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Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Courses

Fall 2022-Summer 2023


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

SPAN 5355 Literature TBD  
SPAN 5385 Linguistics TBD  
SPAN 5341 Intensive Spanish for Graduate Research I TBD  
SPAN 5342 Intensive Spanish for Graduate Research II TBD  

CMLL Spanish Program

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