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Ricardo Chávez Castañeda

Faculty-Buenos Aires

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Ricardo Chávez Castañeda, from Mexico, is a novelist, short-story writer and essayist, with 25 published works of fiction. He is one of the founding members of the Crack, a literary movement that made its debut in the Mexican literary scene during the 1990s. He has received many national and international prizes for his novels, short stories and books for children. In 1999 he received an honorable mention for the prestigious Premio Casa de las Américas. His novels El día del hurón and El final de las nubes have been finalists for the Premio Internacional de la Novela Negra Dashiel Hammet in Gijón, Spain (1998 and 2000). He has been a guest speaker and has participated in readings, conferences and creative writing workshops at numerous universities in Mexico, Spain and the United States. Professor Chávez Castañeda received his B.A. in Psychology from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and his Master's Degree in Latin American literature from New Mexico State University. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Middlebury College.

 

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SPAN 3405 - 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 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, etc. (1 unit)

Required Text: Material in electronic format will be made available upon arrival at Middlebury.

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013

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SPAN 3412 - Childhood Through Culture      

The objective of this course is to analyze childhood as a social construction, as a period of psychological development, as a horror story, as a time when lessons about human nature become formative tests, and as a stage when myths, for example as created by children’s literature, trigger certain imaginary beliefs. Through theoretical and literary texts, students will reflect on these aspects and their pedagogical possibilities. (1 unit)

Required Text: Material in electronic format will be made available upon arrival at Middlebury.

Summer 2011, Summer 2012

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SPAN 3471 - Lat Amer Voices Short Stories      

Latin American Voices through Short Stories

Most Latin American countries gained their independence from Spain between 1810 and 1824, though they soon all fell in the hands of despotic governments, even in 20th century. Few times allied with these governments but mostly against them, writers have attempted to give their people a space to breath and dream, to raise their ‘voices’. This course aims to study the works of these writers as a common cultural heritage through which they poetize, humorize, protest, depict reality, or dream magically of a sociopolitical utopia that would transform the world that we see into the world that we want. From Argentine Esteban Echeverría (The Slaughterhouse, 1838), to Cuban Reinaldo Arenas (With Eyes Closed, 1972), and Mexican Elena Poniatowska (Tlapaleria, 2003), we will follow voices across Latin American geography and history, seeking to apprehend the elusive ‘voice of the voiceless’.

Required text: Materials for this course will be accessible online.

Summer 2013

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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.

Linguistics Literature

Summer 2014 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 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 0102 - Beginning Spanish II      

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

WTR

Winter 2011

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SPAN 0103 - Beginning Spanish III      

Beginning Spanish III
This course is a continuation of SPAN 0102. Intensive reading, writing, and oral activities will advance students' proficiency in Spanish in an academic setting. (SPAN 0102) 5 hrs. lect./disc.

Spring 2011

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SPAN 0105 - Accelerated Basic Spanish      

Accelerated Basic Spanish
This accelerated course is designed to reinforce, in one semester, the basic linguistic structures that students need in order to reach the intermediate level of proficiency in Spanish. Strong emphasis will be given to reading and composition. SPAN 0105 is designed specifically for students with 2-3 years of high school Spanish, but who have not yet achieved intermediate proficiency. (Placement test required) 5 hrs. lect./disc.

Spring 2012, Fall 2012

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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

Spring 2015

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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 0201, SPAN 0210, or placement) 3 hrs. lect./disc.

LNG

Spring 2013, Fall 2013

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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

Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2014

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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

Fall 2013

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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

Fall 2011, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015

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SPAN 0325 - Childhood Through Culture      

Childhood Through Culture
In this course we will analyze childhood as a social construction: a time of psychological development, a stage when myths trigger certain imaginary beliefs, and a phase when children learn lessons about human nature. We will read theoretical and literary texts about childhood and its development, and we will reflect on how human beings are created through mythological, literary, scientific, and pedagogic productions of our culture. We will read theoretical works by Agnes Heller, Boris Cyrulnik, Steven Pinker, Lloyd deMause, Bruno Bettelheim, and fictional works by Ulises Carrión, Marta Traba, Juan Carlos Botero, Juan José Millás, Juan Rulfo, Julio Cortázar, Juan Tovar, Elvira Navarro, Horacio Quiroga. (SPAN 0220 or placement exam at 0300 level).

LNG

Spring 2012

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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)

Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015

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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)

Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015

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