Enrique García

Assistant Professor of Spanish

 Warner Hall 12

Enrique García is Assistant Professor of Hispanic Visual Culture. He holds a B.A. from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (2007). His research focuses on international Hispanic cinema and comic books. He has published a number of articles on Mexican and Caribbean comic books.

In addition to a wide variety of language and culture classes, Enrique has been teaching a seminar on Latin American Comic Books at Middlebury, possibly the only course of its kind in the U.S. He is planning to offer an intermediate-level course in Peninsular comics in the near future.

Enrique is currently on academic leave and working on several projects. He is preparing his book on Cuban Cinema for publication. He is also writing a monograph on the works of U.S. Latino comic book writers/artists Jaime and Gilbert Hernández. His future projects include a book on the representation of race in the works of Mexican comic book author Yolanda Vargas Dulché, as well as a monograph on Hispanic musicals.



Course List: 

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SPAN 6759 - Hispanic Comic Books      

In this class, we will study comic books written in Spanish. We will examine how comics differ from other visual narratives, and from texts written uniquely in prose. We will cover different types of comics, which vary from short strips (Mafalda; Condorito) to longer serial narratives (María Isabel). One important concept that will be emphasized in the class is that comic books rely not only on words, but also on visuals to communicate their story, and thus they sometimes convey certain representations of race and ethnicity that can be controversial in many Spanish-speaking countries and the United States. We will also cover aesthetic influences from around the world, as many modern comic books in Spanish are heavily influenced by art from Europe, Japan, and the United States. Among the comics we will discuss will be Elpidio Valdés, Turey el Taíno, Fuego: Majestad Negra, El Eternauta, Roberto Alcázar y Pedrín, and many others. (1 unit)

Required texts: Scott McCloud, Entender el comic, el arte invisible (ISBN 978-8496815124); Carlos Gimenez, Todo 36-39: Malos tiempos [Tapa Blanda] (ISBN 978-8499086989); Hector Oesterheid & Francisco Solano Lopez, El eternauta (ISBN 978-987-9085-33-2) (Doedytores: Historias argentinas.com). Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2013

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SPAN 6778 - Cinematic Genres Hispanic Cine      

Cinematic Genres in Hispanic Cinema

In this class, we will study the development of cinematic genres in transnational Hispanic cinema and how the esthetic and narrative repetitions they employ have evolved due to the development of international filmmaking techniques, national ideology, and business models that financially determine the final product. Among the genres selected for the class, we will study melodramas such as Aventurera and El hijo de la novia, musicals such as El día que me quieras, Angelitos negros, and Chico y Rita, Catholic narratives such as Marcelino pan y vino and Camino, and horror films such as Santo contra las mujeres vampiro and Juan of the Dead. Genre cinema is often associated with conservative corporate structures, however, we will also analyze some samples of avant-garde films that twist genre conventions for political purposes, such as Luis Buñuel’s Los olvidados, Humberto Solás’ Lucía, and Fernando Solanas’ Tangos: El exilio de Gardel.
(1 unit)

Required text: Pablo Migliozzi, Tango (ISBN 978-84-8443-864-9) (Colección Marca America Latina). Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2013

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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 2011

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SPAN 0102 - Beginning Spanish II      

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

Winter 2012

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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 2014

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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

Spring 2012, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015

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SPAN 0315 - Hispanic Film      

This course will provide an introduction to the cinema of Spain and Spanish America. We will study, among other topics: the idiosyncrasies of film language in Hispanic cultures, the relationships between text and image, representation of history, culture and society. Films from Mexico, Cuba, Argentina, Spain, and other countries will be included in the course. Selected readings on film theory and social and political history, as well as various literary works. In Spanish (SPAN 0220 or placement) 3 hrs. lect./disc. AAL LIT LNG

Spring 2014, Fall 2015, Spring 2016

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SPAN 0361 - Hispanic Musical Films      

Hispanic Musical Films
In this course we will study Hispanic musical films (including fiction and documentaries) from Spain, Latin America, and the United States. Our main goal will be to understand how Hispanic countries use this cinematic genre to establish nationalist constructions and ideologies, and how this has consequently affected the development of Hispanic musical narratives in the United States. Analyses will focus on how different ethnic aspects are defined as 'Other' in musical genres such as Flamenco, Tango, Rancheras, Tex-Mex, Salsa, Reggaeton, Merengue, and Spanish Rock. We will explore why Hispanic musicals are perceived as exotic in relation to their Anglophone counterparts while studying films such as Buena Vista Social Club, Allá en el rancho grande, Selena, and El día que me quieras. (At least two Spanish courses at the 0300 level or above, or by waiver) 3 hrs. lect./screening AAL LIT

Spring 2012, Spring 2015

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SPAN 0420 - Latin American Comic Books      

Latin American Comic Books and Visual Culture
In this course we will explore the development of Latin American serialized comic books and graphic novels, and their rise from pulp entertainment to iconic national narratives. We will examine the cultural aspects that mark these Hispanic comic books as different from those produced within the framework of the U.S. visual industry. However, we will also establish a parallel with the texts' multiple esthetic and cultural influences from the United States, Europe, and Japan. Discussion topics will include controversial race issues such as the import of blackface esthetics into Mexican narratives (e.g. Memín Pinguín), political and relationship humor in serials (e.g. Elpidio Valdés and Condorito), and the variations among the narratives according to their respective countries of origin and ideology. We will pay special attention to the new global culture in which international influences merge into new narratives that defy traditional ideas of Hispanic identity (e.g. Gilbert Hernández' Poison River and Tom Beland's True Story Swear to God). (Senior majors with at least two Spanish courses numbered 0350 or above, or by waiver.) 3hrs. sem. AAL ART

Fall 2014

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

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SPAN 1111 - Hispanic Horror Cinema      

Hispanic Horror Cinema
In this course we will study horror films from Spain, Mexico, the United States, Argentina, and Cuba in order to understand how Hispanic filmmakers employ intertextual horror esthetics to create genre films. The films we will consider focus on zombies (Rec, Planet Terror, Juan of the Dead), vampires (Cronos, Vampires in Havana), ghosts (The Devil's Backbone, The Others), and misogynist stalkers (Thesis, Sleep Tight). We will discuss both the conservative and transgressive aspects of this emerging genre in transnational Hispanic cinema, focusing specifically on how these films reflect the evolving political and ideological dynamics of their respective national cultures. This course will be taught in Spanish. ART LNG WTR

Winter 2014

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