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Spring 2017

SPRING 2017 – COURSE LISTINGS
THREE-CREDITS
 
SPAN 70100 – Spanish as Historical Problem
GC: Wednesday, 2:00-4:00 p.m., 3 credits, Prof. del Valle, []
 
SPAN 80000 – Exploring Translanguaging: A Critical Sociolinguistic Perspective on Language, Bilingualism and Education
GC: Tuesday, 2:00-4:00 p.m., 3 credits, Prof. García, []
 
SPAN 80100 – New York City English
GC: Tuesday, 11:45-1:45 p.m., 3 credits, Prof. Newman, []
 
SPAN 82200 – Las sátiras de Quevedo: transmisión, fuentes y recepción
GC: Thursday, 4:15-6:15 p.m., 3 credits, Prof. Schwartz, []
 
SPAN 86000 – Cultures of War in the Nineteenth Century
GC: Tuesday, 4:15-6:15 p.m., 3 credits, Prof. Degiovanni, []
 
SPAN 87000 – Race, Ethnicity, Immigration and Diaspora in Contemporary Spanish Culture
GC: Mondays, 6:30:-8:30 p.m., 3 credits, Prof. Ballesteros, []
 
SPAN 87100 – Theorizing the Border in Latin@ America 
GC: Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 3 credits, Prof. Peréz Rosario, []
 
SPAN 87100 – Cinema & Television in Contemporary Mexico
GC: Wednesday, 4:15-6:15 p.m., 3 credits, Prof. Smith, []
 
 
ONE-CREDIT MINI-SEMINARS
 
SPAN 87500 – Dinámicas Normativas en el ámbito “galego-luso-brasileiro
GC: March 6-10, 2017, 11:00-1:00 p.m., 1 credit, Prof. Xoán Carlos Lagares Diez, []
 
SPAN 87000 – Contemporary Catalan Drama: A New Cosmopitanism
GC: March 27-31, 2017, 11:00-1:00 p.m., 1 credit, Prof. Sharon G. Feldman, []
 
SPAN 87300 – El microrrelato en las cuatro lenguas oficiales de España. Teoría y práctica
GC: May 4 & 5, 2017, 10:00-1:30 p.m., May 6, 2017, 10:00-1:00 p.m., 1 credit, Prof. Irene Andrés Suárez, []
 
 
SEE ALSO
 
SPAN 88800 – Dissertation Seminar
GC: Monday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 0 credit, Prof. Degiovanni, []

ART 85000 - Material Culture and the Arts of the Early Modern Iberian World
GC:  Monday, 2:00-4:00, Prof. Amanda Wunder
, ajwunder@gmail.com []

CL 86500 - Lorca, Buñuel, Dalí, Theater, Film, Painting
GC:  Wednesdays, 6:30pm-8:30pm,  Prof. Paul Julian Smith


 
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
 
THREE-CREDITS
 
SPAN 70100 – Spanish as Historical Problem
GC: Wednesday, 2:00-4:00 p.m., 3 credits, Prof. del Valle, []
 
Este curso propone un recorrido por varias articulaciones de la lengua española y la historia; una mirada acaso irónica sobre las estrategias de constitución del objeto bajo condiciones disciplinarias y políticas diversas. Nos detendremos en la “Gramática Histórica”, en la “Historia de la Lengua”, en la “Historia Social” y en la “Historia Política de la Lengua”, que, aunque vislumbran objetos lingüísticos sólo parcialmente coincidentes, los encuadran sin embargo en una misma ventana cronológica que va desde los tiempos en que el latín fue introducido en la Península Ibérica hasta el momento actual, cuando aún el valor de la unidad y el significado simbólico del español en el mundo reciben atención privilegiada dentro y fuera de las disciplinas que se ocupan del estudio del lenguaje. Por lo tanto, este curso no se plantea reproducir la descripción de la historia de la lengua como un proceso de evolución lineal de unidades y sistemas fónicos, morfológicos y sintácticos; no se propone tampoco señalar los hitos culturales y políticos que puntúan el proceso de la cristalización de la lengua; no apuesta ni siquiera por identificar fenómenos sociolingüísticos –tales como la variación, el bilingüismo, la diglosia o la estandarización– que inciden sobre la evolución del idioma. La perspectiva aquí adoptada invita a aproximarse de manera reflexiva y crítica a las articulaciones de lenguaje e historia, a las disciplinas mismas que configuran como objetos de estudio la emergencia histórica del español como “lengua”, su evolución orgánica y las circunstancias pasadas y presentes de su propagación por la Península Ibérica y por el continente americano.
 
