Graduate Course Offerings

Fall 2019

HISP 510R – Perspectives in Latin American Cultural Studies
Monica García-Blizzard
Tuesday 1:00pm-4:00pm

This course will offer a survey of diverse perspectives and critical approaches within the field of Latin American Cultural Studies. It will provide a grounding in Latin American critical thought that precedes the advent of cultural studies as a discipline, and explore the continued evolution of the study of culture in Latin America as a result of the emergence of cultural studies as a field of academic inquiry. Organized thematically, the course will explore key works and debates on the following topics: decolonial thought, material culture, gender and the body, film and media, modernity/postmodernity, and memory. 

HISP 610/ FREN 505– Problems in Foreign Language Teaching
Alexander Mendes
Monday 1:00pm-4:00pm

Introduction to foreign language teaching methodologies and practices. This course will offer a foundational background to the history of language teaching approaches, current trends in the field, and practical approaches to lesson planning, course building, assessment, and other major areas of concerns for language teachers. The course will involve observations and reflection on one's own teaching and will culminate in the development of a teaching portfolio.

Textbook: A multiliteracies framework for collegiate foreign language teaching (2015) by K. PAesani, H. Willis Allen, B. Dupuy, J. Liskin-Gasparro, and M. Lacorte ISBN - 0205954049 Pearson.  Other readings will be made available on Canvas.

HISP 710/ HIST 585-7– Geographies of Capital(isms): Cultural Perspectives
Jeffrey Lesser and Pablo Palomino
Wednesday 9:00am-12:00pm

This multidisciplinary seminar asks about trans(national) human experiences with broad spatial and economic structures. The readings are selected to emphasize the analytical tools developed by scholars of culture, including fiction, oral history, archives, big and little data, ethnography, and quantitative methods. This course focuses on methodology generally, rather than any specific approach to understanding the past. We are primarily interested in argument and we will work with books that treat a range of themes stemming mainly from key economic, socio-political, and cultural aspects of the global web of relationships, spanning Europe, Africa, and Asia, that shaped the Americas. We will explore how scholars’ shifting intellectual and political agendas have led them to integrate different disciplinary approaches into the study of the past in its relationship to the present.


Fiction/non-fiction expected to be on the syllabus includes:

Leo Spitzer, Lives In Between:  Assimilation and Marginality in Austria, Brazil, and West Africa, 1780-1945

April Merleaux, Sugar and Civilization: American Empire and the Culture of Politics of Sweetness

Carlo Ginzburg, The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller

Josh Kun (Editor), The Tide Was Always High: The Music of Latin America in Los Angeles

Karen Tei Yamashita, Circle K Cycles

Akira Kurosawa, Rashomon

Cao Hamburger, The Year My Parents Went on Vacation

Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Anarchy’s Brief Summer:  The Life and Death of Buenaventura Durruti

HISP 740 – Disfigurations: Art and Death in the Americas
Sergio Delgado Moya
Wednesday 1:00pm-4:00pm

A seminar focused on the intersection of death, pain, violence, and the human figure in art from the Americas from the 1960s to date. We study artists, writers, and filmmakers who source images of pain, death, and violence from crime tabloids and other publications categorized as sensationalist. We also grapple with artists and writers who, during times of brutal political oppression, used sensationalist publications as platforms for publication and distribution of critique and culture. 

Spring 2019

HISP 520 - Research and Writing Workshop

Karen Stolley
Tuesday 5pm -8pm

Instruction will focus on approaches to developing and writing research papers, with the final goal of submitting a publishable article to a peer-reviewed journal. Students may develop a paper written for a seminar in the previous semester or may initiate a new project. The course also addresses types of journals, journal audiences, the mechanics and ethics of manuscript submission, and the ethics and politics of choosing to publish in Spanish (Portuguese) or English.


ARTHIST 775R-2/HISP 710-2 - Brazilian Contemporary Visual Art

Friday 9:00am -12:00pm

In the second half of the XX century, Brazilian visual art gains wider independence and international projection. Historically involved with modernization and the excitement developmentist after World War II, emerged Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Clark and Lygia Pape, who besides exposing the ontological crisis of the aesthetics object as unique, aural and mainly visual, they also proposed new materials and the interaction with the spectator. Much of these works were responsible for critical practices in the art system and turned out to be one of the strongest genealogical trends of contemporary art. To make this debate effective, the course has as main objective to present a panorama of Brazilian visual arts as from the 1950s to the present.


