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Culture/Literature Track

A minimum of 60 credits beyond the bachelor’s degree are required for the Doctor of Philosophy of which a maximum of 30 can be transferred from another institution. For the courses and seminars to count towards the Ph.D. students must obtain a grade of B or higher. All students must take the following courses:

 
Hispanic Critical and Cultural Theory
Spanish as an Object of Historical Inquiry.
 
Students enrolled in the cultural and literary studies track must take
one course or seminar in each of the following areas:
 
Colonial Latin American literature
Contemporary Latin American literature
Early Modern Spanish or Portuguese Literature
Contemporary Iberian literature.
 
All students must follow a course of study approved by the Executive Officer.
 
First Examination
 
One out of the four sections of the First Examination must be written in English. Before completing more than 45 credits, students will be required to pass a written examination. The First Examination is given in Spanish and tests students’ ability to produce analyses of selected major works from different periods in the fields of Iberian and Latin American Literatures. Students must also show that they are capable of engaging in a critical dialogue with existing criticism on those same texts.

A list of 16 works selected by the Annual Examination Committee (8 in Peninsular and 8 in Latin American Literature, each accompanied by a list of secondary sources) will be made available no later than six months before the date set for the examination. The examination will consist of two parts: 1) Peninsular Literature and 2) Latin American. The examination in Peninsular Literature will be divided into four sections: 1. Medieval, 2. Renaissance and Baroque, 3. Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century, 4. Twentieth and Twenty First Century. Latin American Literature will be divided into four sections: 1. Colonial, 2. Nineteenth Century, 3. From Modernismo to Avant-garde, 4. Twenty and Twenty First centuries
 
Second Examination
 
After completing a minimum of 60 credits and fulfilling all other requirements, students must pass a second written examination. The examination will revolve around four areas:
 
Primary Area: it will be selected from one of the eight major areas listed below. This area will include all genres. The reading lists are available in HLBLL’s web page.
 
Secondary Area: it will be selected from the eight major areas listed below and should relate coherently to the primary and concentration areas. This area will include all genres. The reading lists are available in HLBLL’s web page.
 
Concentration Area: it should be closely related to the major area and selected according to each student’s research interests. This area may be defined by genre, movement, or topic, and must incorporate a unifying critical or theoretical perspective (see Critical/Theoretical Area below). The examination will be based on a list of at least 25 books or an equivalent number of texts to be selected by the student and the Chair of the Examination Committee. There can be no overlap between the readings included in the primary/secondary area lists and those included in the concentration area list.
 
Critical/Theoretical Area: it must relate coherently to the other areas. The examination will be based on a list of at least 25 books or an equivalent number of texts to be selected by the student and the Chair of the Examination Committee.
 
The eight major areas are (the reading lists for all eight major areas are posted in the program’s web page): Medieval; Renacimiento y Barroco; España: Siglos XVIII y XIX; España: Siglos XX y XXI; Colonial; Latinoamérica: Siglo XIX; Latinoamérica: De Modernismo a Vanguardia; Latinoamérica: Siglo XX.
 
Each student’s Examination Committee will consist of three faculty members appointed by the Executive Officer in consultation with the student. Ultimately, approval of the areas selected and reading lists will rest on each student's Examination Committee.