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Fall 2019

PH.D. PROGRAM IN LATIN AMERICAN, IBERIAN, AND LATINO CULTURES
FALL 2019 – COURSE LISTINGS
THREE-CREDITS
 
SPAN 70100 – Spanish as a Historical Problem
GC: Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Prof. José del Valle, room 3306
 
SPAN 70200 – Critical Theory
GC: Monday, 4:15-6:15 p.m., Prof. Silvia Dapía, room 4419
 
SPAN 80100 – Climate Change and Discursive Framing
GC: Tuesday, 11:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m., Prof. José del Valle and Prof. David Lindo Atichati, room 3309
 
SPAN 80100 - What’s in a Name?
GC: Thursday, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Prof. Ariana Mangual Figueroa, room 3305
 
SPAN 85000 – Lorca, Buñuel, Dalí: teatro, cine, arte
GC: Wednesday, 4:15-6:15 p.m., Prof. Paul Julian Smith, room 4422
 
SPAN 87000 – Contemporary Spanish & Mexican Cinema & Television
GC: Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Prof. Paul Julian Smith, room 4422
 
SPAN 87100 – Periodismo narrativo y ficción literaria en el México neoliberal: Políticas escriturales, estado de excepción y la industria cultural trasnacional 
GC: Monday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Prof. Oswaldo Zavala, room 4422
 
 
ONE-CREDIT MINI-SEMINARS
 
SPAN  87200 – Bullets and Letters: Post-ETA Euskadi and the Arts
GC: Monday, 10/7/2019 – Friday, 10/11/2019, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Prof. Annabel Martín, room 4116.18
(Atxaga Chair)
 
SPAN 87200 – Castellano y catalán en Cataluña: cuestiones normativas, estatus y actitudes lingüísticas
GC: Monday, 9/23/2019 – Friday, 9/27/2019, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Prof. Carsten Sinner, room 4116.18
(Rodoreda Chair)

SEE ALSO
 
SPAN 88800 – Dissertation Seminar
GC: Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Prof. Silvia Dapía

FALL 2019 – COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 
SPAN 70100 – Spanish as a Historical Problem
GC: Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Prof. José del Valle
 
Este curso propone un recorrido por varias articulaciones de la lengua española y la historia; una lectura a contrapelo –por momentos acaso irónica– sobre las estrategias de constitución del objeto "lengua española" bajo condiciones disciplinarias y políticas diversas. La perspectiva glotopolítica que aquí se adopta invita a aproximarse de manera reflexiva y crítica a las conceptualizaciones del lenguaje y a las formas de producción de conocimiento que configuran como objetos –y objectos de estudio– legítimos, por ejemplo, la emergencia histórica del español como “lengua”, su evolución orgánica, su forma correcta y las circunstancias de su propagación por la Península Ibérica, por el continente americano and beyond. La propuesta consiste en abordar discursos culturales, órdenes disciplinarios y proyectos políticos a través del estudio de la lengua española como práctica social y de sus representaciones ideológicas.
 
SPAN 70200 – Critical Theory
GC: Monday, 4:15-6:15 p.m., Prof. Silvia Dapía

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the main concepts, debates, and currents of contemporary theory central to the study of literary texts and other cultural objects while providing historical and philosophical understanding of those concepts, theories, and debates. We will discuss and contextualize the latest developments with regard to Memory and Human Rights, Performance and Subjectivity, Empire and Coloniality, and State and Nation, the four critical areas of the graduate program’s required First Examination, exploring the way in which fundamental assumptions are at stake. Our studies include theorists and thinkers such as Giorgio Agamben, Linda Alcoff, Aleida Assmann, Judith Butler, Enrique Dussel, Walter Mignolo, Anibal Quijano, Michael Rothberg, León Rozitchner, Edward Said, and Beatriz Sarlo, among others. We will use Latin American literary texts and other cultural objects to “test” the theories under discussion. The course attempts to give students the “tools” to continue their own explorations in this field of study.

SPAN 80100 – Climate Change and Discursive Framing
GC: Tuesday, 11:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m., Prof. José del Valle and Prof. David Lindo Atichati
 
This course examines how scientific literature on climate change is discursively framed, how it becomes reframed as it travels to the social spaces where public opinion is negotiated, and how those linguistic and textual strategies shape and are shaped by the political economy of climate debates, that is, by the specific geopolitical and social positions of the different stake-holders. The climate literature produced by the specialized sciences is vast and not easy to transfer, on one hand, to the academic realm of the humanities and, on the other, to the complex public sphere where issues of political importance are selected and debated. Moreover, when climatologists disagree on the best ways to define climate phenomena or even their actual existence, it is difficult for the main political and social actors to assess the merit of the scientific discourse. We provide a discussion-style class of key emerging issues related to climate change using a critical discourse approach. Capitalizing on two weekly readings, students will infer the discursive features of the climate change debate, aiming at understanding the concepts that revolve around climate change in different political and social contexts. To that end, students will compare the diverse discursive patterns regarding climate change published in scientific journals (e.g. Science) with those published in journals and newspapers oriented towards a wider audience (e.g., The New Yorker). These pairwise comparisons will be drawn synchronically and diachronically. We will also (1) analyze the discursive frameworks in the scientific and public spheres; (2) explore the different mechanisms used to transfer scientific knowledge and social knowledge; and (3) tackle the geopolitical meridional differences in climate change discourses by making students present and comment on specific manuscripts published both in the United States and Latin America.
 
