Patricia Saldarriaga completed her M.A. at the Ludwig Maximilian Universität in Munich, Germany, and her PhD. in Spanish and Literary Theory at the University of Washington in Seattle. She has been at Middlebury College since 1999, where she teaches courses in Golden Age literature and art, contemporary poetry, and Spanish language. She has taught a number of graduate courses in the Middlebury Language School (Middlebury VT and Guadalajara, Mexico) on different topics of the Baroque. She is the author of Los espacios del Primero Sueño de Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. Arquitectura y cuerpo femenino (Iberoamericana/ Vervuert, 2006). In addition, she has published a variety of articles on Renaissance and Baroque literature, as well as two books of poetry. She is currently working on a project that studies 17th and 18th century Mexican poetry on the Virgin of Guadalupe, specifically the relationship between religion icons and the construction of the Virgin as a national symbol. She is a member of the Hispanic Baroque Project, UC Mexicanistas, and the EMIT Society.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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DML6950 - Research Methodology Workshops
Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools
SPAN6560 - Literary & Film Analysis
Literary and Film Analysis
This course will introduce the graduate student to the techniques of literary and film analysis, critical thinking, reading, and interpreting Hispanic literary texts. It is divided into four segments, each of which is devoted to the analytic strategies pertinent to one major genre: narrative, poetry, drama, and cinema. Each student will write several papers and actively participate in class discussions. (1 unit)
Required texts: Antonio Sobejano-Morán, Tornasol (Panda Publications, newest edition); Mariano Azuela, Los de abajo (Madrid: Catedra, newest edition).
- Antonio Sobejano-Morán, Tornasol (Panda Publications, newest edition)
- Mariano Azuela, Los de abajo (Fondo de Cultura) (ISBN97896816003205). Literature
Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools
SPAN6580 - Literary Theory &Clt Criticism
Literary Theory and Cultural Criticism
The aim of this course is to introduce students to the various schools that set the grounds for modern literary and cultural criticism. Class discussions will concentrate on the understanding of theoretical texts, as well as, on the reading and analysis of literature and cultural products. We will engage with the main theoretical currents of our time such as structuralism, postructuralism, feminism, and cultural studies. (1 unit)
Required text: Electronic material provided at Middlebury. Literature
Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools
SPAN6639 - Painting &Poetry Span Gldn Age
Painting and Poetry in the Spanish and Spanish American Culture of the Golden Age
In this course we will explore the relationship between painting and poetry during the Spanish Renaissance and Baroque by focusing on relevant themes of the time: the revival of interests in figures from pagan mythology (e.g. Europa, Venus, Vulcan, Laocoön); the Council of Trent and its influence on Christian painting and literature from Spain and its American colonies; the representation of women according to the period’s norms of beauty; melancholy as sickness; the vanitas topus; mysticism and eroticism; and Casta Painting. Paintings of El Greco, Zurbarán, Velázquez, Villalpando, among others, will be analyzed in conjunction with their counterparts in literary texts by Teresa of Avila, Garcilaso de la Vega, Lope de Vega, Francisco de Quevedo, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, etc. Contemporary art will also be considered. No previous knowledge of art is required. (1 unit)
Required texts: Susan Woodford, Cómo mirar un cuadro (Barcelona: Editorial Gustavo Gili, 1983. ISBN: 9788425212420); Alfonso Pérez Sánchez, Pintura Barroca en España. 1600-1750 (Madrid: Manuales Cátedra, Cátedra, 2010, ISBN: 978-84-376-2684-0); Elias Rivers ed., Renaissance and Baroque Poetry of Spain. With English Prose Translations (Waveland Press. Any edition. ISBN 0881333638) Poesía colonial hispanoamericana. (Madrid: Cátedra, 2004 ISBN: 978-84-376-2113-5).
