Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Diana R Norton


LecturerPhD, The University of Texas at Austin

Diana R Norton

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20th Century Spanish Cultural studies, Iberian Studies, borderland studies, transnationalism, denationalism and cosmopolitanism

Biography


Diana Norton obtained her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. She completed her Masters in Spanish and Latin American Languages and Literatures at NYU in Madrid in 2011.  

Her book project is entitled American Stars, Spanish Censorship, and is under contract at the University of Toronto Press. In it, she analyzes representations of foreign film stars in relation to the nature of Hispanidad--the discourse of Spanish national identity under Franquismo--with the aim of showing how Hispanidad influenced Spain's cultural relationship with both Latin America and the United States during the first twenty years of the Franco regime. 

Research interests include: Iberian Studies; 20th Century Spanish Cultural Studies, with a focus on the transatlantic cultural exchange in propaganda and media under Franquismo; Women and Gender Studies; Migration and Borderland Studies; Affect and Feminist Theory

In addition to research and teaching, Diana volunteers with the League of Women Voters of Central Texas. And when the research hits a rough patch, you can find her running, doing yoga, meditating, gardening, or cooking.

Courses


SPN 611D • Second-Year Spanish

44585 • Spring 2020
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM MEZ B0.302
Hybrid/Blended
GC

Focus on the development of multilingual literacy through the analysis and use of Spanish to achieve linguistic competence (aspect, mood, compound tenses, passive voice), communication and interactional competence (pragmatics, cultural perspectives), and metalinguistic competence (critical analysis of oral and written texts, dialectal differences).

 

SPN 367P • Spanish Hlth Care Professns

44794 • Spring 2020
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM MEZ 1.212
CD

Develops vocabulary, grammar, expressions, and interactional skills that are related to foreign language for professional purposes. Also covers cultural issues that affect professional activities in Spanish-speaking communities.

Topic 1: Spanish for Health Care Professions. Designed to exercise fluency in both spoken and written language in health care situations. Focus on the complex grammatical concepts and cultural issues that affect professional activities in Spanish-speaking communities.

Topic 2: Business in Hispanic Life and Culture.

Topic 3: Translation Principles and Practice.

SPN 611D • Second-Year Spanish

44355 • Fall 2019
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM MEZ 1.208
Hybrid/Blended
GC

Focus on the development of multilingual literacy through the analysis and use of Spanish to achieve linguistic competence (aspect, mood, compound tenses, passive voice), communication and interactional competence (pragmatics, cultural perspectives), and metalinguistic competence (critical analysis of oral and written texts, dialectal differences).

 

SPN 611D • Second-Year Spanish

45135 • Spring 2019
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM BEN 1.124
Hybrid/Blended
GC

SPN 611D is the third course in The University of Texas lower-division Spanish program. The course focuses on developing speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in Spanish, while building vocabulary, learning basic rules and terminology of Spanish grammar, and gaining a better understanding of Hispanic cultures in order to communicate in an accurate, effective, and informed manner within a variety of sociocultural situations.

By the end of this course you should be able to do the following in Spanish:

        (a) describe in detail

        (b) narrate in the past and reacting subjectively to past events

        (c) express opinions about and react to events and situations

        (e) report what other people said

        (f) discuss past actions affecting the present

        (g) talk about actions completed prior to other past actions

        (h) recognize dialectal, social and contextual variation

        (i) talk about hypothetical situations in the present, past or future

        (j) understand the main ideas in moderately complex written texts (with improved                                              skimming, cognate recognition, and inference skills)

        (k) understand the main ideas of moderately complex oral discourse (with improved                              recognition of tone, content, context, intonation, etc.)

SPN 357 • Us In 20th/21st Cen Span Lit

45275 • Spring 2019
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM RLP 0.118
GC

This course will focus on popular representations of US culture and society in Spain from 1898 to the present. Using literature, film, popular music and television, we will analyze questions of empire, representations of diplomatic friendship, the influences of Hollywood, and other facets of US cultural and political hegemony as interpreted and represented in 20th century Spanish culture. Throughout the course, we will try to answer the following major questions:

  1. How do Spanish authors represent and write about the United States throughout the 20th century? 
  2. How do imperialism and nationalism function in a post-imperial state?
  3. How does Spanish literature and culture dialogue with US cultural imperialism? 

SPN 611D • Second-Year Spanish

45600 • Fall 2018
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM MEZ 1.208
Hybrid/Blended
GC

Focus on the development of multilingual literacy through the analysis and use of Spanish to achieve linguistic competence (aspect, mood, compound tenses, passive voice), communication and interactional competence (pragmatics, cultural perspectives), and metalinguistic competence (critical analysis of oral and written texts, dialectal differences).

 

SPN 610D • First-Year Spanish II

45780 • Spring 2018
Meets MWF 2:00PM-4:00PM MEZ B0.302

Focus on the development of multilingual literacy through the analysis and use of Spanish to achieve linguistic competence (commands, subjunctive, hypotheticals, future), communication and interactional competence (disagreeing, suggesting, turn taking), and metalinguistic competence (critical analysis of oral and written texts, dialectal differences).

