Verónica Muñoz, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, earned her M.A. in Comparative Literature (2005) and Ph.D. in Latin American Literature (2010). She worked at the Catholic University of Buenos Aires until 2002, when she received a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue graduate studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. As Associate Professor, she teaches Latin American History, Latin American and Argentine Literature of 19th and 20th Centuries, and Cultural Studies at the Universidad de Belgrano and Universidad Católica Argentina. She also teaches Argentine Cultural Seminars for Study Abroad Groups and works as a translator and interpreter in the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She first researched on the relationship between jazz music, fantasy, and Julio Cortázar's narratives in her MA's thesis. She then wrote her dissertation on 19th Century Latin American short stories, fantasy, and the role of the uncanny in shaping or challenging identities during nation-building processes. Her areas of interest include gothic literature, philosophy, and politics in Latin America.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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SPAN 3401 - Adv Spanish in Context
Advanced Spanish in Context
The course is based on a teaching philosophy that considers language as an oral/aural means of communication. The study of grammar is not an end in itself, but rather a means to accelerate language learning and make it a more effective process. The dynamic use of language will be the basis of this approach. Through significant grammar practice that combines both formal and communicative approaches, students will develop and integrate the four language skills: listening comprehension, reading comprehension, oral expression and written expression. The course’s content will include five main areas that will be integrated in the proposed activities: 1) Functional content: the communicative elements, enumerating the functions which students should know in order to make effective use of the language; 2) Grammatical content: the grammatical elements, and the communicative functions associated with them, which will allow students to effectively express the communicative functions; 3) Subject content: lexical content, subjects and situations that facilitate the social use of language and transmit a real and current image of Spanish society and of the Spanish-speaking world; 4) Phonetic content: activities which will enable students to practice reading and writing in Spanish, as well as improve pronunciation by listening to differentiation exercises, by repeating sounds, words, and sentences, and by reading targeted texts; 5) Lexical content: exposure to texts representing different registers. (1 unit)
Required texts: Manual de gramática: En español (2nd ed.) by Iguina and Dozier (Cengage, 2014)
SPAN 3409 - Academic Writing
This course is designed for those students who plan to continue their education at the graduate level in Spanish (or other disciplines), or any student who wishes to develop his or her writing skills at a more advanced and sophisticated level. It is intended to give the students the practice they need to be able to write at a formal, academic level. We will focus on activities that provide students with strategies to formulate their thesis, to choose an appropriate organization to develop their thesis, and to introduce and conclude their essay in an interesting and appropriate manner. Writing assignments will include, among others, literary analysis and research topics.
Required Text: Material in electronic format will be made available upon arrival at Middlebury.
Summer 2014 Language Schools
SPAN 3411 - Stylistics
This course is designed for those students who need to develop their writing production skills, and who are making the transition from fourth-semester (Intermediate) to Advanced coursework in Spanish. Throughout the course, students shall analyze different discursive genres (text types), establish the base from which to improve their syntax, learn orthographical rules, refine their use of discursive connectors, and expand their vocabulary. The main goal is for the students to create their own texts intended for different communicative objectives, and acquire the necessary tools to develop their own style in Spanish writing. (1 unit)
Required text: Material in electronic format will be made available upon arrival at Middlebury.
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 2012, Summer 2014 Language Schools
SPAN 6505 - Adv Academic Writing
Advanced Academic Writing
The course aims at developing students’ academic writing skills through the understanding of key concepts of discourse analysis such as reference, cohesion, and coherence. A variety of text types will be analyzed in class. Rhetoric devices such as argumentation, hypothesis, and exposition will be presented and practiced through writing tasks, with group work integrated into the course. Special attention will be given to the articulation of class activities with the requirements of other courses at the same level. (1 unit).
Required text: Electronic material provided at Middlebury. Language & Stylistics
SPAN 6560 - 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
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) Literature
Summer 2015 Language Schools
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) Literature
Summer 2015 Language Schools