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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

  • 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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  • Susana Perez Castillejo: "La entonación del español de Galicia desde una perspectiva sociofonética"

    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.

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  • Remembering Professor Hernán Vidal

    The Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies is saddened to report the unexpected passing of Professor Hernán Vidal. He died at home on August 15, 2014 at the age of seventy-seven. He is survived by his wife, a son, two daughters, and five grandchildren.

    Professor Vidal, who taught at the University of Minnesota from 1972 until his retirement in 2003, is widely known as an innovative, original, and productive scholar in the field of Latin American studies. The collective impact of his work and influence opened up new fields of intellectual inquiry to which he contributed through his high intellectual standards, independent spirit of inquiry, and unwavering commitment to human rights.

    Professor Vidal was also a prolific writer. One of his early books, Literatura hispanoamericana e ideología liberal: surgimiento y crisis [Spanish American Literature and Liberal Ideology: Emergence and Crisis] (1976), soon became one of the classics of Latin American literary studies, providing a penetrating critique of the Latin American literary boom and contributing to the establishment of a new approach to the integration of literary study with social history.

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