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Graduate Seminars

  • Visual Culture in Colonial Mexico
  • Colonial Literature, History, and Culture

  • Undergraduate Courses in Area of Specialization

  • Don Quixote: Desire, Play, and Madness
  • Art & Politics in Spanish and Latin American Picaresque Literature
  • Visual Culture and Spatiality in Colonial Mexico
  • Writing about Conquest: Spanish and Indigenous Perspectives
  • Colonial Latin America: The Politics of Representation
  • Introduction to Literary Theory in Hispanic Studies

  • Core Curriculum and Generalist Undergraduate Courses

  • Spanish History and Culture
  • History of Spanish Literature
  • History of Spanish American Literature
  • Latin American History and Culture
  • Hispanic Culture through Film
  • Bilingual/Bicultural Hispanic American Writers
  • Identity and Diversity in U.S. and Mexico Border Culture
  • Modernity in Spanish & Mexican National & Transnational Cinema
  • Border Cultures and Shifting Frontiers in Iberian, Latin American, and Latino Literature

  • Language Courses

  • Elementary Spanish
  • Intermediate Spanish
  • Spanish Conversation and Basic Writing
  • Advanced Oral Presentation, Writing, and Analysis
  • Advanced Grammar & Composition

    Course Descriptions


    This course focuses on the production of social difference in visual media of pre-Columbian and colonial Mexico. We will learn how Mexican societies conceptualized the world, and in particular how they understood writing, painting, and spatiality. We will then inquire into how Mexican understandings and practices of knowledge production interacted with those of the Christian West. We will explore how social groups from diverse and even radically different origins articulate, demarcate, trace, and negotiate their place and the places of others in the world. Toward that end, we will analyze post-conquest texts, including paintings (pinturas de castas), official reports and maps (relaciones geográficas), Renaissance literature, and history (Bernardino Sahagún’s Historia general).


    The surge in immigration and the constant shuffle of ideas and goods along the United States and Mexico border (following the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994) fueled the dreams, hopes, and fears associated with open markets, porous borders, and the coexistence of diverse societies. Drawing on a variety of texts, including Iberian, Latin American, and Latino literature, history, and film, in this course we investigate the issues arising from social interactions along borders and boundaries of various types. These issues encompass, though are not limited to religious, linguistic, gendered, and sexual social borders.

    G. Popescu. Bordering and Ordering the Twenty-first Century: Understanding Borders. Rowman and Littlefield, 2012
    J. Pablo Villalobos, Down the Rabbit Hole. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012
    Gloria Anzaldúa, Borderlands/La frontera
    Carlos Fuentes, The Crystal Frontier
    Roberto Bolaño, 2666: A Novel
    Señorita extraviada, dir. Lourdes Portillo
    The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States, 2017


    January 2019