Eduardo Espina (Ph.D. Washington University-in-St. Louis) was born in Montevideo, Uruguay. He has published the books of poetry: Valores Personales (1982), La caza nupcial (1993; 1997), El oro y la liviandad del brillo (1994), Coto de casa (1995), Lee un poco más despacio (1999), Mínimo de mundo visible (2003), and El cutis patrio (2006; 2009). He is also the author of the books of essays: El disfraz de la modernidad (1992), Las ruinas de lo imaginario (1996), La condición Milli Vanilli. Ensayos de dos siglos (2003), Historia Universal del Uruguay (2008), and Julio Herrera y Reissig. Prohibida la entrada a los uruguayos (2010). He has won the Premio Nacional de Ensayo of Uruguay twice (1996 and 2000), and the Premio Municipal de Poesía (1998), the most important award in poetry in his country. Doctoral theses and books of criticism have been written about his poetic works and his poetry has been partially translated to French, Italian, English, Portuguese, Croatian and Albanian. He is included in more than 30 anthologies of international poetry. In 1980 he was the first Uruguayan writer invited to the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. Since then he resides in the US. He is professor of Latin American literature at Texas A&M University. In November 2009 he was named Distinguished Professor by Sigma Delta Pi, the National Hispanic Honor Society, in recognition of "dedicated efforts, leadership and inspiration to the students".
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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
Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013
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
Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013
SPAN 6667 - Creative Writing ▹
Creative Writing (Essays, Short Stories, & Poetry)
This class is designed to teach basic and fundamental techniques for improving reading and writing skills for poetry and creative essay. In order to achieve this objective, consider it fundamental to have an understanding of “other” styles of writing from “other” cultures, which in this case is that of Latin America. To that end, we will use as models of analysis, a selection of classic essays, short stories and poems from Contemporary Latin American Literature, written after 1900. Upon accessing a different world-vision through literature, the student will have the sufficient elements to better her/his use of written language, whether as a form of expression or communication. In order to achieve part of the course’s premise, which is to learn skillful writing, the student must first learn to read well, and to discover the “secrets of writing” from those authors who contributed new literary resources and forms of expression to literary history. The class will be conducted as a workshop, with the students’ essays, short stories, and poems as the principal subjects of weekly discussions. (1 unit) Linguistics Literature
Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools
SPAN 6669 - Poetry and Music ▹
Poetry and Music in Spanish America
This course studies the relationship between poetry and popular music. Spanish American music repertory is extraordinarily rich, in both rhythm and lyrics. Following a chronological order, the class establishes the major formal changes that had taken place in the last three centuries in both poetry and popular music. We will study some of the best known poems, among them: “La agricultura de la zona tórrida” (Andrés Bello), “Martín Fierro” (José Hernández), “Poemas sencillos” (José Martí), “Canción de otoño en primavera” (Rubén Darío), “La suave patria” (Ramón López Velarde), Poema XX (Pablo Neruda), “Poema 12” (Oliverio Girondo), “Arte Poética” (Vicente Huidobro), and “Nocturno de San Ildefonso” (Octavio Paz). The music repertoire to be studied –bolero, tango, and guajira, among other rhythms- includes classical songs, such as “Bésame mucho”, “El rey”, “María Bonita”, “Cienfuegos”, “Naranjo en flor”, “Cambalache”, and “Balada para un loco”. (1 unit) Literature
Summer 2015 Language Schools
SPAN 6688 - Spanish &Latin American Poetry
This class studies poetry written in Latin America between 1830 and 2010 (from the independence days to the present). One of the objectives is to develop the interpretative and analytical capacity of students in reference to poetic language. It focuses in the study of rhetorical strategies which were considered radical for their times and which impose a formal rapture with the poetry of their times. This class studies the different tendencies of lyrical writing which develop during the historical period indicated such as poesía gauchesca Romanticism, Modernismo, and avant-garde. It also studies the most recent original aesthetic practices among which include neobaroque, language poetry, and cyber textual poetry. Among the theoretical topics to be included figure: modernization, off the margin lyrical writing, paratactic/avant-gardes, neo/modernity, and trans-territorialization. The class will give priority to those poems that challenge the active participation of reason and logical linear thinking. (1 unit) Literature
Summer 2014 Language Schools