SPAN 5220/7220: Spanish Literature, 20th and/or 21st Centuries
Javier Krauel
Thursdays, 3:30 - 6:00pm

This course explores the intersection between law and literature in modern Spanish culture. We will pay special attention to three significant political developments in modern Spanish history: the re-articulation of the empire in the 1810s, the disintegration of the Restoration regime in the late 1910s and 1920s, and the Second Republic of 1931-1936. The syllabus will be structured around these historical moments and will include a wide array of theoretical, historical, and primary texts, including legal texts (selections of the Constitutions of 1812 and 1931, and of legislation on women’s rights), essays (Blanco White’s Bosquexo del comercio en esclavos, Clara Campoamor’s Mi pecado mortal, Margarita Nelken’s La condición social de la mujer), novels (Carmen de Burgos’s La rampa and Luisa Carnés’s Tea-Rooms), revolutionary kiosk literature (La Novela Ideal), and reportage (Sender’s Viaje a la aldea del crimen). We will investigate how both law and literature have been instrumental in the making of race, gender, and class in Spain. Students will have an opportunity to work on areas of their own choosing within the range of problems explored in the seminar.

SPAN 5300/7300: Colonialism and the Origins of the Idea of Race
Andrés Prieto
Tuesdays, 3:30 - 6:00pm

This seminar will explore the emergence of racialist thought following the European imperialist expansion in the Early Modern Period. By focusing on the colonization of Spanish America, this course will explore how certain ideas about race came to be and the influence they had in the configuration of colonial society and policies. As imperial bureaucrats and colonial officers labeled and classified the peoples of the Americas and those brought as slaves across the Atlantic, we will study how different populations reacted to the imposition of these labels and to the policies they underpinned. What did it mean for someone to suddenly be “Black,” “Indian,” or “Mestizo”? How did these populations adopt, resist, or try to subvert the new racial classifications and policies? How did racial thinking and the policies based on it evolved from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century? What is its impact in today’s Latin America and in the internal colonialism still suffered by Indigenous communities in the hemisphere?

SPAN 5430/7430: Hispanic Linguistics
Esther Brown
Tuesday/Thursday 2:00 - 3:15pm

This course will introduce students to foundational concepts in usage-based phonology. We will consider research that tests usage-based theories and methods. From these studies we will make explicit the steps involved in the identification of variants and variables, the delimitation of research projects, data collection, data management, data coding, statistical analyses, and interpretations of results. We will examine applications of usage-based theory and methods to models of language contact and second language acquisition underscoring some novel contributions of the theory. The course aims to introduce new perspectives for the study of bilingualism and language change as well as understand the linguistic assumptions underlying predominant second language acquisition pedagogies.