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Graduate Course Descriptions

Below are brief course descriptions (synopses) of the graduate program. Each outline will indicate the overall goal of the course, briefly characterize the main topics covered, emphasize the importance of the course, identify any special instructional methods to be used and the pre-requisites needed to take the course.

NOTE: Synopses are intended to give students a general overview of the courses.  Instructors will provide students with additional course-specific information, including attendance/makeup policies, assignment/test scheduling and instructor contact information in the syllabus to be distributed the first day of classes. Textbooks for courses are subject to change. Please speak with or email your instructor for textbook information before purchasing.



16:940:501 (F) Methodology of Teaching and Research (3)
Methods of teaching Spanish to English speakers at the university level. Discussion of issues arising in the classroom. Research in foreign languages; library resources and theoretical issues. Required of Ph.D. students and teaching assistants in Spanish.

16:940:513,514 Medieval Literature (3,3)

Major works of medieval literature, including epic poetry, mester de clerecía, prose, and lyric poetry.

16:940:517 Drama of the Golden Age (3)

Development of dramatic literature from its origins through the 17th century.

16:940:520 The Picaresque Genre in Spain (3)

Origins, growth, and decline; such works as El Lazarillo de Tormes, Mateo Alemán's Guzmán de Alfarache, La Pícara Justina, Quevedo's El Buscón, Vicente Espinel's La Vida de Marcos de Obregón, and Cervantes' Novelas ejemplares.

16:940:521 Poetry of the Golden Age (3)
The poetical world of the period. Analysis and literary significance of the most representative poets: Garcilaso, Fray Luis de León, Herrera, Lope de Vega, Góngora, and Quevedo.

16:940:522 Balladry of Spain (3)

How Spanish ballads originated, grew, and multiplied over the world. Different themes and styles. Their significance as sources of other literature. Analysis of several "romanceros," including Menéndez Pidal's Flor nueva de romances viejos.

16:940:523 Don Quixote (3)
Critical study of Cervantes' masterpiece; analysis of its importance within the Golden Age and across the centuries.

16:940:529 Realism and Naturalism (3)

Spanish literature of the latter part of the 19th century, with emphasis on the novel.

16:940:533 Prose Fiction of the 20th Century (3)

Selected novels and short stories of the pre- and post-Civil War period; the vanguardistas, social realism, and the new novel.

16:940:535 Spanish Poetry of the 20th Century (3)

Application of contemporary critical methods to poets of the generation of 1927 and the postwar period.

16:940:537 Twentieth-Century Spanish Theater (3)

Benavente, Valle-Inclán, García Lorca, Buero Vallejo, Mihura, the Generación Realista, and the Nuevos Autores. Relationships to the Hispanic tradition and to currents in modern theater.

16:940:539 Spanish Women Writers of the 19th and 20th Centuries (3)

Application of contemporary feminist criticism to selected poetry, prose, and plays.

16:940:542 Spanish Literature into Film (3)

Spanish novels and plays compared to their film counterparts. Theoretical consideration of narrative strategies of cinema and television in relation to narrative or theatrical techniques of the source texts.

16:940:543 Colonial Spanish-American Literature (3)

Development of new world literature as an independent entity.

16:940:547 Modernism in Spanish America (3)

Development of modernism, with special emphasis on poetry. Darío, Parnassianism, and symbolism; French influence and the autochthonous contribution. The evolution of modernism toward postmodernism.

16:940:549 Contemporary Spanish-American Poetry (3)
Spanish-American poetry as an autonomous linguistic and artistic product incorporating literature in Spanish into modern world literature as part of a general renaissance in culture.

16:940:551,552 Contemporary Spanish-American Novel (3,3)

Accepted masterpieces of contemporary writing in Spanish America. Relation of the American novel to the genre in Europe, and Spain in particular.

16:940:553 Contemporary Spanish-American Short Story (3)

Tendencies in the modern short story, with particular emphasis on the postmodern period. Realism and fantasy; the short story as a document and as a social instrument.

16:940:555 Contemporary Spanish-American Theater (3)
Spanish-American theater renaissance in the 20th century. Origins of rural theater in Argentina; experimental theater and revolutionary theater in Mexico. Postwar movements. Particular emphasis on works of Florencio Sánchez, Rodolfo Usigli, and the younger playwrights.

16:940:556 Spanish-American Thought from Pre-Independence through Modernism (3)

Consideration of texts that figure in the Spanish-American debate concerning the Enlightenment, the movement toward independence, and eventual development of Spanish-American modernism.

16:940:562 Approaches to the Teaching of Hispanic Literature (3)

Current approaches to literature and methods of teaching literature to introductory-level students.

16:940:590 Main Currents in Portuguese Literature (3)
Critical study of texts exemplifying principal currents of Portuguese literature from the Middle Ages to the present.

16:940:591 Topics in Portuguese Literature (3)
Major 16th-century poets and writers, such as Gil Vicente, Luís De Camões, and Bernardím Ribeiro.

16:940:595 Modernism in Brazilian Literature (3)

Critical readings of the major poets and writers, such as Mario de Andrade, Oswald de Andrade, and Manuel Bandeira.

16:940:597,598 Seminar in Hispanic Literature (3,3)

In-depth study of a specific genre, author, or theme in Spanish or Portuguese-language literature. Critical theory, literary analysis, and development of interpretation skills.

16:940:599 Independent Study in Spanish or Portuguese (3)

Intensive study of a specific area of peninsular or Latin-American literature or language not covered in regularly scheduled classes. Prerequisites: One semester of coursework. First-semester students normally not eligible. Permission of the graduate director and the faculty member directing the study required. Students limited to one independent study course during their degree program.

