Courses in Buenos Aires

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SPAN 6606A - Intro to Spanish Linguistics      

Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
/Haralambos Symeonidis/ This course provides an introduction to Spanish linguistics and establishes the basis for future application of linguistic principles. The course begins with an exploration of the sound system of Spanish and its theoretical representation. Building on this, the discussion continues with topics in Spanish morphology such as word formation and verbal inflection. This is followed by issues in syntax that are analysed in isolation. The goal of this course is to provide students with a level of knowledge that enables them to make connections between the structure of Spanish and relevant issues in contemporary Hispanic linguistics, such as language variation, bilingualism, and Spanish in the United States. Course objectives: Examine various aspects of Spanish linguistics; Explore the theoretical description of Spanish phonology, phonetics, morphosyntax, semantics, and pragmatics; Apply key concepts to linguistic problems and original data; Develop a basic knowledge on Spanish linguistics in order to evaluate in a critical way other linguistic studies and theories in the future. (1 unit) Linguistics

Summer 2017 Language Schools

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SPAN 6609A - Subjunctive in Spanish      

Subjunctive in Spanish: What to know about it and how to teach it*/
Three-week course, second session

In this course, we will study theory and teaching strategies for the use and value of the subjunctive in Spanish, with special focus on the interaction between Syntax and Semantics. The goal is for students enrolled in this course will be able to distinguish the uses and values of the subjunctive in Spanish, with special focus on:
• Indicative vs. Subjunctive in Spanish
• Subjunctive and syntax
• Subjunctive and pragmatics
Taking into account students’ professional context as teachers of SFL, activities and strategies will be proposed and discussed to teach subjunctive at various levels. (.5 unit)

Required Text: Material provided by the Professor. Linguistics

Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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SPAN 6613A - Tango: Nation & Identity      

THIS COURSE IS TAUGHT IN BUENOS AIRES

When tango was born in Buenos Aires, in the second half of the 19th-century, Argentina was undergoing profound changes. With the arrival of millions of immigrants, the shape of the city and its society began an intense process of modernization. A product from the bordello and a “threat” to national identity, tango came to be a global success in only twenty years. Acclaimed in Paris and New York, tango became a symbol for Argentina and its new ways of thinking about sexuality, gender, and class relations. This course treats tango as a cultural artifact that condenses many of the key debates about the relationships between popular culture and society. Through the study of tango lyrics, plays, films, novels, and other cultural productions, this course proposes a critical analysis of theoretical problems such as national identity, gender studies, and the consumption of culture in a global era. The course combines lectures with seminar-style classes encouraging discussion and participation. Students will also have to visit different places in the city of Buenos Aires that are clearly linked to the history of tango. (1 unit)

This course is cross-listed with Literature. Civ Cul & Soc Literature

Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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SPAN 6635A - Latin American Contemp Art      

THIS COURSE IS TAUGHT IN BUENOS AIRES

Latin American Contemporary Art

The aim of this course is to introduce students to Latin American Contemporary Art and its relations with historical, political, and aesthetic contexts in our region. We will reflect upon fundamental issues of todas art: the affective , conceptual, and ironic role of artists in creation; the relationship with the market, the presence in biennials, the pursue of formal procedures, and the problematization of artistic languages. The course will provide tolos of visual and critical analysis in order to think the complex status of the image within latin american production. We will study a variety of artists: Nicola Constantino, Graciela Sacco (Argentina), Ligya Clark, Vic Muniz, Cildo Meireles and Adriana Varejao (Brazil), Alfredo Jaar (Chile), Los Carpinteros and KCHO (Cuba), Doris Salcedo and Beatriz González (Colombia), Teresa Margolles, Francis Allys and Elena Climent (Mexico), among others. (1 unit) Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2016 Language Schools

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SPAN 6645A - Argentine Cinema      

THIS COURSE IS TAUGHT IN BUENOS AIRES

This course focuses on the last fifty years of argentine cinema. The end of World War II, the fall of Juan Domingo Perón, and the closing of movie studios imposed varied political, social, and cultural transformations reflected in the movies produced since then. During the years that followed, we witness the birth of independent cinema (on the margins of movie industry), the relationship with other cinemas within the region and the confrontation with new cinemas and with artistic avant-gardes throughout the world. Thus, experimentation, social testimony, and politization of cinema are features of on growing relevance. In this sense, cinema would be a privileged media to study not only aesthetic changes but also socio-political developments towards the end of the 20th-century. The aim of the syllabus is to concentrate on the above mentioned issues through the analysis of major films by Leopoldo Torre Nilsson, Leonardo Favio, Fernando Solanas, Adolfo Aristarain, Lucrecia Martel, and Pablo Trapero, among others. We would analyze the innovations brought about by the so called generation of the ´60s, the emergence of political cinema in the beginning of the 70´s, the complex relationship between society and cinema during the military dictatorship, the democratic period and the new cinema of the 1990´s. Special attention will be paid to certain topics such as the relationship between cinema and avant-gardes, high and pop culture, films as political tools and generally speaking, to movies as witnesses of historical processes.
(1 unit) Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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SPAN 6658A - Literature & Violence in L.A.      

