Cursos | Courses
Mondays, 6.30-8.10 p.m. Room TBA
By Distinguished Lecturer Carmen Boullosa
Spanish B7809 - Creative Writing Wokshops
Distinguished Lecturer Carmen Boullosa will teach the Creative Writing in Spanish course and will direct the workshop in the fall, 2008. Professor Boullosa’s course (Spanish B7803 Seminar in Creative Writing ) will be offered on Mondays, 6:30 to 8:10. This course will work jointly with a series of workshops offered by the guest writers from México. These workshops will last 10 contact hours each, totaling 30 contact hours.
The course is linked to a three (3) credit-workshops and talks Writing/Reading Mexico offered by three major Mexican writers (see below).
The visit of three major writers from México will give the students the opportunity to enroll in
three express workshops in the art of writing. These authors will hold their sessions as follows:
Tuesday, 16 Sept: 4:30-8:10; Thursday, 18 Sept.: 4:30-8.10 pm;
Friday, 19 Sept.: 4:30-6.10 pm;
Tuesday, 21 October: 4:30-8.10; Thursday, 23 October: 4:30-8:10 pm;
Friday, 24 October: 4:30-6:10;
Tuesday, 18 November, 4:30-8:10 pm; Thursday, 20 November, 4.30-8:10 pm;
Friday, 21 November: 4:30-6:10 pm;
Each of them will have 10 contact hours with the students.
These workshops are open only to students who are enrolled in the Creative Writing course of Prof. Boullosa.
Nevertheless, the readings of the distinguished Mexican writers, given in the heart of these workshops, will be open to the public, as follows:
CARMEN BOULLOSA, who will deliver a talk open to the public on September 8, from 6 to 8:10.
JORGE VOLPI, who will deliver a talk open to the public on September 18, from 6 to 8:10.
JUAN VILLORO, who will offer a talk open to the public on October 23th, from 6 to 8:10.
BÁRBARA JACOBS, who will offer a talk open to the public on November 20, from 6 to 8:10.
<span class="Headline">Otros cursos del programa de Máster | Other MA courses</span>
V5800 1XW Contemporary Spanish Poetry. 2HR/3CR plus conference hour.
(code-0689) 5/123 M.W. 6:00-8:30 PM Prof. Wasem
The course will analyze the poetic trends that developed in Spain during the 20th. Century, with special attention to key voices from the Generación del 27 and the influence of the avant-garde. During the course, the main concepts embedded in the Spanish literary historiography (such as Modernismo, or the different generaciones in Spain), and the aesthetic debates that took place during the century, will be critically approached. The course will include readings of representative works by major poets, such as Federico García Lorca, Antonio Machado, Juan Ramón Jiménez, Blanca Andreu, and others.
Four abstracts (one for each unit of the syllabus) of one article or one book chapter from the bibliography provided in the course (20%), four text analysis (20%), midterm (25%) and a final paper (25%), as well as class participation (10%).
Rafael Alberti, Luis Cernuda, Federico García Lorca, Jorge Guillén, José Hierro, Juan Ramón Jiménez, and others.
Prerequisite: For graduate students only. Approval of Director, M.A. Program in Spanish.
Spanish V0100 [sec. 1FG - code 2781]: History of the Spanish Language
Monday 4:30-6:10 PM (3 cr./2 hrs. plus conference) Prof. Silvia Burunat
An introductory course to study the evolution of the Spanish language from its roots in Latin. It is expected that students will acquire a solid base in this subject, and develop a taste for future research into the field. Although a deep knowledge of Latin is not required, some references to it will be necessary, as well as to other peninsular languages which influenced in the formation of “castellano”, the dialect that became the main official language of Spain, and later on, of the rest of the Spanish-speaking world.
There shall be frequent comparisons between the target language and English, which should serve a practical purpose as a tool for the improvement and understanding of vocabulary and spelling in both. A brief study of dialectology, including the different variants of Spanish in the United States, as well as in the Latin American countries, Equatorial Guinea, the Philippines, and the few Sephardic communities still in existence, shall be conducted.
Bibliography (i.e., Texts):
Burunat, Julio and Silvia. El español y su evolución. New Orleans: UP South, 1999.
Lapesa, Rafael. Historia de la lengua española. Madrid: Gredos, latest edition.
Active participation in all class activities. A quiz after each chapter. A mid-term examination. A final examination. A 5-7 page essay on a topic assigned by the professor.
Quizzes: 20%, Mid-term:30%, Final: 30%, Essay: 10%, and Class participation: 10%
Spanish V5600 [sec. 2TU – code 2827]: Contemporary Spanish Novel
Tuesdays 6:30- 8:10 PM (3 cr./2 hrs. plus conference) Prof. Elizabeth Starčević
The Spanish Civil War, and the forty years of dictatorship that followed has had an indelible impact on Spanish literature. This class will study four novels by authors who were directly touched by the civil war and its aftermath and see how this crucial period continues to resonate in a novel from the present moment.
