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5083. Directed Readings   (3s.h s.h.)

Prerequisite: Permission of chairperson required.

By arrangement with appropriate course director and special permission of department chair.

5121. Survey in Spanish Lit II   (3 s.h.)

Course devoted to an exhaustive analysis of a particular topic in a period or periods of Spanish Peninsular literature.

5122. Medieval Spanish Texts   (3 s.h.)

An introduction to the study of Medieval Spanish texts, with a focus on manuscripts as linguistics, literary, and cultural documents.

5123. 16th and 17th Century Spanish Literature  (3 s.h.)

An overview of the radical changes in literary genres from the romance to the picaresque novel.

5124. 16th and 17th Century Poetry  (3 s.h.)

The study of major poetic trends and representative works of the major poets of the period from Garcilaso de la Vega to Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz.

5125. 16th and 17th Century Theater   (3 s.h.)

A study of the major playwrights of the Golden Age: Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina, Calderón de la Barca.

5126. Cervantes: Don Quijote   (3 s.h.)

Cervantes' literary masterpiece, its historical context and impact on Spanish culture.

5127. Poetry and Drama of the 19th Century   (3 s.h.)

Study of the most relevant poetic movements and theatre plays of the 19th century.

5128. Generation of 1898   (3 s.h.)

Using major works by Unamuno, Ortega, Azorin, and Baroja, this course presents Spain's Generation of 1898 as both a rebellion against traditional Spanish culture and the forging of modernism in the country's literature and philosophy.

5132. Contemporary Spanish Poetry   (3 s.h.)

Representative selections from the generation of 1927, surrealism, social realism, and recent Peninsular poetry.

5141. Survey in Spanish American Lit II   (3 s.h.)

A study of a selected movement or of a particular period or periods of Spanish American Literature.

5142. Spanish-American Short Story   (3 s.h.)

The nature and development of the Spanish-American short story from a contemporary or historical perspective.

5143. Latin American Novel   (3 s.h.)

Course devoted to the in-depth study of Spanish American narrative texts.

5144. Latin American Poetry   (3 s.h.)

A study of trends in Latin American poetry from pre-Hispanic times to the present.

5145. Contemporary Spanish-American Fiction   (3 s.h.)

Selected topics and themes in contemporary Spanish-American fiction.

5146. National Literatures of Spanish America   (3 s.h.)

Study of the literature of a particular country of Latin America.

5147. 20th Century Puerto Rican Authors   (3 s.h.)

Topics and authors in Puerto Rican literature.

5148. Latin American Literature of Social Conflict   (3 s.h.)

Analysis of class, ethnic, gender, religious and other social conflicts in Latin American literature.

5151. Comparative Caribbean Literature  (3 s.h.)

A comparative study of representative literary works of Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and non-Spanish speaking nations of the Caribbean.

5152. U.S. Latino Literature  (3 s.h.)

An examination of contemporary U.S. Latino literature focusing on topics of ethnic struggle, biculturalism, linguistic diversity, and intellectual and artistic creativity.

5161. Hispanic Literature through Art   (3 s.h.)

Comparative study of trends and styles in Hispanic literature in the context of trends and styles in the history of art.

5221. The Art of Spain  (3 s.h.)

A panoramic view of the art of Spain from two perspectives: the chronological and the geographic.

5301. Spanish Phonetics   (3 s.h.)

Study of the articulatory and acoustic nature of Spanish phonemes and allophones, the syllable, stress, suprasegmentals and intonation, with attention to regional variation and comparisons with English.

5302. Introduction to Spanish Linguistics   (3 s.h.)

Concepts and methods of linguistic description and explanation applied to the phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics of the Spanish language.

5303. Spanish/English Contrasts   (3 s.h.)

A systematic study of the phonological, morphosyntactic and lexico-semantic patterns of Spanish and English.

5304. Spanish Applied Linguistics   (3 s.h.)

A linguistic approach to theories of language learning and teaching, including second language acquisition.

5305. History of the Spanish Language   (3 s.h.)

Development of the Spanish language from its early beginnings (Latin) to the many present-day regional, social, and stylistic varieties.  Analysis of the phonological, morphological, syntactic, lexical and semantic changes Spanish went through. 

5306. Spanish Sociolinguistics   (3 s.h.)

Concepts and methods in sociolinguistic research as applied to the study of variation and change in the Spanish language.

5401. The Art of Translation   (3 s.h.)

An advanced course on the strategies of translating literary texts from Spanish to English, including practice and practical orientation.

8001. Hispanic Bibliography and Research   (3 s.h.)

Tools and methods of research and investigation in Spanish and Ibero-American languages and literatures.

8120. Seminar in the Renaissance   (3 s.h.)

An analysis of works and authors that represent the Renaissance including the perspective encountered in the transition between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

8121. Medieval Masterpieces   (3 s.h.)

An in-depth study of the canonical works of the Spanish Middle Ages: the Libro de Buen Amor, Conde Lucanor and others.

8122. Seminar in Medieval Literature   (3 s.h.)

Study of the strategies of literary composition in Medieval texts. Attention given to the context of Medieval society.

8123. Spanish Epics and Ballads   (3 s.h.)

The origins, evolution, and transmission of the epic and romance.

8124. The Picaresque Novel   (3 s.h.)

Structural, historical, and thematic approaches to representative texts of the Spanish picaresque novel.

