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Spring & Summer 2022 Upper-Level Courses

SPRING 2022 Upper-Level Courses

  • FRENCH 333 French Phonetics
    Ryan Hendrickson, Tues/Thurs 10am-1 pm, #53031

    In this course, students will gain a foundation in the phonetics and phonology of French in order to improve and refine their pronunciation and aural comprehension. We will explore the connection between the sounds and orthography of the language, general principles of French pronunciation, and social and dialectal differences found in spoken French.
  • ITALIAN 315 Italian Cinema & Society Since 1945
    Vincenzo Binetti, Mon/Wed 1-4 pm, #53033, HU distribution

    This course will address and problematize issues of national identity, politics, gender, and culture in Italy from the end of the Second World War to the present, while investigating the re-thinking and re-evaluation of the Neorealist aesthetic as carried out by new Italian directors such as, among others: Moretti, Salvatores, Martone, Amelio, Chiesa, Giordana, Tornatore, Mazzacurati, Torre, Archibugi, Benigni, and Sorrentino.  

This course is taught in English and satisfies HU distribution. 

  • SPANISH 368 Literature and the Other Arts:
    Binge-Watching Spanish History
    Ryan Szpiech, Tues/Thurs 10 am-1 pm, #53307, HU distribution

    You may be eagerly awaiting the season 4 of Stranger Things, but what about new episodes of The Cook of Castamar, about 18th-century Spain? You may have enjoyed the costumes in Downton Abbey, but have you seen those in Requiem por Granada? This course will introduce you to key themes and events of medieval and Golden Age Spanish history through popular Spanish television shows from the last three decades. We will watch episodes from various historical TV shows such as El Cid (2020), about the epic hero Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar; Toledo: Cruce de destinos (2012), about king Alfonso X, the “Father” of the Spanish language; Requiem por Granada (1992), about the end of Muslim Granada; Isabel (2011), about the Christian queen in 1492; and Catedral del mar (2017), a Netflix drama about 14th-century Barcelona. We will use pair these shows with literary texts from medieval Iberia, such as Cantar de Mio Cid, texts from the courts of Alfonso X and the Nasrid Kings of Granada, and more. We will not only learn about key themes and works of medieval culture and history in Iberia, but also discuss how the representation of the past matters in present-day discussions of politics and culture in Spain.

All readings, viewings, writing, and discussion will be in Spanish. This course counts toward the Spanish major and as literature credit for the Spanish minor.

  • SPANISH 373 Topics in Hispanic Studies:
    Beyond the Good Wife: Feminist Resistances in Francoist Spain
    Instructor TBA, Mon/Wed 1-4 pm, #53311, HU distribution

    The Francoist dictatorship (1939-1975) brought forth a conservative reaction against the liberalization embodied by the Second Republic (1931-1936). Striving to impose a traditional society where any unacceptable difference was construed as a form of threatening dissidence, the woman, relegated to her role of mother and housewife, confined within the patriarchal home, became a privileged target of fascist propaganda. After examining what was sanctioned by the regime as the only acceptable form of womanhood, this course will focus on those who, in the midst of censorship and persecution, challenged notions such as gender, heterosexuality and patriarchy, giving form to heterogeneous counter-narratives where the political and the poetic, class and race, homosexuality and transsexuality intersected and destabilized the concept of “woman” that Francoism sought to impose. Throughout the term, we will analyze literary works (short stories, poems, plays and graphic novels) and visual material (films, documentaries and TV/radio advertisements) exploring suffering and anxiety, but also the potential for revolution and change embedded in these Spanish cultural products.  

This course counts toward the Spanish major and as literature credit toward the Spanish minor.

  • SPANISH 423 Visual Cultures in the Hispanic World:
    El desierto: Capitalism, Surveillance, Nomadism
    Ludmila Ferrari, Tues/Thurs 2-5 pm, #53050

    Historically opposed to the city and its culture, the desert has been the place of insurrection, barbarism, and lawlessness. In recent times the desert has also become a land of surveillance, militarism, and drug traffic. These transformations have produced an array of visual media: From XIX century painting to cinema, from performative actions to thermal imaging and digital activism. This class will explore this unsuspected visual history of the Americas.

