Spring 2020 Class Schedule
|Portuguese 115-2||Portuguese for Spanish Speakers||Ana Thome Williams||MWF 12pm-12:50pm|
Portuguese 115-2 Portuguese for Spanish Speakers
Portuguese 115-2 is the sequence of Portuguese 115-1. For students proficient in Spanish. Comparative sociolinguistic and interactive approach to communicative competence emphasizing pronunciation, intonation, sentence structure, and patterns of spoken and written Portuguese.
Prerequisite: AP 4 or equivalent on the Spanish Language Placement Exam.
|Portuguese 201-0||Reading and Speaking Portuguese||Ana Thome Williams||MWF 11am-11:50am|
Portuguese 201-0 Reading and Speaking Portuguese
This intermediate course is designed to expand mastery in reading and speaking Brazilian Portuguese through select cultural videos, readings of literary "crônicas", periodicals, and the Internet. Students will also have the opportunity to communicate online in Portuguese with college students in Brazil. This course counts toward the minor in Portuguese.
Prerequisite: PORT 111-3/112-3 (currently not offered), PORT 115-2, PORT 121-3 or placement test.
|Spanish 101-3||Elementary Spanish||Check CAESAR||MWF 9am-9:50am; 10am-10:50am; 11am-11:50am; 12pm-12:50pm; 1pm-1:50pm; 2pm-2:50pm; 3pm-3:50pm|
Spanish 101-3 Elementary Spanish
For students who have never studied Spanish or studied Spanish less than two years in high school. Communicative method. Development of speaking, listening, conversation, and grammar skills in a cultural context. Three class meetings a week. Outside online video program.
Prerequisite: SPANISH 101-2 or departmental Spanish Language Placement Exam. No P/N. Attendance at first class is required.
|Spanish 105-6||First-Year Seminar: Vicarious Fictions: History and Experience in Latin American Contemporary Literature||Felipe Costa Neves||MW 9:30am-10:50am|
Spanish 105-6 First-Year Seminar: Vicarious Fictions: History and Experience in Latin American Contemporary Literature
What do we mean when we say, “it happened to me?” Are my experiences exclusively my own? But what if what I experience, feel, suffer, or even imagine, has actually never happened to me? Do experiences belong exclusively to someone or are they somehow collective? Can I feel, or perhaps share, the pain (and joy) of others? Can I give voice to somebody else’s experience, if not out of identification, at least out of empathy? How ethical or opportunistic would that be? At the same time, what if I cannot properly articulate my own experiences without imagining the experience of others? What happens when I realize that my own feelings derive from somebody else’s narrated experience? In short, what are the boundaries between appropriation of the other’s experience and authentic identification?
|Spanish 115-2||Accelerated Elementary Spanish||Check CAESAR||MWF 8am-8:50am; 9am-9:50am; 10am-10:50am; 11am-11:50am; 12pm-12:50pm; 1pm-1:50pm; 2pm-2:50pm; 3pm-3:50pm|
Spanish 115-2 Accelerated Elementary Spanish
For students with some previous experience in Spanish. Communicative method used for development of speaking, listening, conversation, and grammar skills in a cultural context. Offered winter and spring. Three class meetings a week. Outside online video program.
Prerequisite: SPANISH 115-1 or departmental Spanish Language Placement Exam. No P/N. Attendance at first class is required.
|Spanish-121-3||Intermediate Spanish||Check CAESAR||MWF 8am-8:50am; 9am-9:50am; 10am-10:50am; 11am-11:50am; 12pm-12:50pm; 1pm-1:50pm; 2pm-2:50pm; 3pm-3:50pm|
Spanish-121-3 Intermediate Spanish
Communicative method. Further development of grammar, vocabulary, speaking, and writing skills through emphasis on cultural content and functional use of Spanish language. Three class meetings a week. Outside online video program.
Prerequisites: SPANISH 121-2 or departmental Spanish Language Placement Exam. No P/N. Attendance at first class is required.
|Spanish 199-0||Language in Context: Contemporary Spain||Patricia Nichols||MWF 9am-9:50am; 10am-10:50am|
Spanish 199-0 Language in Context: Contemporary Spain
An introduction to the culture and politics of contemporary Spain in the basis for review and further development of some of the most problematic grammatical patterns in Spanish.
Prerequisites: SPANISH 121-3, SPANISH 125-0, or AP score of 4 on Spanish Language Placement Exam. No P/N. Attendance at first class required
|Spanish 201-0||Conversation on Human Rights: Latin America||Patricia Nichols||MWF 9am-9:50am; 12pm-12:50pm; 1pm-1:50pm|
Spanish 201-0 Conversation on Human Rights: Latin America
First course of a sequence designed to develop speaking strategies and structures through analysis of modern (20th- and 21st-century) Latin American culture. Emphasis on accurate informal conversation. Three class meetings a week.
