Juana Gamero de Coca

Juana Gamero de Coca taught courses on Spanish language, literature, and culture.  A native of Alburquerque (Badajoz), Spain, she received a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004 and, just a few months later, was teaching within Middlebury’s Spanish and Portuguese department.  In addition to her doctorate, she held a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree from New Mexico State University.  Her research interest included 20th and 21st Century Spanish culture and narrative with a focus on gender. 

Gamero de Coca was interested in the connection between literature, her field of interest and discipline and the different social realities that the literary texts intend to grasp.  She is the author of three books: Nación y género en la invención de Extremadura: Soñando fronteras de cielo y barro (Mirabel, 2005), La mirada monstruosa de la memoria (Libertarias, 2009), and Sexualidad, violencia y cultura (Desde Abajo, 2013). 



Course List: 

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SPAN 0220 - 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 2015, Spring 2016

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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. EUR LNG

Fall 2015

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SPAN 0328 - Spain in the Globalized World      

Spain in the Globalized World
In this course we will look at the historical, cultural, and social development of 21st century Spain and its full integration into the Globalized World. One of the main goals of the course will be to provide an array of opportunities to practice oral expression, reading, and writing in the Spanish language. Topics will include Europeanization, the challenge of regional/national identities, and contemporary social issues such as the changing roles of: the family, women, religion, sexual attitudes, and immigration. We will engage these themes through the analysis and discussion of a wide variety of materials such as literary texts, essays, and films. Readings and films will include: Crematorio by Rafael Chirbes, La ciudadanía se moviliza: Los movientos sociales y la globalización en España by Joseph Pont Vidal, and También la lluvia by Icíar Bollaín. (SPAN 0220 or placement) EUR LNG

Spring 2017

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SPAN 0388 / GSFS 0388 - Gender/Violence-Hispanic World      

Gender and Violence in the Hispanic World
Differences in the way men and women display violent behavior need to be better understood to prevent acts of murder and massive, often irreversible, harm. In this course we will try to find answers to: What are the origins and explanations of violence in all its forms? How are gendered identities produced and reproduced in society? How is gender implicated in violence? How can the new politics of masculinity inform our discussion of the connection between gender and violence? Discussion and analysis of a variety of materials from different disciplines will form the basis of our exploration, which will focus mainly on the representation of violence in Hispanic culture. Readings will include literary texts by Dolores Redondo, Sergio Álvarez, Élmer Mendoza, and theoretical texts by Suzanne E. Hatt and Elizabeth Wood. (At least two courses at the 0300-level or above or by waiver) 3 hrs. lect./disc. AAL LIT LNG

Spring 2016, Spring 2017

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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 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017

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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)

Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017

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Department of Luso-Hispanic Studies

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