Literature and Violence in Latin America

Violence is not a new occurence in Latin America. Our continent is born with the wounds of violence over its territory. This foundational scar has given it a complex identity, not only in the realm of historical reality but also within different cultural aspects during its long and difficult history. With these concepts as core of this course, we will read some contemporary writers whose work is shaped by an aesthetic elaboration of violence, its impact and aftermath. We are going to read and discuss authors such as Evelio Rosero, Héctor Abad Faciolince, Julián Herbert, Sara Uribe, Yuri Herrera, Emiliano Monge. (1unit)
Required Text: Materials provided by the instructor. Literature

Summer 2017 Language Schools

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SPAN 6659A - Argentine Literature      

THIS COURSE IS TAUGHT IN BUENOS AIRES

The aim of this course is to get an approach to Argentine Literature by discussing the literary response to complex cultural and historical issues such as nation and identity formation, avant-garde, nationalism and cosmopolitism, populism and authoritarianism. Special attention will be placed to help students focus on the larger framework of European and Latin American cultural trends in other to gain a deeper understanding of the Argentine literary system. Major and less canonical authors will be studied, i.e Sarmiento, Hernández, Borges, Arlt, Cortázar, Viñas, Walsh and Piglia, among others. (1unit)

Required text: Selected materials and critical bibliography will be provided in electronic form. Literature

Summer 2016 Language Schools

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SPAN 6667A - Creative Writing      

THIS COURSE IS TAUGHT IN BUENOS AIRES

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 present literary works of important Hispano-Americans authors (Onneti, Borges, Rulfo, Cortázar, Méndez,etc). We will also read theoretical texts by Francisco Guzmán Burgos, Pablo Fernández, Alex Grijelmo, Ricardo Piglia, Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Juan Bosch, Mempo Giardinelli, Rosario Ferré, Guillermo Samperio, Hernán Lara Zavala, Enrique Anderson Imbert, Anibal Ponce, Alberto Manuel, Jorge Von Ziegler, etc. (1 unit)

This course is cross-listed with Literature and Professional Preparation for Teachers. Linguistics Literature Pedagogy

Summer 2016 Language Schools

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SPAN 6676A - Political Violence Mem & Cult      

THIS COURSE IS TAUGHT IN BUENOS AIRES

Political Violence, Memory and Cultural Representation

The aim of this course is to study cultural and human responses to the violence of political repression in Spanish America. Central to the theoretical and critical corpus of the course is the multidisciplinary work of scholars writing in response to historical violence, which posed questions regarding social trauma, the links between mourning and memory, and the social and cultural role of artistic creation. The theoretical dimension of the topic will be discussed in class through the reflection on key critical works and will provide the necessary framework for the analysis of primary sources, such as literature, film, art, oral history, journalism and popular music. In order to introduce students to the complex issues of memory and violence in its subjective and social dimension, the course will focus on the study of three different moments of Spanish American history. The main topics discussed will be a) the aftermath of traumatic political events and its long lasting effects on the present, b) the use of historical memory and c) dictatorships and democratic transitions in Chile, Uruguay, and Argentina (special attention will be given to the latter). (1 unit)

This course is cross-listed with Literature. Civ Cul & Soc Literature

Summer 2016 Language Schools

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SPAN 6703A - Personal Writing Learning Span      

THIS COURSE IS TAUGHT IN BUENOS AIRES

Personal Writing Necessary for Learning Spanish

In this course we will focus in the development of one of the fundamental skills for language acquisition: personal writing. Our goal is to work with didactic strategies in order to produce one of the necessary writings, the one that stems from the realm of intimacy and at the same time shapes it. Through theory and practice, this course will provide a pedagogical methodology to teachers of Spanish. Confession, secret, memoire, autobiography, journal, letters, chronicle, and non-fiction writing would be central to our course. The purpose is that teachers of Spanish would be able to use this forms in their language classroom. (1 unit)

This course is cross-listed with Professional Preparation for Teachers. Literature Pedagogy

Summer 2016 Language Schools

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SPAN 6704A - Intro to Sociolinguistics      

