CLASSES TAUGHT

Oklahoma State University

Writing the Nation after the Spanish Civil War

The goal of this course is to explore the ways in which narrative writings and other cultural artifacts, such as film and music, reshape the idea of Spain from the end of the Civil War (1939) to the end of Francisco Franco’s dictatorship (1975), and beyond. The analysis of canonical, exile, and peripheral works enables students to examine and interplay between official and alternative national discourses developed inside and outside Spain during the 20th century, and to establish a base to understand contemporary debates about Spanish and European societies and nationalisms.

Spanish Cinema

Spanish Cinema explores film production in Spain throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. It focuses on the development of intellectual and artistic ideas as they relate to changes in politics and technology, and on the interpretation of films as cultural, historical, technical and artistic works. Topics include the development of film and of the film industry in Spain, the avant-garde and surrealism, the Spanish Civil War, Orientalism, the representation of Francisco Franco’s dictatorship and its censorship, exile, la movida, postmodernism, postmemory, decoloniality, posthumanism, and the 21st century economic crisis.

Spanish Music

Spanish Music studies Spanish 20th and 21st-century cultural history through the development of music. Songs are explored in relation to their artistic and historical significations, and historical events are analyzed with attention to their soundscapes. Topics include the development of music and of the music industry in Spain and elsewhere, traditional folk music (la copla, la folclórica), songs popularized during the Spanish Civil War, flamenco, singer songwriters who opposed Francisco Franco’s regime in the 70’s, relations with European, Latin American and African music, songs in languages other than Spanish (Catalan, Galician, Basque, Asturian…), connections between literature, cinema, and music, music during the movida (a cultural movement that arose with the onset of democracy in 1980’s), the Eurovision Song Contest and its political repercussions in Spain, music festivals, Operación Triunfo (a reality TV talent show), music and activism during the 21st century, Youtube phenomena, and genres such as rock, indie, pop, rap, techno and alternative music.

Peninsular Civilization
Survey of Peninsular Literature (1700-present)
Introduction to Hispanic Literary Studies
Advanced Grammar and Composition
Advanced Conversation
Intermediate Reading and Conversation
Elementary Spanish

Central Michigan University

Spanish Peninsular post-Civil-War Narratives
Modern Spanish Novel
Introduction to Spanish Literary Analysis
Advanced Conversation
Intermediate Composition and Conversation

Michigan State University

Advanced Cultural Readings and Composition
Elementary and Intermediate Spanish (some courses in hybrid format)

Džemal Bijedić University (Bosnia and Herzegovina) (2004-2005)

Intermediate and Advanced Spanish Language and Literature
Spanish for Business

OTHER TEACHING INTERESTS

Spanish Civil-War Exiles: Transmediterranean, Transpyrenean and Transatlantic Exchanges
Stateless Iberian Literatures in Translation: From Postwar to Postmodernity
“Iberofuturisms:” Imagining the “elsewhen” in 21st century Iberian Culture
Women and Gender during and after Francoism: From Sección Femenina‘s Concept of Style to Present-Day Feminism