Patricia Saldarriaga


 On leave academic year (2015-16)
 on leave academic year

Patricia Saldarriagacompleted her M.A. at the Ludwig Maximilian Universität in Munich, Germany, and her Ph.D. in Spanish and Literary Theory at the University of Washington in Seattle. She has been working at Middlebury College since 1999, where she teaches courses in Golden Age literature and art, and contemporary poetry. She is the author of Los espacios del Primero Sueño de Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. Arquitectura y cuerpo femenino (Iberoamericana/ Vervuert, 2006). In addition, she has published a variety of articles on Renaissance and Baroque literature, as well as two books of poetry. She is currently working on two book projects: The first one studies the relationship between baroque and postmodernist poetry. Her second project compares the poetic and the visual representations of the Virgin of Guadalupe from the 16th-to the-18th centuries.



Course List: 

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DML6950 - Research Methodology Workshops      

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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SPAN6560 - Literary Analysis      

This course will introduce the graduate student to the techniques of literary analysis, critical thinking, reading, and interpreting Hispanic literary texts. It is divided into three segments, each of which is devoted to the analytic strategies pertinent to one major genre: narrative, poetry, and drama. Each student will write several papers and actively participate in class discussions. (1 unit)

Required texts: Antonio Sobejano-Morán, Tornasol (Panda Publications, newest edition); Lope de Vega, La dama boba (Madrid: Cátedra, newest edition). Literature

Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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SPAN6580 - Literary Theory      

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the various schools that set the grounds for modern literary and cultural criticism. Class discussions will concentrate on the understanding of theoretical texts, as well as, on the reading and analysis of literature and cultural products. We will engage with the main theoretical currents of our time such as structuralism, postructuralism, feminism, and cultural studies. (1 unit)

Required text: Electronic material provided at Middlebury. Literature

Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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SPAN6639 - Painting &Poetry Span Gldn Age      

Painting and Poetry in the Spanish and Spanish American Culture of the Golden Age

In this course we will explore the relationship between painting and poetry during the Spanish Renaissance and Baroque by focusing on relevant themes of the time: the revival of interests in figures from pagan mythology (e.g. Europa, Venus, Vulcan, Laocoön); the Council of Trent and its influence on Christian painting and literature from Spain and its American colonies; the representation of women according to the period’s norms of beauty; melancholy as sickness; the vanitas topus; mysticism and eroticism; and Casta Painting. Paintings of El Greco, Zurbarán, Velázquez, Villalpando, among others, will be analyzed in conjunction with their counterparts in literary texts by Teresa of Avila, Garcilaso de la Vega, Lope de Vega, Francisco de Quevedo, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, etc. Contemporary art will also be considered. No previous knowledge of art is required. (1 unit)

Required texts: Susan Woodford, Cómo mirar un cuadro (Barcelona: Editorial Gustavo Gili, 1983. ISBN: 9788425212420); Alfonso Pérez Sánchez, Pintura Barroca en España. 1600-1750 (Madrid: Manuales Cátedra, Cátedra, 2010, ISBN: 978-84-376-2684-0); Elias Rivers ed., Renaissance and Baroque Poetry of Spain. With English Prose Translations (Waveland Press. Any edition. ISBN 0881333638) Poesía colonial hispanoamericana. (Madrid: Cátedra, 2004 ISBN: 978-84-376-2113-5).

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

Summer 2012

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CMLT0700 - Senior Thesis      

Senior Thesis
Approval required.

Spring 2014

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SPAN0210 - 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 2013

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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 2012

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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. This course is required for Spanish majors. (SPAN 0220 or placement) 3 hrs. lect./disc. AAL LIT LNG

Spring 2012, Fall 2012

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SPAN0371 / CMLT0371 - Don Quixote/Visual Culture      

Don Quixote/ and Its Representation in Visual Culture*
In this course we will read Cervantes’ masterpiece, Don Quixote. Special attention will be given to the historical, philosophical, and cultural context of the period. Emphasis will be placed on specific topics such as religion, governance, intercultural relationships, madness, parody, authorship, and love. We will also study the novel’s representation and adaption in a selection of illustrations, graphic novels, animated films, comics, children’s books, and music. Representation in contemporary global cinema, television, and advertising will also be examined. Students will study different adaptations from Europe, Latin America, Asia, and the United States. (At least two courses at the 0300-level or above or by waiver). 3 hrs. lect../screening. CMP EUR LIT LNG

Fall 2014

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SPAN0391 - Lat Am Cultural Studies      

Latin American Cultural Studies: Texts and Concepts
In this course we will apply Cultural Studies methodology in various cultural contexts, focusing on Latin America. Among the concepts studied will be those of nation, hegemony, postcolonialism, subalternism, performance, heterogeneity, hybridity, aesthetics, race/ethnicity, and gender. Each concept will be used in an analysis of a literary, cinematic, performative, and other artistic work. We will be analyzing, among others, the literary works of Faustino Sarmiento, José Martí, Pedro Lemebel, Manuel Puig, and José María Arguedas; the cinema of Jorge Bodansky and Barbet Schroeder; as well as testimonial literature and various other forms of popular culture. (At least two courses at the 0300-level or above or by waiver) 3 hrs. lect./ disc. AAL ART

Fall 2012

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SPAN0416 - Who is Afraid of Poetry?      

Who is Afraid of Poetry?
In this course we will read a selection of poetry by contemporary Spanish and Latin American authors (e.g., Lorca, García Montero, Rossetti, as well as Eielson, Paz, Pizarnik). The main goal of the discussions will be the understanding of poetry in conjunction with contemporary critical ideas. We will learn how to criticize poetic texts using the main theoretical currents of our time such as structuralism, post-structuralism, feminism, and cultural studies. (Senior majors with at least two Spanish courses numbered 0350 or above, or by waiver) 3 hrs. lect./disc. sem.

Fall 2013

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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)

Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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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)

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

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