SPAN 80000 – Exploring Translanguaging: A Critical Sociolinguistic Perspective on Language, Bilingualism and Education
GC: Tuesday, 2:00-4:00 p.m., 3 credits, Prof. García, []
 
All educators need to understand the ways in which language operates in education.  Traditionally language has been understood as simply “named languages,” bidialectism as two “named dialects,” and bilingualism as two “named languages.”  The concept of translaguaging disrupts these modernist and structural understandings of language.  Taking a critical poststructural sociolinguistic stance, this seminar questions the assumptions about language and language diversity that are prevalent in contemporary schooling.  The seminar will include theoretical perspectives that led to the theory of translanguaging, as well as the ways in which these concepts transform practice in education.
 
SPAN 80100 – New York City English
GC: Tuesday, 11:45-1:45 p.m., 3 credits, Prof. Newman, []
 
The proposed course will provide an overview of the English characteristic of the New York Dialect Region with attention to all linguistic levels: Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, and Discourse mainly from a variationist sociolinguistic perspective. In consequence, forms characteristic of New York City English (NYCE) will be contrasted with features of related varieties and internal variation by social class and ethnicity will be explored in depth. Students will perform original research. Projects may use and contribute to the current Corpus of New York City English project undertaken by me and three other CUNY faculty, involve archival work on the history of the English spoken in the city, or explore attitudes towards NYCE through experimental subjective response tests.
 
SPAN 82200 – Las sátiras de Quevedo: transmisión, fuentes y recepción
GC: Thursday, 4:15-6:15 p.m., 3 credits, Prof. Schwartz, []
 
Las estudiaremos en cuanto a su transmisión: su circulación en manuscrito  en las primeras décadas del siglo XVII y más tarde, una breve historia de las primeras ediciones. En segundo lugar, se las examinará  desde la perspectiva del género literario: sátiras grecolatinas y sátiras españolas con las que se relaciona. Finalmente se considerará la recepción de estos textos en su época: tipos humanos representados, crítica de costumbres y especialmente, los rasgos centrales de la crítica política de Quevedo,  desde perspectivas ideológicas neo estoicas.
 
SPAN 86000 – Cultures of War in the Nineteenth Century
GC: Tuesday, 4:15-6:15 p.m., 3 credits, Prof. Degiovanni, []
 
Revolutionary wars, civil wars, regional wars; wars against imperial armies, wars against native populations, wars against political opponents, wars against neighboring countries: the deployment of military force and the militarization of life are recurrent facts in nineteenth-century Latin America--and, therefore, topics persistently discussed by writers and artists.  We will focus on the role that technology, labor, travel, medicalization, gender and desire played in narrating subjects and territories, particularly in the Southern Cone. Special attention will be paid to decisive conflicts with regional implications: the Wars of Independence, the campaigns to eradicate indigenous groups, and the Paraguayan War (Guerra Grande/Guerra de la Triple Alianza).  Reading will include works by writers Esteban Echeverría, Domingo F. Sarmiento, Juana Manuela Gorriti, José Hernández, Lucio V. Mansilla, Eduardo Gutiérrez, and theorists Michel Foucault, Giles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, Paul Virilio and Fredic Jameson. We will also discuss the visual production of artists José Gil de Castro, Johann Moritz Rugendas, Ángel Della Valle, Cándido Lopez, and Juan Manuel Blanes.
 
