Roberto Pareja

Assistant Professor of Spanish

 Tuesdays: 9:00 am – 10:30 am; Thursdays 10:30 am – 12:00 am
 Warner Hall 005

Roberto Pareja is an Assistant Professor of Spanish. He received his Ph. D. on Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies from Georgetown University. His doctoral dissertation “Dilemmas of Andean Modernity” studies the intersection of aesthetics and politics in the work of intellectuals from Bolivia and Perú at the beginning of the twentieth century.

He currently teaches language courses at intermediate levels and upper level literature and culture courses.



Course List: 

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FYSE 1352 - Narrating Space & Place      

Narrating Space and Place
In this seminar we will study how space and place are represented in literature, film, and art. We will get acquainted with theories about the differences between space and place, place and non-place, as well as the exchanges between urban, suburban, and rural environments. We will read texts by Jorge Luis Borges, Georges Perec, and César Aira; discuss the theories of Gaston Bachelard and Marc Augé; analyze artwork by Giovanni Battista Piranesi and Johann Moritz Rugendas; and comment on modern urban planning in Latin America. Writing assignments will focus on strategies for narrating and describing places, both the real places we live in, and the imaginary spaces we project in our mental world, from college campuses and rural towns, to metropolises and cemeteries. 3 hrs. sem. ART CW

Fall 2011

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SPAN 0101 - Beginning Spanish I      

Beginning Spanish I
This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of grammar and focuses on the development of four skills in Spanish: comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasis will be placed on active communication aimed at the development of oral and comprehension skills. This course is for students who have not previously studied Spanish. Students are expected to continue with SPAN 0102 and SPAN 0103 after successful completion of SPAN 0101. 5 hrs. lect./disc.

Fall 2014

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SPAN 0102 - Beginning Spanish II      

Beginning Spanish II
This course is a continuation of SPAN 0101. (SPAN 0101) WTR

Winter 2016

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SPAN 0201 - Intermediate Spanish      

Intermediate Spanish
This accelerated course is designed to review, reinforce, and consolidate the linguistic structures that students need in order to reach the intermediate level of proficiency in Spanish. A grammar review will accompany intensive language acquisition, vocabulary expansion, readings, discussions, and compositions. (Placement test required) 3 hrs. lect., 1 hr. drill. LNG

Fall 2015

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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 0201, SPAN 0210, or placement) 3 hrs. lect./disc. LNG

Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2015

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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. AAL LIT LNG

Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2015, Spring 2016

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SPAN 0335 - Modernity in Lat Am Poetry      

Modernity and its Discontents in Latin American Poetry
In this course we will read selected texts by modern Latin American poets from different times and regions. The aim of the course is to understand the tensions and paradoxes inherent to socioeconomic modernization as expressed in the aesthetics of José Martí, Rubén Darío, César Vallejo, Vicente Huidobro, among others. This course is organized around a series of close readings of poems, manifestoes, and essays. The student is expected to become familiar with linguistic and literary terminology and to apply these concepts in the readings of poems. There will be individual in-class oral presentations of poems, as well as outside-class assignments and cultural activities. This course counts as a prerequisite for SPAN 0350 courses and above. (SPAN 0220 or equivalent). 3 hrs. lect./disc. AAL LIT LNG SOC

Winter 2012

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SPAN 0366 - Lat Am Vision/Space/Modernity      

On Alephs and Moebius Strips: Vision and Space in Latin American Modernity
Taking as our cue Jorge Luis Borges' short story "The Aleph" and its cinematic interpretation in the cult film Moebius, we will explore how the defining features of modern experience, simultaneity and speed, influence the way spaces are represented in Latin American cultural artifacts. We will analyze short stories by Abraham Valdelomar, Oscar Cerruto, Julio Cortázar, and Borges; a novel by César Aira; essays by Ezequiel Martínez Estrada; paintings by Rugendas and Xul Solar; and a selection of cartographic material. Our reading of the primary material will be informed by theories developed by Beatriz Sarlo and Marc Augé. (At least two courses at the 0300-level or above or by waiver) 3 hrs. lect./disc. AAL LIT LNG

Spring 2013

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SPAN 0450 - National Culture and Space      

National Culture and Space: Art, Narrative, and Travel of Explorations in 19th Century Bolivia and Peru
In this seminar we will study canonical and non-canonical narrative texts from 19th-century Bolivia and Peru from a socio-spatial perspective. Alongside literary texts, we will consider texts by travelers and explorers, pamphlets, maps, pictorial artwork, and photographs that highlight the importance of constructing national spaces as a prerequisite for constructing national cultures in both of these countries during the 19th century. Among other materials, we will read and analyze Nataniel Aguirre's historical novel Juan de la Rosa, extracts from Manuel Atanasio Fuentes'Lima: apuntes históricos, descriptivos, estadísticos y de costumbres, the pictorial artwork of Johann Moritz Rugendas, and relevant theory on the relationship between space and nation. (Senior majors with at least two Spanish courses numbered 0350 or above, or by waiver.) AAL ART

Fall 2012, Spring 2015

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SPAN 0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
The department will consider requests by qualified juniors and senior majors to engage in independent work. (Approval only)

Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016

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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)

Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016

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Entre caudillos y multitudes. Modernidad estética y esfera pública en Bolivia, siglos XIX y XX. Madrid/Frankfurt: Iberoamericana/Vervuert, 2014


“La geometría mor(t)al de la tauromaquia: estética, política y performance en Abraham Valdelomar.” Anuari de Filologia. Llengües i Literatures Modernes (Anu.Filol.Lleng.Lit.Mod.), 4 (2014): 77-89.

Los embrujos secretos del tropico. Frontera amazónica y producción del espacio estatal en la obra cinematográfica de Jorge Ruiz.” Revista de Estudios Bolivianos/Bolivian Studies Journal, volume 20 (2014).

"'La luz del conocimiento los hará libres'. Escritura, ideología e interpelación en Juan de la Rosa de Nataniel Aguirre y Juanito sabe leer de Jorge Ruiz." Bolivian Research Review 9:2 (February 2013).

“Review of Horacio Legrás’ Literature and Subjection. The Economy of Writing and Marginality in Latin America.” Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana. 36 (71) (Spring 2010)

“Indigenismo.” Encyclopedia of Latin American history and culture. Eds.Jay Kinsbruner and Erick D. Langer. 2 ed. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2008. 816-20.

“Teoría del discurso y crítica político-cultural: de Saussure a Laclau, via Barthes.”Página y Signos. Revista de Linguística y Literatura 2.3 (2008): 31- 42.


Espacios de circulación / Spaces of Circulation

Spaces of Circulation is an ongoing project where I share my research on the social production of spaces and places. Conceptual laboratory and, at the same time, fieldwork report, this blog is a space where I tune up ideas and contrast facts. - See more at:

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