Prerequisites: SPANISH 199-0 or departmental Spanish Language Placement Exam. No P/N. Attendance at first class required.
|Spnish 202-0||Conversation on Current Topics||Check CAESAR||MWF 3pm-3:50pm|
Spnish 202-0 Conversation on Current Topics
Second course of sequence designed to develop speaking strategies and structures through examination of culturally related topics in the Spanish-speaking world. Emphasis on formal conversation and specialized vocabulary. Three class meetings a week. This course may not count toward the major/minor in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPANISH 201, AP score of 5, or Spanish Language Placement Exam. Attendance at first class is required.
|Spanish 203-0||Individual and Society through Written Expression||Denise Bouras||MWF 9am-9:50am; 10am-10:50am; 11am-11:50am|
Spanish 203-0 Individual and Society through Written Expression
First course of a sequence that develops writing skills and structures through examination of the relationship between the individual and society. Emphasis on textual analysis and development of descriptive, narrative, and argumentative essays. Three class meetings a week.
Prerequisites: SPANISH 201-0, AP score of 5 on the Spanish Language or Literature Exam, or departmental Spanish Language Placement Exam. No P/N. Attendance at first class required
|Spanish 204-0||Reading and Writing the Art of Protest||Anna Diakow||MWF 12pm-12:50pm; 3pm-3:50pm|
Spanish 204-0 Reading and Writing the Art of Protest
Second course of a sequence designed to develop writing skills and structures through analysis of socially-committed art. Emphasis on cultural analysis and development of longer essays. Three class meetings a week.
Prerequisites: SPANISH 203-0 or SPANISH 207-0. No P/N. Attendance at first class required.
|Spanish 206-0||Spanish for Professions: Business||Benay Stein||MWF 11am-11:50am|
Spanish 206-0 Spanish for Professions: Business
Advanced course for developing communication skills in Spanish for business purposes. Emphasis on language skills for the global marketplace: specialized terminology; writing; comprehension of cultural nuances in the Spanish-speaking business world. Three class meetings a week.
Prerequisite: SPANISH - 201 or AP score of 5 on the Spanish Language Exam. No P/N. Attendance at first class is required.
|Spanish 207-0||Spanish for Heritage Speakers||Sara Stefanich||MWF 2pm-2:50pm|
Spanish 207-0 Spanish for Heritage Speakers
For heritage speakers, the course emphasizes writing, syntax, and formal modes of the language.
Prerequisites: SPANISH 197, AP score of 5 on the Spanish Language or Literature Exam, or departmental Spanish Language Placement Exam. Three class meetings a week. No P/N. Attendance at first class is required.
|Spanish 208-0||Spanish and the Community||Rifka Cook||MWF 1pm-1:50pm|
Spanish 208-0 Spanish and the Community
Development of advanced Spanish communication skills and of a thorough and personal cultural knowledge of the Chicago-area Hispanic community through readings, discussions, writing, and required volunteer commitment (15 hours/quarter).
Prerequisite: SPANISH 203. Three class meetings a week.
|Spanish 220-0-2||Introduction to Literary Analysis||Jeronimo Duarte Riascos||TTh 12:30pm-1:50pm|
Spanish 220-0-2 Introduction to Literary Analysis
|Spanish 220-0-3||Introduction to Literary Analysis||Lily Frusciante||MWF 11am-11:50am|
Spanish 220-0-3 Introduction to Literary Analysis
|Spanish 250-0||Literature in Spain before 1700||Dario Fernandez-Morera||MWF 12pm-12:50pm|
Spanish 250-0 Literature in Spain before 1700
This course is a survey of the most influential literary works of the Spanish Middle Ages and the early Golden Age, periods that impacted not only the present culture of Spain but also that of much of Latin America. From the first manifestations of the written romance language (Xth c. Glosas del Monasterio de San Millan de la Cogolla) to the mester de juglaria (Poema del Cid) and the mester de clerecia of Gonzalo de Berceo to the Archpriest of Hita to the Marquis of Santillana to the Coplas de Jorge Manrique to Garcilaso de la Vega, the course outlines fundamental cultural phenomena, such as the evolution of Spanish from “vulgar” Latin and the establishment of Christianity and its literary manifestations.
Prerequisite: SPANISH 220 (Can be taken concurrently or with teacher permission if SPANISH 250 has not been taken)
|Spanish 261-0||Literature in Latin America since 1888||Jeronimo Duarte Riascos||TTh 11am-12:20pm|
Spanish 261-0 Literature in Latin America since 1888
This course is an (incomplete) overview of some of the major trends and figures in Latin American literature and culture from 1888 until today. It is also an opportunity for students to improve and practice their Spanish language skills, while getting a better understanding of Latin American’s history and cultural manifestations. Throughout the term, we will frame our discussions to consider the following questions: What is Latin American Literature and how has it been understood? Are there common characteristics in the cultural practices of the region that allow us to label them as belonging to a specific category? Is there more than geography in the unity of Latin America? Does Latin America even exist? What does it mean to produce art as a Latin American and why is it different? We will review a variety of literary styles, forms, and concerns, as well as different ideological constructions, to see how artists and thinkers have grappled with these questions since the late 19th century.