Bibliography (i.e., Texts):
Goytisolo, Juan. Señas de identidad
Martín Gaite, Carmen El cuarto de atrás
Martín Santos, Luís Tiempo de silencio
Rodoreda, Mercé La plaza del Diamante
Chacón, Dulce La voz dormida
Attendance and punctuality at all classes. Class participation. Readings must be prepared before class. Two exams, short papers integrating literacy criticism and texts, one paper on the novels and an oral presentation.
Spanish V6000 [sec. 3FG – code 2784]: Spanish American Colonial Literature
Wednesdays 4:30- 6:10 PM (3 cr./2 hrs. plus conference) Prof. Raquel Chang-Rodríguez
The course will study native documents gathered during the colonial period as well as a variety of texts (letters, “relaciones,” histories, chronicles, poems, dramas) written by European and Americans during the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. These texts will be placed in a historical and cultural grid in order to examine the aim of the different authors as well as their importance within Spanish-American literary developments. The course will cover (and expand) on the following themes: 1) the conquest and its perception in written and pictorial documents by Indigenous, mestizo and European subjects; 2) Criollo society and its representation, 3) the predicament of women writers during this period. When examining texts linked to these and other themes, the course will explore how “difference” developed and marked colonial writings. The peculiar situation of native, mestizo and criollo authors as well as the complexities of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz’s writings will become important foci of discussion. To establish strong communication the course will use the BlackBoard system. You need to acquire a CCNY email address to access the BB system. For questions, please email instructor
Este curso se propone abordar muestras de testimonios indígenas así como un grupo diverso de obras (cartas, relaciones, historias, poemas, dramas), escritos por europeos y americanos en diferentes etapas de la época colonial. Estos escritos se ubicarán en el contexto histórico y cultural en que fueron concebidos para examinar después su significado e importancia dentro del desarrollo de la literatura hispanoamericana. El curso se centrará en los siguientes módulos temáticos: 1) sujetos europeos y americanos ante la conquista en representaciones lingüísticas y pictóricas); 2) la visión de la sociedad criolla; 3) la problemática del discurso femenino. Al analizar obras relacionadas con los indicados, se dará cuenta de cómo surge la “diferencia” y cómo ésta comienza a marcar las letras americanas. La peculiar encrucijada de escritores indígenas, mestizos y criollos dentro de la sociedad colonial constituirá un importante foco de discusión. La complejidad del discurso femenino se estudiará a través de la obra de Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, paradigma de la época. Con el propósito de animar la discusión y establecer la comunicación a todo nivel, el curso usará el sistema Black Board. Para acceder al BB se necesita una dirección electrónica de CCNY. Si tiene preguntas, comuníquese con el instructor:
Texts (available at CCNY Bookstore)
Texto base: Raquel Chang-Rodríguez, ed. “Aquí, ninfas del sur, venid ligeras.” Voces poéticas virreinales. Madrid: Vervuert, 2008
Bartolomé de las Casas, Brevísima relación de la destrucción de las Indias. Ed. André Saint-Lu. Madrid: Cátedra, latest ed.
Distributed in photocopy:
1. Cristóbal Colón, “Carta del ‘descubrimiento’ “
2. Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, “Respuesta a Sor Filotea de la Cruz”
El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Comentarios reales; http://librosymaslibros.wordpress.com/2008/03/27/inca-garcilaso-de-la-vega-comentarios-reales/ (ed. de Aurelio Miró Quesada, Biblioteca Ayacucho); chapters to read/comment will be selected. Also available in ed. Porrúa in bookstores.
Juan Ruiz de Alarcón, La verdad sospechosa. Ed. Lola Josa http://cvc.cervantes.es/obref/verdad_sospechosa/ Also available in ed. Cátedra in bookstores.
Requirements: Attendance and punctuality, group assignments, two textual analysis essays, quizzes, and a mid-term exam (no make-up exams are offered).
Spanish B7807 [sec. 3HJ – code 2785]: Caribbean Literature
Wednesdays 6:30- 8:10 PM (3 cr./2 hrs. plus conference) Prof. Angel Estévez
This course will focus on Caribbean literature of the XX and XXI, written in Spanish.
We will examine closely works by representative authors with special emphasis on social, magic, religious, artistic, ethnic and other aspects.
Bibliography (i.e., Texts):
Carpentier, Alejo. El reino de este mundo.
Fernández Retamar, Roberto. Calibán en Calibán. Contra la leyenda negra.
Sánchez, Luis Rafael. La guaracha del Macho Camacho. Arcadio Díaz Quiñones, ED. Madrid,
Veloz Maggiolo, Marcio. El hombre del acordeón. Barcelona, Siruela
Other essays and articles will be distributed and discussed.
As in all other courses, in this one students will be expected to participate actively and
come prepared to each class meeting. There will be a midterm/essay; special assignments
from the readings; and a final exam or project on a topic approved by the professor.