Program in Comparative Literature

Héctor Domínguez-Ruvalcaba

ProfessorPh.D., University of Colorado at Boulder

Professor of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Héctor Domínguez-Ruvalcaba



LAS 370S • Gend Iss Contemp Lat Am Cin

39765 • Spring 2016
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM BEN 1.124
(also listed as SPN 350K, WGS 335)

The main questions this course will address are: What is the role of Latin American cinema in the formation of a gender system? How Latin American cinema reinforces or destabilizes patriarchal hegemony? How can we characterize the relationship between marginal sexualities and gender structures in Latin American cinema? What's the role of filmic representations in the understanding of contemporaryy gender violence? To answer these questions the class will analyze a selection of films produced from the 1930s to the present, focusing on the following topics:

a) Questioning maternity: Como agua para chocolate.

c) Prostitution: La bella de la Alhambra/ La vida precoz y breve de Sabina Rivas

d) Breaking family values: Chacotero sentimental

e) Exorcising machismo: Entre Pancho Villa y una mujer desnuda

f) Labor and women: Danzón/ María, llena eres de gracia/ Las minas de las minas*

g) Sex and Childhood: La virgen de los Sicarios/ La niña santa/ De tripas corazón*

h) Homosexuality and homophobia: Un lugar sin límites/ Contracorriente

i) Queer chanllenges: XXY, Blosoms of Fire

j) Feminicides: Señorita extraviada/ Traspatio

LAS 381 • Mexican Masculinities

39835 • Spring 2016
Meets T 5:00PM-8:00PM BEN 1.118
(also listed as ILA 387)

Course Description: This seminar is devoted to study the representations of Mexican masculinities in Literature, Film and visual arts. The objectives are: a) to distinguish the social, political and cultural factors of the formation of Mexican masculinity; b) to recognize the Mexican gender system, as represented in a selection of canonical representations; c) to analyze the cultural and political aspects of gender violence. The topics the class will address are: a) machismo, patriarchy, and homosociety in bandits and revolutionary narratives; b) the criticism of machismo and the politics of gender in twentieth century Mexican essay; c) melodrama and the technologies of masculinities in the analysis of classic Mexican cinema; d) misogyny, homophobia, and criminal violence in contemporary literature and film.

Grade criteria:

Oral presentation:                              10%

Class participation:                            15%

Annotated bibliography and abstract:  10%

First draft of term paper/ symposium:  25%

Term paper:                                        40%


Argüelles, Hugo. Trilogía mestiza. México: Plaza y Valdés Editores, 1994.

Altamirano, Ignacio Manuel.  El zarco. Episodios de la vida mexicana en 1861-1863. 

Chacón, Tomás.  Cuentas pendientes.  Ciudad Juárez: H. Ayuntamiento de Juárez, 1992.

Connel, R.W.  Masculinidades. México: PUEG-UNAM, 1993.

Guzmán, Martín Luis.  El águila y la serpiente.  Madrid: Compañía Iberoamericana de Publicaciones, 1928.

Inclán, Luis G.  Astucia. México: Universidad Veracruzana-Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2005 (1866). 

Irwin, Robert M. Mexican Masculinities. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2003.

Macías-González, Víctor. "The Lagartijo at The High Life. Masculine Consumption, Race, Nation, and Homosexuality in Porfirian Mexico". The Famous 41. Sexuality and Social Control in Mexico, 1901.  Ed. M. Irwin, McCaughan Nasser. Nueva York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003, 227-249.

Mendoza, Elmer. Un asesino solitario.  México: Tusquets, 1999.

Monsiváis, Carlos. Amor perdido. México: Era, 1977.

Mora, Sergio de la.  Cinemachismo: masculinities and sexuality in Mexican film. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2006.

Narcocultura. Dir. Shaul Schwarz.  USA-Mexico: 2013.

Núñez Noriega, Guillermo. Sexo entre varones. Poder y resistencia en el campo sexual.  México: Miguel Ángel Porrúa-El Colegio de Sonora-UNAM, 1999.

Paz, Octavio.  El laberinto de las soledad. Segunda ed. revisada y ampliada. México: FCE, 1959.

