Spanish & Portuguese Research
Our faculty includes scholars specialized in areas such as medieval and early modern Iberian literature; literature, culture and languages of contemporary Spain; modern Portuguese and Brazilian literatures; colonial, 19th and early-20th century Spanish American literature; modern and contemporary Caribbean, Mexican, Southern Cone and US Latino literature and culture; translation studies; drama; popular culture; critical theory; literature and science, Romance syntax, phonetics and phonology; and applied linguistics. The department and faculty work in close collaboration with other departments and programs, including Latin American and Iberian Studies, Comparative Literature, Chicano/a Studies, Film and Media Studies, Theater and Dance, Linguistics and Education.
The department's publication gives graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to gain valuable experience by editing and publishing their own scholarly work.
ERAL (electronic Reviews in Applied Linguistics) is a database of reviews of recent studies in Applied Linguistics and Language Acquisition, Language Methodology and Pedagogy, and related fields. Each review is composed of a summary of the research issues and methods, the main findings, and suggestions for possible applications in the language classroom. The goal of this project is on-line access to a useful bibliography for language instructors. It is supported by a grant from the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
E-Humanista is a peer-reviewed electronic journal providing a forum for original research in Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture in the Iberian Peninsula. The journal not only publishes original articles, but also serves as a distributor for monographs, scholarly editions of texts and manuscripts, and reviews related to the current state of the field. Our goal is to address the needs of Medieval and Early Modern scholars by providing a forum for the dissemination of both new discoveries in the field, but also to provide wide-spread, and immediate, access to manuscripts and edited texts which are currently only viewed in either special collections or on microfilm. The unique medium of electronic scholarship allows us to publish studies in varying lengths and formats, thus accepting submissions in the form of long monographs, interactive graphically-rich editions and manuscripts edited with hyperlinks or enhanced with visual and sound files, even the inclusion of database-oriented research. All publications are retrievable in both HTML as well as in PDF format which is more appropriate for printing and allowing for page number citation.
Textos Híbridos: revista de estudios sobre la crónica latinoamericana is a new journal dedicated to the study of the Latin American chronicle from the Conquest to the present day. The journal, directed by our graduate student Amber Workman, aims to lend visibility to the chronicle as a serious and important genre worthy of its own scholarly review and to promote dialogue on a form that has been perpetually overlooked. The journal invites studies on the chronicle from any disciplinary perspective or critical approach and encourages the extension of the genre beyond its traditional boundaries to include any form or topic. Theoretical works on the chronicle are especially welcome as are interviews, book reviews, and works that consider the chronicle from a transhistorical and transnational focus. Studies on the chronicle from any part of Latin America are considered including the crónica chicana/latina written in the United States.