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Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Courses

Fall 2022-Spring 2024


Fall 2022

SPAN 5343/LING 5330 Intro to SLA   Michelson  
LING 5312 Intro. to Ling   Lee  
SPAN 5352 Methods of Literary Criticism   Barta  
SPAN 5355 Horror Fiction in the Hispanic World   Cole  
SPAN 5362 Golden Age R, 3-5:30pm  Beusterien  

Animal Lives: The Environmental Humanities in Medieval and Early Modern Literature from Spain

Scholars have increasingly recognized the importance of the humanities, particularly literary studies, in addressing the environmental crisis.  Golden Age Literature (Spanish 5362) joins the environmental humanities by focusing on literature from medieval and early modern Spain. It pays special attention to how the study of literature gives students tools to better understand and empathize with the lives of real, individual animals.

Course counts toward Certificate in Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

SPAN 5389 QuantitativeSociolinguistics   Regan  
PORT 5342 Intensive Portuguese II   Ladeira  
PORT 5355 Luso-Brazilian Lit. and Culture  


LING 5322 Theoretical and Research Foundations of Second Language Teaching  TR 11:00 am - 12:20 pm



LING 5322 introduces students to the fundamentals of second language (L2) and foreign language (FL) teaching, with an emphasis on the following: (a) general principles of instructed language learning; (b) developing interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational communications; (c) L2 vocabulary and grammar instruction; (d) oral and written corrective feedback; (e) curriculum design; and (f) assessment practices. Through a combination of peer discussion, critical evaluations of teaching practices/materials, and hands-on experience in designing instructional materials, students will develop a professional portfolio that consists of a set of materials representing their teaching practices as second/foreign language teachers. This course will be conducted in English.

Spring 2023

SPAN 5364 19th Century Peninsular


SPAN 5369 Peninsular Narratives Since 1898



A close look at the history of the academic discipline of Geography in Spain since the nineteenth century reveals that the ‘regenerationist' discourses of modernization that gave voice to a national and nationalist geographical project were backed by an ideology that simultaneously pushed for socioeconomic restructuring and cultural revival in ways that were closely connected to ideas about territory, land and landscape. Since the 1960s, the subdiscipline of Cultural Geography began to draw on key concepts from Cultural and Urban Studies, Philosophy, Critical Theory, Postcolonial Studies, Feminism and Queer Theory in an attempt to get beyond the many forms of environmental determinism that have run through the broader discipline of Geography, in Spain and elsewhere. After an overview of the basic premises of Cultural Geography as a discipline and a consideration of a number of place-based cultural theories important in Spain since 1898, we will look at how literature and film have oftentimes opened the door to more productive, inclusive, and non-essentialist discussions about space and place. 

This course will be divided into three thematic segments: 1) the rural; 2) the urban; and 3) the significant weakening of the rural / urban divide in the age of the Anthropocene. The coursework will culminate with the turning in of a final research paper that has been overseen by the professor throughout the semester. Close attention will be paid to developing basic research and writing skills and how to present one's research. The reading / viewing list will be finalized after the course registration period is over, (before Winter Break) and after Professor Larson and the enrolled students can discuss their research and writing goals for the semester. 

SPAN 5370 The Women of Colonial Latin America   Guengerich  
SPAN 5376

Cultural Studies Beyond the Human: Zombies, Humanimals and Earth-Beings in the Plantation Americas  Tuesday 3:00-5:50 Shepard  
Recent developments in posthumanism, new materialism and the environmental humanities have challenged cultural studies to move “beyond the human.” Many of the concerns that animate these emergent fields—such as the limits of the humanist concept of Man, the imbrication of human life in more-than-human ecologies, and the ways in which environmental systems shape (and are shaped by) notions of race, class, gender and sexuality—have long been at the forefront of Latin American responses to the Plantation and its afterlives. Beginning with the novela de la caña and moving through contemporary works of literature, film and visual/performance art, this course examines how plantations figure as spaces through which writers and artists register and contest anthropocentric ideas of life, humanity, animality and (re)productivity. Special attention will be given to the counter-plantation futures envisioned by Afro-descendant and Indigenous cultural practitioners, particularly as they articulate interspecies and trans-corporeal solidarities that erode the settler-colonial epistemologies sustaining extractive economies. We will consider the points of convergence and divergence between these interventions and academic debates in the environmental humanities, with the ultimate goal of interrogating the future of cultural studies in times of climate crisis.    
SPAN 5383 Language Contact/Bilingualism


SPAN 5385


SPAN 5385 Raciolinguistics


PORT 5341 Intensive Portuguese I Tuesday 3:00-5:50 Ladeira  
PORT 5355 Readings in Luzo-Brazilian Culture Friday,

Summer 2023

CMLL 5305

Fundamentals of Research & Scholarship Academic Communication in Language Studies



