Courses and Curriculum

Romance Languages Course Descriptions: 2020/2021


101 = course being offered (bold & underline)

Course Catalog Fall 2020Winter 2021Spring 2021Min Maj
407, 407/507 407/507407/507407/507 
410, 410/510    
607 607   
608 608   
620 620  

Courses that combine materials from two or more of the Romance Languages are taught under the course number RL 407/507. Each professor who proposes an RL course has compelling reasons for choosing the materials, languages, and periods his or her course will cover, and that information is posted well in advance along with the course description (e.g., French Period 1 + Italian Period 1). No exceptions will be made to the announced languages and periods the course will cover.

FALL 2020

RL407/507 Romance Film: The Cinemas of the Romance-speaking World - Rigoletto
A journey through the cinemas of Latin America, the Mediterranean, Africa and Europe, this course examines the histories, politics, forms, spectatorial pleasures, theoretical debates and industrial contexts which have shaped the category of the international film.

RL 607 Professionalization and Dissertation Workshop - Enjuto Rangel
Our Professionalization and Dissertation Workshop is directed to help ABD’s to prepare better for the job application process (developing cover letters, teaching statements, CVs, among other materials), and to support the writing of your dissertation by developing activities that will encourage you to write regularly in order to finish a chapter by the end of the term. I will not revise each student’s dissertation chapter/s but I will ask you to transform a section of the chapter into an article, which I will revise, and that you should send to a peer review journal as a final project.

RL 608: Workshop on Teaching Methodology– Davis
This course is the starting point for pre-professional training in the teaching of Romance languages (French, Italian, and Spanish) to adults. The class readings, lectures, discussions, and portfolio activities will help you to:
• design and implement a complete instructional sequence for new material, with attention to sequencing of activities, learning styles, and modes of communication (presentational,     interpretive, interpersonal);
• personalize instruction for a diverse group of learners, with different motivations and interests in language study;
• demonstrate knowledge and understanding of major concepts and the historical context of the field of language learning and teaching in the U.S.;
• utilize effectively and appropriately a range of technologies for the second language classroom; and
• reflect on your own professional practice and by analyzing and evaluating your own teaching and that of your peers.
  This class is required of all new GEs in Romance Languages.   



RL 407/507 Queer from the South- Rigoletto
What does ‘queer’ sound like from the point of view of the South? What assumptions about sexuality, identity, and gender does the South challenge? What urgent questions about globalization, mobility and community-making does the South confront the archive of queer theory and queer politics with? This course aims to critique and de-center the canonical queer archive, one that has been built predominantly on North-European and North-Atlantic paradigms. It turns to the Mediterranean and the Souths of the world – the so-called Global Souths – to examine what alternative opportunities may lie there to reinvigorate and expand ‘the queer project’. Drawing on Franco Cassano’s rethinking of the relation between modernity and the South, the course will ask students not to think about the South in the light of ‘queer’, but to think of ‘queer’ in the light of the South.

RL 620: Graduate Study in Romance Languages - Enjuto Rangel
This course introduces students to literary theory and to graduate level reading, writing and research in our Romance Languages Department. The topics include: research into and discussion of the “period-based” structure of our program of study; the logic behind our reading list and strategies by which to approach it; documentation that follows the guidelines of the Modern Language Association (MLA); and we will introduce major theoretical approaches and how they are useful in literary studies. We will aim to understand some of the most influential literary and cultural theorists of the twentieth century and in each class we will connect the theoretical readings to one or two literary texts in French, Italian, Portuguese, and/or Spanish. I encourage you to read all texts (theoretical and literary) in the original version, but I will provide translations into English for all the assigned readings. As you will see, many of the theorists that we will study write in French, Spanish, Italian or Portuguese, and not only in English; this exemplifies how contemporary theory is comparative and multilingual in its nature.



RL 407: The Idea of Europe - Hester
The Idea of Europe is a team-taught, multi-disciplinary course that explores the meaning(s) of Europe past and present, and the conundrum that is European identity. Guest faculty from a variety of disciplines on campus (humanities, social sciences and the arts) lecture weekly on the European legacy as we explore cultural, historical, political and social institutions that continue to inform our ideas of Europe today. While the overall framework is historical, the course is a creative investigation into different perspectives, texts, issues, and disciplinary assumptions--often incompatible or competing--that shape “Europe” as an object of study. While the course is taught in English, it may bear credit for all degree programs in Romance Languages. Individual exploration of original materials in the European languages is encouraged. Students will be required to keep a reaction journal and to complete a term paper or project on some aspect of Europe.

Taught in English. M.A. Periods 1-4.