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Lecture with Professor Ronald Sousa

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"He's Whispering Revolution to Me": Reading the Reader of Saramago's 'Historical' Novels

Sousa Book-sm.jpgLecture with Professor Ronald Sousa
University of North Carolina, Asheville

Friday, October 3, 2014
12:30-1:30pm
113 Folwell Hall

Ronald Sousa's new book On Emerging from Hyper-Nation (Purdue UP, scheduled for November release) explores the relationship that 1998 Nobel Laureate José Saramago's novels about Portuguese history seek to set up with their reader. Starting with his own reception of the novels, his study moves from analysis of reader liberation to re-induction of historical trauma to subject re-construction. Sousa will review the main lines of his exploration and then pose some of his own questions about it.

Spanish & Portuguese Research Group Forum (SPRG)

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sprg-sm.jpgYou are invited you to this year's first SPRG forum on Friday, Sept. 26 at 3:30 p.m. in Folwell 105.

There will have two presenters:


  • Visiting Assistant Professor Salvador Raggio, "Irrupciones de la pornotemática: Nuevas facetas de lo obsceno en la narrativa hispánica actual"

  • Visiting Assistant Professor Luis Anchondo, "El código secreto del Esopete ystotriado en el contexto de la exégesis literaria y su evolución hacia un método científico tardomedieval"

Susana Perez CastillejoHispanic Linguistics Ph.D. Candidate Susana Pérez Castillejo will present her doctoral dissertation research "La entonación del español de Galicia desde una perspectiva sociofonética" on September 15th. Susana's areas of expertise are sociolinguistics and phonology, in particular Spanish phonology in dialect and language contact situations.

Her dissertation describes the intonational patterns of broad focus declaratives and absolute interrogatives in Galician Spanish, a poorly documented variety of Northwestern Spain in which intonation is perceived as a dialectal marker. A sociolinguistic analysis reveals five suprasegmental aspects of Galician Spanish that bear a relationship to the speakers' domain of exposure to Galician, the vernacular Romance language of the region. It also discovers two features that are subject to stylistic variation rooted in the unequal status of Galician and Spanish during the history of their contact. The status of these as contact-induced features or as changes brought about by language-internal causes is discussed, as well as other findings that contribute to our understanding of how language contact may affect intonation. This public presentation will be part of Susana's doctoral final exam.

Monday, September 15
2:30 p.m.
317 Folwell Hall
Free of charge. Everyone welcome.

PeaceSm.jpgHispanic Linguistics Ph.D. Candidate Meghann Peace will present her doctoral dissertation research "That was the goal, for her to understand": Spanish anaphora in L2 speech on June 3rd. Meghann's dissertation analyzes how second language speakers of Spanish use direct object nominal and pronominal expressions in communication, as well as how they vary these expressions in accordance with the status of the direct object referent, the pragmatic conditions under which it is being expressed and the speakers' own assumptions of their listeners' abilities and knowledge. This public presentation will be part of Meghann's doctoral final exam.

Tuesday, June 3rd
1:00 p.m.
317 Folwell Hall
Free of charge. Everyone welcome.

Corbin.1cr.jpgSpanish American Literatures & Cultures Ph.D. Candidate Megan Corbin will present her doctoral dissertation research Haunted Objects: Spectral Testimony in the Southern Cone Post-Dictatorship on May 9th. Megan's dissertation examines the role of the everyday, common object in relation to the human experience and capacity to give testimony--to communicate experiences of trauma, torture and suffering. In her research, she seeks to bring together a number of subfields: theoretical interpretation of testimonial narratives, trauma theory, memory studies, spectral theory, and object-oriented philosophy, in order to "think with things" in her analysis of narratives emerging in Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile in what is called the "Post-Dictatorship" period. This public presentation will be part of Megan's doctoral final exam.

Friday, May 9th
2:00 p.m.
317 Folwell Hall
Free of charge. Everyone welcome.

Argetina study abroad studentsHispanic Linguistics Ph.D. Candidate Phil Thornberry will present his doctoral dissertation research The acquisition of Buenos Aires Spanish intonation during a study abroad semester on April 25th. Phil's dissertation analyzes the changes in second language Spanish intonation of 11 learners studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, while also accounting for these changes via an examination of relevant extralinguistic factors, such as contact with native speakers and attitudes towards the host culture and language variety. This public presentation will be part of Phil's doctoral final exam.

Friday, April 25th
10:00 a.m.
112 Folwell Hall
Free of charge. Everyone welcome.

PPP LogoThe graduate students of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies are proud to announce their first graduate conference entitled "Power, Prestige and the Periphery." The event will take place on the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus on April 11 and 12, 2014. The event is open and free to attend.

For more information please visit our webpage

Local interfaith leaders gather to discuss how Medieval Spain's Jewish, Muslim and Christian Cultural Cooperation holds relevance for our Metro area.

- Thursday, March 27, 2014
- Mount Zion Temple
1300 Summit Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
Margolis Hall
- Free and open to the public

Spanish & Portuguese Research Group (SPRG) Forum

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Thumbnail image for sprg-sm.jpgFriday, March 7th
113 Folwell Hall
3:30 to 5:00pm

Two graduate students in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures, Catalina Ahumada and Xiaoxi Zhang, will give presentations on their research this Friday. Please join us!

Spanish & Portuguese Research Group (SPRG) Forum

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sprg-sm.jpgFriday, February 7th
106 Folwell Hall
3:30 to 5:00pm

Two Ph.D. graduate students in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures, Carla Manzoni and Ross Sandell, will give presentations on their research this Friday. Please join us!

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