Texas Tech University

Spanish Graduate Courses

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2019

Spring

PORT 5341 Intensive Portuguese for Graduate Students I MW 6:30-7:50   Ladeira, Antonio
PORT 5355 Readings in Luso-Brazilian Literature MW 2-3:20   Ladeira, Antonio
SPAN 5343 Seminar in SLA T 3:30-6:20   Elola, Idoia & Vasseur, Raychel
  The purpose of this course is three-fold: (1) to continue reflecting on issues in second language acquisition related to Spanish; (2) to strengthen the students' foundation and understanding of the Spanish language (syntax, semantics, phonetics, phonology, etc.); and (3) to raise students' awareness of how second language learners of Spanish acquire the target language. In addition, students will be able to conduct research and write an article.
SPAN 5362 Golden Age Literature: Cervantes R 3:30-6:20   Beusterien, John
  The course will study Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra's El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha. Emphasis will be placed on close reading of the text. Students will also complete a research presentation and paper.
SPAN 5364 En torno a Fortunata y Jacinta: nación, género y espacio urbano TR 2-3:20   Pereira-Muro, Carmen
  Fortunata y Jacinta es, como el Quijote, como Cien años de soledad, un libro que cualquier estudiante de literatura española (cualquier amante de la literatura española) debe leer antes de morir. Escrita en 1886-1887, es una novela sorprendentemente fresca y moderna, llena de ironía, humanidad e increíble sofisticación narrativa. Además de las dos mujeres del título y todo un desfile de personajes inolvidables, la gran protagonista de la novela es la ciudad de Madrid. Durante los años en los que tiene lugar la trama, 1869-1876, España pasa por un agitado momento político (revolución, república, restauración monárquica), y experimenta la llegada de una modernidad, material y conceptual, que solo se implementará parcialmente. Lo viejo y lo nuevo conviven en un espacio urbano que inscribe y en el que se inscriben nuevos modelos de género sexual y nuevas relaciones de clase. Tanto la capital como la novela funcionan como una representación, una metonimia o un foro de debate de la realidad nacional.
En el curso nos dedicaremos a leer en exclusiva esta novela, acompañándola de selecciones de lecturas teóricas (Benedict Anderson—teoría de la nación--, David Harvey—marxismo y estudios urbanos--, Val Plummer –ecofeminismo--), críticas e históricas, que nos ayuden a contextualizar y buscar nuevas aproximaciones a este texto clásico. Al final del semestre veremos la serie televisiva Fortunata y Jacinta que se realizó en los 70, en plena transición española a la democracia –otro momento de grandes cambios--, para reflexionar sobre las adaptaciones a diferentes medios y el papel de los textos clásicos en la formación de la identidad nacional.
Como requisitos del curso: una dirección de clase, un ensayo (comentario de texto) de medio semestre, un trabajo de investigación final entendido como proceso (abstracto, bibliografía etc.).
SPAN 5370 The Cross and the Sword: Colonial Narratives of the Conquest of Mexico and Peru W 3:30-6:20   Guengerich, Sara
  In this course, we will study the narratives of the spiritual and military conquest of Mexico and Peru. These texts express a variety of perspectives coming from the conquistadors, missionaries, mestizos and Amerindians. The Spanish authors wrote reports (cartas de relación), chronicles and polemic essays to either justify, question or support the conquest. They attempted to conquer the natives through missionary theater, sermons and through visual arts. The mestizos and Amerindians, in turn, redefined the conquest and exalted their pre-Columbian culture by employing a combination of European literary genres and their own artistic traditions. We will examine the discursive conflicts that emerge from these two conquests paying special attention to the production of knowledge, the authority of the author and the concept of identity. The analysis of these texts as well as the reading of key secondary sources will help us understand the field of colonial literature, its historic transformations and the theories that support it.
SPAN 5384 SLA: Theory and Methods in Teaching Spanish as a Heritage Language MW 3:30-4:50   Lima, Rossy
SPAN 5385 Seminar in Spanish Linguistics: Spanish Sociophonetics MW 5-6:20   Regan, Brendan
  Sociophonetics is a relatively new field that "involves the integration of the principles, techniques, and theoretical frameworks of phonetics with those of sociolinguistics (Foulkes, Scobbie, & Watt 2010: 1). That is, a sociophonetic study encompasses a fine-grained acoustic analysis and experimental methodologies of the field of phonetics as well as the social theory and methodologies of the field of sociolinguistics. Scholars of sociophonetics are interested in both the production and perception of sociophonetic variation, change, and acquisition. This course aims to provide the student with an introduction to the empirical field of sociophonetics. Specifically, students will read high quality sociophonetic studies in relation to the Spanish language as well as participate in hands-on practical acoustic analyses using the program Praat. Students are expected to propose original research projects to examine sociophonetic hypotheses.

Summer I

SPAN 5355 Colonial Blackness: Race and Identity in the Spanish American Colonial World     Guengerich, Sara
  Blacks have been part of the Spanish American colonial encounter from the outset, playing essential roles in the configuration of both societies and cultures of all Latin American peoples. Yet, their voices and agency have been concealed and distorted in the literary and textual expressions of the period. This course will examine the voices, agency and identity construction of the African descendants that emerge from archival documents, legal treatises, chronicles religious literature, poetry, and visual documents. We will explore the racial politics of Church and State and the evolution of racial constraints at key moments of the colonial period.
Part of the class will be devoted to the study of theoretical articles on the concept of race and issues of subjectivity, identity and racial construction. Class discussion and most of the readings will be in English (and translations whenever possible). However, papers and written assignments can be written in Spanish or English.
The course will have a paleography training component for those students interested in consulting Spanish American archives from the period, and have reading proficiency in the language. Students that would like to pursue the Spanish Paleography training must register for the Spanish graduate credits.

Summer II

SPAN 5386 Seminar in SLA: Intercultural (Communicative) Competence     Vasseur, Raychel
  This course will provide an introduction to intercultural (communicative) competence and the theoretical and methodological tools needed to understand the tenets and implications of intercultural communication through both readings and hands-on activities. Goals of this course are the following: 1) Students will understand the basic terms and concepts of intercultural communication and what it means to be interculturally communicatively competent; 2) Students will reflect and develop their own intercultural (communicative) competence through hands-on activities, simulations, reflections, and discussions; 3) Students will learn a variety of activities to incorporate into their teaching to develop their students' intercultural (communicative) competence; and 4) Students will acquire skills to research and assess intercultural (communicative) competence. This course will be taught in English.