Current Courses: Graduate

Fall 2014 Graduate Courses

CCN Course Number Time Location Course Title Professor
86373 200A F 1:00-2:30 Proseminar Iarocci
86376 200C M 2:30-5:30 Research Seminar II Tarica
86379 C202 Th 2-5 (Crosslisted w/French & Italian)  McLaughlin
86382 229  W 3-6 Lorca’s Avant-garde Trilogy: Cante jondo, Romancero Gitano, Poeta en Nueva York Dougherty
86391 280.1 Th 3-6 Transatlantic Feminisms  Bergmann
86396 280.4 Tu 3-6 Poetry & Theory: The Poetry of Cesar Vallejo Vich
86663 Port. 275 Tu 3-6 “Poetry in Motion”: Brazilian Music, Poetry & Culture Slater

Graduate Course Descriptions, Fall 2014

Spanish 200C (CCN 86370): Research Seminar II: Writing for Publishing (4 units)

Professor Estelle Tarica

This is a writing workshop designed to assist students in producing a major article-length paper with a significant critical bibliography. Students will use a seminar paper conceived in one of their other courses as a starting point and use this workshop to expand and refine its scope and arguments. Students will work through multiple drafts over the course of the semester. The course will thus focus on the process of research writing and provide students with a structure that emphasizes rewriting and constructive peer review as integral to producing rigorous and original scholarly work.

Spanish 229 (CCN 86382): Lorca’s Avant-garde Trilogy: Cante jondo, Romancero Gitano, Poeta en Nueva York (4 units)

Professor Dru Dougherty

Para estudiar el nuevo lenguaje lírico que los Ultraístas introdujeron en la poesía española, leeremos la extraordinaria trilogía de Federico García Lorca: Poema del cante jondo, Primer romancero gitano y Poeta en Nueva York. Además de pasar revista al nuevo arreglo de la forma poética, con la ayuda de Guillermo de Torre, Gerardo Diego, y otros, examinaremos el conflicto vivido por Lorca y sintetizado así por Richard Murphy: “within the avant-garde there is an ongoing and unresolved negotiation between the desire to create a new form of art with a direct bearing upon life, and the need to retain for art a degree of autonomy in order to preserve a distance to reality and thus a vantage point from which art might formúlate its social critique” (Theorizing the Avant-Garde 29). Además de Murphy, Torre y Diego, nos ayudarán a apreciar la novísima lírica Peter Howarth (The Cambridge Introduction to Modernist Poetry), Adorno, David Perkins (A History of Modern Poetry. Modernism and After), Borges, etc.

Los estudiantes escribirán, y presentarán oralmente a la clase, tres ensayos consecutivos (de 7-8 páginas) sobre la trilogía de Lorca, pensados como comunicaciones a dar en un simposio.
 

Spanish 280.1 (CCN 86391): Transatlantic Feminisms (4 units)

Professor Emilie Bergmann

Feminist theory posits that women define ourselves in relation to others, but women’s writing in Spain, Latin America, and U.S.-Latino communities is marked by disruption of those relationships by state violence, exile, violence within the family, and ideologies of class and ethnic difference. Beginning with the earliest life-writing and fiction by women religious and secular women writers in Spain, seminar readings focus on 20th-C. fiction in Castilian, Portuguese, and Catalan (in Castilian translation) by Carmen Martín Gaite, Montserrat Roig, Mercé Rodoreda, Clarice Lispector, Rosario Castellanos, Elena Poniatowska, Marta Traba, Rosario Ferré, and Diamela Eltit.

Spanish 280.4 (CCN 86396): Poesía y teoría: la poesía de César Vallejo (4 units)

Professor Víctor Vich

Podríamos decir que la poesía de César Vallejo surge de un intento por restaurar la categoría de “verdad” a partir de la revelación de lo que Badiou llama un acontecimiento. Este hecho tiene que ver con un contexto particular, con una opción ética y con una reflexión sobre las posibilidades y límites de la expresión literaria. En el presente seminario, leeremos esta obra a partir de un conjunto de discusiones en las que hoy se encuentra involucrada la teoría crítica. Nos interesará acercarnos a sus poemas a partir de cinco categorías analíticas. Me refiero a la ética de lo real (Zupancic), la irrupción de lo anónimo (Rancière), los límites del lenguaje (Lacan),  el Acontecimiento-comunismo (Badiou) y el valor de las “causas perdidas” (Žižek).

 Port. 275 (CCN 86663): “Poetry in Motion”: Brazilian Music, Poetry & Culture (4 units)

Professor Candace Slater

(Taught in Portuguese; working knowledge of Portuguese required.)

This seminar looks at some of the major works of Brazilian literature as intersections of the literary, the musical, and the cultural.  We will examine major works from the 1920s and thirties, from the 1960s and seventies, as well as from the present with an eye to ways in which these intersections or partial interminglings have changed over time.  The course will devote special attention to the shifting lines and growing fusion between the “popular” and “erudite” at particular moments in Brazilian history.  We will look at sound poems, classic texts that have been reworked by contemporary musicians, and popular poetry such as the literatura de cordel, which has found its way onto the Internet today.  Since violence remains a recurring theme in a number of these works we will look at a number of theories of violence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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