SPN 611D • Second-Year Spanish

46365 • Fall 2017
Meets MWF 4:00PM-6:00PM MEZ 1.204
GC

Focus on the development of multilingual literacy through the analysis and use of Spanish to achieve linguistic competence (aspect, mood, compound tenses, passive voice), communication and interactional competence (pragmatics, cultural perspectives), and metalinguistic competence (critical analysis of oral and written texts, dialectal differences).

 

SPN 601D • Introductory Spanish

45375 • Spring 2016
Meets MWF 4:00PM-6:00PM MEZ 1.212

Focus on the development of multilingual literacy through the analysis and use of Spanish to achieve linguistic competence (simple present and past tenses, pronouns, adjectives), communication and interactional competence (complimenting, thanking, requesting, giving opinions), and metalinguistic competence (parts of speech, sociolinguistic cues, dialectal differences).

SPN 350K • Violence In Spanish Film

45665 • Fall 2015
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM BEN 1.126
GC (also listed as WGS 340)

Examines important themes in Iberian, Latin American, or African societies and examines their treatment in audiovisual and media production.

Topic 1: Gender Issues in Contemporary Latin American Cinema. Same as Latin American Studies 370S (Topic 24) and Women's and Gender Studies 335 (Topic 6). 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.

Topic 2: Violence in Spanish Film. Focus on representations of violence in film from and about Spain since the 1920s to present. Includes the Spanish Civil War, torture, and other state-sanctioned violence; children and violence; violence against women; homophobic violence; terrorism; and ethnic and racist violence.

Topic 3: Latin American Film and Culture. Same as Latin American Studies 370S (Topic 25: Latin American Film and Culture). Overview of Latin American cinema from the silent era to present, with an emphasis on the last forty years. Subjects covered include: the development of the film industry (particularly in Argentina and Mexico in the 1930s and 1940s); the "New Wave" of Latin American cinema in the 1960s; and contemporary trends.

Topic 4: Latin American Literature and Film. Same as Latin American Studies 370S (Topic 26: Latin American Literature and Film). Studies, in a broad sense, the connections between Latin American cinema and literature, through extensive readings and in-class movie exhibitions. A number of renowned literary works by Latin American authors and their film versions will be analyzed with a comparative approach.

Topic 5: Mediascapes: Literature and Media in the Caribbean. Same as Latin American Studies 370S (Topic 28). Analyzes the relationship between literature and media technologies in contemporary Caribbean cultures. Examination of the notion and uses of Caribbean mediascapes; in other words, the uses of media technologies derived from film, television, the internet and YouTube, and the ways they are used and read in the Spanish Caribbean.

Topic 6: Indigenous Voices: From Nezahualcoyotl to Radio. Same as Latin American Studies 370S (Topic 29). Examines how Indigenous writers, intellectuals, and cultural producers have creatively established their own voices through writing and other forms of media.

 

SPN 611D • Intermediate Spanish II

46015 • Spring 2015
Meets MWF 2:00PM-4:00PM MEZ 1.208

Focus on the development of multilingual literacy through the analysis and use of Spanish to achieve linguistic competence (aspect, mood, compound tenses, passive voice), communication and interactional competence (pragmatics, cultural perspectives), and metalinguistic competence (critical analysis of oral and written texts, dialectal differences).

 

SPN 611D • Intermediate Spanish II

47200 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 2:00PM-4:00PM WAG 208

Focus on the development of multilingual literacy through the analysis and use of Spanish to achieve linguistic competence (aspect, mood, compound tenses, passive voice), communication and interactional competence (pragmatics, cultural perspectives), and metalinguistic competence (critical analysis of oral and written texts, dialectal differences).

 

SPN F610D • Intermediate Spanish I

88245 • Summer 2014
Meets MTWTHF 10:00AM-1:00PM BEN 1.124

A. SPN 610D is the second course in The University of Texas lower-division Spanish program. This is a six-credit course. The course focuses on further developing speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in Spanish while building vocabulary, learning basic rules and terminology of Spanish grammar, and gaining a better understanding of Hispanic cultures in order to communicate in an accurate, effective, and informed manner within a variety of sociocultural situations. 

PREREQUISITE for 610D: SPN 601D, 604, 507, or 508K (or equivalent transfer course), with a grade of at least C, or an appropriate score on the University of Texas Placement Test.  For questions concerning prerequisites or eligibility, talk to your instructor or make an appointment with one of the Liberal Arts Advisors for Spanish: Liz Hastings (eyhastings@mail.utexas.edu) and Christine Fisher (fisher@mail.utexas.edu).  Their office is located in BEN 2.108.