THIS COURSE IS TAUGHT IN BUENOS AIRES

This course is an introduction to sociolinguistic theory and its application to issues related to Spanish in the contexts of Spain, Latin America, and the United States. It will focus on both quantitative and qualitative research on language variation and language contact in the Spanish-speaking world. We will discuss basic concepts and principles of contemporary sociolinguistics (language vs. dialect; language variation; mechanism of language change; diatopical variation; social variation; etc. We will also identify and discuss methodologies for sociolinguistic research (participant observation; selection of speech community/speakers; socio-economic variables; taping conversations; collecting, organizing, and analyzing sociolinguistic data). (1 unit) Linguistics

Summer 2016 Language Schools

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SPAN 6705A - DA: Markers & Textual Types      

Discourse Analysis: Markers and Textual Types
*Three-week course, second session


We will dwell on the analysis of the construction process of the discourse in Spanish: coherence and cohesion procedures, with special focus on discourse markers. Students enrolled in this course will be able to analyze how to build communication in Spanish and how the language differs depending on the type of text and register: colloquial conversation, written or oral argumentation, academic presentation, etc. These goals should be achieved with the acquisition of a number of skills and abilities that should include the following aspects: Identification and analysis of textual types in Spanish, both written and oral; Analysis of the procedures for discoursive cohesion; Classification and use of discourse markers. (.5 unit)

Required text: Materials provided by the Professor. Pedagogy

Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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SPAN 6725A - Monsters in Lat Amer Fiction      

Monsters in Latin American Fiction
*Three-week course, first session*

In Abnormal: Lectures at the College de France (1974-1975), Michel Foucault traces a "genealogy of the abnormal" based on the relationship between knowledge, power and society, and social mechanisms of identification, distance, inclusion, and exclusion. In this course we will explore one of the most common figures of abnormality, the human monster, together with violence, a violence shaped by both social and natural laws. This course takes students on a journey through the different representations in Latin American literary and film narrative of the human monster and other marginal figures such as criminals, fallen women, rebels, and the strange and unclassifiable. Texts will include works by Borges and Bioy Casares, Horacio Quiroga, Leopoldo Lugones, Gabriel García Márquez, Julio Cortazar, Roberto Bolaño and Silvina Ocampo. There will also be several other cultural artifacts, such as movies, photography, arts, and music, showing the relationship between the monstrous “other” and social and political power as one of discipline, control, and standardization. (.5 unit)

This course is cross-listed with Literature.* Civ Cul & Soc Literature

Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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SPAN 6732A - Latin American Cult Theories      

Latin American Cultural Theories

The aim of this course is to shape disciplines such as poetics and aesthetics as a theoretical and political field in order to discuss concepts such as identities, alterity, indigenism, colonialism, subectivities, diversity, and dissidence. Concepts that today are in danger of being confronted with deletion and dissappearance: we must rethink them, affirm their complexities and usefulness even if they may appear as insufficient in order to be able to negate, discuss or confront them with the final goal of finding our own critical path. We are going to analyze territories from North America to Antardida as a common cartography, the cultural maps that involves the possibility to confront different thinkers and activists, addressing their thoughts and cultural reflections through different texts. We will share and discuss fragments by Walter Mignolo, Eduardo Castro Gómez, Sueli Rolnik, Néstor García Canclini, Silvia Cusicanqui, Enrique Dusserl, José Martí, Berta Cáceres and Gloria Anzaldúa. (1 unit) Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2017 Language Schools

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SPAN 6740A - Pop Culture in Argentina      

Popular Culture in Argentina

This course will examine Argentine Culture, Literature, and History through the lens of popular culture. The focus will be on cultural identitity, Nation Building , and social and political conflicts and class struggle. We will examine issues such as democracy, myths, public festivals, religion, sports, music, food, fashion, print media, television and film, paying particular attention to the art and politics that havve influenced (and continue to influence) the lives of ordinaty people in Argentina. We will discuss how popular culture contributes to a multi-faceted and continuously evolving sense of national identity. We will cover a wide range of topics from the myths of Eva Perón and Che Guevara to soccer and Maradona´s "hand of God"; from Tango to Rock and Roll. We will explore popular iconography related to figures such as the singer Gilda and the popular folk saint Gauchito Gil, as well as issues relating to politics and the media (movies, comics, and TV shows). Course materials will include Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig, Santa Evita by Tomás Eloy Martínez, shorts stories by Cortázar, Perlongher, and Borges, comics such as Héctor Oesterheld The Eternaut, Quino´s Mafalda, and Maitena Burundarena´s famous comic strip Maitena, Women on the Edge, videos, songs, and excerpts from movies and TV shows. Books, articles, and media files will be ready for easy online access. (1 unit)