Parra, Eduardo Antonio.  Nostalgia de la sombra.  Mexico City: Joaquín Mortiz, 2002.

Payno, Manuel.  Los bandidos de Río Frío.  México: Porrúa, 1982 (1891).

Ramos, Samuel.  Perfil del hombre y la cultura en México.  México: SEP, 1987.

Rascón Banda, Víctor Hugo. “Hotel Juárez”, en Teatro de frontera 13/14. Ed. Víctor Hugo Rascón Banda). México-Durango: Siglo XXI, 481-517. 2004

Urquizo, Francisco L. Tropa vieja. En Antonio Castro Leal, ed.  La novela de la revolución mexicana. México: Aguilar, 1964.

LAS 370S • Body Politics Lat Am Poetry

39569 • Fall 2015
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM BEN 1.122
(also listed as SPN 355)

Taught in Spanish.  Students will learn about various cultural expressions and will be able to understand them in specific political and historical contexts

LAS 370S • Violence In Contemp Mex Cul

39575 • Fall 2015
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM BEN 1.122
(also listed as SPN 355)

Taught in Spanish. Studies the representation of violence in contemporary literary and cultural production in Mexico in order to understand social, political, and cultural implications of current violence there.

LAS 370S • Gend Iss Contemp Lat Am Cin

39740 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM BEN 1.126
(also listed as SPN 350K, WGS 335)

Studies Latin American cinema as a device of gender system formation and reinforcement, and as criticism of patriarchal hegemony; discusses questions related to sexuality depicted in Latin American films. Subjects covered include: maternity, prostitution, machismo, children's sexuality, homosexuality, heterosexuality, and gender violence in films from the 1930s to present. Conducted in Spanish.

LAS 370S • Intro To Literatures/Culs

39747 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM PAR 301
(also listed as SPN 328C)

This course aims to discuss the main topics of Spanish and Spanish American literary and cultural expressions, based on the following axes:

1. Gender relationships.

2. The question of coloniality and resistance.

3. Migratory movements.

These three topics will be discussed by reviewing literature, art, films and popular expressions of the region.

LAS 370S • Violence In Contemp Mex Cul

40690 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM BEN 1.126
(also listed as SPN 355)

Taught in Spanish. Studies the representation of violence in contemporary literary and cultural production in Mexico in order to understand social, political, and cultural implications of current violence there. Taught in Spanish. Latin American Studies 322 and 370S may not both be counted unless the topics vary. Only one of the following may be counted: Latin American Studies 370S (Topic 23), Spanish 350 (Topic 13), 355 (Topic 6), Women's and Gender Studies 340 (Topic 20).

LAS 392S • Queer Latin Amer Lit & Cult

40810 • Fall 2014
Meets T 5:00PM-8:00PM BEN 1.118
(also listed as ILA 387)

Description: This course aims to introduce the students to the main trends of queer studies on Latin American literature and culture. Significant works dealing with Latin American sexualities and studies of the body have been published in recent years. This scholarly production results from placing the episteme of body and sexuality on the central preoccupations of social sciences and humanities. Studying sexualities in Latin America conveys an intersection of multiple axes of difference (race, class, nationality, religion), where sexuality, rather than being considered an immanent object of study, functions as a theoretical basis for knowing culture and society. By reading literary and critical works in which body and sexuality are represented beyond the hegemonic gender system, this course will focus on three topics: a) queer rhetoric: (de) naturalization, performance and liminalities; c) marginal sexualities and national identity: modernity and citizenship in the representation of sexuality; b) images and self-images of the queer subject: homophobia, machismo, and queer body on the public arena; e) queer theory beyond sexuality: disability, monstrosity, and body transformations. The course will include: an introduction to the main concepts of queer studies; reading some critical works about queer Latin American culture; analyzing literature, art, and cinema with this approach.

Grading policy:

Oral presentation 10%

Class participation 15%

Annotated bibliography 10%

First draft of term paper 25%

Term paper 40%


N/A.  "Los 41. El escándalo periodístico de 1901."  In Robert McKee Irwin, Edward J. McCaughan, and Michelle Rocío Jasser.  The Famous 41. Sexuality and Social Control in Mexico, 1901.  New York: Palgrave, 2003.

