Roberto Pareja

Roberto Pareja is an Assistant Professor of Spanish. He received his Ph. D. on Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies from Georgetown University. His doctoral dissertation “Dilemmas of Andean Modernity” studies the intersection of aesthetics and politics in the work of intellectuals from Bolivia and Perú at the beginning of the twentieth century.

He currently teaches language courses at intermediate levels and upper level literature and culture courses.

 

Courses

Course List: 

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SPAN0101 - 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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SPAN0102 - Beginning Spanish II      

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

Winter 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 2015

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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

Fall 2012, Spring 2015

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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

Spring 2013, Fall 2015, Spring 2016

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SPAN0366 - Lat Am Vision/Space/Modernity      

On Alephs and Moebius Strips: Vision and Space in Latin American Modernity
Taking as our cue Jorge Luis Borges' short story "The Aleph" and its cinematic interpretation in the cult film Moebius, we will explore how the defining features of modern experience, simultaneity and speed, influence the way spaces are represented in Latin American cultural artifacts. We will analyze short stories by Abraham Valdelomar, Oscar Cerruto, Julio Cortázar, and Borges; a novel by César Aira; essays by Ezequiel Martínez Estrada; paintings by Rugendas and Xul Solar; and a selection of cartographic material. Our reading of the primary material will be informed by theories developed by Beatriz Sarlo and Marc Augé. (At least two courses at the 0300-level or above or by waiver) 3 hrs. lect./disc. AAL LIT LNG

Spring 2013

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SPAN0450 - National Culture and Space      

National Culture and Space: Art, Narrative, and Travel of Explorations in 19th Century Bolivia and Peru
In this seminar we will study canonical and non-canonical narrative texts from 19th-century Bolivia and Peru from a socio-spatial perspective. Alongside literary texts, we will consider texts by travelers and explorers, pamphlets, maps, pictorial artwork, and photographs that highlight the importance of constructing national spaces as a prerequisite for constructing national cultures in both of these countries during the 19th century. Among other materials, we will read and analyze Nataniel Aguirre's historical novel Juan de la Rosa, extracts from Manuel Atanasio Fuentes'Lima: apuntes históricos, descriptivos, estadísticos y de costumbres, the pictorial artwork of Johann Moritz Rugendas, and relevant theory on the relationship between space and nation. (Senior majors with at least two Spanish courses numbered 0350 or above, or by waiver.) AAL ART

Fall 2012, Spring 2015

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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 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017

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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 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017

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Publications

Book:

Entre caudillos y multitudes. Modernidad estética y esfera pública en Bolivia, siglos XIX y XX. Madrid/Frankfurt: Iberoamericana/Vervuert, 2014

Articles:

“La geometría mor(t)al de la tauromaquia: estética, política y performance en Abraham Valdelomar.” Anuari de Filologia. Llengües i Literatures Modernes (Anu.Filol.Lleng.Lit.Mod.), 4 (2014): 77-89.

Los embrujos secretos del tropico. Frontera amazónica y producción del espacio estatal en la obra cinematográfica de Jorge Ruiz.” Revista de Estudios Bolivianos/Bolivian Studies Journal, volume 20 (2014).

"'La luz del conocimiento los hará libres'. Escritura, ideología e interpelación en Juan de la Rosa de Nataniel Aguirre y Juanito sabe leer de Jorge Ruiz." Bolivian Research Review 9:2 (February 2013).

“Review of Horacio Legrás’ Literature and Subjection. The Economy of Writing and Marginality in Latin America.” Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana. 36 (71) (Spring 2010)

“Indigenismo.” Encyclopedia of Latin American history and culture. Eds.Jay Kinsbruner and Erick D. Langer. 2 ed. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2008. 816-20.

“Teoría del discurso y crítica político-cultural: de Saussure a Laclau, via Barthes.”Página y Signos. Revista de Linguística y Literatura 2.3 (2008): 31- 42.

Website

Espacios de circulación / Spaces of Circulation

Spaces of Circulation is an ongoing project where I share my research on the social production of spaces and places. Conceptual laboratory and, at the same time, fieldwork report, this blog is a space where I tune up ideas and contrast facts. - See more at: http://sites.middlebury.edu/spacesofcirculation/about-the-project/#sthas...

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