HISP 710-3/ENG 789-8 - Landscape in Latinx Studies

Sergio Delgado Moya
Thursday 5:00pm -8:00pm

This seminar grapples with the work of Latina and Latino artists, poets, and writers (Salvador Plascencia, Amy Sara Carroll, Ramiro Gomez, Judy Baca, ASCO, etc.) active in the last few decades, in the years since the 1970s. The focus of the seminar rests on the genre category of landscape, especially as it pertains to poetry and painting. Displacement and migration figure prominently in the conceptual framework of the seminar, as does race and the relationship between aesthetics and politics.


RLR 700-9/HISP 710-4 - Partnering Communities and Universitites: The Transformative Power of Community-Engaged Research, Scholarship, and Teaching

Bobbi (Barbara) Patterson and Vialla Hartfield-Mendez
Monday 1:00pm -4:00pm

Working at the crossroads of democratic citizenship and service, these partnerships historically drew from socio-political conflicts as well as American Protestant ideologies of giving back.  Noting 19th century examples involving academics and/or universities, the course begins analyzing assumptions linking community engagement to the creation of democratic citizens, including service to indigent populations, immigrants, and migrant workers.  From this early foundation, the course will examine the recent resurgence of university-community partnerships beginning in the late 1950’s through today.  Analyzing contemporary methodologies of community-university engagement including newest models emphasizing genuine partnering, to models focused on socially excluded groups, to global models, the course will provide a comprehensive study of contemporary frameworks.  In addition, it will address research strategies and methods proven effective in these partnerships including Grounded Theory, a qualitative analytic and a variety of ethnographic approaches.  Pedagogical models and training from engaged to critical pedagogies also will be explored, along with recent values-engaged approaches to assessment of community-engaged scholarship, teaching, and partnership building. 


HISP 740 - Topics in Texts and Culture

Hazel Gold
Tuesday 1:00pm -4:00pm

This course will study the processes and functions of memory—individual and collective—as they intersect with the history and politics of the Hispanic world. In approaching this topic we will put the research and analytical methods of the humanities into dialogue with those of cognitive psychology and the qualitative social sciences. Primary texts will be drawn from a broad sampling of media and genres (literature, photography, film, testimonio, memoir, journalism, museums and memorial sites) that illustrate the roles played by memory and acts of symbolic commemoration in hegemonic and counter-hegemonic thought. By examining relevant cases across a wide temporal span—from pre-literate indigenous societies to the postdictatorial democracies of Spain and Latin America—this seminar seeks to understand how and to what ends memory is archived, transmitted, and challenged. How are memories passed across generations and are they still memories when they become stories? What issues arise surrounding methods and varieties of evidence when we study study the material, social, and mental dimensions of memory and its half-life through interdisciplinary frameworks? While case studies will be drawn from Spain and Latin America, all primary texts will be available in Spanish as well as English translation; students from disciplines outside Hispanic Studies will pursue final research projects that are germane to their scholarly and disciplinary interests.


Fall 2018

HISP 510R – Understanding Hispanic Studies: Theories and Methods
Don Tuten and Karen Stolley 
Tuesday 1:00pm-4:00pm
Content of this course focuses on methods of research in the humanities and qualitative social sciences, ranging from the close reading and critical analysis that is central to the study of literature, to archival and ethnographic research methods more traditionally associated with the fields of history, sociolinguistics, and anthropology. Study of these varied approaches highlights the analytical and ethical choices that confront researchers. Students are also introduced to grant writing and are expected to develop grant proposals for their own projects.
HISP 610 – Seminar on Pedagogy of Language and Culture
Heather Robyn Clarke and Don Tuten  
MTh 1:00pm-2:30pm
Students normally take this course in their third semester, at the same time as they begin teaching undergraduate Spanish courses. HISP 610 presents the fundamental theories and methods of teaching second/foreign languages, texts/discourse, and culture, with particular attention to the goals and challenges of teaching language and Iberian/Latin American/Latin@ cultures within North American educational institutions. It integrates throughout critical approaches to the teaching of language, culture, and intercultural communication, along with attention to curriculum design for courses at all levels of the undergraduate language and culture program. 
HIST 562R-1/HISP 720-1/ANT 585-2/REL 700-7– Topics in Imperial & Post/Colonial Culture

Themes and Approaches in Latin American History: 
Memory, Power and the Archive in Latin American History

Javier Villa-Flores and Karen Stolley
Wednesday 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Majors Room, Bowden 323

This iteration of Themes and Approaches in Latin American History will take as a point of departure Ann Stoler's characterization of archives as epistemological experiments rather than as repositories of sources in order to examine the role played by archival practices in the articulation and negotiation of state-imposed identities and individual and collective strategies of identity formation in Latin America. We will examine the relationship between regimes of classification, memory, and power from the early modern imperialist expansion to the postcolonial condition. Among the themes to be explored are: the relationship between states and archives, governmentality and state intelligence, legal administration and the rule system of law, the access to archives and the democratization of the past, and finally, the role of archives in contemporary utopias and dystopias.NOTE: Although this course will focus on Latin America, students may choose to work on other regions for their final projects.