Angelides, Steven.  A History of Bisexuality.  Chicago: University of Chicago, 2001.

Arenas, Reinaldo.  Antes que anochezca.  Barcelona: Fábula, 1996.

Bejel, Emilio.  Gay Cuban Nation.  Chicago: University of Chicago, 2001.

Berman, Sabina.  Lunas.  México: Katún, 1988.

Berenguer, Carmen.  Naciste pintada.  Santiago (Chile): Cuarto propio, 1999.

Blanco, José Joaquín.  Las púberes canéforas.  México: Océano, 1983.

Butler, Judith.  Bodies that Matter.  New York: Routledge, 1993.

Castellanos Moya, Horacio.  Baile con serpientes.  Barcelona: Tusquets,

Connell, R. W.  Masculinidades.  México: UNAM, 2003.

Fiol-Matta, Licia.  A queer Mother for the Nation. The State and Gabriela Mistral.  Minneapolis: University of minnesota Press, 2002.

Jagose, Annamarie.  Queer Theory. An Introduction.  New York: New York U., 1996.

Lamborguini, Osvaldo.  Novelas y cuentos.  Barcelona: Serbal, 1988.

Lemebel, Pedro.  Loco afán.  Barcelona: Anagrama, 1996.

Molloy, Sylvia.  "Too Wilde for Comfort: Desire and Idelogy in Fin-de-Siècle Spanish America."  Social Text  31-32 (1992), 187-201.

Novo, Salvador.  La estatua de sal.  México: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1998.

Perlonguer, Néstor.  Prosa plebeya. Ensayos 1980-1992.  Buenod Aires: Puñaladas, 1997.

Peterse, Alan.  Unmasking the Masculine. 'Men' and 'Identity' in a Skeptical Age.  London-Thousand Oaks-New Delhi: Sage, 1998. 

Puig, Manuel.  El beso de la mujer araña.  México: De bolsillo,

Quiroga, José.  Tropics of Desire. Interventions form Queer Latino America.  New York-London: New York University Press, 2000.

Richard, Nelly.  Masculino/femenino: prácticas de la diferencia y cultura democrática.  Santiago (Chile): Francisco Zegers, 1989.

Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky.  Epistemology of the Closet.  Berkeley-Los Angeles: University of California, 1990.

Sifuentes-Jáuregui, Ben.  Transvestism, Masculinity, and Latin American Literature. Genders Share Flesh.  New York: Palgrave, 2002.

Vallejo, Fernando.  La virgen de los sicarios. México: Alfaguara, 1999.

Zapata, Luis. El vampiro de la colonia Roma.  México: Grijalbo,


LAS 370S • Gend Iss Contemp Lat Am Cin

41065 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM BEN 1.122
(also listed as SPN 350K, WGS 340)

Topic 1: Gender Issues in Contemporary Latin American Cinema. Same as Latin American Studies 370S (Topic 24: Gender Issues in Latin American Cinema). Studies Latin American cinema as a device of gender system formation and reinforcement, and as criticism of patriarchal hegemony; discusses questions related to sexuality depicted in Latin American films. Subjects covered include: maternity, prostitution, machismo, children's sexuality, homosexuality, heterosexuality, and gender violence in films from the 1930s to present. Conducted in Spanish. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Latin American Studies 370S (Topic 24), Spanish 350 (Topic: Gender in Contemporary Latin American Cinema), 350K (Topic 1).

LAS 392S • Utop/Apocaly:lat Am Neolib Era

41050 • Fall 2013
Meets T 5:00PM-8:00PM BEN 1.118
(also listed as ILA 387)


This seminar will focus on the study of the main cultural debates in contemporary Spanish America through analyzing some of the most influential essays published from the late 1980s to the present. Questions related to the relationship between politics and cultural production, the local and the global, nationalisms and migrations, the understanding of violence, urban life, gender relations, and sexual and ethnic diversity will be proposed as subjects of enquiry. It is central to this course to define the paradigms through which Spanish American intellectuals interpret social reality in the context of neoliberal economy and the emergence of new forms of oppression, resistance, and cultural expressions.  For this seminar, Spanish American essay production is understood as intellectual intervention in the public sphere, and as theoretical propositions aimed to redefine Spanish America cultural identity in the midst of the post-dictatorial rearrangements, the increasing of organized crime and paramilitarization, the weakening of the state institutions and the growing of ethnic and gender violence. That means that essay will be approached as a discursive field where political contentions are expressed as poetic struggles, a problem of meaning that is also a problem of cultural and social understanding.

