Graduate Courses

For the MA only, the department accepts up to a limit of two undergraduate courses with a number of 1300 or higher.

The following is a representative, rather than exhaustive, list of graduate courses that have been offered by the department.  In the cases of "topics" courses, the titles of the courses reflect a gamut of thematic possibilities.

Spring 2017 Hispanic grad classes:

Span 2461-Latin American Novel (class # 30611)

John Beverley

Tues 6-8:30pm, 136 CL

We will read and analyze together Roberto Bolanyo's novel 2666, often considered the most important Latin American novel of the new century. Our work will bring us in contact with the question of globalization and its effects on human life, and with new forms of social and cultural theory and practice that appear in its wake.


Span 2452 Contemporary Latin American Film “Visualizing Borderscapes: The Politics of Vision/Space in Contemporary Latin American Cinema” (class # 29689)

Junyoung Veronica Kim

Tues 3-5:25pm, 137 CL

In “The Age of the World Picture” -- his essay written after World War II – Martin Heidegger argues that in the age of modern technology, the world has become a “world picture,” such that understanding, knowing, and conceiving the world is an act inseparable from seeing, picturing, and viewing the world. In modernity, the process of visual objectification that converts the world into a visual object (a “picture,” an “exhibition,” or “target”) becomes the epistemological basis of knowledge, representation, and even subjectivity. Supplementing Heidegger’s argument, scholars such as Timothy Mitchell (“the world as an exhibition) and Rey Chow (“the age of the world target”) have pointed out that this politics of vision is intimately connected to a Western colonial/imperial epistemology (e.g. Orientalism, the coloniality of power), that relies on and constructs a set of naturalized spatial structures through which the knowledge of the world is ordered. The intimate relations between visuality and space provide the premise of this course that explores the ways in which borders – as that which attempt to distinguish, separate, define or even connect one space from another – are visualized, imagined and narrated in contemporary Latin American cinema. The concept of borderscapes, which we will utilize in this course, points to a double paradox of contemporary life: the increased policing of immigration and human movement along local/national/regional borders while goods and information flow across borders quite freely; and the hardening of ethnic, racial, class and gender boundaries, at a time when discourses of multiculturalism and diversity are highly disseminated and celebrated. Taking seriously this notion of borderscapes that acknowledges the dynamic, mobile, relational and heterogenous nature of borders produced by the complex movements of global capitalism and migration, we will examine the ways in which visuality and visual media produce, interrupt and articulate borders. How do contemporary Latin American films visually negotiate the contradictions and multiple spatializations presented by borderscapes? What strategies, interventions, and epistemologies does contemporary Latin American cinema offer? We will address these questions by analyzing several Latin American films from various nations and productions that include Carlos Reygadas’s Japón (2002), Rodrigo Plá’s La zona (2007), Alex Rivera’s Sleep Dealer (2008), Lucrecia Martel’s La mujer sin cabeza (2008), Martín Tsu’s La salada (2014), Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa’s Casa Grande (2014), and Jayro Bustamente’s Ixcanul (2015). Theoretical and critical texts will be culled from Doreen Massey, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Paul Virilio, Sandro Mezzadra and Brett Neilsen, Rey Chow, Lisa Marie Cacho, Walter Mignolo and Nicholas De Genova.


Span 2464-Latin American 20th Century Topics “Coloniality, Delirium, Alterity: Hemispheric and Transatlantic Voices” (class number: 26151)

Juan Duchesne

Wed 3-5:50pm, 137 CL

Delirium and alterity (becoming other) are fertile manifestations of relations of coloniality. Relations of coloniality include dominance, complicity, alliance, endosymbiosis, transformation and resistance. Coloniality must be understood as a range of ongoing manifold processes that transcend the formal colonial or neocolonial status of specific countries, and tend to reproduce themselves at all levels of social and cultural practice as part of the global development of modern industrial society, to include class, race, gender, interspecies relations and myriad forms of subalternity. This course will examine a representative hemispheric sample of twentieth and twenty-first century short stories and short novels in this regard: João Guimarães Rosa (Brazil), selected short fiction; Enrique Bernardo Núñez (Venezuela), Cubagua; Clarice Lispector (Brazil), selected short fiction; Antonio di Benedetto (Argentina), Mundo animal –short stories, selection; Frankétienne (Haiti), A punto de reventar; Quince Duncan (Costa Rica), Los cuatro espejos; Andrés Caicedo (Colombia), Calicalabozo –short stories, selection; Alejandro Rebolledo (Venezuela), Pim, pam, pum; Guillermo Fadanelli, Mariana Constrictor –short stories, selection; Carlos Labbé (Chile), Caracteres blancos –short stories, selection; Lucía Puenzo (Argentina), El niño pez; Samantha Schweblin (Argentina), Pájaros en la boca –short stories, selection; Rita Indiana Hernández (Dominican Republic), La mucama de Ominculé; Pedro Cabiya (Puerto Rico), Transfusión; and Eduardo Luis Angualusa (Angola), Barroco tropical. Theoretical reflections by Frantz Fanon, Aníbal Quijano, and Donna Haraway will be part of the discussion. Language of instruction is Spanish. Class discussion will be based on Spanish editions of all fiction, including works originally written in Portuguese (Brazil and Angola) and French (Haiti). Students may handle available translations in English. Class work and papers may be presented in Spanish or English.


