Texas Tech University

Spanish Graduate Courses

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LING 5322-004 Theoretical and Research Foundations of Second Language Teaching
T R 2:00 pm - 3:20 pm
Raychel Vasseur

A study of theory and research underlying current language teaching with an emphasis on communicative approaches.

SPAN 5340-001 Spanish Language and Linguistics
W 3:30 pm - 6:20 pm
Idoia Elola

Linguistics is the study of human languages--what they are composed of and how they are used. This course will provide an introduction to fundamentals of Spanish Linguistics and set up the basis for future application of linguistic principles. The course starts with an exploration of the sound system of Spanish. Building on this, the discussion continues with topics in Spanish morphology such as word formation and verbal inflection, issues in syntax that are analyzed in isolation. The goal of this course is to provide students with a level of knowledge that enables them to make connections between the structure of Spanish and relevant issues in contemporary Hispanic linguistics, such as language variation and bilingualism, as well as teaching applications for the language courses.

SPAN 5353-001 Methods of Literary Criticism
W 3:30 pm - 6:20 pm
Peter Barta

Theories and practices of literary analysis and criticism.

SPAN 5356-001 Seminar in Hispanic Culture: Language, Image, and Power in Spain and Latin America
T 3:30 pm - 6:20 pm
Susan Larson

This course will take up the history, evolution and future of Luso-Hispanic Cultural Studies as both a discipline and a set of working practices. Cultural Studies offers powerful analytical tools with enormous pedagogical and political potential, ideas about how to strengthen our role as intellectuals within the increasingly privatizing university system and (last but not least) to connect to the real world. We will begin the course by considering culture as what Stuart Hall famously termed a site of "negotiation," as a space of give and take where intended meanings can be adapted and short-circuited. Hall's idea that "culture is one of the sites where this struggle for and against a culture of the powerful is engaged: it is also the stake to be won or lost in that struggle. [...] It is the arena of consent and resistance."

After establishing a handful of working Cultural Studies concepts, we will look at how Luso-Hispanic Cultural Studies has grown out of and radically reconsidered some of these concepts to address the many cultures of the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking world. We will divide our work between 1) the close analysis of cultural texts (written, visual, cinematic, aural) using cultural studies methodologies and 2) working together to create usable lesson plans for teaching such texts in the undergraduate classroom.

This course is meant for beginning MA students through doctoral students interested in learning how language, text and image are employed to create ideology and how to use these skills to engage in graduate-level research as well as in the undergraduate classroom. All students will be given the readings and visual content for the Fall course in digital form and streaming access to the films to be analyzed by late May, 2019. This course 'counts' for Latin American area credits for students who write their final projects about some aspect of Latin American culture, and Peninsular Spanish credit will be given to students writing about the culture of Spain. The course will limit itself to the study of culture since 1900.

This course takes place in conjunction with the conference of same name taking place on our campus on October 10-12, 2019. All enrolled with be expected to participate actively in the conference sessions, but are not required to present. We will have the opportunity to read the criticism of the keynote speakers.

  • Mabel Moraña (U of Washington, St. Louis)
    Latin American Cultural Studies: Where, When, Why?
  • Germán Labrador Méndez (Princeton U)
    New Directions in Iberian Cultural Studies?
    (Gloto)political Geographies of Hispanism After 2008
  • Mario Rufer (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana)
    Cultural Studies in Mexico: Toward a Disobedient Geneaology
  • Palmar Álvarez Blanco (Carlton College) and Steve Torres (U of Nebraska)
    Cultural Studies Counter-Practices of Emancipatory Research and Teaching

SPAN 5376-001 20th & 21st Spanish American: Latin American "BOOM" Novels
M 5:00 pm - 7:50 pm
Genaro Perez

During the 1960s several Spanish American writers, almost simultaneously, produce some of the most influential prose works written in Spanish in the 20th Century. Their novels and collection of short stories show a virtuoso technique and style that has dazzled a large reading public since then.