SPAN 87000 – Race, Ethnicity, Immigration and Diaspora in Contemporary Spanish Culture
GC: Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 3 credits, Prof. Ballesteros, []
 
This course studies the representation of immigrants and diasporic subjects, and of xenophobia and racism towards ethnic and racial minorities in contemporary Spanish culture.  It provides an overview of cultural theories on Racism, Xenophobia and National Identity, and an examination of a variety of literary and filmic texts by both Spanish and Afro-Iberian writers and filmmakers, paying special attention to the intersection of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and class.
Primary authors included in the course are: Juan Goytisolo, Sami Nair, Najat El- Hachmi, Eduardo Mendicutti, Ignacio del Moral, Donato NDongo, Inongo Vi Makomé, Montxo Armendáriz, Iciar Bollain, Carmen Cardona, Helena Taberna, Chus Gutiérrez, Gerardo Olivares, Alberto Rodríguez
 
SPAN 87100 – Cinema & Television in Contemporary Mexico
GC: Wednesday, 4:15-6:15 p.m., 3 credits, Prof. Smith, []
 
This course, which is taught in English, studies 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 the different genres of television fiction: telenovela, miniseries, and daily one-off drama.  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 – Theorizing the Border in Latin@ America 
GC: Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 3 credits, Prof. Pérez Rosario, []
 
Migrants from Latin American and Caribbean countries to the US have participated in making and remaking boundaries, as well as notions of identity, freedom, and citizenship in the Americas. Since World War I, successive crises of what Hannah Arendt called stateless peoples have presented significant humanitarian, political, and theoretical challenges.  The objective of this seminar is to describe, debate and theorize the border and critical related concepts such as precocity, post-nationality, belonging, and diásporas in Latin@ America that students will be able to use as they develop their own work. Some of the questions to be explored include: How does the widespread plight of migrants call for new theories and practices of political belonging? What is the role of culture in imagining social and political belonging? How do refugees experience a future, and a past in ways that are distinct from the subject of diaspora or of migration? How do the experiences of up-rootedness and forced migration among refugees and migrant workers inform our notion of home? What are the material and affective challenges, and perhaps opportunities, of mass displacements? And how is belonging constructed, even in transit? What is the relationship between human rights and the humanities? How does the rise of globalization in Latin America, for example, shed light on the ongoing massive immigration of subjects from the Global South to the North? How can we think of theorize the humanities and more broadly culture as a site for advocacy in the twenty-first century? These are only a few of the questions to be considered. Readings will include selections from Américo Paredes, Sara Estela Ramírez, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Nelly Rosario, Junot Díaz, Tato Laviera, Hannah Arendt, Stuart Hall, Juan Flores, Judith Butler, Etienne Balibar, Walter Benjamin, Walter Mignolo, Gloria Anzaldúa, Silvio Torres-Saillant, José David Saldívar, Alicia Schmidt Camacho, and Coco Fusco, among others. Seminar participants will share their work on specific border experiences or pertinent theoretical and research issues.
 
 
ONE-CREDIT MINI-SEMINARS
 
SPAN 87500 – Dinámicas Normativas en el ámbito “galego-luso-brasileiro
GC: March 6-31, 2017, 11:00-1:30 p.m., 1 credit, Prof. Xoán Carlos Lagares Diez, []
En este seminario abordaremos las diversas maneras de producir norma en el ámbito lingüístico gallego-luso-brasileño, comparando sus efectos y las ideologías lingüísticas relacionadas con las intervenciones en el debate normativo. En primer lugar, definiremos los procesos de padronización como procesos históricos en los que intervienen agentes con intereses y aspiraciones diferentes, en ámbitos sociales modelados por ideologías frecuentemente en conflicto. Desde esta perspectiva, haremos un repaso histórico de la constitución de la norma del portugués europeo, en el que las variedades gallegas, por su proceso histórico particular, se mantuvieron al margen, y de los conflictos normativos que se desarrollan modernamente en el ámbito brasileño y en el gallego, que cuestionan el proyecto de una lusofonía construída sobre la idea de la unidad lingüística de las variedades de ese tronco histórico. En el caso gallego, el debate normativo pone en cuestión la narrativa sobre los orígenes de la lengua, sobre su identidad como variedad lusófona o como lengua autónoma y su relación histórica con las variedades lingüísticas que identificamos como portugués. En el caso brasileño, las disputas en torno a la norma se desarrollan en dos ejes: uno social, que tiene que ver con la polarización sociolingüística; y un eje nacional, que afecta a la soberanía idiomática de las propias elites brasileñas.
 
