Dec 06, 2022  
2022-2023 General Catalog 
2022-2023 General Catalog

World Languages, Literatures & Cultures (Graduate Program)


For information regarding the UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM, click here.  

Program Overview

Graduate study in Spanish has a long and distinguished tradition at LSU. The MA in Hispanic Studies, redesigned in 2004, offers the choice of a specialization in literary, linguistics, or cultural studies. Each specialization is offered with the thesis and non-thesis option and requires six hours of coursework in each of the other two areas. The program is supported by a faculty that represents diverse areas of the Hispanic world and that is particularly strong in interdisciplinary approaches to the study of language, literature, and culture. It also allows students the opportunity to take approved courses related to the Hispanic world taught by affiliated faculty in other departments.

Students pursuing the thesis option must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours in coursework and 6 credit hours in thesis research: at least 18 credit hours of coursework must be at the 7000-level.

Students pursuing the non-thesis (or comprehensive exam) option must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours in coursework: at least 21 credit hours of coursework must be at the 7000-level.

Specific course requirements:

SPAN 4400 Introduction to Hispanic Cultural Studies  (required for all students)

SPAN 4603 Applied Spanish Linguistics  (required for all Teaching Assistants)

SPAN 7985 Research in Hispanic Linguistics  (required for specialization in linguistics)

SPAN 7990 Special Topics in Hispanic Criticism  (required for specialization in literature or cultural studies)


John Pizer, Chair
Jeremy King, Associate Chair, Director of Hispanic Studies, Spanish Section Head
Alejandro Cortazar, Graduate Advisor
TELEPHONE 225-578-6638
FAX 225-578-5074


Applications and supporting materials for all graduate study must be submitted through the online application site for the LSU Graduate School. Official transcripts, official test scores, and other materials that come from third-party sources must be mailed to: LSU Office of Graduate Admissions, 114 West David Boyd Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. These paper documents are stored electronically and departments have access to all materials submitted by and/or on behalf of a student applying to graduate study.

Applicants are expected to have a significant undergraduate background in Spanish, an above-average record on all undergraduate coursework, acceptable GRE scores, and strongly supportive recommendations from at least three faculty members familiar with their academic work.

Financial Assistance

Information on graduate assistantships and other forms of financial assistance is available from the graduate advisor.

Graduate Faculty

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Graduate Faculty who teach in Hispanic Studies

Elena Castro (M) • Twentieth and twenty-first century Spanish Peninsular Poetry and Poetics, gender and sexuality, women studies. Twentieth and twenty-first century Spanish Peninsular Literatures, Cultural Studies and Interdisciplinary approaches to Hispanic Literatures. Contemporary Latin American Poetry and Poetics
Alejandro Cortazar (3A) • Mexican literature and culture; 19th century Latin American literature; gender, identity, and nationstate formation in 20th century Latin America
Christian Fernández-Palacios (M) • Colonial Latin American studies, Latin American narratives, literary theory, postcolonial studies, transcontinental studies
Dorota Heneghan (M) • Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Spanish Literature and Culture, Interdisciplinary Approaches to Modern Spanish Culture, Comparative Literature, Women and Gender Studies, Transatlantic Studies, Art History
Jeremy King (M) • Hispanic linguistics, pragmatics, historical Spanish, applied linguistics, second language
Laura Martins (7M) • Southern Cone literature and film, Transatlantic studies, Luis Buñuel’s films, art and violence, film theory, literary theory, genre studies, photography
Carmela Mattza (7M) • Visual Arts, History of the Emotions and Literature in Early Modern Iberia. Translation, Reception and Influence of the Classics in Late Medieval and Early Modern Iberia. Presence and influence of Late Medieval Hagiography and Religious Iconography in the Court of the Spanish Hapsburg. Transatlantic Perspectives to the Use of Ekphrasis and Mythography in Cervantes’s Works and the Spanish Golden Age Comedia
Andrea Morris (M) • 20th-21st century literature and culture of the Hispanic Caribbean, Afro-Hispanic literature, Cuban film, Migration and Caribbean Diaspora
Rafael Orozco (M) • Spanish in the United States, Latin American Spanish, Sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, bilingualism, Colombian Spanish

Graduate Faculty in other departments who teach courses in the Hispanic Studies Graduate Program:

Stephen Andes (7M) • (Department of History) Latin America, esp. Mexico; 19th and 20th century Catholic social and political movements; Vatican policy; Modern Christianity; Christian Democratic parties; Religion and Revolution in Latin America; Liberation Theology; Religion and Narco-violence in Mexico
Mary Jill Brody (M) • (Department of Geography and Anthropology) Anthropological linguistics, Mayan linguistics, language and culture, discourse analysis
David Chicoine (M) • (Department of Geography and Anthropology) Andean archaeology, Coastal Peru, early urbanism, material culture
Kent Mathewson (M) • (Department of Geography and Anthropology) Latin American cultural and historical geography, geography and environmental concerns in Latin America, indigenous peoples and Latin American geography
Heather McKillop (M) • (Department of Geography and Anthropology) Pre-Columbian archaeology, Mesoamerican archaeology, trade methods
Irina Shport (7M) • (Department of English) speech perception and production, second language acquisition and pedagogy, individual differences in language learning, phonetics and phonology, prosody
Andrew Sluyter (M) • (Department of Geography and Anthropology) Landscapes of colonialism, Latin America, development and environmental policy