Some of the writers examined are: Carlos Fuentes (La muerte de Artemio Cruz); Julio Cortázar (Las babas del diablo y otros cuentos); José Donoso (El jardín de al lado); Mario Vargas Llosa (La casa verde); Gabriel García Márquez (El otoño del Patriarca); Rosario Castellanos (Oficio de tinieblas).

SPAN 5382-001 Spanish in the U.S.
R 3:30 pm - 6:20 pm
Rossy Lima

Spanish in the U.S. is a graduate course which offers an intensive introduction to critical topics in linguistic contact of Spanish-speaking communities with special emphasis on U.S. Spanish. This course identifies and explores common phenomena produced in contact communities and analyses linguistic outcomes associate it with this contact, such as linguistic transfer, code-switching, lexical transfer, grammatical convergence, as well as underlying processes associated with such phenomena: convergence/divergence, simplification, restructuring, congruence, among others. Our linguistic focus will be on the Spanish varieties in the U.S; in addition, the course will introduce sociolinguistic research methods in order to examine the different contact processes including those occurring in the Hispanic communities of South and West Texas.

SPAN 5385-001 Seminar in Hispanic Linguistics
M 5:00 pm - 7:50 pm
Brendan Regan

This course provides an overview of the phonological inventory of the Spanish language, the phonological processes and changes involved in sound change, current methodologies of phonological analysis, and finally, a brief survey of the sociophonological variation that exists throughout the Spanish-speaking world. Once equipped with terminology, the end of the course will focus on how to analyze the phonological changes present in bilingual situations of language contact, Heritage Spanish, and SLA. We will review both auditory and acoustic analysis, with special attention given to using Praat (the most commonly used phonetic analysis program). While several methodologies will be reviewed, a focus will be given to Laboratory Phonology approaches to sound change and variation. Students are expected to propose original research projects to examine a specific phonological hypothesis.

PORT 5342-001 Intensive Portuguese for Graduate Students II
MW 2:00 pm - 3:20 pm
Antonio Ladeira

Portuguese 5342 is the second part of a beginning intensive course of Portuguese for Graduate students proficient in Spanish. The course will include, in one semester, the materials taught in Portuguese 2301 and 2302 in addition to comparative approaches to Portuguese and Spanish relevant to Graduate students. The course will cover basic vocabulary, fundamentals of grammar and will introduce the cultures of the Portuguese/speaking countries around the world such as Brazil, Portugal, Cape-Verde, Angola, Mozambique, Guinea/Bissau. Practice in speaking, reading and writing will be attained through communicative activities. Students will also engage in discussions of scholarly materials relevant to their field of interest. Presentation of audio/visual materials and subsequent debate constitute an important feature of the course. The course includes the analysis of common and contrasting aspects of Portuguese and Spanish.

Readings in Portuguese. Class will be conducted in Portuguese. Satisfies requirements for MA/PhD minors in Portuguese at CMLL and it is geared toward students majoring in Spanish, Linguistics, etc.

Requirements: Requires completion of Portuguese 5341 or instructor's authorization.

PORT 5355-001 Readings in Luso-Brazilian Literature
R 3:30 pm - 6:20 pm
Antonio Ladeira

This course consists of an introduction to some of the main works by Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa. The course will focus on his poetry, fictional prose, and theater. Fernando Pessoa is considered one of the most influential figures in European Modernism.

The author will be studied in the larger context of Portuguese and European Modernism. Pessoa's contemporaries such as Mário de Sá-carneiro, Luís de Montalvor and Almada Negreiros; along with literary journals such as Orpheu and Contemporânea will be featured.

Topics include: Nationalities, Nationalisms, and Dictatorships, Race and Empire, Gender and Genre problems and considerations. Modernism and Avant-Gards, Art-for-Art sake vs. Engagée movements, Early twentieth-century culture, Comparative Modernisms in the Iberian Peninsula, Europe and Latin-America.

Predominant theoretical approaches will privilege cultural studies/gender studies/Post-colonial studies, although students may pursue any other theoretical orientations.

The class will be conducted in Portuguese.
It serves the Portuguese minor for MA/PhD students in Spanish.
Requirements: completion of Portuguese 5341, or instructor's authorization.