Span 2460-Latin American Drama “Decolonial Performance” (class number: 29690)

Armando Garcia

Tues 3-5:25pm, 136 CL

Decolonial Performance is a graduate seminar on theatre and performance artists who wrestle with the legacies of colonialism. The seminar studies theatre manifestos, plays, digital media, documentary films, and performance art by Latin American, Caribbean, Latina/o, and Native American artists. It focuses on contemporary feminist and queer aesthetic practices that highlight the insidious imprints and lasting effects of the early colonial period. For example, performances like James Luna¹s Artifact Piece (1986), where the Luiseño and Mexican American artist was exhibited in a museum glass case as a relic of Indian pasts, seek to alter colonial and postcolonial formations of race, desire, and freedom by rehearsing the colonial subjection of indigenous people in the Americas.

In considering theatre and performance artists, including Xandra Ibarra (La Chica Boom), Aimé Césaire, Kent Monkman (Miss Chief Eagle Testickle), Nao Bustamante, James Luna, Emilio Rojas, and Raquel Carrió and Flora Lauten, our discussions will analyze the significant role that embodied practices have played in the consolidation of racial subjectivity from the colony to the present. The course will situate the artists¹ embodied epistemologies in conversation with key ideations of Black feminist epistemologies, erotic sovereignty, ontology, freedom, racial formations, decoloniality, and queer futurities by Alicia Arrizón, Sylvia Wynter, José E. Munoz, Jodi A. Byrd, Diana Taylor, Juana María Rodríguez, and Gerald Vizenor, among others. The course will be conducted in English. Students have the option of writing their Final papers in Spanish or English.


Span 2657-19th Century Topics-Brazilian Literature (class # 29688)

Bob Chamberlain

Mon 3-5:25pm, 136 CL

Description TBA


Spanish 2224 Special topics–cultural analysis

  • Afrolatinidades (spring 2008)
  • Diversidad sexual en la literature latinoamericana (fall 2008)

Spanish 2225 Magic, race and religion in Latin America (spring 2008)

Spanish 2226 Readings in critical theory

  • Coloniality, modernity and border thinking (spring 2007)
  • Readings in critical theory (fall 2007)
  • Intoxication/Drugs: Between modernity and globalization (spring 2008)
  • Violence and ethics: New narratives from the global south (spring 2009)
  • Marxist criticism (fall 2010)

Spanish 2307 Methods of teaching Spanish (every fall term)

Spanish 2410 Discovery and conquest (fall 2010)

Spanish 2425 Formation of national literature (spring 2011)

Spanish 2428 Nineteenth century topics

  • Minor texts: Writing resistance in the long 19th century (fall 2007)
  • XIX Brazilian Fiction (fall 2010)
  • Enlightenment, abolitionism & literature (fall 2011)

Spanish 2430 Modernismo (fall 2008)

Spanish 2444 "Genetic Criticism & Latin American texts" (spring 2011)

Spanish 2450 Contemporary Latin American narrative

  • 21st century writings in the Caribbean Basin nations: in search of the event (spring 2010)
  • Brazilian modernismo / a vanguardia (fall 2011)

Spanish 2452 Contemporary Latin American film

  • Violence and / in film (spring 2007)
  • Contemporary Latin American film (fall 2009)

Spanish 2461 Latin American novel

  • Survey of the 20th-century novel (spring 2007)
  • Las transformaciones de la subjetividad: de las utopias ilustradas a la biopolítica (fall 2007)
  • Brazilian literature: Contemporary Brazilian literature (fall 2009)
  • Latin American novel (1950s-1970s) (fall 2011)

Spanish 2462 Latin American poetry

  • Experiencia de la escritura como evento metapolítico radical en la poesía latinoamericana contemporanea (fall 2007)
  • Siglo XX: From the avant-garde to the rearguard (fall 2010)

Spanish 2463 Twentieth century Latin American poetics

  • Twentieth century short story and novella (spring 2010)

Spanish 2464 Twentieth century topics

  • Guerrilla, narration and philosophy in Latin America (fall 2008)
  • Borges (spring 2009)
  • Toward a geneology of transnational Latin American narratives: Sahagún - F. Ortiz - Bolaño (spring 2010)
  • Global Latin American novel: Big criminals, non-citizens, and the re-imagination of sovereignty (fall 2010)
  • The mestizo state: Writing race and nation in revolutionary Mexico (spring 2011)

Spanish 2465 Seminar: 20th century topics

  • Society, politics and culture in Latin America (spring 2007)
  • Narrating globalization: Hemispheric narco-literature in Latin America (fall 2007)
  • La novela de la tierra (fall 2009)
  • The Andean manuscript: Beyond the reach of the imperial gaze (spring 2010)
  • Eccentric Caribbean: Writings & resistances from Puerto Rico, Panama, & the Colombian & Venezuelan Caribbean sub-regions (fall 2011)

Spanish 2467 Testimonio and ethnographic narrative

  • Testimonial & social literature (fall 2011)

Spanish 2469 Latin American essay

  • Twentieth century Latin American essay (spring 2009)

Spanish 2623 Don Quixote

  • Don Quixote and the Hispanic baroque (spring 2008)

Spanish 2634 Baroque Topics (spring 2011)

Spanish 2695 Seminar: Twentieth century

  • El Caribe contemporaneo: race, nation, migration (spring 2007)

Spanish 2704 Special Topics: Literary Criticism

  • Modernity, coloniality and border thinking (fall 2009)

Spanish 2706 Analysis of Hispanic literary texts

  • Interrogative signs: Confession, conversion and ‘truth’ in the Luso-Hispanic Atlantic (spring 2008)
  • Abolitionism and literature (spring 2009)
  • Carpentier and the narrative of transculturation (fall 2010)

Spanish 2950 Spanish Teaching Practicum

Spanish 2902 MA Directed Study

Spanish 2910 Comprehensive Examination, MA

Spanish 2990 MA Comprehensive Independent

Spanish 3000 PhD Dissertation

Spanish 3902 PhD Directed Study

Spanish 3910 Comprehensive Examination, PhD

Spanish 3990 PhD Independent Study