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Graduate Spanish Courses Spring 2018

The list of courses for Spring 2018 appears below.

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Spring 2018 Course DEscriptions

 

Title: The Latin American Short Story and Theories of Narrative
Course Number: 16:940:553:01, Index # 18445     
Taught by: Professor Marcy Schwartz      
Meets: Thursdays 4:30 - 7:10 pm
Location: Academic Building, Room 5190, College Avenue Campus

 This course offers a survey of the Latin American short story from Esteban Echeverría’s “El matadero” to the present to explore how and why the short story has been such a significant genre in the Latin American literary tradition. Readings will include canonical collections, newer examples of the genre, and essays by cuentistas about the genre (Quiroga, Cortázar, Piglia, etc.). The short story plays a significant role in the region’s intellectual history as the core of print publications such as literary journals and anthologies and centerpiece of prestigious literary prizes. From early twentieth century print culture to vanguardia experimentation to mass public culture initiatives, the short story in Latin America adopts every possible form. The flexibility of its forms and modes of access, from conventional print venues to the artisanal and the digital, continually expands the genre’s audience and reveals how short form literature intervenes in public space and civic life. The course will incorporate archival research in the Princeton University Library where students will have the opportunity to read manuscripts, correspondence and personal archives of leading Latin American writers and intellectuals.

READINGS will include:
  • Short stories by Juan Rulfo, Julio Cortázar, Elena Garro, Sergio Ramírez, Edmundo Paz Soldán, Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel García Márquez, José María Arguedas, Augusto Monterroso, Elena Poniatowska, and contemporary emerging writers.
  • Theory on narrative from the perspectives of semiotics, realism, the fantastic, magic realism, narratology, gender, postcolonialism, ekphrasis and visual culture.

 

Title: Second Language Acquisition
Course Number: 16:940:583:01, Index # 18444
 
Taught by: Professor Liliana Sánchez  
Meets: Mondays 9:50 am - 12:50 pm         
Location: Academic Building, Room 5190, College Ave Campus

This course will cover different theoretical approaches to the question of how second languages are acquired at different stages in human life. It will provide an in depth discussion of innatist theories according to which language is a biological endowment that is active throughout life. Research that explores the consequences of this view for second language acquisition will be discussed. Other theoretical approaches that focus on the cognitive skills and social factors involved in the acquisition of more than one language will also be presented. The course includes an SLA research methods component.

Learning Goals:

  1. Attain scholarship and research skills concerning factors that contribute to the understanding of the linguistic, cognitive and social processes involved in Second Language Acquisition.
  2. Engage in and conduct original research.    

Pre-requisite
Human Subject Certification: In order to conduct research, students must be certified by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at Rutgers. Information pertaining how to obtain a Human Subject Certification can be found at: http://orra.rutgers.edu/

 
Resources
General textbooks:

  • Gass, Susan with J. Behney and L. Plonsky. 2013. Second Language Acquisition. Fourth Edition. Lawrence Erlbaum: New Jersey.
  • White, Lydia. 2007. Second Language Acquisition and Universal Grammar. Cambridge: Cambridge: University Press.

Methods textbooks:

  • Mackey, A and Gass, S. 2016. Second Language Research. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
  • Gass,S and Mackey, A. 2011.  Data Elicitation for Second and Foreign Language Research (Second Language Acquisition Research Series). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Selected readings from journals such as Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Second Language Research, Language Learning and Bilingualism: Language and Cognition.

   

Title: Bilingual Language Development
Course Number: 16:940:587:01, Index # 18443 
Taught by: Professor Jennifer Austin
Meets: Thursdays 9:50 am - 12:50 pm
Location: Academic Building, Room 5190,  College Ave Campus


This course will focus on how bilingualism affects language development in children, including topics such as language differentiation in bilingual children, whether bilingualism causes a delay in language acquisition, cross-linguistic influence in the grammars of a bilingual child and language attrition in young bilinguals. We will also explore the implications of research on bilingual children for wider debates in the field regarding the role of innate constraints versus language-specific experience in language development. In addressing these questions, we will discuss recent research findings from linguistics, cognitive psychology and neuroscience.                      