This course is cross-listed with Culture. Civ Cul & Soc Literature
CMLT0700 - Senior Thesis
SPAN0210 - Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish I
A course designed to consolidate the skills attained in SPAN 0101, SPAN 0102, and 0103 or the equivalent (0105). A grammar review will accompany an intensive component of readings, discussions, and compositions. (SPAN 0103, SPAN 0105, or placement) 3 hrs. lect./disc. LNG
SPAN0300 - 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. (SPAN 0220 or placement) 3 hrs. lect./disc. AAL LIT LNG
SPAN0345 - Hispanic Painting ▹
Hispanic Painting from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Eras
The main goal of this course is to analyze art. Focusing on aesthetics, we will learn to appreciate the differences between Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque painting. Regarding formal elements we will work on the use of lines, colors, proportions, and perspective. Artistic appreciation will be complemented with readings on historical and theoretical issues with respect to the intersection among imperial power and religion, race, and ethnicity (Casta painting), mythology, the use of the body as a metaphor, and still-lifes, and Vanitas painting. Students will compare artistic manifestations from Spain and the New World, and will be able to trace connections with contemporary art. Students will engage in at least one creative project using Photoshop. Among the artists we will study are: El Greco, Velázquez, Josefa de Óbidos, Goya (Spain), Illescas and The Quito School of Art, Villalpando, Correa, and Cabrera (México), Zapata, Master of Calamarca and many anonymous painters from the Cusco School (Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia). ART CMP LNG
SPAN0371 / CMLT0371 - Don Quixote/Visual Culture
Don Quixote/ and Its Representation in Visual Culture*
In this course we will read Cervantes’ masterpiece, Don Quixote. Special attention will be given to the historical, philosophical, and cultural context of the period. Emphasis will be placed on specific topics such as religion, governance, intercultural relationships, madness, parody, authorship, and love. We will also study the novel’s representation and adaption in a selection of illustrations, graphic novels, animated films, comics, children’s books, and music. Representation in contemporary global cinema, television, and advertising will also be examined. Students will study different adaptations from Europe, Latin America, Asia, and the United States. (At least two courses at the 0300-level or above or by waiver). 3 hrs. lect../screening. CMP EUR LIT LNG
SPAN0382 / GSFS0382 - Two Female Mexican Icons ▹
Two Female Mexican Icons: The Virgin of Guadalupe and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
If one wanted to choose the most representative female figures from all of Mexican history, there is no doubt that Sor Juana and the Virgin of Guadalupe would be the two who have most impacted Mexican society. In this course we will first concentrate on the Guadalupe and will trace her transformation from the 16th- through the 21st century. In spite of a number of polemics around the veracity of her apparitions, she has consolidated herself as the symbol of the Mexican nation. Even in the 21st century, the Virgin of Guadalupe continues to be the most important religious icon in Mexican society. We will read historical documents and poetry, and will give attention to the colonial and contemporary art on the topic. Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz is considered the first feminist of the New World. We will study some of her most representative pieces, and also her response to the ‘creation’ of the Guadalupe myth. Not open to students who have taken SPAN/WAGS 1015. (Any two 0300-level Spanish course) AAL ART LIT
SPAN0391 - Lat Am Cultural Studies
Latin American Cultural Studies: Texts and Concepts
In this course we will apply Cultural Studies methodology in various cultural contexts, focusing on Latin America. Among the concepts studied will be those of nation, hegemony, postcolonialism, subalternism, performance, heterogeneity, hybridity, aesthetics, race/ethnicity, and gender. Each concept will be used in an analysis of a literary, cinematic, performative, and other artistic work. We will be analyzing, among others, the literary works of Faustino Sarmiento, José Martí, Pedro Lemebel, Manuel Puig, and José María Arguedas; the cinema of Jorge Bodansky and Barbet Schroeder; as well as testimonial literature and various other forms of popular culture. (At least two courses at the 0300-level or above or by waiver) 3 hrs. lect./ disc. AAL ART
SPAN0416 - Who is Afraid of Poetry?
Who is Afraid of Poetry?
In this course we will read a selection of poetry by contemporary Spanish and Latin American authors (e.g., Lorca, García Montero, Rossetti, as well as Eielson, Paz, Pizarnik). The main goal of the discussions will be the understanding of poetry in conjunction with contemporary critical ideas. We will learn how to criticize poetic texts using the main theoretical currents of our time such as structuralism, post-structuralism, feminism, and cultural studies. (Senior majors with at least two Spanish courses numbered 0350 or above, or by waiver) 3 hrs. lect./disc. sem.
SPAN0500 - Independent Study ▹
The department will consider requests by qualified juniors and senior majors to engage in independent work. (Approval only)
Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2016
SPAN0705 - 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 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Winter 2016, Fall 2016