and/or taught in the US at
SBC, WLU, OSU, IU-Bloomington,
The Culture of the Southern Cone:
A course that examines the cultures of Argentina, Chile, Paraguay
and Uruguay focusing on contemporary artistic production in the
areas of art, dance, music, architecture, and literature including
authors such as Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Griselda Gambaro,
Isabel Allende, Ariel Dorfman, Augusto Roa Bastos, Horacio Quiroga,
Mario Benedetti, Alfonsina Storni, Pablo Neruda. Both national and
regional characteristics are studied as a way to understand what
makes this region different from other Latin American regions.
Spanish American Contemporary Prose:
Foundational course that studies Latin American short stories and a
novel by important contemporary authors. The course consists of the
literary analysis of the texts to be examined in individual
discussions with the Professor. Attention is paid to the originality
of narrative style and the socio-historical context.
US Hispanic Literature:
A seminar course in translation offering a view of the rich and
complex culture of Latinos, Chicanos, Nuyoricans, and US Hispanics
through its 20th Century literature: short story, novel,
poetry, autobiography. Hispanic identity studied as a concept via
cultural, historical, and linguistic approaches.
Latin American Women Writers.
A course that presents contemporary female voices of Spanish
American countries via Essays by Victoria Ocampo (Argentina);
Testimonial Literature by Gloria Anzaldúa (Chicana),
Rigoberta Menchú (Guatemala) and Domitila Barrios (Bolivia);
Short Stories by Isabel Allende (Chile), Ángeles Mastretta
(México), Carmen Naranjo (Costa Rica), Claribel Alegría
(Nicaragua/El Salvador), Rosario Ferré and Ana Lydia Vega (Puerto
Rico); Novel by Laura Esquivel (Mexico); Poetry by
Susy Delgado (Paraguay), Delmira Agustini (Uruguay), Gabriela
Mistral (Chile), and Alfonsina Storni (Argentina); and Theater
by Griselda Gambaro (Argentina), Lucía Quintero (Puerto Rico).
Paraguayan Women: History and Education.
An introduction to the study of gender, and women’s roles in
Paraguay throughout its history and education, offered through the
Introduction to Gender Studies class, with guest speakers and
Spanish American Poetry Icons.
The seminar provides advanced analysis of the most relevant poets in
the Hispanic speaking world including U.S. Hispanic poetry.
Includes representative works by Octavio Paz, Gabriela Mistral,
Pablo Neruda, Vicente Huidobro, Luis Palés Matos, Nicolás Guillén,
Nicanor Parra, Ernesto Cardenal, Raúl Zurita, amongst others.
Interactive analysis approach with daily paper assignments: critical
analysis of the texts, and peer reviews.
Spanish American Essay.
The seminar course encompasses readings in Spanish-American Essay
with emphasis in the development of thought in literature and
culture throughout its history. Special emphasis on prominent
writers such as José Carlos Mariátegui, Octavio Paz, José Martí,
José Vasconcelos, Victoria Ocampo, amongst others.
Spanish American Civilization and Culture.
It includes a new component that placed each student in charge of
preparing and broadcasting a Spanish Radio program presenting
literature in conjunction with culture of different Spanish American
México, Central America and the Caribbean Region.
The course explores some of the major cultural developments, and its
expressions through visual aids and literary texts, as well as
films. The study presents the past of the Spanish American
civilizations through the art, religion and culture of their most
prominent indigenous groups such as the Aztecs, and Mayas. It
includes the post-conquest and post-revolutionary periods through
some of its major historical events.
Interdisciplinary approach to cultural developments and its
expressions through visual aids and literary texts, as well as
films. The study presents the past of civilizations through the art,
religion and culture of the Incas, and Guaraní. It includes the
post-conquest and post-independence periods through some of its
major historical events and dictatorships.
Latin American Short Story and Essay.
A panoramic view with emphasis on the twentieth-century. It focuses
on discussion of literary texts, and it is reading and writing
Includes representative works by Horacio Quiroga, Mario Benedetti,
Juan Rulfo, Julio Cortázar, Octavio Paz, Victoria Ocampo, Elena
Poniatowska, Ana Lydia Vega, Rosario Ferré, José Martí, José Enrique
Rodó, José Vasconcelos, Gabriel García Márquez, Isabel Allende,
Jorge Luis Borges.
Reinventing America: The Hispanic Identity.