16:940:612 (S) Seminar: Literary Theory (3)
Current critical theory applied to Hispanic texts, starting with Russian formalism and including phenomenological, structuralist, psychoanalytical, sociological-Marxist, reader-response, and deconstructionist, as well as other poststructuralist approaches. Required of Ph.D. candidates.

16:940:623 Seminar: Cervantes (3)

16:940:633 Seminar: Novel of the 20th Century (3)

16:940:635 Seminar: Poetry of the 20th Century (3)

16:940:637 Seminar: Theater of the 20th Century (3)

16:940:651 Seminar: Novel of Spanish America in the 20th Century (3)

16:940:655 Seminar: Contemporary Spanish-American Theater (3)

16:940:659,660 Seminar: Advanced Topics in Hispanic Literature (3,3)

16:940:701,702 Research in Spanish (BA,BA)



16:940:501 (F) Methodology of Teaching and Research (3)
Methods of teaching Spanish to English speakers at the university level. Discussion of issues arising in the classroom. Research in foreign languages; library resources and theoretical issues. Required of Ph.D. students and teaching assistants in Spanish.

16:940:511 History of the Spanish Language (3)
Development of the Spanish language from its origins to the present. Relationship of external history to linguistic development.

16:940:581 Research Methods in Second Language Acquisition (3)

Research techniques, paradigms, and instruments, and their potential and limitations for investigating language acquisition questions. Topics include interviews, field notes, observations, design of studies, and analysis of data.

16:940:582 Linguistic Theories of Bilingualism (3)

Theoretical approaches to how multiple languages are represented in the bilingual mind. Focus on innatist theories.

16:940:583 Second Language Acquisition (3)
Innatist theories that propose no distinction between first and second language acquisition in comparison with theories arguing for fundamental differences between the two processes.

16:940:584 Spanish Syntax (3)
Structuralism, transformational-generative grammar, case grammar, and generative semantics.

16:940:585 Spanish Phonology (3)

Spanish phonetics, phonology, and morphology within the structuralist, generative, and natural generative frameworks.

16:940:586 The Spanish Language in Social Contexts (3)
Theoretical issues of dialectology and bilingualism and applications to the Spanish of Spain, Spanish America, and the United States. Spanish language contact areas throughout the world. Stephens

16:940:587 Bilingual Language Development (3)

How bilingualism affects language development in children; language differentiation; language delay in bilinguals; cross-linguistics interference; language attrition. Austin

16:940:588,589 Seminar: Topics in Hispanic Linguistics (3,3)
Recent developments in applied and theoretical linguistics. Topics include second language acquisition; applied phonetics and syntax; pedagogical implications of linguistics, language contact phenomena, and language variation.



16:940:502 Translation of Specialized Texts  (3)
Intensive practice in the translation of short texts in various fields from Spanish into English and English into Spanish, with emphasis on technical, legal, and literary translation. Discussion of translation theory and research methods, including use of the internet. Required of all candidates for the M.A. translation option.

16:940:563 Theory and Practice of Translation (3)
Introduction to translation studies. Application of linguistic and literary theory to translation. Problems of equivalence. Translation quality assessment. Practice in nonliterary and literary translation, including narrative, poetry, and theater. Prerequisite: 16:940:502 or equivalent, or permission of professor and graduate director.

16:940:575 Community and Simultaneous Interpreting (3)

Introduction to theory and practice of liaison, consecutive, and simultaneous interpreting; Spanish to English and English to Spanish. Intensive classroom and language laboratory exercises. Required for the M.A. option in translation. Pre- or corequisite: 16:940:502 or other advanced translation course.

16:940:579 Translation, Media and Technology (3)

Intensive practice in advanced translation, Spanish to English and English to Spanish. Nonliterary and literary texts. Individual and group projects, with emphasis on translation into the native tongue. Prerequisite: 16:940:502 or equivalent, or permission of professor and graduate director.

16:940:669,670 Practicum in Translation (BA,BA)
Extensive practice in translation under faculty supervision and in consultation with a bilingual expert in the subject area of each translation assignment. Introduction to the use of lexical management/computer-aided translation tools. Primary emphasis on medical translations for use in area hospitals and other health care facilities, but assignments in other subject areas are also possible. Prerequisite: 16:940:502 or other advanced translation course. A credit is equivalent to 3 hours of work per week.



16:940:500 Methods of Spanish Language Teaching (K-12) (3)

16:940:503,504 Advanced Grammar and Stylistics (3,3)

Selected problems of advanced style and grammar, with special emphasis on idiomatic usage, themes, essays, and oral presentations. Ph.D. students do not receive degree credit for these courses.

16:940:505 Spanish Culture and Civilization (3)

The land and the people of Spain; the national character and its historical and cultural evolution through the present. Ph.D. students do not receive degree credit for this course.

16:940:506 Culture and Civilization in Latin America (3)

Emphasis on major sociological, geographical, and cultural factors. Ph.D. students do not receive degree credit for this course.

16:940:507,508 The Spanish Language across the Curriculum (K-12) (3,3)

Development of content-based K-12 teaching materials with emphasis on humanities, social and natural sciences, and mathematics. Application of national standards in the Spanish-language classroom. Technology and culture components. Ph.D. students do not receive degree credit for these courses.

16:940:509,510 Main Currents of Hispanic Literature (3,3)

Critical study of texts exemplifying the principal currents of Hispanic literature from the Middle Ages to the present. Ph.D. students do not receive degree credit for these courses.

16:940:512 The Hispanic Child in Literature and Culture (3)

Introduction to children's literature in Spanish. Hispanic oral tradition, music, theater, performance, games, storytelling, total physical response applications, multimedia technology, and the bilingual child in the classroom. Practical and theoretical issues. Ph.D. students do not receive degree credit for this course.

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