Grade criteria

Oral presentation 15%

Class participation 15%

Annotated bibliography 15 %

First draft of term paper 15%

Term paper 40%


Achúgar, Hugo. La biblioteca en ruinas: reflexiones culturales desde la periferia. Montevideo: Trilce, 1994.

Castañeda, Jorge. La utopía desarmada. México: Joaquín Mortiz, 1993.

Cornejo Polar, Antonio. Escribir en el aire. Ensayo sobre la heterogeneidad sociocultural en las literaturas andinas.  Lima: Editorial Horizonte, 1994.

García Canclini, Néstor. Culturas híbridas: estrategias para entrar y salir de la modernidad.  México: Grijalbo, 1989.

Martín Barbero, Jesús. Al sur de la modernidad: comunicación, globalización, y multiculturalidad

Monsiváis, Carlos. Aires de familia: cultura y sociedad en América Latina. Barcelona: Anagrama, 2000.

Piglia, Ricardo. Tres propuestas para el próximo milenio. Buenos Aires: La Nación, 2000.

Quijano, Aníbal.  "Colonialidad del poder y clasificación social." Journal of Worl-System Research. Festschrift for Immanuel Walerstein I.  11:2 (Summer-Fall, 2000), 342-386.

Reguillo, Rosana.  Estrategias del desencanto. La emergencia de culturas juveniles en Latinoamérica. Ed. Norma, Buenos Aires, 2002.

Richard, Nelly.  Masculino/femenino: prácticas de la diferencia y cultura democrática. Santiago : Francisco Zegers Editor, 1993.

-----.  Márgenes e instituciones. Arte en Chile desde 1973. Santiago: Metales Pesados, 2007.

Rojas, Rafael.  Tumbas sin sociego: revolución, disidencia y exilio del intelectual cubano. Barcelona: Anagrama, 2006.

Sarlo, Beatriz.  La ciudad vista: mercancías y cultura urbana. Buenos Aires: Siglo Veintiuno Editores, 2009.

Thayer, Willy.  La crisis no moderna de la universidad moderna. Santigo: Editorial Cuarto Propio, 1996.

Villoro, Juan.  "La alfombra roja del terror del narco" 

LAS 370S • Violence In Contemp Mex Cul

40525 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM BEN 1.122
(also listed as SPN 350, WGS 340)

This course will be devoted to the study of literary texts, art pieces, and films dealing with violence in Mexico in recent years.  The class will discuss the characteristics of these representations and how they can lead us to understand social, economic, and political processes that generate violent events. The questions we are going to address are: what are the aesthetic, ethic, and political implications of the representations of violence? How can we understand Mexican society and gender system through the analysis of these narratives? What are the strategies that these works suggest for the solution of such difficult reality?

LAS 392S • Modernismo: Aesthet/Sexlty/Mod

40435 • Fall 2011
Meets T 5:30PM-8:30PM BEN 1.118
(also listed as SPN 380K)


This seminar aims to revise Spanish American literary texts and visual art produced between the end of nineteenth century and the two first decades of the twentieth century that are considered part of the modernista aesthetics, from a theoretical perspective that combines queer and postcolonial approaches. Some of the questions we are going to address are:

  • How modernista aestheticism articulates neocolonialism with modern national projects?
  • What is the role that sexuality and sensuality play in the construction of the modernista imagination?
  • What are the intersections of modernista art, poetry, fiction and prose?
  • How the intellectual insights of modernistas can be interpreted as gender politics?

Grading criteria:

Presentation: 10%

Participation: 15%

Paper draft: 15%

Final paper: 50%


Arévalo Martínez, Rafael.  El hombre que parecía un caballo y otros cuentos. México: CONACULTA, 1997.