This course is cross-listed with Literature.* Civ Cul & Soc Literature

Summer 2017 Language Schools

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SPAN 6741A - Urban Fiction of Buenos Aires      

Three-week course, first session

Buenos Aires is a city of contrasting images and changes: its history is hidden under the so-called ‘progress’ or dwells in its borders. La Gran Aldea (1882) by Lucio V Lopez depicts a city of contradictions that is reshaped through Cesar Aira’s lenses in La Villa (2001). As such, Buenos Aires stages ways of thinking Argentine nationhood and its struggles against external and internal threads (the countryside, the immigration, the progress, European trends, Latin American waves). Fictions on Buenos Aires explore myths, secrets, dreams, and frustrations in literature, films, comics, photography, music, and even graffiti art. These fictions portray unique characters, such as the dandy, the tanguero, the cuchillero, the first generation college graduate, the blue-collar worker, the poor, and the political activist; and all of them enable readers to challenge the boundaries of modernity. This seminar aims to reflect on the relationship between space and those marginal subjectivities that inhabit the borders of the city, in order to expand the reflection towards Latin American and its own conflictive borders. (.5 unit)
This course is cross-listed with Literature.* Civ Cul & Soc Literature

Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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SPAN 6747A - Argentine History      

THIS COURSE IS TAUGHT IN BUENOS AIRES

The purpose of this course is to analyze Argentine history during the 20th-century. It will focus on the major political processes, within their national and international contexts, including with some detail the influence of the populists´ movements and military dictatorships´ experiences on the nation´s development. (1 unit)

Required texts available in UADE Library: Novaro, Marcos, La dictadura militar (1976-1983) del golpe de estado a la restauracio´n democra´tica (Paidós, Buenos Aires, 2003. Ref. 94(82)"1976-1983" NOV DIC N.9 1A 2003); Rein, Raanan, Peronismo, populismo y poli´tica: Argentina 1943-1955, ed. de Belgrano (Buenos Aires, 1998. Ref. XX (293894.1); Rapoport, Mario, Historia econo´mica, poli´tica y social de la Argentina 1880-2000 (Macchi, Buenos Aires, 2003. Ref. 94(82) RAP HIS 5A 2003), Romero, Luis Alberto, Breve historia contemporánea de la Argentina (Fondo de Cultura Económica, Buenos Aires, 2003. Ref. 94(82) "1500/1983" ACA NUE V.1-V.10); Rock, David, Argentina en el siglo veinte economi´a y desarrollo poli´tico desde la e´lite conservadora a Pero´n-Pero´n (Lenguaje Claro editora, Buenos Aires, 2009. Ref. 338.1(82) ARG 1A 2009); Torre, Juan Carlos, La vieja guardia sindical y Pero´n sobre los ori´genes del peronismo (EDUNTREF, Buenos Aires, 2006. Ref. 32(82) TOR VIE 2A 2006). Civ Cul & Soc

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SPAN 6749A - Spanish in the World      

THIS COURSE IS TAUGHT IN BUENOS AIRES

In this course we will deal with various aspects related to the Spanish in the world: the Spanish varieties in the Spanish speaking world – for example Spanish in the USA – but also the expansion of Spanish through the media and the cinema will be an important part of the course. The situation of Spanish together with the other official languages on the Iberian Peninsula but also the language politics in Latin America will be treated in this course. According to the number of its speakers, Spanish is considered the third most spoken language in the world. Although it’s spoken in very distant regions, it provides until now certain uniformity in the standard higher level which allows the speakers on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean to communicate easily. The most important differences are found in the supresegmental level, which means in the different intonation, a product of the diverse linguistic substracts in the Spanish speaking countries. Another difference is also observed in the lexical diversity which derives from the different evolution of the Spanish language in every region but also from the influence of other languages in the corresponding regions. The orthography and the linguistic norm guarantee the unity of the language; also the necessity of collaboration between the different Language Academies of the Spanish language in order to preserve the unity contributes to the expansion of the literary, scientific, pedagogical, cinematographic, television, communicative, and informatic products. (1 unit)
Required text: Selected materials will be on reserve in the UADE Library or online.
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This course is cross-listed with Culture.*

Required text: Selected materials will be on reserve in the UADE Library or online. Civ Cul & Soc Linguistics

Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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The Spanish School

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
F: 802.443.2075

Mailing address
Spanish School
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT  05753

Audrey LaRock, Coordinator
6-week Program

P: 802.443.5539
spanishgraduate@middlebury.edu