This course counts toward the Spanish major and as literature credit for the Spanish minor.

  • SPANISH 467 Literary and Artistic Movements in Latin America/Spain:
    Social Movements in Spain, Chile, México, and Bolivia
    Javier Entrambasaguas, Mon/Wed 9 am-12 pm, #53041

    This course examines the importance of the nonviolent Social Movements in Spain and three Latin American countries (Chile, México, and Bolivia) of the 20th and 21th century. This seminar proposes to go through the theoretical path that begins with the classical views about Social Movements up to the theoretical concept of History from below, where the importance of the people and the civil society are crucial in the conquest of equality, liberty, and democracy.

    In this course we can analyze several Spanish Social Movements (the Second Republic and the 15M) as well as several Latin American Social Movements (the Popular Unity in Chile, the Zapatista Movement in Chiapas-México, and the Movement Toward Socialism in Bolivia).

    The analysis of different continents, different countries and different circumstances (Colonialism, Imperialism, Liberalism, exploitation, Social Democracy, and capitalism) will allow us to draw connections between all these social revolutions as well as the main protagonists (peasants, indigenous populations, workers, and democrats). We will also study the ideological organizations (such as workers' unions, socialism, anarchism, feminism, environmentalism) and, finally, the resistance against subjugation, inequality, and oppression.

    This course will approach the history of these countries through the processes of disagreements and conflict—a reading of history against the grain where we can witness other sides of the Spanish-speaking world: the history of the defeated, their suffering, and their resistance.

    We will examine these topics through cultural materials like films, novels, short stories, poems, theater, paintings, photography, and graphic novels.

    This course counts toward the Spanish major and as literature credit for the Spanish minor.

SUMMER 2022 Upper-Level Courses

  • FRENCH 274 French & Francophone Societies & Culture: Les Jeux
    Nicholas Holterman, Tues/Thurs 10 am-1 pm, #73662, HU distribution

    Are literary texts games? Are games texts? What happens when we play literature the same way we play a game? In this course we will explore how we and French & francophone writers, filmmakers, sports stars, and everyday players experience the gamified worlds around us. “Play” will serve as both the content and methodology of this class.

We’ll play across genres and media, from fables in Senegal (Les Nouveaux Contes d’Amadou Koumba) to poetry in medieval France (Lanval; selected Ysopet fables), from film in 21st-century Montreal (Les Amours Imaginaires) to newspaper articles about e-sports in the Hexagon and more. We’ll ask exciting questions about what play is and could be, and how we can read it all around us.

  • SPANISH 298/ROMLING 298 / LING 398 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
    Lorenzo García-Amaya, Tues/Thurs 1-4 pm, #73489 / #73490 /#73667

    This course provides an introduction to Spanish Linguistics and establishes the basis for future application of linguistic principles. The course content will focus on the study of language, centering on the following fields of linguistic inquiry: word formation (morphology), word order (syntax and pragmatics), the sound system (phonetics and phonology), history of the language, and language acquisition. Students will apply their knowledge of course content in data analysis activities, homework assignments, quizzes, and exams.

This course counts toward the Spanish major and as elective credit for the Spanish minor.

  • SPANISH/ROMLING 416 Spanish Sociolinguistics       Nicholas Henriksen, Mon/Wed 1-4 pm, #73313 / #73314

This course examines language variation (dialectal, social, historical) in Spanish-speaking communities. During the first portion of the term, students are introduced to the theoretical and methodological foundations of sociolinguistic variation. The second portion of the term focuses on dialectal and social variation across the Spanish-speaking world, and its many geolinguistic varieties. Finally, students will spend the last portion of the term gaining firsthand experience in sociolinguistic research and data analysis practices. Students will apply their knowledge of course content in data analysis activities, exams, and a final research paper.

This course counts toward the Spanish major and as elective credit toward the Spanish minor.