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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)
Methodology of Teaching and Research is a practical and theoretical introduction to Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition (SLA). It will provide students with the theoretical background of the most recent approaches and trends in Foreign Language teaching methodologies. The critical reflection of pedagogical practices and language pedagogy is emphasized. The course offers an overview of multiple factors that influence language teaching and learning in traditional and nontraditional classroom settings. It prepares students to evaluate teaching methodologies and to stimulate them to reflect on their own attitudes and approaches to language teaching.

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)

Propaganda and Oppositional Film: Spain and Cuba
In this course we will explore the ways in which film has been mobilized to both promote and challenge the "party line," drawing examples from Spain (mostly under the Franco regime, 1939-75, but also after the transition to democracy and into the current era of "indignation"), and from Cuba (under the regimes of first Fidel and then Raúl Castro, 1959 to the present). In addition to studying the development of filmmaking in these two nations, we will also consider how particular film genres, techniques, and contexts of production and reception have been negotiated by filmmakers working with and against hegemonic systems.

Directors considered may include (from Spain) José Luis Sáenz de Heredia, Luis Lucia, Juan Antonio Bardem, Luis García Berlanga, Luis Buñuel, Carlos Saura, José María Nunes, Jacinto Esteva, Helena Lumbreras, Pere Portabella, Madrid Film Collective, Pilar Miró, Iciar Bollaín, Los Hijos collective; and, (from Cuba) Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Sara Gómez, Nicolás Guillén Landrián, Humberto Solás, Santiago Álvarez, Juan Padrón, Daniel Díaz Torres, Fernando Pérez, Gloria Rolando, Eduardo del Llano, Jorge Molina. Theoretical readings (required and recommended) may include selections from Steve Neale, Sheryl Tuttle Ross, Jonathan Auerbach and Russ Castronovo; and from Sergei Eisenstein, Dziga Vertov, Walter Benjamin, Juan Piqueras, Antonio Gramsci, Louis Althusser, Julio García Espinosa, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Glauber Rocha, Fernando Solanas/Octavio Getino, Marta Hernández collective, Alexander Kluge/Oskar Negt, Fredric Jameson, Jacques Rancière.

The semester begins with a "crash course" in the textual analysis of cinema, so no prior experience in film studies is necessary. This course will be taught in English; films will be subtitled and required readings will be in English/available in English translation. Please note that this course involves a mandatory screening as well as the usual seminar meeting each week.

Several guest lecturers/filmmakers may also be visiting over the course of the semester.

This course counts as an elective towards the Graduate Certificate in Cinema Studies.

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)

"El otro Orientalismo: Asia en el imaginario contemporáneo español" es un curso que examina cómo las ideas sobre Asia se emergen tanto en la narrativa como en el cine español del siglo veinte y veintiúno. Centrándonos en el discurso del viaje, la inmigración, la adopción y el consumo cultural, desmantelaremos cómo los escritores y cineastas no sólo inventan una Asia que no existe conforme a la ideología estatal sino también desvelan los ideales utópicos personales ante la situación nacional cambiante. Así que estudiaremos la representación asiática que trasciende la teoría de Said, pasando de la época post-colonial, la dictadura a la democracia y la globalización. Algunos textos primarios del curso son La vuelta al mundo de un novelista de Blasco Ibáñez, Atrapados en el paraíso de Irurzún, Diario de un artista seriamente enfermo de Gil de Biedma, El pájaro de Bangkok de Vázquez Montalbán, China, lágrima innumerable de Gironella, Los últimos de Filipinas de Román, El mapa de los sonidos de Tokyo de Coixet, El museo japonés de Martín Patino y Generación Mei-Ming de David Gómez Rollán. Textos teóricos abarcarán los estudios sobre el orientalismo (Said, Turner, Lewis, Behdad, Weiss), la escritura del viaje (Caren Kaplan, Spurr, Huggan, Lisle, Dekard), lo exótico femenino en el cine (Doane, Marchetti, Ann Kaplan), la novela detectivesca española y multicultural (Nichols, Colmeiro, Resinas, Reddy) y la hibridez (Bhabha, Kraidy).


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)

En este curso se examinan los principios básicos de la teoría sintáctica contemporánea con énfasis especial en las estructuras del español. Los temas que se tratan incluyen: la sintaxis como una capacidad cognitiva, el concepto de clase de palabra, estructura sintáctica y constituyente, la argumentación sintáctica, las transformaciones en la estructura sintáctica. El curso presupone un conocimiento básico de lingüística general, pero los conceptos se introducen sin asumir conocimiento previo de sintaxis.

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)

Psycholinguistics of Bilingualism:
How do bilinguals handle having multiple languages in a single mind? Why do adults have difficulty achieving native-like competence in a foreign language? Why do some people learn foreign languages more easily than others? In this course, students will learn about a myriad of topics related to the bilingual mind. These include neural underpinnings of bilingual processing, biological, linguistic and cognitive effects on adults’ difficulty achieving native-like competence in a foreign language, theories on how bilinguals handle multiple languages in a single mind, cognitive individual differences that make foreign language learning easier for some people than for others, and general consequences of bilingualism for cognition and language. The course combines lectures with discussion of empirical studies, and includes two guest speakers. In addition, students will attend professional talks and have the unique opportunity to visit laboratories using cutting-edge methodologies in cognitive science, including guided tours to an eye tracker and an event-related potential laboratory (Rutgers- Cook-Douglass campus). This course is aimed at graduate students with interest in cognitive sciences, psycholinguistics, linguistics, language acquisition, and bilingualism who wish to better understand the cognitive mechanisms that underlie the bilingual mind.



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)

509: Creatividad y Belleza en la Literatura y Artes Hispánicas:
This course is an introduction to the history of literature and the arts in the Hispanic world. We will approach this subject from the perspective of a main Theme in the AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam: “Beauty and Aesthetics.” We will study selected but fundamental periods, authors, texts and art for engaging with the Theme’s Recommended Contexts: Defining Beauty and Creativity, Literature, Visual and Performing Arts, Architecture, and Fashion and Design. Our main goal is to build among the students of this course--themselves potential instructors of AP Spanish courses or similar courses--a basic knowledge on the AP Spanish Exam’s theme of “Beauty and Aesthetics” that can further guide or inform the development of specific high school syllabi. Through our online assignments on the texts and artifacts under analysis, the students will be able to respond to the Theme’s Essential Questions:

  1. How are perceptions of beauty and creativity established?
  2. How do ideals of beauty and aesthetics influence daily life?
  3. And how do the arts both challenge and reflect cultural perspectives?

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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