8125. Cervantes   (3 s.h.)

Study of the Quijote with the possible inclusion of novelas ejemplares, theater, and other works.

8126. Spanish Contemporary Thought   (3 s.h.)

Major essayists: Unamuno and Ortega, and their assessments of Cervantine fiction; Ayala`s views the of Spanish Baroque.

8130. Seminar in Golden Age Literature   (3 s.h.)

Study of representative works of the Spanish Golden Age.

8140. Seminar in 19th Century Spanish-American Literature  (3 s.h.)

A study of the literature produced in Latin America in the 19th century with special emphasis on Modernism.

8141. Spanish American Romanticism   (3 s.h.)

A study of the Romantic movement in Spanish America and of its ties to cultural identity.

8142. Spanish American Modernism   (3 s.h.)

A study of the Modernist movement, its origins, development, and impact. Emphasis on poetry.

8143. Spanish American Realism, Naturalism, and Regionalism  (3 s.h.)

This is a course on the early Spanish American novel and is devoted to the study of the development of Realism in the 19th century through Regionalism of the 20th century.  Particular attention will be paid to the question of "foundational texts" and to theories of transculturation.

8144. Narrative Techniques   (3 s.h.)

A graduate seminar on narrative theories and their application in the study of contemporary Latin American narrative.  This course studies narratology as an instrument in the analysis of Latin American texts.

8145. Spanish American Short Narrative Prose   (3 s.h.)

A graduate seminar on the contemporary Spanish American short story, this course aims at studying both the writers who contributed in defining the genre and the alternative voices that questioned and redefined the canon.

8146. Colonial Spanish American Literature   (3 s.h.)

A study of the prose and poetry produced in Spanish America colonial literature.  It may deal with a particular author, theme, or genre.

8147. Contemporary Spanish American Novel  (3 s.h.)

A graduate seminar on contemporary Spanish American long narratives, this is a topics course with changing content.

8148. Spanish American Poetry   (3 s.h.)

A study of Spanish American poetry focusing on specific poets from postmodernism to postvanguardism.

8149. Spanish American Theater  (3 s.h.)

A graduate seminar on the developments of Spanish American theater since naturalism, this course focuses on the changes from illusionism to anti-illusionism through contacts with existentialist, Brechtian, absurdist, and Artaudian models.

8150. Seminar in 20th Century Spanish American Literature   (3 s.h.)

Investigation of a trend, topic, or figure pertinent to 20th century Spanish American literature. (Appropriate for Ph.D. students.)

8161. Literary Criticism   (3 s.h.)

An overview of critical theories and schools of thought in literary criticism.

8170. Seminar in Nineteenth Century Spanish Literature   (3 s.h.)

Treatment of a major figure or figures, or genre in nineteenth-century Spanish literature.

8180. Seminar in 20th Century Spanish Literature   (3 s.h.)

In-depth study of the most significant authors of the 20th century in Spain.

8300. Seminar in the Spanish Language   (3 s.h.)

Selected problems in the field of Spanish language and linguistics using a contemporary analytical and/or historical approach.

8301. Spanish Phonology and Morphology   (3 s.h.)

Advanced theoretical and applied study of the sound system and of the morphological system of present day Spanish, and of their relationships to each other.

8302. Syntax   (3 s.h.)

Advanced theoretical study of Spanish syntax that combines generalizations of a descriptive nature with current syntactic theories (minimalism, functionalism, etc.).  Topics studied are noun phrase and verb phrase structure, case assignment and arguments, predication, transitivity/intransitivity, voice, syntactic relations.

8303. Hispanic Dialectology   (3 s.h.)

Mechanisms of dialectal differentiation in Spain and Latin America as the result of diatopic, diastratic, and diachronic changes through normal language transmission and internal development, with special attention given to both historical and contemporary perspectives.

8304. Spanish Language of Puerto Rico   (3 s.h.)

A study of the history, dialectology, and sociolinguistics of the Spanish language in Puerto Rico.  Special attention is given to aspects of linguistic change as they affect grammatical systems.

8305. Comparative Romance Linguistics   (3 s.h.)

Seminar on topics from several Romance languages - Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French - including synchronic and diachronic perspectives.

8385. Internship in the Teaching of Spanish   (3 s.h.)

A theoretical and practical course required for all new teaching assistants.  Theories and applications of teaching Spanish as a foreign language, class management, lesson planning, curriculum design, testing, and grading.  Supervision of teaching of Spanish language classes.

9001. Spanish for Graduate Reading Knowledge  

Provides guidance and practice in the reading of Spanish language texts for students preparing for the Spanish reading/translation exam.

9991. Directed Research   (3 s.h.)

Offered for students who wish to pursue independent study of research topics with faculty supervision. Not to be used as a substitute for courses offered in the Department.

Prerequisite: Permission of chairman required.

9993. Preliminary Exam Prep   (1-6 s.h.)

Must be taken by all students in the MA program who do not enroll for some other course.

9998. Pre-dissertation Research   (1-6 s.h.)

Must be taken by all students in the Ph.D. dissertation program who do not enroll for some other course.

9999. Dissertation Research   (1-12 s.h.)

This course is intended only for those students who have achieved Ph.D. Candidacy status. A minimum of 6 semester hours is required for graduation.