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H History & Transformation

B Borders & Contact 

I Identities & Communities

L Language at work & at play 



Spring 2019

SPAN 497 (MWF 1:25-2:15)
Modern Hispanic Short Story  
Matthew Marr

This course will offer an in-depth study of the genre of the modern (and, in some instances, postmodern) short story as cultivated—in Spanish—by some of Spain and Latin America’s most vibrant narrative voices of twentieth century through the present.  Primary texts will include selections by, among others, Horacio Quiroga, Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Juan Rulfo, Gabriel García Márquez, Camilo José Cela, Ana María Matute, Miguel Delibes, Juan Goytisolo, Rosa Montero, Javier Marías, and Juan José Millás.  Special attention will be given to the mechanics of form and suspense, as well as to an evolving aesthetics of “the real.”  The cultural referents at play in each short story will also be closely examined, as will transatlantic patterns of literary influence and cosmopolitanism (vs. regionalism) among the authors considered. 

Prerequisite: SPAN 253W

Important: When scheduling this course, select 3 credits. The course defaults to 1 credit in LionPATH, but when you are adding the course, you will see a small drop-down menu where you can change the Unit Value to 3 credits.

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SPAN 497 (MWF 12:20-1:10)
Playing with your mind: What linguists do to find out how humans learn and process language
Giulia Togato

Language is a vehicle that we use to express our personal and cultural norms and orientations. The whole essence of our thought as individuals is expressed through language. This course will explore the importance that language acquires in social interaction adopting a psycholinguistic approach. Psycholinguistics is the study of the psychological and neurobiological factors that enable humans to acquire, comprehend, process and produce language. Accordingly, the course will offer the possibility to explore the cognitive processes underlying language use (both in comprehension and production: at the lexical, syntactic and discourse level); the main empirical methods psychologists use to approach and analyze language competence will be reviewed. Hence, the main goal of this course will be to understand how the brain makes way for language learning, both for native and non-native languages. The relationship between language, cognition and culture will also be analyzed.  This course integrates traditional lecture classes and student-centered learning (i.e. lecture classes will always be matched with active exercises, both individual and collaborative).

Prerequisite: SPAN 215

Important: When scheduling this course, select 3 credits. The course defaults to 1 credit in LionPATH, but when you are adding the course, you will see a small drop-down menu where you can change the Unit Value to 3 credits.

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SPAN 497 (T & R 10:35-11:50)
Bilingualism in the U.S.: Acquisition, Cognition, & Community
Dora LaCasse

This course will focus on the study of bilingualism in the United States. We'll discover how bilinguals acquire their languages, how they manage their two languages, and how they use them, as members of bilingual communities. We will take a cross-disciplinary view, exploring major questions from both corpus-based and laboratory approaches. 

Prerequisite: SPAN 215

Important: When scheduling this course, select 3 credits. The course defaults to 1 credit in LionPATH, but when you are adding the course, you will see a small drop-down menu where you can change the Unit Value to 3 credits.

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SPAN 497 (T & R 12:05-1:20)
Don Quijote and Errant Subjects in a Global Context
Elizabeth Lagresa-González

This course examines Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra’s masterpiece Don Quijote de la Mancha, focusing on close readings and literary analysis of major themes such as reality/fiction, perspectivism/ ambiguity, and deeds/words, covering a range of topics from  gender and race relations to economic crises, religious turmoil and social inequality. Special emphasis will be placed on examining the representation of “others,” within the context of the expulsion of Jewish and Moorish minorities. The course will consider “errant” subjects in its two dimensions: as those straying from the accepted course, unacceptable actions; and traveling in search of adventure, a wondering journey. By applying a cross-disciplinary approach, Cervantes’ work will be discussed in relation to the artistic and historical context of renaissance and baroque Spain, drawing upon the visual arts and J.H. Elliott’s Imperial Spain, while deconstructing the different kinds of fiction — pastoral, picaresque, the Moorish novel, the Italian novella, and the romance of chivalry — that inhabit this novel.

Attesting to its global reach, Don Quijote has been influential to thinkers from Lukács to Foucault to Bakhtin to Girard to the Frankfurt School, and to writers from Nabokov to Borges to Flaubert to García Márquez and beyond. No other book, with the exception of the Bible, has been translated to more languages, or undergone more editions and reprints. A herald of modernity, Cervantes’ novel casts a vast influence on both Western and Latin American literature.

Prerequisite: SPAN 253W 

Important: When scheduling this course, select 3 credits. The course defaults to 1 credit in LionPATH, but when you are adding the course, you will see a small drop-down menu where you can change the Unit Value to 3 credits.

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SPAN 497 (T & R 1:35-2:50)

A Thousand Faces
María Izquierdo

In this course, we will develop our capacity to observe our surroundings in new ways and use the written word to manipulate different types of readers. We will also consider the introduction of images, gifs, and videos into the production of some of the stories that we will create. We will write stories as short as 140 characters, participating in Twiteratura, and as long as 6 pages. Topics discussed may be controversial, absurd, or sensitive in nature, and we will learn to navigate them while offering and receiving constructive criticism in a respectful manner.

Prerequisite: SPAN 253W

Important: When scheduling this course, select 3 credits. The course defaults to 1 credit in LionPATH, but when you are adding the course, you will see a small drop-down menu where you can change the Unit Value to 3 credits.

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