Barba Jacob, Porfirio.  Guirnaldas de la noche.  Xalapa: Gobierno del Estado de Veracruz, 2004.

Bhabha, Homi K.  The Location of Culture.  London-New York: Routledge, 1994.

Casal, Julián del.  Crónicas habaneras.  La Habana: Universidad Cemtral de Villas, 1963.

Darío Rubén. Azul, El salmo de la pluma. Canto de vida y esperanza. Otros poemas. México: Porrúa, 2002.

-----. "Catulle Mendes". Obras completas.  Madrid: Afrodisio Aguado, 1950.

D'Halmar, Augusto.  Obras escogidas.  Santiago: Ed. Andrés Bello, 1970.

Gutiérrez Nájera, Manuel. "Crónica de color bitter." En José Olivio Jiménez y Antonio R, de la Campa.  Antología crítica de la prosa modernista.  New York: Eliseo Torres and Sons, 1976, 127-132.

-----.  "La mañana de San Juan." En José Olivio Jiménez y Antonio R, de la Campa.  Antología crítica de la prosa modernista.  New York: Eliseo Torres and Sons, 1976, 209-213.

Jiménez, José Olivio.  Antología de la poesía modernista hispanoamericana. Madrid: Hiperión, 1985.

Lugones, Leopoldo.  Las fuerzas extrañas.  Buenos Aires: Ediciones del 80, 1981.

Martí, José. "El terremoto de Charleston." En José Olivio Jiménez y Antonio R, de la Campa.  Antología crítica de la prosa modernista.  New York: Eliseo Torres and Sons, 1976, 104-116.

-----. "Nuestra América".  Obras completas.  La Habana: Lex, 1946.

-----. "Prólogo al poema de 'El Niágara' de J.A. Pérez Bonalde (1982)." En José Olivio Jiménez y Antonio R, de la Campa.  Antología crítica de la prosa modernista.  New York: Eliseo Torres and Sons, 1976, 46-51.

Molloy, Sylvia.  "Too Wilde for Confort: Desire and Ideology In Fin-de-Siecle Spanish America."  Social Text 31-32 (1992), 187-201.

Montaldo, Graciela.  La sensibilidad amenazada.  Caracas: Planeta, 1995.

Montero, Oscar.  Modernismo y homofobia. Darío y Rodó."  En Daniel Balderston y Donna Guy, eds.  Sexo y sexualidades en América Latina.  Buenos Aires-Barcelona-México: Paidós, 1997.

Nervo, Amado.  Obras completas.  Madrid: Aguilar, 1973.

Paz, Octavio.  Cuadrivio: Darío, Lópex velarde, Pessoa, Cernuda.  México: Joaquín Mortiz, 1969.

Prado, Pedro.  Alsino.  Santiago: Editorial Nascimento, 1951.

Rama, Ángel.  Las máscaras democráticas del modernismo.  Montevideo: Fundación Ángel Rama, 1985.

Ramos. Julio.  Desencuentros de la modernidad en América Latina. Litearatura y política en el siglo XIX.  Santiago: Ed, Cuarto Propio, 2000.

Rodó, José Enrique.  Cinco ensayos.  Madrid: Editorial América, 1917.

Sedgwick, Eve Kosofski.  Epistemology of the Closet.  Berkeley: University of California, 1990.

Silva, José Asunción.  Poesía. De sobremesa.  Mdrid: Cátedra, 2006.

Varela, Juan.  "Carta de Juan Varela a Rubén Darío."  En Rubén Darío. Azul, El salmo de la pluma. Canto de vida y esperanza. Otros poemas. México: Porrúa, 2002.

LAS 370S • Civilization Of Spanish Amer

40630-40655 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM CAL 100
(also listed as SPN 322K)


This course aims to discuss the main topics that constitute the Latin American cultural process, based on the following axes:


1. Aspects of Spanish American cultural expressions and daily life.

2. Gender relationships.

3. The question of coloniality.


These three topics will be discussed by reviewing history, politics, art, literature, and popular expressions of the region. The questions we will address include: How coloniality––i.e. the condition of dependency from imperial countries­––has shaped political culture, gender structure, beliefs, and perceptions? What are the distinctive aspects of Spanish American cultural expressions? What are the most significant political conflicts of the region? What is the significance of popular events and daily life practices in the area?