 Required Texts:

  • Charles L. Briggs with Clara Mantini-Briggs, Tell Me Why My Children Died:

Rabies, Indigenous Knowledge and Communicative Justice (Berkeley: University of California, 2016)

  • Raymond Craib, Cartographic Mexico: A History of State Fixations and

Fugitive Landscapes (Duham: Duke University Press, 2004).

  • Laurent Dubois, A Colony of Citizens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in

the French Caribbean, 1787-1804 (Virginia University Press, 2004).

  • Macarena Gómez-Barris, Where Memory Dwells. Culture and State Violence in

Chile (Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2009)

  • Amy Cox Hall, Framing a Lost City: Science, Photography, and the Making of

Machu Picchu (University of Texas Press, 2017)

  • David Lowenthal, The Past is a Foreign Country –Revisited (Cambridge

University Press, 2015)

  • Florencia Mallon, Courage Tastes of Blood: The Mapuche Community of

Nicolas Ailío and the Chilean State, 1906-2001 (Durham: Duke University Press, 2005).

  • Leigh A. Payne, Unsettling Accounts: Neither Truth nor Reconciliation in

Confession in State Violence (Durham: Duke University Press, 2007)

  • Joanne Rappaport, Intercultural Utopias: Public Intellectuals, Cultural

Experimentation and Ethnic Pluralism in Colombia (Durham: Duke University Press, 2005)

  • Julia Rodriguez, Civilizing Argentina: Science, Medicine, and the Modern State

(North Carolina University Press, 2006)

  • Sylvia Sellers-Garcia, Distance and Documents at the Spanish Empire

Periphery (Stanford University Press, 2013)

  • Irene Silverblatt, Modern Inquisitions : Peru and the Colonial Origins of the

Civilized World (Durham : Duke University Press, 2004).

  • Diana Taylor, The Archive and the Repertoire (Duke University Press, 2003).

  • Kirsten Weld, Paper Cadavers: The Archives of Dictatorship in Guatemala (Duke University Press, 2014).

Spring 2018

HISP 520 - Research and Writing Workshop 

Karen Stolley, Tuesday 1:00pm-4:00pm

Instruction will focus on approaches to developing and writing research papers, with the final goal of submitting a publishable article to a peer-reviewed journal. Students may develop a paper written for a seminar in the previous semester or may initiate a new project. The course also addresses types of journals, journal audiences, the mechanics and ethics of manuscript submission, and the ethics and politics of choosing to publish in Spanish (Portuguese) or English.

HIST 585 / HISP 710 / ANT 585 / JS 730R  (Im)migrants, Ethnicities, and Identities in Latin America

Jeffrey Lesser, Tuesday, 9:00am-12:00pm

Course Description:

Latin America (in its both contemporary and historical geographies) has received large numbers of (im)migrants.  Some came by choice, often with religious and/or economic goals.  Others were forced migrants, working on the plantations and mines that formed the basis of the exploitative colonial economy. In the nineteenth century, (im)migration came to play a critical economic, social and political role in the newly formed nations of Latin America.  At times (im)migrants were viewed as saviors and their entrance was encouraged by elites.  In other moments anti-(im)migrant movements and legislation were widespread.  As time passed, some of the descendants of those who migrated to and within Latin America re-migrated, at times to other American countries, at times to new continents. This course will put human movement into conversation with the creation of racial, ethnic and national identities in Latin America. We will analyze the history of racial and ethnic discourses and their sociopolitical uses in the formation of modern nations and empires.  We will examine postcolonial societies and their constant tension with the legacies of (im)migration.  An important goal of the course is to examine questions, themes and methods which in turn can be linked to each student’s own research project.

Assigned Readings:

Aside from the following texts, all course materials will be available through Reserves Direct or on the course Canvas site. Hard copies of the following texts will be on reserve in the library, but should consider purchasing their own copies.

