Assistant Professor of Spanish
Professor Marta Manrique-Gómez graduated from McGill University (Canada), where she received the M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in Hispanic Studies. After completing her studies, she was awarded with the K.B. Jenckes Doctoral Prize, Spanish Embassy Book Prize (Doctoral, and Master), Victor Ouimette Memorial Prize, and Dean’s Honour List, among others. Prior to coming to Middlebury College, she taught at McGill University, and Concordia University.
Dr. Manrique-Gómez has specialized in modern and contemporary Spanish peninsular literature and culture, and has written and published on a wide variety of research topics, including literary polemics, national identity, intellectual history, short narrative, and theory with a transatlantic approach.
Her teaching addresses a broad range of subjects, such as politics, national identities, film, literature and culture, and Spanish language.
She has published the book "La recepción de Calderón en el siglo XIX."Madrid: Iberoamericana/Vervuert (2011). She is currently working on her second book project "Madness, Love, and Tragedy in Nineteenth Century Spain" (in English).
Courses offered in the past four years.
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FYSE 1387 - Childhood Identities
Visualizing Iberian Identities through Childhood
This seminar will be taught in Spanish. What can we learn about culture, history, and national identity from a child’s perspective? How do competing national and cultural ideologies shape narratives of childhood? In this seminar we will explore the ways in which narrative, film, and painting represent childhood as an experience intimately tied to social, political, and cultural histories in Spain, and to questions of self and national identity. We will read works by authors such as Pérez Galdós, Pío Baroja, Federico García Lorca, Fernando Fernán Gómez, Ana María Matute, Manuel Rivas, and Emily Teixidor. We will view films including El espíritu de la colmena, Cría Cuervos, El viaje de Carol, Barrio, and Pa Negre. We will view paintings by Murillo, Goya, Sorolla, and Picasso.
This is an appropriate seminar for native speakers of Spanish, students who are bilingual, and students who have scored 720 or above on the Spanish SAT II, or 5 on the Spanish AP. 3 hrs. sem.
INTL 0702 - EUS Senior Thesis
European Studies Senior Thesis
Winter 2012, Spring 2012
SPAN 0220 / SPAN 0210 - Intermediate Spanish II
Intermediate Spanish II
A course for students seeking to perfect their academic writing skills in Spanish. The course is also an introduction to literary analysis and critical writing and will include reading and oral discussion of literary texts. The course will also include a thorough review of grammar at a fairly advanced level. This course may be used to fulfill the foreign languages distribution requirement. (SPAN 0210 or placement) 3 hrs. lect./disc.
Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011
SPAN 0300 - Intro to Hispanic Literature ▲
An Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Literature
This course in literature and advanced language is designed to introduce students to literary analysis and critical writing. The work will be based on the reading of a number of works in prose, drama, and poetry. Frequent short, critical essays will complement readings and provide students with practice in writing. This course is required for Spanish majors. (SPAN 0220 or placement) 3 hrs. lect./disc.
SPAN 0301 - Advanced Spanish Grammar ▲
Advanced Spanish Grammar
This course offers a detailed study of complex aspects of Spanish grammar and syntax. Designed to build upon students' existing knowledge of Spanish grammar, the course will begin with a reconsideration of all the tenses in both the indicative and subjunctive moods, their values and their uses. After briefly reviewing the structure of simple sentences, we will analyze in depth all the different types of dependent clauses. Within the context of sentence structure, we will also look at several key aspects of Spanish grammar (ser and estar, prepositions, the infinitive, and the gerund, among others). Students will demonstrate their understanding of the material through a variety of practical and creative exercises. (SPAN 0220 or placement; not open to students who have taken SPAN 0380).
SPAN 0304 - Ideas and Cultures of Spain
Ideas and Cultures of Spain
In this course we will analyze the major sociopolitical and cultural elements in representative Spanish texts from the Middle Ages to the present. We will discuss literary, historical, and political texts, works of art, and films that illustrate cultural elements that bear upon the formation of present day Spanish culture and civilization. (SPAN 0220 or placement) 3 hrs. lect./disc.
SPAN 0340 - Spanish Identities
Representations of Social, Cultural, and Political Identities in Spain
In this course we will study the different representations of Spanish culture and politics. We will emphasize specific aspects that make Spain richly varied: Spain´s breathtaking reinvention and reaffirmation of its own identity after the Disaster of 1898, religious customs and conflicts, gender relations, political values of Spaniards. At the same time, the cultural impact of Don Quixote, Goya, Lorca, republicanism and dictatorship, civil war, flamenco, bullfighting, and soccer. Works to be discussed include a short selection of literary pieces, cultural, visual, musical, and film representations. This course is recommended for students planning to study in Spain. (SPAN 0220 or placement) 3 hrs. lect. disc.
SPAN 0352 - Spanish Literary Realism
Spanish Literary Realism
Literary Realism, a trend in the second half of 19th century Spain, depicts contemporary life and society as it is instead of a romanticized or stylized presentation. In this course we will read the most significant writers for the study of Spanish Realism: Valera, Pereda, Pardo Bazán, Clarín, and Galdós. Students will be required to work with theory and criticism. Satisfies the IS advanced language requirement in Spanish. (At least two Spanish courses at the 0300 level or above, or by waiver) 3 hrs. lect./disc.
Spring 2011, Fall 2011
SPAN 0392 - Span Identity/Generation '98
Spanish National Identity at the End of the Empire: Literature and Music of the Generation of '98
National identities reflect the conflicts and contradictions in the social and political arenas in which they are constructed and conceptualized. What is the role of literature and music in the building of Spanish National Identity? In this course we will study the social and political circumstances in Spain from the end of the 19th Century to the Civil War (1936-39). We will focus on literary texts of the writers of the Generation of '98 as well as on musical traditions as diverse as the "zarzuela," and the "pasodoble," that contributed to change the notion of National Identity in Spain. Writers to be analyzed include Angel Ganivet, José Martínez Ruiz "Azorín," Pío Baroja, Ramiro de Maeztu, Antonio Machado, Miguel de Unamuno, and Ramón Maria del Valle Inclán; composers include Manuel de Falla and Isaac Albéniz. (At least two courses at the 0300-level or above or by waiver) 3 hrs. lect./disc.
SPAN 0456 - Madness+Love/19-20 Cent Spain
Manifestations of Madness, Love and Tragedy in 19th and 20th Century Spain
How did Spanish writers of the 19th and 20th century define and represent madness, a basic and controversial aspect of world culture, and how did these different conceptions of madness intersect with love, religion, politics, and other literary themes in Spanish society? In this course we will explore the theme of madness in Spanish literature and other artistic representations of the 19th and 20th centuries. Our discussion will include formative masterpieces by Spanish writers (Zorrilla, Galdós, Unamuno, Lorca, Cela, Laforet, Matute, and Luca de Tena) and filmmakers (Buñuel, Saura, and Medem). We will study each work closely by employing critical and theoretical approaches (Senior majors with at least two Spanish courses numbered 0350 or above, or by waiver.) 3 hrs. sem.
SPAN 0500 - Independent Study ▹
The department will consider requests by qualified juniors and senior majors to engage in independent work. (Approval only)
Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2015
SPAN 0705 - Senior Honors Thesis ▲ ▹
Senior Honors Thesis
The department will award honors, high honors, or highest honors on the basis of a student's work in the department and performance in SPAN 0705. (Approval only)
Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Spring 2015