Enrique García

Associate Professor of Spanish

 
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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.

 

Courses

Course List: 

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CMLT0700 - Senior Thesis      

Senior Thesis
Approval required.

Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Spring 2018

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FYSE1486 - Batman Narratives      

Batman Narratives
In this seminar we will study Batman comics, animation, live action films, and videogames from different time periods in order to understand how this American character has become one of the most influential icons of contemporary popular culture in almost every medium. Through theories of adaptation, pastiche, and parody, we will explore how Batman narratives reflect the development of nationalism in the U.S., and mainstream perceptions of race, gender, and class throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Texts will include The Killing JokeThe Dark Knight Returns, Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, the Arkham videogame series, and others. 3 hrs. sem. CW LIT NOR

Fall 2016

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SPAN0201 - 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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SPAN0220 - 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 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2017

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SPAN0315 - 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 CMP LIT LNG

Spring 2014, Fall 2015, Spring 2016

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SPAN0329 - Superhero Parodies      

Superhero Parodies
In this class we will discuss how the superhero/adventure genre in comic books was initially constructed as a mouthpiece of traditionalist nationalist values in the United States and Spain. Through the study of theories of intertextuality and postcolonial theory, students will analyze how Hispanic/Latin comic book creators from Europe and the Americas have parodied the hegemonic values that have influenced our views of economics, gender, and race with the goals of bringing diversity and inclusion in this particular graphic narrative genre. (SPAN 0220 or placement) 3 hrs. lect./disc. AAL AMR ART CMP LIT LNG

Fall 2017

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SPAN0349 - Hispanic Athletes      

Hispanic Athletes: Sports, Nationalist Culture, and the Global Media
In this course, we will study sports as an essential part in the construction of nationalist pride and perceptions of race, class, and gender in several Hispanic nation-states and subcultures in Europe and the Americas. We will analyze fictional narrative content such as literature and films (Pepe el Toro, Sugar, Black Diamonds, and many others). In addition, we will also explore how media outlets such as newspapers, magazines, videogames, documentaries, and the internet affect our perceptions of sporting events and their superstars to create controversies, support hegemonic nationalist ideas, and further the commercial ambitions of corporations. (SPAN 0220 or placement) 3 hrs. lect./disc. AAL AMR CMP LNG

Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Fall 2017

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SPAN0361 - 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 AMR CMP LIT

Spring 2015, Spring 2017

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SPAN0420 - 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 AMR ART

Fall 2014

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SPAN0500 - Independent Study      

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

Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018

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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 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018

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SPAN1111 - 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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SPAN1301 - 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. Not open to students who have taken SPAN 1111. ART LNG WTR

Winter 2016

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