This course helps graduate students in language studies develop the skills essential to becoming more effective communicators in the academic world.  The course consists of two parts. In the first half of the semester, the students will analyze texts in their respective disciplines, perform small writing tasks and discuss different aspects of the texts. Activities will be based on the course book Academic writing for graduate students: Essential tasks and skills (Swales & Feak) and on published articles the students bring from their respective fields. These assignments will help students better understand, identify, and analyze the rhetorical situations of academic texts in their disciplines, and also become familiar with the conventions of specific genres in language studies, such as commentaries, abstracts, summaries, critiques and annotated bibliographies. Additional topics will include practical strategies for organizing and developing thoughts, writing concisely in an academic style, proofreading, and avoiding plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty. In the second half of the course, the students will use these techniques to draft a research proposal with feedback from other class members and the instructor. Students will be able to tailor the opportunities provided by the course to their own area of language studies.

SPAN 5341 Intensive Spanish for Graduate Research I TBD  
SPAN 5342 Intensive Spanish for Graduate Research II TBD  

Fall 2023

SPAN 5340

Spanish Language and Linguistics



SPAN 5352 Methods of Literary Criticism Monday,

This course is a requirement for MA and PhD students beginning the Spanish graduate program in Fall 2023

Methods of Literary (and Cultural Studies) Criticism is meant to 1) familiarize students with the vocabulary, basic concepts, and common uses of a range of theoretical approaches in Luso-Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies; 2) deploy some of these concepts in our own readings of written and visual cultural forms, and; 3) enable students to begin to define their own identity as cultural critics and scholars and to begin to express that identity in their research and teaching. This course will be conducted primarily in Spanish, although a number of the secondary readings will be in English.

SPAN5355/PORT5307 Latin American Lit Wednesday,

This class focuses on Decolonial Theory. We will pay special attention to theorists who deal with race and gender issues in Latin America. The preliminary reading list includes: 

The readings will be available in Spanish or Portuguese, and English, depending on the interests, and qualifications of the students.

SPAN 5370 Colonial Latin America Thursday, 

Scholars and activists claim that today's status of women in Latin America stems from a colonial legacy of gender and sexual repression. Yet, the position of women and men in any society is a social construct, rather than a fixed state. From the time when native, African and European peoples met in the era of conquest, cultural ideas about appropriate behavior for men and women played a critical role in the negotiation of social and political life. Despite the attempts of the colonial ruling elite to prescribe gender roles, most people resisted elite notions of gender propriety and instead created their own codes of conduct. This course examines the sources, methodologies and theoretical approaches that shape the studies of gender in Colonial Spanish America. The readings represent ethnic, racial and class-based distinctions among women, and emphasize the importance of using diverse approaches to read women's experiences in literary and historical accounts. Students will read and discuss both primary and secondary sources to understand how gender is conceived and written.

Note: The course will have a paleography training component for those students interested in reading and researching historical documents from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries, and have reading proficiency in the Spanish language. Students that would like to pursue the Spanish Paleography training must register for the Spanish graduate credits.

SPAN 5376 20th and 21st Century Spanish American Prose: The Mexican Novel

4:00 - 6:50


This seminar studies the Mexican novel in its encounters with global capitalism and neoliberalization. Focusing on two corpora of contemporary Mexican literature, Onda and Crack, we will examine the capabilities of the novel form to periodize transition, crisis, unevenness, scarcity, and adjustment. We will consider how, in the aftermath of 1968, Onda and Crack novels offer two different solutions to the problem posed by the foreclosure of national development and the advent of globalization. What does the formal tension between realist and modernist elements in these novels tell us about their uniquely peripheral instantiation of world-systemic processes? How do these novels scale the relational structures of global capitalism? How do the formal patterns of the Mexican novel make capitalism's uneven and combined development available for conceptualization? 

LING 4335/LING5312 Linguistics for L2 Educators TR,
LING 5322 Research and Foundations of L2 Teaching TR 
LING 5325 Technology in L2 Teaching TR
LING 5330 L2 Acquisition Wednesday,

SPAN 5385

Sem in Hispanic Linguistics: Understanding the Heritage speaker: Theoretical and pedagogical perspectives 


Spring 2024

SPAN 5370

Dialogues in Latinx Studies



SPAN 5356 Performing Queer Indigeneties TBA Shepard
SPAN 5355 Hispanic Crime Fiction TBA Cole
SPAN 5385 Prosody & Intonation TBA Rogers
SPAN 5385  Theoretical & Pedagogical perspectives TBA Guerrero
SPAN 5385 Multiliteracies, Multilingualism
& Communication
TBA Elola
LING 5385/
Eye tracking in L2 learning &
teaching contexts


CMLL Spanish Program

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