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Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies

Founded in the 1960s, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, is widely recognized as a pioneer in the interdisciplinary study of language, literature and, more broadly, cultural expressions grounded in theorized and broadly socio-historical perspectives.

We offer B.A. degrees in Spanish and in combined Spanish and Portuguese; and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures, Hispanic Linguistics, and Lusophone Literatures & Cultures. Our faculty have strengths in the colonial, postcolonial and globalization triad; feminist, gender and sexuality studies; memory and witnessing; human rights; subaltern studies; law and literature; cultural contacts; and the Hispanic legacies of Hebrew and Arabic traditions. In Linguistics, our strengths are in the study of language in its context(s) with a focus on interdisciplinary approaches to language contact, phonology, pragmatics, second language acquisition, sociolinguistics and syntax.

Department News

  • Lecture with Professor Ronald Sousa

    "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.

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  • Dr. Cecily Brown receives 2014 Access Achievement Award

    The Disability Resource Center, as part of the Office for Equity and Diversity, is acknowledging the efforts of University of Minnesota faculty and staff who make significant contributions to improving access on campus for students, faculty, staff, and guests with disabilities.
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    Cecily Brown, coordinator of SPAN 1001, has received a 2014 Access Achievement Award. She, along with other University colleagues, is being recognized for advancing access on campus.

    Congratulations, Cecily, on this noteworthy recognition!

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  • Spanish & Portuguese Research Group Forum (SPRG)

    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"

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  • Associate Professor Emeritus Barbara Weissberger invited to Indiana University for the Merle E. Simmons Distinguished Alumni Lecture

    Weissberg MESDA 2014.jpgAssociate Professor Emeritus Barbara Weissberger was invited to give the Merle E. Simmons Distinguished Alumni lecture at her alma mater, Indiana University. The talk is September 12, and the title is "The Queen's Dreams: Lope de Vega's Representation of Queen Isabel I." A brief abstract follows:

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