B.  GOALS FOR SPANISH 610D

By the end of this course you should be able to do the following:

            (a)     express opinions, reactions and recommendations;

            (b)    discuss possible, probable and certain future events and situations;

            (c)     narrate past events and react subjectively to them;

            (d)    speak hypothetically about various events and situations;

            (e)     analyze moderately complex language data in order to draw conclusions regarding                             parts of speech, functional uses of grammar, etc.;

            (f)     recognize dialectal, social and contextual variation;

            (g)     understand the main ideas of moderately complex written texts (with improved                                 skimming, cognate recognition, and inference skills);

            (h)    understand the main ideas of moderately complex oral discourse (with improved                               recognition of tone, content, context, intonation, etc.);

            (i)     maintain conversations of a substantial length (with improved fluency strategies,                              such as circumlocution, discourse markers, etc.);

            (j)     produce written work of a substantial length (with improved organization,                                        connectors, and appropriateness of register)

SPN 610D • Intermediate Spanish I

47275 • Spring 2014
Meets MWF 3:00PM-5:00PM BEN 1.124

Focus on the development of multilingual literacy through the analysis and use of Spanish to achieve linguistic competence (commands, subjunctive, hypotheticals, future), communication and interactional competence (disagreeing, suggesting, turn taking), and metalinguistic competence (critical analysis of oral and written texts, dialectal differences).

SPN 601D • Introductory Spanish

46955 • Fall 2013
Meets MWF 4:00PM-6:00PM JES A205A

Focus on the development of multilingual literacy through the analysis and use of Spanish to achieve linguistic competence (simple present and past tenses, pronouns, adjectives), communication and interactional competence (complimenting, thanking, requesting, giving opinions), and metalinguistic competence (parts of speech, sociolinguistic cues, dialectal differences).

POR 610D • Intermediate Portuguese I

46185 • Spring 2013
Meets MWF 9:00AM-11:00AM MEZ 1.118

Development of speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills; building vocabulary, learning basic rules and terminology of grammar; and gaining a better understanding of Portuguese-speaking cultures, with focus on Brazil, in order to communicate in an accurate, effective, and informed manner within a variety of socio-cultural situations.

SPN 601D • Introductory Spanish

46080 • Fall 2012
Meets MWF 8:00AM-10:00AM JES A209A

Focus on the development of multilingual literacy through the analysis and use of Spanish to achieve linguistic competence (simple present and past tenses, pronouns, adjectives), communication and interactional competence (complimenting, thanking, requesting, giving opinions), and metalinguistic competence (parts of speech, sociolinguistic cues, dialectal differences).

SPN S601D • Introductory Spanish

89040 • Summer 2012
Meets MTWTHF 10:00AM-1:00PM BEN 1.126

 THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN

DEPARTAMENT OF SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE

SPN 601D  INTRODUCTORY SPANISH  

 

  • This document contains important information and represents an agreement between the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and its students.
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1.  PURPOSE, GOALS, AND OBJECTIVES OF THE LANGUAGE PROGRAM

The objective of the Spanish language program addresses the basic tenet of a liberal arts education: the development of a critical thinking approach towards the analysis of language in society. This objective is framed in an overall worldwide trend towards political and economical internationalization and an increasingly diverse and multicultural work environment.

The Spanish language program focuses on the development of multilingual literacies through the analysis and use of Spanish as a second language. The program focuses on the development of three major types of competencies (all equally ranked in terms of importance):

(1)  linguistic competence (Spanish phonetics / phonology, morphosyntax, lexicon, discourse, etc.)

(2)  communication / interactional competence (sociocultural uses of the language, pragmatics, cultural background / perspectives)

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

 

2. COURSE DESCRIPTION, GOALS, AND OBJECTIVES

A. SPN 601D is the first course in The University of Texas lower-division Spanish program. The course focuses on developing speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in Spanish while building vocabulary, learning basic rules and terminology of Spanish grammar, and gaining a better understanding of Hispanic cultures in order to communicate in an accurate, effective, and informed manner within a variety of sociocultural situations.

B.  GOALS FOR SPANISH 601D:

By the end of the semester you should be able to do the following:

(a)  manage a basic vocabulary and grammatical database to achieve communicational success as detailed below;

(b)  analyze and understand spoken Spanish in conversations, lectures, radio advertisements, TV reports, etc;

(c)  speak in Spanish to communicate ideas and interact with Spanish speakers;

(d)  analyze and understand written Spanish conversations, lectures, radio advertisements, TV reports;

(e)  write short compositions, notes, letters, emails, etc in Spanish;

(f)  understand some of the cultural values and practices of the Hispanic world

SPN 601D • Introductory Spanish

46130 • Spring 2012
Meets MWF 4:00PM-6:00PM BEN 1.104

Focus on the development of multilingual literacy through the analysis and use of Spanish to achieve linguistic competence (simple present and past tenses, pronouns, adjectives), communication and interactional competence (complimenting, thanking, requesting, giving opinions), and metalinguistic competence (parts of speech, sociolinguistic cues, dialectal differences).

SPN 601D • Introductory Spanish

46080 • Fall 2011
Meets MWF 4:00PM-6:00PM GEA 127

Focus on the development of multilingual literacy through the analysis and use of Spanish to achieve linguistic competence (simple present and past tenses, pronouns, adjectives), communication and interactional competence (complimenting, thanking, requesting, giving opinions), and metalinguistic competence (parts of speech, sociolinguistic cues, dialectal differences).

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