 SPAN 87000 – Contemporary Catalan Drama: A New Cosmopolitanism
GC: March 27-31, 2017, 11:00-1:00 p.m., 1 credit, Prof. Sharon G. Feldman, []
 
The contemporary Catalan theatre scene is currently immersed in what has been repeatedly characterized as a “golden age.” It is a place where mobility is often synonymous with prestige, and success is frequently measured as a function of international range and reputation. Moreover, for dramatists writing in Catalan, ever conscious of the precarious condition of their language and cultural identity, their paradoxical position of both political distance and proximity in relation to Spain has, perhaps, accentuated their yearning to belong to a larger global sphere. Given Catalonia’s current status as a stateless nation, it may not come as a surprise, then, that plays emerging from this corner of the world often appear to advocate a type of cosmopolitan European identity, one that actively embraces otherness and difference, overlapping citizenships, and the broad complexity of relationships among the global, local, national, and regional.
This seminar will examine several contemporary Catalan plays in light of this “new cosmopolitanism.” How have Catalan playwrights attempted to satisfy a desire to transcend the local and the particular, to reach beyond their most immediate geographic space and move beyond local borders? In answering this question, we shall look at how issues of nationalism, cultural identity, migration, and globalization have shaped the evolution of contemporary drama from Catalonia, particularly with regard to the work of ten playwrights: Josep M. Benet i Jornet, Carles Batlle, Sergi Belbel, Guillem Clua, Llüisa Cunillé, Jordi Galceran, Josep M. Miró, Pau Miró, Mercè Sarrias, and Esteve Soler. The seminar will be taught in English with all primary texts made available to students in Catalan, English, and Spanish.
 
SPAN 87300 – El microrrelato en las cuatro lenguas oficiales de España. Teoría y práctica
GC: May 4 & 5, 2017, 10:00-1:30 p.m., May 6, 2017, 10:00-1:00 p.m., 1 credit, Prof. Irene Andrés Suárez []

El microrrelato se ha convertido en el género emblemático del siglo XXI y su desarrollo parece imparable en el mundo hispánico, donde no solo ha conquistado al público lector, sino también al académico, que le ha consagrado numerosos trabajos con diverso enfoque. Con todo, en España, no ha experimentado una evolución similar y paralela en las cuatro lenguas nacionales, reconocidas por la Constitución de 1978, ni tampoco cuenta con la misma consideración y atención. En este curso, se abordarán las causas de tal situación y, apoyándose en los escritores más representativos de cada región cultural, se trazará la trayectoria de este género literario en las tradiciones catalana, gallega y vasca. Con objeto de facilitar la comprensión del estudiante, este recibirá una breve Antología de textos paradigmáticos de las tres lenguas mencionadas con su correspondiente traducción al castellano.

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ART 85000 - Material Culture and the Arts of the Early Modern Iberian World
GC:  Monday, 2:00-4:00, Prof. Amanda Wunderajwunder@gmail.com []
 
Students in this seminar will explore methodologies from material culture studies and apply them to art objects made in and for the vast territories of the early modern Iberian world (ca. 1500-1700). This course is being offered in conjunction with a panel on the same topic at the College Art Association on Feb. 17 (5:30-7:00), which students are expected to attend. During the semester, we will read classic works on material culture and the most recent scholarship from Spanish/Latin American/global studies. Some classes will meet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where we will examine objects made from various materials (textiles, paintings, domestic furnishings, prints, and more). There we will be paying special attention to the relationship between the academic study of art history and museum-based conservation and scholarship. This is an interdisciplinary course that welcomes graduate students from different departments and programs--it is not restricted to art history students. Please email Prof. Wunder if you need permission to enroll.
Requirements: Active participation during classroom discussions and museum visits; oral presentation on one week's readings. Written assignments: One catalogue entry based on a museum object due mid-semester; object-based final research paper and conference-style presentation at the end of the term.

CL 86500 - Lorca, Buñuel, Dalí, Theater, Film, Painting
GC:  Wednesdays, 6:30pm-8:30pm, 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 involves close reading of literary, cinematic 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%).