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2014-2015 General Catalog 
2014-2015 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Foreign Languages & Literatures (Graduate Program)

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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 interdiscplinary approaches to the study of language, literature, and culture. It also allows students the opportunity to take courses related to the Hispanic world in anthropology, geography, history, and political science.

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

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


John Pizer, Chair
Elena Castro, Associate Chair, Director of Hispanic Studies, Spanish Section Head
Andrea Morris, Graduate Advisor
TELEPHONE 225-578-6616
FAX 225-578-5074
WEBSITE uiswcmsweb.prod.lsu.edu/hss/fll/Spanish/Graduate/item57846.html


Applications and supporting materials for all graduate study must be submitted through the online application site for the LSU Graduate School: www.lsu.edu/gradapply. Official transcripts, official test scores, and other materials that come from third-party sources must be mailed to: Graduate Student Services, 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 teaching 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 (7M) • 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
Dorian Dorado (3F) • Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy, Language Variation & Change, Bilingualism, Language Contact, Loan Words and Calquing
Christian Fernández-Palacios (M) • Colonial Latin American studies, Latin American narratives, literary theory, postcolonial studies, transcontinental studies
Dorota Heneghan (6A) • 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 (6A) • 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
Joseph V. Ricapito (EM) • Golden Age literature, comparative literature: the picaresque and Petrarchism in European literature, Renaissance Italo-Hispanic literary relations, Conversos and converso literature

The following is a list of graduate faculty in other departments who teach courses in the Hispanic Studies cultural studies concentration:


Stephen Andes (6A) • (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.
M. Jill Brody (M) • (Department of Geography and Anthropology) Anthropological linguistics, Mayan linguistics, language and culture, discourse analysis
David Chicoine (6A) • (Department of Geography and Anthropology) Andean archaeology, Coastal Peru, early urbanism, material culture
Paul E. Hoffman (M) • (Department of History) Colonial Latin America, borderlands, Spain
Kent Mathewson (7M) • (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
Solimar Otero (7M) • (Department of English) gender, sexuality, Afro-Caribbean spirituality, and Yoruba traditional religion in folklore, literature and ethnography
Andrew Sluyter (7M) • (Department of Geography and Anthropology) Landscapes of colonialism, Latin America, development and environmental policy



A representative sample of faculty publications during recent years includes the following:

Elena Castro, Cos Textual- Sexual. Cuerpo sexual-textual. Inscripcions del design lèsbic a la poesia espanyola contemporània. Inscripciones del deseo lésbico en la poesía española contemporánea
Alejandro Cortazar, “El antihéroe de ‘necio quijotismo’ en Tomochic (1893) de Heriberto Frías”
Dorian Dorado, “Variation on copula choice: A Comparative Analysis on Advanced Second Language Learners from Two Speech Communities”
Christian Fernández, “Traducción y apropiación: Los ‘papeles rotos’ y la creación de Blas Valera como ‘autor’ en los Comentarios reales del Inca Garcilaso”
Dorota Heneghan, Striking Their Modern Pose: Fashion, Gender, and Modernity in Galdós, Pardo Bazán, and Picón
Jeremy King, “Power and indirectness in business correspondence: Petitions in Colonial Louisiana Spanish”
Laura Martins, “En contra de contar historias. Cuerpos e imágenes hápticas en el cine argentino (Lisandro Alonso y Lucrecia Martel”
Carmela Mattza, “Amistad y enemistad en las Novelas ejemplares: Écfrasis e intertextualidad en La gitanilla de Cervantes”
Andrea Morris, Afro-Cuban Identity in Postrevolutionary Novel and Film: Inclusion,Loss, and Cultural Resistance
Rafael Orozco, Colombian Varieties of Spanish (Co-edited with Richard J. File-Muriel)


Graduate faculty who teach courses in interdepartmental graduate programs:

Paolo Chirumbolo (6A) • Modern and contemporary Italian literature, Cinema Studies, Literary Theory, Cultural Studies
Irene S. Di Maio (EM)
Kristopher Fletcher (M) • Augustan Poetry, Greek and Roman Epic, Hellenistic Poetry, Mythology and Mythography
Touria Kannous (6A) • The Politics of Representation in African Women’s Literature and Film: Gender, Identity and Nationalism
Qiancheng Li (M) • Premodern Chinese literature, comparative literature
Wilfred E. Major (6A) • 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


A representative sample of faculty publications during recent years includes the following:

Paolo Chirumbolo, Tra coscienza e autocoscienza. Rubbettino, Soveria Mannelli, 2009. Paolo Chirumbolo (coeditor). Neoavanguardia. Italian Experimental Literature and Arts in 1960s
Kristopher Fletcher, “Systematic Genealogies in Apollodorus’ Bibliotheca and the Exclusion of Rome from Greek Myth.”
Touria Khannous, “Islam, Gender, and Identity in Leila Abouzeid’s The Last Chapter: A Postcolonial Critique”
Quancheng Li, Fictions of Enlightenment: Journey to the West, Tower of Myriad Mirrors, and Dream of the Red Chamber
Wilfred Major, “Aristophanes and Alazoneia: Laughing at the Parabasis of Clouds.”
John Pizer, The Idea of World Literature: History and Pedagogical Practice
Mark S. Wagner, Like Joseph in Beauty: Yemeni Vernacular Poetry and Arab-Jewish Symbiosis
Richard Warga, “Three Fragments from the Berkeley Collection”
Gang Zhou, “The Chinese Renaissance: A Transcultural Reading”


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