Graduate Courses

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Spanish Graduate Courses

Methodology of Spanish Language Teaching: Seminar and Practicum
This course offers an introduction to key terms, concepts and issues in the fields of second-language acquisition and language-teaching pedagogy as it relates to the teaching of Spanish and Portuguese. Students acquire knowledge, as well as develop and practice skills that prepare them to teach foreign languages, select content and create materials, assess student performance, and reflect upon their own teaching practice. The course's theoretical principles are applied to the teaching of the four linguistic skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The teaching of culture and use of new technologies are also addressed.
Instructors: Alberto Bruzos Moro
Seminar in Modern Spanish-American Literature: The Long 19th Century: Mimesis, Alterity, and Representation
This seminar explores the role of mimesis in political representation and state formation in Latin America, focusing on some of its most powerful and enduring symbolic articulations in the massive legal, literary, and scientific archive it generated during the nineteenth century-a long and turbulent century, characterized by revolutions, mass political mobilization, subaltern uprisings,utopian thinking, and sweeping modernization. Drawing upon Taussig's work on mimesis and alterity, we study how the modern political produces spaces of equality and of extreme differentiation.
Instructors: Maria Gabriela Nouzeilles
Seminar in Colonial Spanish American Literature: Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency in the (Colonial) Andes
How do we theorize the practices of insurgency and resistance, apostasy and heresy, riots and boycotts? How are they recorded, if at all? Can they write themselves? We explore seminal texts of Colonial Latin America, with a focus on the Andes, to examine how these are both inscribed and erased from the Archive and, in so doing, question the category of the "colonial" itself and the various prefixes associated with it. Primary authors include Las Casas, Francisco de la Cruz (heretic), Vargas Machuca, Guaman Poma de Ayala, Francisco Vásquez, and Lope de Aguirre; theoretical works by Guha, De Certeau, Clover, and Hardt and Negri's Assembly, etc.
Instructors: Nicole D. Legnani
May Days: Fifty Years of Iberian Countercultures (1968-2018)
This course seeks to analyze the cultural and political aftermaths of 1968's historical events in the Iberian Peninsula. Fifty years after the French May, the Prague Spring, the Tlatelolco massacre and the California's «summer of love», this seminar analyzes the theoretical, artistic and cultural heritages of the Sixties in the Iberian worlds. Among the topics to be explored are: psychedelic art, Civil Rights movement, utopia, Carnation revolution, the Spanish transition to democracy, neoliberalism and creative capitalism.
Instructors: Germán Labrador Méndez

Portuguese Graduate Courses

Luso-Brazilian Seminar: #leiamulheres
Responding to the #readwomen movements across the world, we will discuss a possible feminine or feminist canon of Brazilian literature and culture. Readings include the poetry of Sappho translated into Portuguese, contemporary poetry and fiction, erotic literature, as well as canonical and controversial writings such as those of Clarice Lispector and Carolina Maria de Jesus. Cinema includes Yasmin Thayná, Petra Costa and Daniela Thomas.
Instructors: Pedro Meira Monteiro