Prerequisite: SPANISH 220-0 (may be taken concurrently)
|Spanish 281-0||Spanish Phonetics and Phonology||Shannon Millikin||MWF 2pm-2:50pm|
Spanish 281-0 Spanish Phonetics and Phonology
This is a foundational linguistics course that introduces students to the theory and practice of Spanish sounds and phonology. Offered in spring only. Three class meetings a week.
Prerequisite: SPANISH 204-0 or equivalent. No P/N. Attendance at first class is required.
|Spanish 310-0||Origins of Spanish Civilization||Dario Fernandez-Morera||MW 2pm-3:20pm|
Spanish 310-0 Origins of Spanish Civilization
The course will allow students to research in relative depth a topic related to the development of Spanish civilization from its pre-history through the Christian Re-conquest of the land conquered earlier by the Islamic invaders. To this end, the first part of the course will be devoted to lectures, videos, and the examination of some Medieval texts in class. The second part of the course will be largely devoted to the presentation of the student research in an oral report that will lead to a paper of no less than 2000 words. The course will examine various aspects of the literature and culture of Spain, mainly from the Roman conquest (218 B.C. to the year 19 B.C.) and domination of most of the land by Rome (19 B.C. to the beginning of the Visigoth domination in 468 A.D.), the introduction and development of Christianity, the Visigoth domination and its Catholic kingdom (415-711 A.D.), the Muslim invasion (711), and the great Christian victory of Navas de Tolosa in 1212 A.D. which led to the re-conquest ofmost of the territory of the peninsula by the mid thirteenth century with the exception of the Muslim kingdom of Granada, which was finally defeated in 1492. We will read pages from a cultural history, texts from the earliest manifestations of Spanish prose, from the earliest manifestations of Spanish lyric, from the Cantar del Cid, and from a few Medieval poems, and watch numerous videos and films on Medieval art, culture, and the march of history and hear student reports on various cultural topics.
Prerequisite: SPANISH 250-0, SPANISH 251-0, SPANISH 260-0, or SPANISH 261-0.
|Spanish 395-0||Justice and Resistance in Contemporary Latin America||Lily Frusciante||MW 12:30pm-1:50pm|
Spanish 395-0 Justice and Resistance in Contemporary Latin America
This class will provide an overview of debates surrounding the meaning of “justice” and “resistance” in contemporary Latin America. It will also interrogate how these terms have been used and, in some instances, appropriated for political purposes. While this class will focus on late-twentieth and twenty-first century acts of resistance and searches for justice, it will also situate those acts and searches within historical conversations surrounding the meaning of democracy, politics, and protest. These debates and conversations will be addressed through a range of primary sources, including but not limited to feature film, documentary film, photography, truth commission reports, and testimonial narratives. Student assignments will be workshop and project based and will form part of a larger final quarter project.
Prerequisite: 1 course from SPANISH 250-0, SPANISH 251-0, SPANISH 260-0, or SPANISH 261-0.
|Spanish 397-0-1||Transnational Américas: from Migrantes to Latinx||Diego Arispe-Bazan||MW 9:30am-10:50am|
Spanish 397-0-1 Transnational Américas: from Migrantes to Latinx
Migration is not just a movement across borders, it is a process of becoming. By examining trajectories of intra- and inter-national migration within and out of Latin America, this course will explore the social, cultural, economic, and political histories that reveal relationships between migration and larger global and postcolonial socio-economic forces. We will reflect on the reasons why individuals choose to become mobile, as well as the structural conditions that might compel them. Specifically, we will look at disparities between urban and rural populations, clashes over ownership of job markets in urban settings, and the formation of individual and collective migrant identities. The course will begin by studying how waves of migrants (within and across frontiers) after independence shaped contemporary ideologies of race and belonging in Latin America, and end with a reflection on what these trajectories can teach us about studying Latin American migrants in the "Global North" today. Furthermore, the course will investigate how migration pathways challenge accounts of unified Latin American and Latinx “identities,” yet also allow for diasporic coalitions. Course materials include canonical readings from anthropology and history, along with media texts such as films and other visual media.
|Spanish 397-0-2||Critical Theory in Latin America||Cintia Martinez Velasco||TTh 2pm-3:20pm|
Spanish 397-0-2 Critical Theory in Latin America
This course reviews some of the most important ideas and arguments produced in Latin American Philosophy and Critical Theory. Latin American Philosophy was born out of aims to understand how geopolitical conditions produced intellectual coloniality –understood as the impossibility of reaching an age of majority due to dependence on western thinking. Most recently, Latin American critical theorists —such as Santiago Castro-Gómez, Rita Laura Segato, Verónica Gago, and the Zapatistas,—have asked : What discourses of power lie behind the understanding of Latina American as otherness to Europe? What is the relation between war and the increase of femicide? How do aesthetic practices, social movements, and the exercise of memory change politics? How can those practices be understood as part of a "potencia feminista”? With which theoretical sources should we understand Latin American experiences such as "zapatismo" and its political principle of “governing obeying”?
