Ricardo Chávez Castañeda

Faculty-Buenos Aires

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.

 

Courses

Course List: 

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SPAN3405 - 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 2013

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SPAN3471 - Lat Amer Voices Short Stories      

Summer 2013

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SPAN6667A - 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 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools

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SPAN6703A - 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, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools

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SPAN0105 - 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.

Fall 2012

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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 2013

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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

Fall 2012, Spring 2014

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SPAN0313 - 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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SPAN0320 - 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

Spring 2013, Spring 2014

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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 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Winter 2015, 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)

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

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The Spanish School
Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
Fax: 802.443.2075

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

7-week Program
Holly Stark, Coordinator
P: 802.443.5538
spanishschool@middlebury.edu

6-week Program

Audrey LaRock, Coordinator
P: 802.443.5539
spanishgraduate@middlebury.edu