A Seminar course in translation that includes a variety of
genres, literature, essay, film, drama/performance, poetry, dance,
music, and visual arts. The topic of this course is Spanish American
Cultures in its re-invention of identities first in situ, and then
in the US. First, we study the past of the Spanish American identity
through the art, religion, and culture of their most prominent
indigenous groups: Aztecs, Mayas, and Incas. Second, we analyze the
present situation of the individual Spanish American countries and
their national identities, as re-inventions that accompanied the
post-conquest and post-revolutionary periods. Third, we explore the
U.S. Latino identity, the way it is perceived in the U.S. today.
The course examines the writing processes to develop and increase
students’ proficiency in written expression in Spanish models of a
variety of genres presented to pattern compositions after them.
Major projects include: drama, poetry, advertisements, biographical
portraits, short stories, interviews, and a literary essay.
The first time the course was taught, it included a Service-Learning
component to gear students to aid Hispanics within the community. A
course designed to improve the student's conversational ability
through the reading and discussion of literary and cultural texts. I
implemented a strong emphasis in weekly Spanish Table, group/pair
talk, video, and inter-active multimedia. Listening, reading and
writing language skills are used as a base for further development
of the speaking and conversational skills while providing
opportunities to learn more about Hispanic Cultures.
A Reading Course in Spanish.
A developmental reading class designed to teach students appropriate
strategies for reading Spanish as a second language and provide them
with intensive reading practice on a variety of authentic texts,
ranging from short journalistic texts (newspaper and magazine
articles) to a longer literary text (short novel: Aura
by Carlos Fuentes)
Augusto Roa Bastos: Supremo Hijo de hombre.
Through the prose and poetry of its Paraguayan icon, we explore
Paraguayan literature in history. The course focuses on Augusto Roa
Bastos’ Works Hijo de Hombre and Yo, el Supremo as
ways of presenting and discussing the culture of Paraguay reflected
in these novels.
The Hydroptics of Love: Building Bridges to Soul Learning.
This course analyzes images and roles of love in selected texts from
Latin America and the United States. The first part of the course is
based on Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements: A Toltec Wisdom Book
and Carlos Castaneda’s The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of
Knowledge as means of discussing scripts people live, and ways
on becoming a person. The second part of the course includes a
packet with selected segments from R. D. Laing’s Politics of
Experience, Raymond A. Moody’s Life After Life, David
Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence, C. Alexander Simpkins’
Simple Zen, Simple Taoism, Simple Tibetan Budhism; Cary Baynes’
The I Ching or Book of Changes, and Ralph Blum’s The Book
of Runes: Ancient Oracle. The third part of the course
appreciates these metaphorical images in segment considerations of
the Mexican novel The Law of Love (Laura Esquivel), and
Spanish American short stories collected in the book A Hammock
between the Mangoes: Stories from Latin America by Horacio
Quiroga, Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Jorge Amado, Adolfo Bioy
Casares, Juan Carlos Onetti, Manuel Puig, and Isabel Allende amongst
many others. Spanish majors may do their required writing/reading in
Spanish in this course.
This course requires students to design their own web-page, to keep
a journal of critical thinking, and to keep up with the daily
discussion based seminar class. Requirements include exams, papers,
and a final portfolio due at the end of the course.
Introduction to Spanish American Literature.
Includes extensive writing and in-depth oral analysis of texts with
new components such as a required Journal with a total of 25 entries
(around 80 pages in Spanish) as well as a required Graphic timeline.
It analyzes Spanish-American literary masterpieces from colonial
times through the present.
Media in Latin America.
The course examines the role of contemporary media in the cultures
of Spanish American countries. Readings will be drawn from
interdisciplinary sources exploring how media representations define
and re-shape national images and identities, remapping the
ethno-social, economic, political and educational infrastructure via
the film industry, TV broadcasting, internet (from the wireless
through digital), and other instant cyber media as communicators
that influence and recreate a social image of Spanish American
societies. Readings are in its original English version as it counts
for Spanish majors and minors, as well as Latin American Studies and
Hispanic Themes in Latin America.
Developmental reading class designed to teach appropriate strategies
for reading Spanish on a variety of texts that offer intrinsic
culture of a wide spectrum of Latin American countries. An
Honors Variant was offered. Extensive writing and in-depth
oral analysis of texts in Spanish are requisites, as well as oral
presentations and exams.
The course is a study of Miguel de Cervantes “Don Quijote”. Emphasis
is placed on the analysis of its literary resources, historical
topics, narrative techniques, and masterful synthesis of genres. The
course focuses on literary criticism, reading and writing.
Language classes consistently offered:
Elementary Spanish I-II
Intermediate Spanish I-II
All levels of Spanish Composition, Conversation, and Reading.
Cultures of Hispanic Countries