Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish
Fernando Aguirre Pérez received his Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from Cornell University in May of 2013, with his dissertation “Avatares del cuerpo político del indigenismo: el marxismo utópico de César Vallejo y el neonazismo de Jaime Saenz.” His primary field of expertise is contemporary Andean narrative theater and poetry, accompanied by strong intellectual interests in Marxism; the relationship between literature, history and politics; the graphic novel; and journalism.
As a journalist, Fernando Aguirre worked between 1990 and 1996 as an editorial writer, editor-in-chief, news editor and general co-editor for two newspapers in Peru, his home country. Between 1996 and 2003, he was the press coordinator for two government agencies in Lima. He obtained his B.A. from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.
Fernando Aguirre moved to the United States in 2003, graduated with a Master of Arts in Latin American Literature from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and earned another M.A. degree from Cornell University in Hispanic Literatures. Currently, he is developing his first postdoctoral research project, “Following the radical footprints of Maoism in Argentina and Peru and fascism in Bolivia and Brazil”. An additional research project under development challenges the validity of trauma theory in light of graphic novels devoted to political and urban violence.
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.
SPAN 0220 / SPAN 0210 - 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 0210 or placement) 3 hrs. lect./disc.
Fall 2013, Spring 2014
SPAN 0397 - Maoism & Fascism Latin America ▲
A Struggle of Literature and Politics: Maoism and Fascism in Latin America
Despite the influence that Maoism and fascism exerted—and still exert—in Latin America, comprehensive effort to depict their effects in today’s literary and cultural fields has not been taken. In this course we will analyze how Latin American literature from the mid-20th century to present appropriates and transforms these two extreme political discourses. It does so according to its own agenda: defense, confrontation, complaint, perception of threats, or prophecies in which the nation’s future is always at stake. Works by Pérez Huarancca, Piglia, Reynoso, Salgado, De Andrade, Saenz, and Bolaño will be analyzed in conjunction with readings by Mao, Nietzsche, and Hitler. 3 hrs. sem.
SPAN 0398 - Authoritarian Leaders
Too Much Power: Authoritarian Leaders in Spanish America
What is it like to live in a society where power is highly concentrated in the hands of one individual? The death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez (1954-2013) has stirred debate about political leadership, authoritarianism, populism, and democracy in Latin America. In this course we will study three very different authoritarian figures whose similarities enjoin us to rethink the borders between left and right: Hugo Chávez (in office 1999-2013), Fidel Castro (1961-2011), and Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000). In order to locate their regimes in their social, ideological, and historical contexts, materials will include their speeches and writings, along with novels, political theory, films, documentaries, news articles, pamphlets, and visual art. (At least two Spanish courses at the 0300-level or above, or by waiver)
SPAN 0500 - Independent Study ▲ ▹
The department will consider requests by qualified juniors and senior majors to engage in independent work. (Approval only)
Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Spring 2015
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)
Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Spring 2015