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Course Descriptions

All classes listed are available for Fall 2021. This page is documenting updated course descriptions for Fall 2021, please see catalog.ku.edu for a full list of courses.


SPAN 429: Spanish Phonetics & Phonology University of Kansas Fall 2021

Instructor: Professor Antônio R.M. Simões, Ph.D.

Office: WES 2638

Phone: 785.864-0285

Department: Phone: 785-864-3851

E-mail: asimoes@ku.edu

Department’s page: https://spanport.ku.edu/ant%C3%B4nio-r-m-simoes

Course Materials Textbook required: None. All the information for this class will come from the Glosario and the instructor’s materials in Blackboard or yet from reliable internet sites. If you feel that you must have a textbook, buy this one as soon as possible: Sonidos en contexto, by Terrell A. Morgan. Yale University Press: 2010. ISBN 978-0-300-14959-3. I often consult this book, and students can use it confidently for their projects and presentations.

Course Description:

SPAN 429 is a social-cultural analytical and practical study of Spanish pronunciation (Phonetics & Phonology). Its overall objective is to understand the basics of the physical features of Spanish sounds in comparison to English, and the phonological processes that form syllables, words, and sentences in authentic contexts. Students are expected to apply what they will have learned from class discussions to their classroom interactions and oral presentations. Phonetics and Phonology are powerful tools to improve listening and speaking skills in Spanish or any other language. In addition to the study of Phonetics and Phonology, we will also survey some of the regional pronunciation features of Spanish like the seseo, lleísmo, yeísmo, ceceo, zheísmo, different types of distinción, and other features depending on how the class progresses. Class discussions are in Spanish.


SPAN 440: The Spanish Golden Age

Instructor: Professor Robert Bayliss

Email: rbaliss@ku.edu

Course Description:

The notion of Spain’s “Golden Age” of cultural production (roughly 1500-1700) will be the point of departure for this course, which will investigate the ways in which the so-called literary “classics” of the era have been used and adapted in subsequent centuries in both Spain and Latin America. The primary focus will be on peninsular Spain and the many appropriations of Golden-Age classics, especially since 1898, for purposes of bolstering political causes, negotiating local and national identities, and making money. We will read a series of primary texts from the “classical” Spanish canon, supplemented by secondary critical readings, and then follow their fate through the centuries as they are adapted to a variety of media, including film and television. We will also study Golden Age-themed historical fiction written in the 20th and 21st centuries to broaden our understanding of how the contemporary Spanish-speaking world (mis)understands its cultural history. This course fulfills the 400-level Peninsular Spanish literature requirement for the Spanish major and the 400-level literature requirement for the Spanish minor.


SPAN 451: Early Modern Spanish Studies: The Pícaro, Race and Gender in Early Modern Spanish Society

Instructor: Professor Patricia Manning

Email: pwmannin@ku.edu

Course Description:

The pícaro first hit the literary scene circa 1554 with the publication of Lazarillo de Tormes.  So provocative was the social critique delivered by this mock first-person autobiography, that Lazarillo was one of the few texts published in Spanish that was prohibited by the Inquisition.  Race, religion, social class and gender play significant roles in marginalization of the characters in this fictional first-person autobiography.  Although some works in other genres that we will study-like poetry and visual culture-idealize the state of race, gender and religious relations, others follow in the footsteps of the picaresque and problematize them. Course readings will include:

  • Poetry by Luis de León, Francisco de Quevedo, Lope de Vega and others
  • Lazarillo de Tormes
  • Enriqueta Zafra, forthcoming graphic novel version of Lazarillo
  • An entremés (a short play) written for Juan Rana
  • María de Zayas, "El castigo de la miseria"