Required Books

1. Van Deusen, Nancy E.  Global Indios: The Indigenous Struggle for Justice in Sixteenth-Century SpainISBN: 978-0822358589

 2. Rein, Raanan. Fútbol, Jews, and the Making of Argentina.

ISBN: 9780804793414

 3. Graham, Richard. The Idea of Race in Latin America, 1870-1940

ISBN: 978-0292738577

4. Spitzer, Leo. Lives in Between: The Experience of Marginality in a Century of Assimilation.

ISBN: 978-0809016266

 5. Karam, John Tofik. Another Arabesque: Syrian-Lebanese Ethnicity in Neoliberal Brazil

ISBN: 978-1592135400

 6. Linger, Daniel Touro. No One Home: Brazilian Selves Remade in Japan

ISBN: 978-0804741828

 7. Yamashita, Karen Tei. Circle K Cycles.

ISBN: 978-1566891080

 8. Chang, Jason. Chino: Anti-Chinese Racism in Mexico, 1880-1940.

ISBN: 978-0252082344

 9. Weis, Julie M. Corazón de Dixie Mexicanos in the U.S. South since 1910.

ISBN: 978-1469624969

 10. Pilcher, Jeffrey. ¡Qué vivan los tamales!: Food and the Making of Mexican Identity.

ISBN: 978-0826318732

 11. Bryce, Benjamin. To Belong in Buenos Aires: Germans, Argentines, and the Rise of a Pluralist Society.

***This book is set to be released in early 2018. The ISBN currently available is for the hardcover version, which we do not want to order. If the publisher confirms that there will be a paperback version, we would like to order paperback copies. We will follow up with the bookstore as soon as we have a response from  from Stanford University Press..***

 12. Putnam, Laura. Radical Moves: Caribbean Migrants and the Politics of Race in the Jazz Age.

ISBN: 978-0807872857

 13. Brooks, Max. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War.

ISBN: 978-0307346612

 14. Dunn, Christopher. Contracultura: Alternative Arts and Social Transformation in Authoritarian Brazil.

ISBN: 978-1469628516

HISP 730/ANT 585 - Topics in Intercultural Discourse and Translation: Intercultural Communication

Xochitl Marsilli-Vargas, Wednesday 4:00pm-7:00pm

This course is an intensive introduction to the study of communication as a cultural system and speech as socially embedded communicative practice. It is designed for those wishing to gain enough background in theories of contact and communication to critically understand the place of language in social interaction. It is designed for graduate students; upper level undergraduates are welcome to enroll, with permission of the instructor. There are no special prerequisites.

The course will be divided in two units. The first one will explore relevant theoretical essays that will help with the understanding of how semiotic systems get constituted. The second half will focus on ethnographies of communication of cross-cultural encounters addressing Spanish-speaking communities around the globe; as well as how Spanish is constructed and circulated in the US through the analysis of different media outlets; how Latinx communities negotiate talk and; language policies that affect immigrants from beyond Spanish-speaking communities.

Topics include (among many): How does culture influence the communication process? What is the relation between culture, communication, and identity? How do various societal factors (economics, mass media, religion) influence intercultural communication?

HISP 740 - Topics in Texts and Culture: Romanticism, Politics, and Revolution in Nineteenth-Century Latin America

Hernán Feldman; Monday 1:00pm-4:00pm

This seminar will deal with a host of literary and essayistic texts generally associated with Romanticism.  Some of these primary texts are Juan Francisco Manzano’s Autobiografía de un esclavo, Andrés Bello’s “Alocución a la poesía,” Juan Bautista Alberdi’s “Fragmento preliminar al estudio del derecho,” José de Alencar’s Iracema, Cirilo Villaverde’s Cecilia Valdés, José María Samper’s Ensayos sobre las revoluciones políticas, Juana Manso’s Los misterios del Plata, and Mercedes Cabello de Carbonara’s La novela moderna. In the course of our readings, we will pay special attention to the political context of civil war and revolutions festering throughout Spanish America, on the one hand, as well as regional (often lusophobic) insurgent movements raging across the Brazilian Empire, on the other. In examining Latin American intellectual trends, our sessions will often assess aesthetic and political ideas emanating from Europe. This will especially be the case in two critical instances: (i) when we discuss the way in which some European authors (Edmund Burke, Madame de Stäel, Alexis de Tocqueville, Joseph de Maistre, François-René de Chateaubriand, and Juan Donoso Cortés) evaluated the legacy of the French Revolution, and (ii) when we call into question the role of the Napoleonic wars in how embryonic peculiarisms emerged across the Holy Roman Empire.  The way in which Latin American writers adopted, disseminated, and transformed ideas considered European will lead us to ask ourselves to what extent a given set of political or aesthetic concepts may be labeled as “out of place,” and what outcomes, if any, derive from said adjudication.

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.