Texts: A selection of the following texts are included in the reading packet for this class

Rhory Benítez et. al., El silencio que la voz de todas quiebra. Mujeres y víctimas de Ciudad Juárez. Chihuahua: Ediciones Azar- NMSU-UACJ, México, 1999.

Burgos, Elizabeth/ Rigoberta Menchú.  Me llamo Rigoberta Menchú.  México: Siglo XXI, 1985.

Galeano, Eduardo.  Las venas abiertas de América Latina.  México: Siglo XXI, 1979.

Huilca, Saturnino.  Huilca, habla un campesino peruano.  Hugo Neira, ed.  La Habana:  Casa de las Américas, 1979.

Lemebel, Pedro.  De perlas y cicatrices.  Santiago: LOM, 1996.

Martínez, José Luis, ed.  Nezahalcóyotl. México: SEO-Diana, 1975.

Ortiz, Fernando.  Los negros esclavos.  La Habana: Editorial de Ciencias Sociales, 1996.

Poniatowska, Elena.  Hasta no verte Jesús mío. México: Era, 1986.

Ramos Smith, Maya.  La danza en México durante la época colonial.  México: CONACULTA-Alianza Editorial Mexicana, 1990 (1979)

Taibo II, Paco Ignacio, Subcomandante Marcos.  Muertos incómodos (falta lo que falta).  México: Joaquín Mortiz, 2005.

Toscano, Salvador.  Cuauhtémoc.  México: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1984.

Uslar Pietri, Arturo.  Las nubes.  Caracas: Monte Ávila, 1997.

Salazar, Alonso.  Drogas y narcotráfico en Colombia.  Bogotá: Planeta, 2001.




4 partial tests            40%

Final test                     30%

Quizzes                      15%

Class participation   15%

LAS 370S • Intro Spn Amer Lit Snc Mod

40250 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM MEZ 2.118
(also listed as SPN 325L)

Main literary trends and principal writers in Spanish America since Modernism. Taught in Spanish.

LAS 392S • Lat Amer Essay: Indep-Cold War

40410 • Fall 2010
Meets W 5:00PM-8:00PM MEZ 1.104
(also listed as SPN 380M)

W 5:00-8:00 PM

MEETS WITH: LAS 392S, 40410


This course proposes a discussion about the parallel between literary and political reflections that can be found in the most outstanding essayists in Latin America. The relationship between the literature and the construction of the nation leads us to reconsider some contemporary theoretical approaches that point to the imaginary generation of this concept, such us the definitions proposed by Benedict Anderson, Homi Bahbah, Fredric Jameson, Slavoj Zizek, and Doris Sommer, among others. This means that we will analyze the nation as a literary topic, which will be addressed under the following questions: what are the imaginary constituents of the myth of the nation in Latin America? How the relationship between politics, history, ethnography, and aesthetics can be articulated? And, what is the status of essay as genre in Latin America? This class will be divided in three units, focusing on the three historical periods of major production of Latin American essays: a) The formation of the nations after the independence in Nineteenth Century from Bolivar to José Martí; b) The modern prose including the generation of the Centenario, the Ateneo de la Juventud and the projects of social-oriented states; c) and the generation of the Cold War.

 Kind of Course: general

 Grading policy:

Oral presentation on theoretical or critical reading 10%

Class participation 10%

Three partial exams 30 %

Term paper 50%


Bolívar, Simón. Discurso de Angostura

Buarque de Holanda Sérgio Raízes do Brasil

Galvez, Manuel. El solar de la raza

González, Luis.  "El país de cuatro pisos"

Martí, José. "Nuestra América"

Mairátegui, Carlos. Siete ensayos de interpretación de la realidad peruana

Ortiz, Fernando.  Contrapunto cubano del tabaco y el azúcar

Paz, Octavio. El laberinto de la soledad; La estación violenta

Rama, Ángel. La ciudad letrada

Reyes, Alfonso. La experiencia literaria, México en una nuez

Vasconcelos, José.  La raza cósmica



SPN F326L • Conversation & Composition-Spn

89660 • Summer 2008
Meets MTWTH 10:30AM-12:30PM

SPN 326L, Introduction to Spanish Literature since 1700

J Johnson, summer 2012



Texts: Paredes Méndez et al. Voces de España: Antología literaria. Thomson-Heinle, 2005.

