Borja Gutiérrez

Instruction and Research

                                                                    Vista of Toledo, Spain.


Note: Click directly on the words "policies", "syllabus", and "policies-syllabus"
          in order to view the PDF version of these documents for each semester taught.

  • Fall Semester 2017:

          Course: TBA.. 
  Sections: TBA.
  Course Policies and Syllabus (PDFs).

  • Spring Semester, 2017:
  Spanish 3: Intermediate Spanish.
  Sections 4, 11, 20, 22, and 34.
          Course Policies and Syllabus (PDFs).
  • Fall Semester, 2016:
   Elementary Spanish 2.
           Sections: 2, 3, 8, 14, 24, 27, and 31.
           Course Policies and Syllabus (PDFs).
  • Summer Semester 2016:

Elementary Spanish 1 (Co-taught).
Sections: Spanish 1 602 & 603 (AM and PM Sections).
Course Policies and Syllabus (PDFs).

  • Spring Semester, 2016:

            Spanish 3: Intermediate Spanish.
            Sections 9, 16, 21, 27, and 39.
            Course Policies and Syllabus (PDFs).

  • Fall Semester, 2015:

  Elementary Spanish 2.
  Sections 2, 4, 9, 18, 19, 29, and 32.
  Course Policies and Syllabus (PDFs).

  • Spring Semester, 2015:

  Spanish 3: Intermediate Spanish.
  Sections 16, 22, and 28.
  Course Policies and Syllabus (PDFs).

  • Fall Semester, 2014:

Elementary Spanish 2.
Sections 2, 3, 12, 17, 24, 30, and 31.
Course Policies and Syllabus  (PDFs).

  • Summer Semester (July 3-July 22), 2014:

Elementary Spanish 2 (Co-taught).
Section: Spanish 2 PM (602).
Course Policies and Syllabus  (PDFs).

  • Spring Semester, 2014:

Spanish 3: Intermediate Spanish.
Sections 3, 6, 9, 13, and 22.
Course Policies and Syllabus  (PDFs).

  • Fall Semester, 2013:

Elementary Spanish 2.
Sections 9, 13, 18, 24, 25, 27, and 30.
Course Policies and Syllabus (PDFs).

  • Spring Semester, 2013:
Intermediate Spanish Grammar and Composition (Spanish 100).
Sections 5, 6, and 8.
Course Policies-Syllabus  (PDF).
  • Fall Semester, 2012:
Intermediate Spanish Grammar and Composition (Spanish 100).
Sections 2, 5, and 7.
Course Policies and Syllabus (PDFs).
* Prolonged Substitute for Spanish 2, Section 2 (11 Weeks).
  • Spring Semester, 2012:
Intermediate Spanish Grammar and Composition (Spanish 100).
Sections 7, 8, and 10
Course Policies and Syllabus (PDFs).
  • Fall Semester, 2011:
Spanish 3: Intermediate Spanish.
Sections 7, 12, 17, and 21.
Course Policies and Syllabus (PDFs).
* Temporary Substitute for another section of Spanish 3 (6 Weeks).
  • Spring Semester, 2011:
Intermediate Spanish Grammar and Composition (Spanish 100).
Sections 7, 9, and 10
Course Policies and Syllabus (PDFs).
  • Fall Semester, 2010:
Intermediate Spanish Grammar and Composition (Spanish 100). 
Sections 6, 8, and 11.
Course Policies-Syllabus (PDF). 
  • Spring Semester, 2010:
Intermediate Spanish Conversation (Spanish 110).
Sections 8, 11, and 13.
Course Policies and Syllabus (PDFs).
  • Fall Semester, 2009:
Intermediate Spanish Conversation (Spanish 110).
Sections 7, 11, and 12.
Course Syllabus (PDF).
  • Spring Semester, 2009:
Intermediate Spanish Conversation (Spanish 110).
Section 10.
Course Policies-Syllabus (PDF).

Elementary Spanish 2.
Sections 12 and 15.
Course Policies and Syllabus (PDFs).
  • Fall Semester, 2008:
Elementary Spanish 1.
Sections 13 and 14.
Course Policies and Syllabus (PDFs).
  • Spring Semester, 2008:
Elementary Spanish 2.
Sections 18 and 20.
Course Policies and Syllabus (PDFs).


