Texas Tech University

Spanish Graduate Courses

Fall 2016

LING 5322.002
TR 3:30-4:50 PM
FL 103
Foundations of Language Teaching Tecedor
SPAN 5352/CMLL 5302
W 3:00-5:50PM
FL 255
Literary Theory
Theories and practices of literary analysis and criticism with emphasis on critical/analytical thinking, reading and writing. The course makes students conscious of their own existing reliance on theory and develops their awareness and control over ideologically driven discursive practices that underpin interpretation. A systematic study of the prominent theoretical school that have influenced our understanding of the humanities and cultural production over the past 60 years will be complemented by student-led discussion of specific texts: theoretical concepts will be put to use for interpretation.
SPAN 5354
M 6:00-8:50PM
FL 106
Hispanic Literary Concepts Zamora
SPAN 5361
T 6:00-8:50PM
FL 106
Medieval Literature
The Funny Middle Ages. This course will put to rest the idea that the Middle Ages were dark, violent, and primitive and that Medieval literature is boring and inaccessible. We will study in depth, instances of mirth, laughter, bawdy humor, and jokes in selected works from Medieval Spain. We will also study major theorists who have written about humor, including Freud, Bergson, Ménard, Le Goff, and Adolf. Selections from Poema del Cid, Libro de buen amor, Celestina, Milagros de Nuestra Señora, El conde Lucano, Cantigas de Santa Maria, El corbacho, and Cárcel de amor. Although esthetic sensibilities may have changed, what makes us laugh seems to endure as this course will show.
SPAN 5343
TR 2:00-3:20PM
FL 114
Second Language Acquisition I
The purpose of this course is three-fold: (1) to provide an overview of 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 design a research proposal and conduct research, the results of which can be applied in their language classes and future graduate work.
SPAN 5340
W 4:00-6:50PM
FL 102
This course is an introduction to Generative syntactic theory. After becoming familiar with some basic terms and concepts, we will learn about the structural properties of language: principles that govern phrase structure (the composition of phrases and sentences), movement (dependencies between syntactic constituents), and binding (the interpretation of different types of noun phrases).
SPAN 5376
W 6:00-8:50PM
FL 116
20th-21st Centuries Latin American Literature
The class will examine the narrative of most of the canonical figures of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries. The students will prepare a term paper on other significant writers not covered in class. Eduardo Mallea, Todo verdor perecerá (1941).
Jorge Luis Borges, “Emma Zunz,” “Las ruinas circulares.” Ernesto Sábato, El túnel (1948). Carlos Fuentes, Aura (1962). Mario Vargas Llosa, La casa verde (1965). Julio Cortázar, “Las babas del diablo.” Manuel Puig, La traición de Rita Hayworth (1968). Gabriel García Márquez, El otoño del patriarca (1975). Rosario Ferré, “La muñeca menor.” José Donoso, El jardín de al lado (1981). Roberto Bolaño, Los detectives salvajes (2010). Pedro Juan Gutiérrez, Trilogía sucia de la Havana (2015).

Summer - 2016

Summer 1

SPAN 5385: Spanish Applied Linguistics (Dr. Elola)
M-F 2:00-3:50

Have you ever thought about why there are so many irregular verbs in the preterit in Spanish? Or how can we teach the subjunctive if we do not know that subjunctive verbs can appear in adjectival clauses or nominal clauses? This course addresses topics such as these (and many more) so your teaching can be better informed and consequently your explanations can make more sense to your students. This is not a method's class, but a class in which you will be able to reflect on grammar and other linguistic areas that you may be teaching now or will teach in your future classes. If you are not sure how to explain certain grammatical issues or you do not feel prepared to teach upper-level courses, this is a class from which you will certainly benefit.

Summer 2

SPAN 5355: Cinematic Adaptations of Contemporary Latin American Masterpieces (Dr. Cole)
M-F 2:00- 3:50

Since its appearance in the cultural landscape of Latin America, cinema has become a very valuable art form. The relationship between literature and film has influence both by having authors write in a cinematic style and filmmakers adapting various texts. The purpose of this course is to explore the way in which filmmakers have adapted various contemporary literary masterpieces. Students will acquire, not only the tools to analyze literary texts, but the ones needed to study films from a critical point of view.

Doña Bárbara de Rómulo Gallegos
Sin tetas no hay paraíso de Gustavo Bolívar Moreno
La ciudad y los perros de Mario Vargas Llosa
Short Stories:
Seva de Luis López Nieves
La guagua aérea de Luis Rafael Sánchez
María Antonia de Eugenio Hernández Espinosa
Sexo pudor y lágrimas de Antonio Serrano


Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures