Spanish Spring 2020 Upper Division

Spanish Upper Division Course Descriptions Spring 2020

SPANISH 100 - Principles of Hispanic Literature & Criticism - Section 01
Lecturer Charles Oriel

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10:00am-10:50am - CRN 81927

This course is an introduction to textual analysis with readings from Spanish and Spanish American literature and culture. The course will deal with basic genres: narrative, poetry, drama, and essay and will provide students with the opportunity to acquire the basic technical vocabulary of the Hispanic literary and cultural critic.

Prerequisite: Spanish 024 or 033.

GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities, Oral Literacy, World Cultures and Writing Experience.

Format: Lecture - 3 hours; Writing or Discussion - 1 hour.

Required Texts:

  • A Course Reader


SPANISH 111N - The Structure of Spanish: Sounds and Words
Professor Travis Bradley

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10:00am-10:50am - CRN 84238

This course provides an introduction to the sound system of Spanish. After an initial overview of the goals of contemporary linguistic theory, we will explore how speech sounds are produced from an articulatory point of view. By exploring the structuralist notions of phoneme versus allophone, complementary distribution versus free variation, and contrast versus neutralization, we will see how sounds are organized and represented as part of the linguistic competence of Spanish speakers. The course also introduces generative phonology, which permits a deeper understanding of the systematic, rule-governed nature of sound patterns. Throughout the course, theoretical and practical comparisons will be made with English and other languages, including Portuguese. The course will be conducted in Spanish.

Prerequisite: Spanish 024 or 033, or consent of instructor (; Linguistics 001 recommended.

GE credit (New): Social Sciences.

Format: Lecture - 3 hours.


  • Jose Ignacio Hualde, et al., Introduccion a la Linguistica Hispanica [2nd Edition]  (Cambridge University Press, 2010)


SPANISH 134B - Don Quijote II
Lecturer Charles Oriel

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 11:00am-11:50am - CRN 84248

This course will focus on the second part of Cervantes’s masterpiece, Don Quijote, published in 1615. Aside from studying Cervantes’s novelistic technique and its 17th-century context, we will also consider how his novel has affected the subsequent development of more modern fiction, including such authors as Miguel de Unamuno, Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortázar.

Prerequisite: Spanish 134A.

GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities, World Cultures and Writing Experience.

Format: Lecture - 3 hours; Term Paper.


SPANISH 177 - California and Latin America
Professor Robert Irwin

Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:40pm-3:00pm - [Please see the schedule or the course search tool for the different course sections and their corresponding CRNs]

Este curso trata la historia de contacto cultural como consecuencia de migraciones, invasiones, colaboraciones, conflictos, acuerdos, intercambios, influencias, etc. entre Alta California (ahora el estado de California de Estados Unidos) y el resto de América Latina desde la época de la guerra de 1846-1848 hasta la actualidad, con un enfoque en las representaciones hechas en América Latina (tanto en México como en otros países del continente) de California, las representaciones hechas en California (especialmente desde la industria emblemática de la expresión cultural del estado, la del cine hollywoodense) de América Latina, y también las representaciones hechas de la California latinoamericana, la de los Californios, los mexicanos, los braceros, los pachucos, los pochos, los chicanos, los centroamericanos, los chilenos y los demás “latinos” que han vivido y que viven en el estado, y que de alguna manera le han hecho a California no sólo una región latinoamericana, sino uno de los centros principales productores de cultura latino-americana.

May be taken to fulfill requirement for majors in Chicano/Latino literature/culture (in lieu of SPA 117, 174 or 176) - or as an elective.

Prerequisite: Spanish 024/024S, or Spanish 033.

GE credit (New): American Cultures Governance & History and Domestic Diversity.

Format: Lecture - 3 hours; Term Paper or Discussion - 1 hour.


  • A Course Reader