In this course, we will understand how the Philosophy of Liberation, and other Latin American productions, form part of a “knowledge dispositive” (a term in dialogue with the French philosopher Foucault) engaging the political needs of colonial and colonized nations. Students who have enjoyed the study of foundational critical theorists such as Marx, Nietszsche and Freud (and frameworks such as historical materialism, genealogy and psychoanalysis) will encounter authors in critical dialogue with these methodologies. This is a creative dialogue, given that theories produced in western traditions do not always attend to the current realities of Latin American countries. We will consider how gender-based critique has formed an important part of recent Latin American critical theory and address the role of race, gender, and class intersectional critique in this context.
Thus, the course moves from Anibal Quijano’s critique of coloniality of power to María Lugones’ critique of this category in light of her parallel account of a modern gender system. We will study projects to overcome intellectual coloniality by concentrating on the debate, and differences, between Dussel and Santiago Castro-Gómez, and their respective theories of a philosophy of liberation and a genealogy of coloniality. Further keywords from this course on decoloniality and critical theory include gore capitalism, coloniality and transmodernity, potentia/potestas, endebtedness, and baroque identity.
|SPANPORT 425-0||Masculinities in Latin American Literature and Culture||Margarita Saona||M 2pm-4:50pm|
SPANPORT 425-0 Masculinities in Latin American Literature and Culture
|SPANPORT 450-0||Exile and Diaspora in Contemporary Caribbean Literature and Film||Emily Maguire||T 2pm-4:50pm|
SPANPORT 450-0 Exile and Diaspora in Contemporary Caribbean Literature and Film
This course will explorehow the experiences of exile and diaspora (both political and economic) have helped shape Caribbean literary and cinematic production. We will examine a diverse array of texts –poetry, novels, short stories, films and critical essays –produced in both Spanish and Englishboth in the Caribbean and in the United Statesby writers of Puerto Rican, Dominican and Cuban origin. As we read, we will use exile and diaspora as lenses through which to interrogate other aspects of Latinx-Caribbean literature. How are these experiences portrayed, and what role have they played in the construction of identities, both personal and collective? How have thesesituations shaped the development of Caribbean communities (both physical and literary) within the continental U.S.? Should exile and diaspora be seen as patterns connected to globalization, thus serving to complicate our idea of what is Caribbean, or can they in fact be seen as fundamental to the construction of Caribbean-ness? We will look at how these movements affect the treatment of race and gender in these works, and we will analyze the role of nostalgia and humor in the navigation of different cultural and geographic spaces.
Readings will be drawn from the work of the following authors: Édouard Glissant, Antonio Benítez Rojo, Stuart Hall, Sylvia Wynter, Rubén Ríos Ávila, Pedro Pietri, Reinaldo Arenas, Manuel Ramos Otero, Aurora Arias, Josefina Báez, Pedro Cabiya,Legna Rodríguez Iglesias, Rita Indiana Hernández, Frank Báez, and Urayoán Noel, among others.Cinematic texts will be drawn from the work of Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Miguel Coyula, Nelson Carlo de los Santos Arias, and Alejandro Brugués.
Readings will be in English and Spanish. Class discussion will be in Spanish.
|SPANPORT 560-0||Foreign Language Teaching: Theory and Practice||Maria Barros Garcia||W 2pm-4:50pm|
SPANPORT 560-0 Foreign Language Teaching: Theory and Practice
A foundation of theories and research in second language acquisition and second language pedagogy, along with analysis and practical application for the Spanish language classroom. The course is required of all graduate students in the Department of Spanishand Portuguese before they start teaching language courses in the program. In addition, undergraduate students who are planning to become Spanish instructors can also take this course. One 3-hour class meeting a week.
Registration Requirements: Being a graduate student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. If undergraduate, having taken SPANISH 204 or equivalent at Northwestern University.
|SPANPORT 570-0||Teaching Assistantship and Methodologies||Nathalie Bouzaglou, Jorge Coronado, Dario Fernandez-Morera, Lucille Kerr, Emily Maguire, Maria Uslenghi||TBA|
SPANPORT 570-0 Teaching Assistantship and Methodologies