Professorial faculty who teach in World Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Emily Batinsky, Latin Elegy and Epic, Seneca’s Prose Works
Paolo Chirumbolo (M) • Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature, Cinema Studies, Literary Theory, Cultural Studies
Kristopher Fletcher (M) • Augustan Poetry, Greek and Roman Epic, Hellenistic Poetry, Mythology and Mythography
Gundela Hachmann (7M) • Intermediality and Contemporary German Literature.
Touria Khannous (M) • Literature and Film from the Maghreb, Women’s Movements in the Middle East and North Africa, Postcolonial Studies, Cultural Ctudies and Black Diaspora Studies
Qiancheng Li (M) • Premodern Chinese Literature, Comparative Literature
Wilfred E. Major (M) • Greek and Roman Comedy, Greek Pedagogy, Greek Rhetorical Theory
John D. Pizer (M) • 18th-21st Century German Literature and Thought, Comparative Literature, Theory and Practice of World Literature
Mark S. Wagner (M) • Classical Arabic Literature, Arabic Vernacular Literature, Islamic Law, Muslim-Jewish Relations
Gang Zhou (M) • Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, Comparative Literature
Richard C. Warga, Papyrology, Epigraphy, Coptic Studies


Elena Castro, “Fairies, Queens, Shrek and other monsters. The ‘Queer Disney World’ in the poetry of Ana María Moix and Katy Parra.” [“Broadway, y el mundo Disney en Ana María Moix y Katy Parra”] in United States in Hispanic literatures [Estados Unidos en las letras hispánicas.] Ed. Txetxu Aguado and Loreto Busquets. Studi Ispanici. Special Issue. XLIV 2019: 261-275.
​Alejandro Cortazar, “El antihéroe de ‘necio quijotismo’ en Tomochic (1893) de Heriberto Frías” Perfiles del heroísmo en la literatura hispánica de entresiglos (XIX-XX). Luis Álvarez Castro y Denise DuPont, Eds. Valladolid: Editorial Verdelís, 2013, 107-119.
Christian Fernández, Co-edited with Sara Castro-Klarén. Inca Garcilaso & Contemporary World-Making. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016.
Dorota Heneghan, “Before 1898: Architecture and Nation in Emilia Pardo Bazán’s El tesoro de Gastón,” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 52.1 (2018): 223-243.
Jeremy King, Language Variation and Contact-Induced Change: Spanish across Space and Time. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2018.
Laura Martins, “On Faces, Specters, Fragments of Matter. (On Gustavo Fontán’s Films).” The Film Archipelago: Islands in Latin American Cinema. Bloomsbury – Bloomsbury (London, Oxford, NY), Film & Media | World Cinema edited by Antonio Gómez (Tulane University) and Francisco-J. Hernández Adrián (Durham University, UK), 2019.
Carmela Mattza, “Emotion, Object and Space in Calderon de la Barca’s Life is a Dream and Tang Xianzu’s The Peony Pavilion,” in Faraway Settings: Spanish and Chinese Theaters of the 16th and 17th Centuries, edited by J.P. Gil-Oslé and F.A. De Armas  Iberoamericana, 2019, pp. 109-136.
Andrea Morris, “Creative Control: Navigating Foreign Presence in Contemporary Dominican and Cuban Narrative and Film.” Latin American Literary Review. 45.90 (2018)
Rafael Orozco, Spanish in Colombia and New York City: Language Contact Meets Dialectal Convergence. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2018.


Emily Batinski, “In Cynthiam / Pro Cynthia (Propertius 2,32)”. Latomus. 62, no. 3 (2003): 616-626.
Paolo Chirumbolo, Tra coscienza e autocoscienza saggi sulla narrativa degli anni Sessanta : Volponi, Calvino, Sanguineti. Soveria Mannelli: Rubbettino, 2009.
Kristopher Fletcher and Osman Umurhan (Ed.), Classical Antiquity in Heavy Metal Music: Bloomsbury Academic, 2020.
Gundela Hachmann, “‘Always conceal … thy tenets, thy treasure, and thy traveling.’ Irony and Ambiguity in Ilija Trojanow’s Travel Narratives About the Middle East” Anxious Journeys: Contemporary German Travel Literature, ed. By Karin Baumgarnter and Monika Shafi. Rochester: Camden House, 2019. 143-158.
Touria Khannous, “Islam, Gender, and Identity in Leila Abouzeid’s The Last Chapter: A Postcolonial Critique.” College Literature 37, no. 1 (2010): 174-189.
Quancheng Li, Fictions of Enlightenment: Journey to the West, Tower of Myriad Mirrors, and Dream of the Red Chamber. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2004
Wilfred Major, The Court of Comedy: Aristophanes, Rhetoric and Democracy in Fifth-Century Athens. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2013.
John Pizer, “Teaching the French Revolution in Late-Eighteenth and Early-Nineteenth Century German Literature Classes,” Teaching Representations of the French Revolution, ed. Julia Douthwaite Viglione, Antoinette Sol and Catriona Seth (New York: MLA, 2019): 296-304.
Mark S. Wagner, Like Joseph in Beauty: Yemeni Vernacular Poetry and Arab-Jewish Symbiosis. Leiden: Brill, 2009.
Richard Warga,  “Three Fragments from the Berkeley Collection.” Illinois Classical Studies 27/28 (2002): 109-13.
Gang Zhou, Placing the Modern Chinese Vernacular in Transnational Literature. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.


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