Graduate Courses Spring 2022

SPAN 790 Methodologies of Modern Language Teaching         

Luna Nájera and Sarab Al Ani , Th 9:25-11:15am

Preparation for a teaching career through readings, lectures, classroom discussions, and presentations on current issues in foreign/second language acquisition theory and teaching methodology. Classroom techniques at all levels. In Spanish and English for Spring 2022 semester.

SPAN 866 Roberto Bolaño in the Twenty-First Century    

Aníbal González-Pérez, W 2:30-4:20pm

Readings of the poetry, short stories, novellas, novels, and essays of the Chilean-Mexican author Roberto Bolaño (1953–2003), regarded as a founding figure of early twenty-first-century Spanish American narrative. Topics explored include issues of truth and reality; ethics; materiality; self-fictionalization; post-nationalism; gender; Bolaño’s politics; humor; fractals; and narrative.

SPAN 871 Translation and Piracy in Colonial Latin America

Larissa Brewer-García (Visiting Professor Spring ´22), W 11:30am-1:20pm

This course analyzes the relationships between translation and piracy in colonial Latin American writings. Both translation and piracy could imply the appropriation of language, knowledge, souls, and property for imperial ends. We explore these themes as we read across many of the genres of colonial Latin American letters, including relaciones, ethnographies, histories of conquest, missionary grammars of indigenous languages, and picaresque narratives. As we study different attitudes regarding language, translation, and empire circulating in the early modern Iberian Atlantic and Pacific worlds, we ask: What kinds of strategies do these texts employ to appropriate languages, knowledge, territory, booty, or imperial loyalties? How are the texts’ “authors” defined and how do they define themselves in relation to these strategies? What are the legacies of these colonial appropriations in contemporary debates about Latin American studies?

SPAN 914 Microliteratures: Margins of the Law           

Jesús Velasco, T 1:30-3:20pm

Examining marginal writing in manuscripts and printed books from the Middle Ages and the early modern period, we interrogate the productive relations between law and culture. We focus on a wide array of sources from the Iberian Peninsula and the Mediterranean. Likewise, we consider different legal systems.

PORT 922 Brazil’s Cannibal Modernism: From Modern Art Week to Antropofagia

K. David Jackson, T 3:30-5:20pm

A study of Brazilian modernism in literature and the arts, centered on São Paulo’s Modern Art Week of 1922 and the Cannibal Manifesto from the perspective of major figures and works, and transatlantic exchanges with figures from the European avant-gardes. Includes analysis of Antropofagia as a postcolonial strategy.

PORT 970 Fernando Pessoa, Inc. 

K. David Jackson, Th 3:30-5:20pm

This course surveys the main facets of Pessoa’s works and considers the principal theories and interpretations of his complex literary universe. A reading knowledge of Portuguese is essential; however, students may supplement his texts with translations into English, Spanish, French, or Italian.

SPAN 981 The Doctoral and Professional Workshop   

— Throughout the semester

A yearlong workshop designed for professional development. The subject matter varies from term to term, and from year to year. Students must attend at least three complete Modules throughout the year. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only; open to all students. Details and schedule are available at