SPAN 80100 - What’s in a Name?
GC: Thursday, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Prof. Ariana Mangual Figueroa
 
This seminar explores the significance of names and naming practices as they relate to the study of language and identity. Drawing on social theory from diverse intellectual traditions, we will consider the following questions: How do we reconcile the tension between essentialization and variation inherent in identifying and naming cultural practices? What is at stake in adopting or applying certain typifying labels over others, and how do these labels signify in the broader sociopolitical context? What term or terms have been, and could be, used to represent the shifting and growing population of Spanish-speakers living in the United States? Using these as guiding questions for shared inquiry, we will simultaneously explore the significance of names while naming those theories that we employ in our own scholarship. We will develop critical perspectives on the significance of names by considering contemporary debates across the domains of schooling, demography, and contemporary politics.
 
SPAN 85000 – Lorca, Buñuel, Dalí: teatro, cine, arte
GC: Wednesday, 4:15-6:15 p.m., Prof. Paul Julian Smith
 
This course treats the drama of Federico García Lorca, the silent and Spanish-language films of Buñuel, and some fine art works by Dalí. It also involves close reading of literary, cinematic and fine art texts and analysis of the voluminous and contradictory body of criticism on those texts. It also addresses such questions as tradition and modernity; the city and the country; and the biopic in film and television. The question of intermediality, or the relation between different media, will be examined in its historical and theoretical dimensions. The course will graded by final paper (50%), midterm exam (25%), and final presentation, weekly postings to course website and oral contribution to class  (25%).

SPAN 87000 – Contemporary Spanish & Mexican Cinema & Television
GC: Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Prof. Paul Julian Smith
 
This course compares and contrasts Spanish and Mexican cinema and television of the last three decades. The course will address four topics in film: the replaying of history, cinematic genres and auteurism, gender and sexuality, and nationality and transnationalism; and will further study aspects of television fiction. Feature films will be viewed in subtitled versions and English-language synopses will be provided of TV episodes. Methodology will embrace analysis of the audiovisual industry, film form, and theory. Grading is by written exam (25%), student oral participation and presentation (25%) and final paper (50%). ​
 
SPAN 87100 – Periodismo narrativo y ficción literaria en el México neoliberal: Políticas escriturales, estado de excepción y la industria cultural trasnacional 
GC: Monday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Prof. Oswaldo Zavala
 
Este seminario examinará la relación entre el periodismo narrativo y la escritura de ficción de las últimas dos décadas en México en el contexto de la “guerra contra el narco”, el neoliberalismo y la violencia de estado. Se considerarán estos objetos a partir de una crítica de la industria cultural trasnacional y las lógicas de consumo de investigaciones periodísticas y obras literarias. Se analizará también la construcción de formas hegemónicas de representación de la violencia y la manera en que son internalizadas por los campos de producción cultural.    
 
 ONE-CREDIT MINI-SEMINARS
 
SPAN  87200 – Bullets and Letters: Post-ETA Euskadi and the Arts
GC: Monday, 10/7/2019 – Friday, 10/11/2019, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Prof. Annabel Martín
(Atxaga Chair)
 
This mini seminar will focus on Basque culture produced in response to ETA terrorism.  We will study the ideology that governs nationalist discourses, understand the relation between identity and violence, and find in the arts (literature, film, painting, and sculpture) a reason to make the humanities one of the legs upon which peace and reconciliation rest.  Documents include interviews and writings by former ETA militants and victims.
 
Globalization has caused an important paradigmatic shift in how "small" cultures are studied and addressed.  Small in number but not in significance in current European discussions on democracy and terrorism, the Basque context is proof that the postnationalist turn that tends to govern how we think about ourselves in an ever more interconnected world actually clashes with how we experience our lives on the smaller scale of the everyday. The persistence of ETA terrorism (1959-2009), its death toll of nearly 1000 lives, and a very special turn to reconciliation and memory by many political and cultural actors makes this a timely seminar give how cultural productions and their textual strategies are contributing in new and exciting ways to processes geared towards peace and coexistence.  The following topics will be addressed: the underlying ideological paradigms that govern nationalist discourses, the gendered relation between identity and violence, and what the arts (literature, film, painting, and sculpture) and experiences of restorative justice share in regard to their efforts geared toward peace and reconciliation. Special emphasis will be placed on the Nanclares de Oca process and interviews by former ETA militants and victims.  Texts include literature by Atxaga, Etxenike, and Zaizarbitoria; films and documentaries by Medem, Ortega, Merino, and Taberna; and artwork by Ameztoy and Ibarrola. We will also have the special opportunity of having Bernardo Atxaga, Luisa Etxenike, Helena Taberna, and Esther Pascual (ETA mediator) in conversation. 

SPAN 87200 – Castellano y catalán en Cataluña: cuestiones normativas, estatus y actitudes lingüísticas
GC: Monday, 9/23/2019 – Friday, 9/27/2019, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Prof. Carsten Sinner
(Rodoreda Chair)
 
En el curso, se tratarán, partiendo de una breve historia del contacto lingüístico entre las dos lenguas románicas, el desarrollo de catalán y castellano en Cataluña y la formación de la arquitectura lingüística actual en esta región. Se analizarán la formación de normas de uso y el estatus de las diferentes variedades presentes en Cataluña y se estudiará el papel de las actitudes lingüísticas de los hablantes.