Our literature and culture courses for majors, minors, M.A. and Ph.D. graduate students in Hispanic Language and Literatures explore a range of periods and topics. Recent courses have dealt with the contemporary city (“Writing the City/Walking the Text”); textual criticism and biography (“Lives and Texts”); Latin American and Spanish film; poetry, painting, and the sister arts; intellectual currents between Spain and the Americas; the social poetry of Central America; and individual authors like Borges, García Lorca, García Márquez, Quevedo, or Rubén Darío.
The Spanish section is also home to a thriving language program. Six semesters of communicative courses put beginner, intermediate, and advanced students directly in touch with the language, literature, and culture of the Spanish-speaking world, preparing them for global citizenship and international careers. Advanced learners at the third-year level may focus on such diverse topics as Latino culture, business Spanish, or the techniques of poetry writing.
With its many universities and colleges and its vibrant Spanish-speaking communities Boston is a stimulating environment for the study of Spanish. With funding from Sovereign Bank/ Banco Santander our “Voces Hispánicas” program offers a stream of cultural programming–concerts, film, lectures–to the University and the Hispanic community. Spanish majors and minors have study-abroad and internship opportunities in Madrid, Burgos, Buenos Aires, Lima/Ayacucho, and Quito, and some of these offer opportunities both for undergraduates—who study for a semester or year—and graduate students, who serve as teaching assistants.
The faculty in Spanish cover a variety of fields. Medievalist Irene Zaderenko, known for her ground-breaking research on the Poem of the Cid, teaches epic poetry, the sentimental romance, and the history of Spanish. Pedro Lasarte explores a range of Colonial topics, from European and Spanish American Baroque poetry to satire centering on 17th-century Lima. Adela Pineda explores the relations between Mexican, U.S., and French culture from the nineteenth century to the present as well as the cinematic representation of the Mexican Revolution. Alicia Borinsky, widely known as a poet and fiction writer, teaches modern and contemporary Latin American literature. James Iffland, an authority on Quevedo, Cervantes, and Golden Age prose and poetry, also offers courses on literature and social change in Central America. Alan E. Smith teaches a range of subjects, from Galdós to the “Generation of 27”, Vallejo, and contemporary Spanish poetry and theater. Christopher Maurer teaches Spanish poetry as well as the intersection of biography, editing, and translation. Daniel Erker gives courses in Linguistics and Hispanic Linguistics, an area in which we now offer a double major (Spanish/Linguistics). Rodrigo Lopes de Barros teaches Brazilian and Caribbean literature, art, and culture.