Gloria Estela González Zenteno

Associate Professor of Spanish

 Wed & Fri: 11-12 at Rehearsals café, Wed 1:35-2:35 and by appointment
 Carr Hall 209



Course List: 

Courses offered in the past four years.
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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 2015

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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, Spring 2016

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SPAN 0210 / SPAN 0215 - 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

Fall 2011, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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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

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SPAN 0302 - Creative NonFiction in Spanish      

Creative Non-Fiction in Spanish
This course will introduce students to creative non-fiction in the Spanish language. We will explore the techniques and literary skills necessary for researching and writing memoirs and personal essays, and students will produce at least three polished essays. Readings will include Spanish and Latin American masters and theorists of the genre will include Borges, Cortázar, Castellanos, Larra, Hostos, Paz, and Poniatowska. (SPAN 0220 or by placement) 3 hrs. lect. AAL ART LIT LNG

Spring 2016

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SPAN 0313 - Hispanic Short Story      

The Hispanic Short Story
In this course we will study the main literary, sociopolitical, and cultural issues in a selection of short stories from the Hispanic world. Emphasis will be on the close reading of texts with the purpose of developing critical vocabulary and writing skills. Authors may include: Pardo Bazán, Valle Inclán, Palma, Borges, Rulfo, Corázar, Quiroga, Matute. (SPAN 0220 or placement) 3 hrs. lect./disc. AAL LIT LNG

Spring 2012, Spring 2014, Fall 2014

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SPAN 0320 - Hispanic Creative Writing      

Hispanic Creative Writing
In this course we will focus on creative writing as a way to develop a deeper understanding of the Spanish language. We will achieve this goal by using the language and our imagination to tell stories. This course will also provide the opportunity to read and discuss literary works of important Hispano-American authors including Onneti, Borges, Rulfo, Cortázar, and Méndez. We will also read theoretical texts by Francisco Guzmán Burgos, Pablo Fernández, Alex Grijelmo, Ricardo Piglia, Jorge Luis Borges, among others. (SPAN 0220 or placement). 3 hrs. lect./disc. ART LNG

Spring 2015

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SPAN 0376 - US Latino Narrative      

Reading and Writing the New U.S. Latino Narrative
This course focuses on a new generation of U.S.-Latino authors writing about migration, identity, and otherness. They distinguish themselves from prior generations by publishing primarily in Spanish and by a new sense of ownership of their U.S. environment, which allows them to play with and undermine assumptions commonly associated with their "Latino" identity. In addition to studying these authors, students will produce at least two fiction pieces of their own. Satisfies the IS advanced language requirement in Spanish. (At least two Spanish courses at the 0300 level or above, or by waiver) 3 hrs. lect./disc. AAL LIT LNG NOR

Fall 2013, Fall 2015

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SPAN 0438 / AMST 0438 - LatAm Transnational Experience      

The Latin American Transnational Experience
In this course we will focus on contemporary Latin American authors writing in the U.S. about transnational identities, bilingualism, migration, and otherness. These authors distinguish themselves from Latino writers, strictly defined by their language choice and by an ironical, playful emotional distance from both their places of origin and the U.S. environment. Through this they question assumptions commonly associated with a perceived Latino identity. Students will produce fiction, one piece of which will be based on service interactions with Mexican immigrants in Vermont. (Senior majors with at least two Spanish courses numbered 0350 or above, or by waiver.) 3 hrs. sem. AAL CMP LIT

Fall 2011

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

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SPAN 1003 - Spanish Fiction Workshop      

Spanish Fiction Workshop: Your Story
This course offers the opportunity to write short fiction in Spanish. By analyzing published stories and by writing fiction, we will explore plot, structure, character development, point of view, and dialogue. Readings include works by Borges, Bryce Echenique, Cabrera, Carpentier, Cortázar, Fuentes, Poniatowska, Quiroga, Rulfo, and Vega. Students will write at least three pieces of fiction and one essay. This course is the equivalent of a SPAN 0350 course and above. (Two courses at the 0300 level) ART WTR

Winter 2012

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Teaching Interests

Latin American contemporary literature, Spanish language, creative writing, Latin American culture

Research Interests

Latino literature in Spanish / Latin American fantastic literature / magical realism / Augusto Monterroso / Latin American history and culture 

Recent Publications


"Maga." Palooka. Forthcoming.

"Ambistoma Mexicanum." (Spanish) Revista de literatura Mexicana contemporánea. 2013.

"Ambistoma Mexicanum." (English) The Cobalt Review. 2013.

“Bajo el colchón.” The Barcelona Review:
International Review of Contemporary Fiction. May 2002.

Creative Non-Fiction

“Open Triangle.” Sol Literary Magazine. Spring 2013.

Department of Spanish & Portuguese

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