Marina Mayoral. Querida amiga. Alfaguara, 2001.


Description: This course introduces students to the most important writers, works, and tendencies of Spanish literature from the fables and essays of the 18th century to today’s novels and short stories. Students will read selections from Voces as well as additional texts by Federico García Lorca and Marina Mayoral. Class discussion will focus on comprehension and appreciation of texts; understanding and analysis of literary techniques; and Spain’s shifting cultural and historical contexts.



Grading: Based on 1000 total points.

300 = attendance and participation, including daily quizzes and in-class assignments

200 = 2 presentations (commentary on an essay; commentary on a poem)

200 = 5-pg paper comparing treatments of an important theme in different periods/ genres

300 = 2 exams (midterm & final)


SPN F327G • Adv Grammar & Compositn I-Mex

89580 • Summer 2006

Department of Spanish and Portuguese

SPANISH 327 G-Advanced Grammar and Composition I

Summer 2012


This document contains important information and represents an agreement between the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and its students. You indicate acceptance of these policies by registering for this course.  Read it carefully and refer to it frequently. You are responsible for knowing all of the information in it. Please note especially the sections on Academic Honesty and the Attendance Policy.


INSTRUCTOR:                      Irma Celina Nevárez-Carter

COURSE TITLE:                    Advanced Grammar and Composition I

MEETING TIME / PLACE:     M-F 10:00-11:30 / MEZ 2.118


OFFICE:                                 MEZ 4.108

OFFICE HOURS:                  MWF 9:30-10:00 and 11:30-12:00

PHONE:                                 471-1686                    





The language program at The University of Texas focuses on the development of three major types of competencies (all equally ranked in terms of importance):


(1)  linguistic competence (linguistic proficiency in Spanish including knowledge of phonetics/phonology, morphosyntax, lexicon, discourse, etc.)

(2)  communication/ interactional competence (communicative abilities in Spanish including knowledge of sociocultural uses of the language, pragmatics, cultural background/perspectives)

(3)  metalinguistic competence (awareness of language as a conceptual, symbolic  system)


Within the language program, SPN 327G is the first in the Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition two-course sequence. It is a bridge course between lower and upper-division Spanish designed to

  • help you inductively master grammar points of particular concern to speakers of English
  • perfect your grammar skills through a variety of tasks designed to clarify grammatical points, including oral, reading, and writing activities
  • acquire and apply strategies of composition development (pre-writing, writing, revising, editing, and evaluation)
  • promote critical and integrative thinking skills.


This learner-based course will lead you through a “guided inductive approach” that presents you with selected samples to analyze in order to

  • discover patterns of oral and written discourse,
  • formulate hypotheses about the linguistic and communicative functions of the Spanish language
  • develop an understanding of Hispanic culture and literature.


All in-class activities, readings, movies, and assignments are in Spanish.


Expectations: This is a fifth-semester course designed to strengthen and advance your knowledge of Spanish. Students enrolled in this course are expected to

  • have mastered basic grammatical concepts (agreement; verb conjugations: present, past, future; pronouns)
  • understand indicative, imperative, and subjunctive moods
  • read and write at a fourth-semester level or at an advanced proficiency level

If you are weak in any of these skills, it is your responsibility to study and master them and/or visit your instructor at the beginning and throughout the semester to help you reach the expected basic level that is necessary for you to understand and master advanced notions.

The course will be entirely taught in Spanish




Spanish 312L, 612, or the equivalent with a grade of C. 





 Iguina, Zulma and Dozier, Eleanor. Manual de gramática: Grammar Reference for

Students of Spanish. Fouth Edition: Thomson and Heinle.


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