 

Title: Seminar of Topics in Hispanic Linguistics: “Data science for linguistics”
Course Number: 16:940:589:01, Index # 20866
Taught by:  Professor Joseph Casillas

Meets: Tuesdays 9:50 am-12:50 pm
Location: Academic Building, Room 5141, College Avenue Campus

In this course students examine the fundamental principles of doing experimental research in linguistics. Specifically, the focus is on developing an in depth understanding of the experimental paradigms and statistical procedures used in sociolinguistics, phonetics, psycholinguistics, syntax, and corpus linguistics.  Students will learn advanced techniques used to explore, tidy, visualize, and analyze data. We will also focus on how to make the aforementioned procedures reproducible and shareable. Students will develop a foundation in programming in R, as well as learning the most common tools at the disposal of today’s data scientist (i.e. GitHub, Knitr, etc.). No prior experience with statistics or programming is necessary.       

 

Title: Independent Study in Spanish
Course Number: 16;940:599:01, Index # 02267

Intensive study of a specific area of Peninsular or Latin-American literature or language not covered in regularly scheduled classes. NOTE: Permission of the graduate director and the faculty member directing the study required. Students limited to one independent study course during their degree program.

 

Seminar: Advanced Topics in Hispanic Literature – “Entre crisis y creatividad: Inflexiones de voces conversas en la literatura del siglo de oro”
Course Number: 16:940:660:01,
Index #: 07705
Taught by: Professor Dámaris Otero-Torres  
Meets: Tuesdays 9:50 am - 12:50 pm
Location: Academic Building, Room 5190, College Avenue Campus 

Entre crisis y creatividad: inflexiones de voces conversas en la literatura del Siglo de Oro.

¿Es posible determinar la existencia de una ideología conversa en la literatura del Siglo de Oro? ¿Existe un código converso que descifrar? ¿Cuáles son sus rasgos distintivos? ¿A qué nos referimos al hablar de voces conversas en la literatura del Siglo de Oro? De existir, ¿cómo éstas pueden ilustrar la hermeneútica de la sospecha y de la liberación necesaria para políticas de mayor inclusión? Los archivos medievales y de la temprana modernidad española sugieren que el fenómeno la conversión religiosa no puede limitarse a la dialéctica de la sinceridad yresistencia utilizada por el hispanismo más tradicional. Una revision detallada y minuciosa de las intersecciones entre estamento social, política racial, género sexual, violencia, nobleza, sangre, virtud, salud, espiritualidad, entre otras, demuestra que las voces conversas no pueden ser encerradas dentro de una tipología monolítica y abarcadora. Como sugiere Michael Gerli, el escrutinio de las voces conversas muestra una vitalidad que se impone a las narrativas totalizantes de la historia cultural española. El objetivo del seminario será ver cómo se inscriben estas voces dentro de la historia literaria y cómo en su diversidad se cristalizan múltiples estrategias individuales de negociación frente a circunstancias históricas y modelos literarios restrictivos.

En el curso tendremos la oportunidad de leer diferentes géneros literarios, textos canónicos y textos desconocidos con el propósito de identificar diferentes puntos de encuentro y divergencia. ¿Cómo se alude o se repudian a los signos judíos para denunciar la hegemonía de castellana o buscar la asimilación a los círculos de privilegio castellano?

En el curso tendremos la oportunidad de leer textos de Teresa de Cartagena, Berceo, Fernando de Rojas, Fray Luis de León, Teresa de Jesús, Miguel de Cervantes y Moisés Almosnino, entre otros. Tendremos también la oportunidad de revisar los trabajos críticos más relevantes de los últimos veinte años para re-definir este tema que apenas comienza a recibir la atención que amerita.

Los estudiantes serán responsables de hacer una presentación oral sobre algún texto en particular, dos exámenes, un trabajo escrito (entre 7-9 páginas) para una conferencia y una monografía de 15 páginas.

 

                            

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