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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

  • Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Linguistics Association Meeting (HaLLA)

    HALLAFriday, October 17th
    3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    317 Folwell Hall

    Please join us as Hispanic Linguistics graduate students discuss their research. This month's speakers are Ana Anderson, and Brandon Rogers.

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  • Spanish & Portuguese Research Group Forum (SPRG)

    sprg-sm.jpgFriday, October 10, 2014
    317 Folwell Hall
    3:30 to 5:00pm

    Two graduate students in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures, Amy Cosimini and Ana Cláudia Dos Santos São Bernardo, will give presentations on their research this Friday. Please join us!

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  • Spanish and Portuguese Study Abroad Panel

    Friday, October 3rd
    1-2:15 p.m.
    Room 112 Folwell Hall

    If you are interested in studying abroad in a Spanish or Portuguese speaking country, come hear from Spanish Studies majors, Spanish Studies minors, and Spanish/Portuguese Studies majors who studied in Spanish or Portuguese speaking areas. Students on the panel have studied in Toledo, Spain; Sevilla, Spain; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Merida, Venezuela; Quito, Ecuador; Salvador de Bahia, Brazil; Santiago, Chile; and Uruguay.

    This is a great way to learn about experiences of other students and for you to ask questions. Spanish and Portuguese Studies advisors will also be available for questions.

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  • 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
    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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