Current New & Special Courses

New and special topics courses in Spanish and Portuguese for the 2022-2023 academic year.

In addition to our regular offerings, we are happy to share the course descriptions for new and special topics courses offered this academic year. These courses count for the minor and the two majors (Hispanic Studies and Romance Languages) in our department. If you have questions about a specific course, feel free to email the professor teaching the course.

Block 3

SP312. Cultura yucateca: visual and performing arts. Through an exploration of visual and performing arts, this course will examine the dominant narratives of Yucatán’s regional identity. As the second-largest indigenous population in México and the dominant population in Mérida, Maya artistic influence will be the primary focus of this course as we look at urbanization, changing industries, and creative social movements. Taught abroad as part of the CC in Latin America program in Mérida, Mexico. Prerequisite: SP201 (SP304 and/or SP305 preferred) and COI. Professor: Naomi Wood.

SP316. New Mexican Culture and Identity through the Performative Arts. This course invites students to explore regional and intercultural styles that inform New Mexican performative arts, such as music, literature, installation art, performance, and other forms of expressive culture to gain a better understanding of the intricacies of New Mexican culture and identities. Students are introduced to multiple disciplinary approaches such as history, literature, cultural studies, anthropology, ethnomusicology, and performance theory to better understand understanding of the ways in which the regional and transnational perspectives intersect in New Mexico. Students will participate in site-based learning opportunities through which they engage directly with local New Mexican performance artists, ethnomusicologists, singers, and composers. Together, we will analyze the complexities and multiplicities of perspectives within the New Mexican culture and challenge reductionist and monolithic viewpoints that have historically been imposed on the peoples and places of New Mexico. Students will experience deep engagement with the communities about which they are learning during a course trip to New Mexico (Covid situation permitting). Prerequisite: SP306.  Professors: Carrie Ruiz and Karen Roybal.

Block 4

SP350. Transatlantic Studies: Cinema and the Invention of the “Americas”. Este curso explorará una variedad de expresiones culturales desde un enfoque comparativo en la Península Ibérica, las Américas y África. El objetivo de los estudios transatlánticos es ir más allá de las divisiones Norte/Sur, Este/Oeste y desafiar las aproximaciones desde “lo nacional” y en su lugar privilegiar una mirada crítica, transnacional y comparativa de los archivos atlánticos. Las películas y los textos seleccionados en esta clase, entre ellas Mestizo de Mario Handler, tienen como objetivo ayudarnos a repensar cómo el pasado sigue re-construyendo el presente de una forma directa e indirecta. Vamos a examinar también cómo existen, en las representaciones de las Américas y África, diferentes formas de dominación e imposición. Al mismo tiempo, veremos las manifestaciones de resistencia en el arte, cine y literatura. Prerequisite: SP306.  Professor: Ángela Castro.

Block 5

PG316.  Ritual and Experimental African and Afro-Brazilian Theatre. The aim of this course is to study the aesthetic and cultural components that make up the perspectives of African “Ritual Theater” and of Afro-Brazilian “Black Experimental Theater.” Ritual Theater is a theoretical and methodological concept created by the Nigerian writer and playwright Wole Soyinka (1976), based on observations made of cultural manifestations of different African ethnic groups. Black Experimental Theater, on the other hand, was a company created by the Brazilian playwright Abdias do Nascimento (1944) who, in addition to developing methodological theoretical devices for the field of acting, stood out for creating a theatrical aesthetics that valued Black people and Afro-Brazilian culture through art and education. Through close study of the plays the Death and the King's Horseman (SOYINKA, 1974) and Sortilégio (NASCIMENTO, 1957), we will study the concepts of theater, religion, culture and politics to explore the processes of formation of these African and Brazilian aesthetics. Taught in English with optional reading/writing in Portuguese for advanced students. Prerequisite: PG101. Professor: Feva Pba Iyanu.

Block 8

SP370. Genre Studies: Subversive Hispanophone Song Production. In this course we survey the resistive song cultures of the Hispanophone world of the last 30 years. By attending to sounds, compositional structure and instrumentation, languages, lyrical and album content, students will critically analyze, both, how discriminatory and oppressive power structures in Hispanophone societies function in the sphere of culture, and how popular music functions as a space where interventions, contestations and resistances take place. Through the careful focus on complete works by artists known for their subversive approach to music-making (i.e. Rita Indiana, Ana Tijoux, La Dame Blanche, iLe, Rebeca Lane, Eli Almic, Quetzal, Los pleneros de la cresta, and QUITAPENAS among others), contextualized by relevant reading in music studies, cultural studies, and literary and critical theory, and aided by attention to art sleeves, inlays, liner notes, digital booklets, and music videos—we re-examine what the term “Hispanic” means, considering the varied expressive cultures, peoples, and identities that constitute this identifier beyond the Iberian Peninsula. Prerequisite: SP306. Professor: Óscar Ulloa.

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