Graduate Course Offerings

Fall 2017

HISP 510R Understanding Hispanic Studies: Theories and Methods 

(Instructors: Hazel Gold + Don Tuten) Tuesdays 1:00pm-4:00pm

Content of this course will foreground theoretical approaches as well as the history and polemics surrounding the field of Hispanism. It will introduce students to the contested boundaries of this evolving field, with particular attention to the program’s three research foci. It will also introduce students to the practice and ethics of public scholarship.

HISP 710 Topics in Identity and Citizenship:  Brazil Civil-Military Memories

(Instructor: Schmidt) Thursdays 4:30pm-7:30pm

This course analyzes the processes, social actors and cultural supports involved in the construction, consolidation, and denial of the memories regarding Brazil’s traumatic dictatorship that began in 1964. It will introduce conceptual and methodological tools for the analysis of memory and will offer insights on different narratives concerning the dictatorship period: memory books, news articles, films, fictional writings, monuments and museums, reports, legal documents and texts from different areas in the field of humanities, History in particular.

The main course topics will be: 1 – In what context and through which social actors (collective or individual) are memories expressed? 2 – What political interests are memories related to? 3 – What are the ethical, moral and aesthetical implications? 4 – How are memories articulated and how do they struggle for their place in the public arena? 5 – In what manner do experts appropriate memories of the Brazilian dictatorship?

HIST 562R/HISP 720 Topics in Imperial and Post/Colonial Culture: New Paradigms & Old Trends

(Instructors: Yanna Yannakakis + Karen Stolley) Wednesday 1:00pm-4:00pm

This course takes on the 500-year sweep of Latin American History with an eye to regional themes and national/local case studies. Students engage with different geographic and chronological frameworks for understanding and teaching Latin American history, and with canonical and cutting-edge texts that have shaped the field. At the same time, students are asked to challenge dominant paradigms by asking “is Latin America a region?”; “when does the colonial era end?”; “where are the boundaries among History, Literature, and Anthropology”? While we require this course (which is repeatable) of all Ph.D. candidates in Latin American History in their first and third semesters, we encourage students across a range of disciplines and geographic specializations to register. Analytical concerns generally revolve around the relationship among theory, method, and historical sources, and how scholars’ shifting intellectual and political agendas have led them to integrate different disciplinary approaches into the study of history.

Spring 2018

HISP 520 - Research and Writing Workshop 

Karen Stolley

HISP 710 - Topics in Identity and Citizenship

Jeffrey Lesser

HISP 730 - Topics in Intercultural Discourse and Translation 

Xochitl Marsilli-Vargas

HISP 740 - Topics in Texts and Culture

Hernán Feldman