes índoles, desde la descripción de la Virgen de Guadalupe por el pintor virreinal Miguel Cabrera (1756), la primera historia de la pintura de novohispana de José Bernardo Couto (1862) en forma de diálogo, y escritos de Manuel Revilla. También las propuestas de Manuel Toussaint, Xavier Moyssen, y Jorge Alberto Manrique se examinarán. Asimismo, se revisarán algunos estudios más recientes sobre temáticas y materialidad de la pintura que son peculiar a Nueva España, para concluir con una reflexión sobre la postura del artista y su obra en la sociedad novohispana. 
Tuesdays 4:30-7:30pm, SH 3355

 SP 9020B - Memoria, Testimonio y Autobiografía Femenina Hispana (Marjorie Ratcliffe)

Este curso se enfocará en algunos textos literarios escritos por mujeres y para mujeres desde la Edad Media hasta principios del siglo XXI. Nos referiremos a perspectivas críticas de construcciones sociales de poder, de agencia autorial, de género y sexualidad.
Thursdays 9:30-12:30pm, WL 257

SP 9619B - Poéticas de la escritura y lectura: Macedonio  Fernández, Jorge Luis Borges y Julio Cortázar (Rafael Montano)

A partir de la segunda mitad del siglo pasado, el siglo XX, hubo una explosión de planteamientos en los campos de la filosofía y la crítica literaria para tratar de explicar o problematizar los complejos fenómenos de escritura y lectura, especialmente sobre el acto de la interpretación de textos y cómo el acto de escritura y lectura están íntimamente o incluso dialécticamente relacionados. Por tanto, este curso tiene un doble propósito. Por un lado, estudiar desde los campos de la filosofía y la crítica literaria algunas de las posturas más importantes y más recientes sobre la relación entre escritura, lectura e interpretación. Por otro lado, estudiar la reflexión que tres escritores argentinos, Macedonio Fernández, Jorge Luis Borges y Julio Cortázar, han realizado desde la práctica literaria sobre estos mismos temas que han preocupado a filósofos y críticos literarios. En el centro de este doble propósito se encuentra la relación que existe entre la creación literaria y la creación teórica para explicar o reflexionar sobre los fenómenos de escritura, lectura e interpretación. Escritores y críticos se nutren mutuamente  para abordar estos temas. Por esta razón, se han escogido estos tres autores argentinos porque en sus obras se manifiesta con bastante claridad, en forma práctica y teórica,  esta preocupación  por reflexionar y teorizar sobre los fenómenos de escritura, lectura e interpretación. 
Wednesdays 1:30-4:30pm, STVH 2166

SP 9717B - Sociolingüísitica Hispánica (Yasaman Rafat)

The goals of this course are two-pronged. First it will discuss the effect of both linguistic and social factors that have been traditionally discussed in the field of sociolinguistics such as, age, gender, class, education and social network. Second, it will encourage students to contribute to the field of sociolinguistics in a novel way by investigating how some of the particular social, cultural and political aspects of the Hispanic world may result in phonological or morpho-syntactic variation in their respective communities. The course will focus on both theory and sociolinguistic method of data collection and analysis.
Tuesdays 12:30-3:30pm, STVH 3166

 SP 9708B/ LING 9800B - L2 Acquisition (Joyce Bruhn de Garavito)

This course will examine the main issues in second language acquisition within a generative framework, including the initial state, the role of the first language, the role of input, variability in second language grammars and ultimate attainment. It will touch on the major theoretical debates regarding the explanation for differences between L2interlanguages and the target language. We will focus particularly on research on the acquisition of French, English and Spanish, although other languages will also be included. The course will be taught in English. It is advisable that students should have taken or be taking a course on generative syntax. 
Thursdays 10:30-1:30pm, WL 259

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MER Students

The MER Colloquiums will continue in the fall on Thursdays from 4pm to 5:30pm.

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