  • Main Fields of Research and Interest: Spanish Golden Age and Colonial Hispanic-American Literature, History, and Art History; Global Southern Plantation Literature and Human Rights Issues; and LGBT/Queer Studies.
  1. Poetry: Thematic studies on imagination, memory, allegory, the sublime, the representation of the feminine, courtly love (including the influences of Dante and Petrarch), death, aesthetics, philosophical influences (skepticism, stoicism, (neo)platonism, and epicureanism), poetics, and the tragic. The relationship between Literature and the Visual Arts (ékfrasis).
  2. Novel: Don Quijote and the Picaresque tradition, especially the process and presence of education and the imagination.
  3. Theater: The religious, philosophical, and political thought of Calderón de la Barca and Lope de Vega.
  4. History: The reigns of Isabel and Ferdinand, Charles V, and Phillip II; specifically, their political philosophies and their foreign, domestic, and colonial policies. The evolution of Spanish colonial laws and conceptions of indigenous and slave populations. Columbus. Chronicles on the discovery and conquest of America.
  5. Art History: El Greco and Mysticism, as well as the representation of the Picaresque in Golden Age Painting.
  6. The Persistence of the Plantation System and the continuous, multi-faceted gross violation of human rights that it entails as it is represented in the Literature, History, Culture, Politics, and Societies of the Global South (i.e. the geographical area comprised by Southern Europe, the American South, Continental Latin America, the Caribbean, etc.). 
  7. Multidisciplinary analysis of gay rights, gay politics and political thought, queer aesthetics and iconography, homophobia, and queer creativities. 
  • Secondary Fields of Research and Interest: Literature of the American South, Social Justice in Hispanic Literature, Cuban and African American Literature (Carnivalesque texts, Slave Narratives and Autobiographies), Spanish and Latin American Political Thought, US and Latin American Relations, the novels of Miguel Delibes and José María Gironella, Philosophy of Literature, and Literary Theory, and the incorporation of innovative technology and pedagogies in language instruction.  
  • Specific, Ongoing Research (Tentative Titles):
  1. The Power that Comes from the Land: The Plantation Society in Isabel Allende's Novels.
  2. Becoming Human: The Evolution of Gay Rights.
  3. Queer Creativities: The Pursuit of Free Being.
  4. Queer(ed) Skins, Narrated Bodies: The Semiotics of Tattoos and Piercings in the LGBT Community.
  5. Politics as Slaughterhouse: La casa de los espíritus and El Matadero.
  6. The Persistence of the Plantation in Southern Societies: The Intertextual Dialogue of La casa de los espíritus with Gone with the Wind.         
  7. Incorporating Mobile Technology and Web 2.0 in the Modern Languages Classroom.
  8. Hermandad: Social Justice in Hispanic Literature.
  9. Kingdom of God, Kingdom of Man: The Creation and Recreation of America. (A comparative study of competing versions of America and what it means to be American in Anglo-American and Hispanic-American political and literary thought).    
  10. Eros and Thanatos as (Psycho)Drama: Tragic Representations of Love and Death in Golden Age and Colonial Hispanic-American Poetry.
  11. Entre el ser y el estar: Reflexiones sobre la Hispanidad.
  12. Southern Identities: Stasis and Crisis in the American South, Hispanic America, and Spain.
  13. The Intertextual, Carnivalesque Roots of Nicolás Guillén's "Digo que no soy un hombre puro".
  14. Mysticism and Iconography in the Paintings of El Greco.
  15. (Re)presenting Columbus: Transatlantic Crossings.
  16. Cimarronaje and Carnival: The Rhetoric of Freedom in Slave Narratives and Autobiographies of Cuba and the United States.
  17. The Picaresque in Spanish Golden Age Painting.
  18. Res Publica Hispana: The Political Philosophy of the Spanish Habsburg Empire.
  19. The Spanish Imagination: Mythopoesis in the Discovery and Conquest of America.
  20. The Author-Text-Reader Nexus: The Imagination. Inquiries into Philosophy of Literature.
  21. Translating and Transferring the Word: The Evangelization of America.
  22. The Castilian Ethos in the Novels of Miguel Delibes.
  23. Catharsis and Memory in José María Gironella's Spanish Civil War Trilogy.
  24. History as Anonymous Hyperlink: Intertextual Homage in Cabrera Infante's Vista del amanecer en el trópico.
  25. Pitching America: Early Modern Marketing and Advertising.
  26. Eternal Inefficiency: Bureaucracy in Hispanic Literature.  
  • Past Research (To Be Revised and Published): 
  1. El ars poetica de Antonio Machado.
  2. "La mujer fantasma en la poesía de Garcilaso de la Vega".
  3. "El rito carnavalesco en la poesía de Manuel Machado: ékfrasis intertextual desautomatizadora".
  4. "El pasado re-visitado: la memoria histórica de Julio Llamazares en Memoria de Nieve".
  5. "Never Never Land or El cuarto de atrás: la infancia y el despertar traumático".
  6. "Lo sublime en Bécquer: la mujer, el mundo y lo superreal. La experiencia, el deseo de conocer y el fracaso en las RimasLeyendas y Cartas".
  7. "El carnaval en el poema "Digo que no soy un hombre puro" de Nicolás Guillén: revelaciones de lo artificial y enfrentamiento con el poder oficial".
  8. "El cimarronaje en el carnaval diario de Máscaras". 
  9. "Charles Dickens' Rejection of the Picaresque. Oliver Twist: The Anti-Pícaro in a Picaresque World".

Last Update: 5/26/2017

Borja Gutiérrez
Senior Lecturer in Spanish.
Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese

 134 Burrowes Building

Office Hours:
             MW 4:00-5:00 p.m.
             T 3:00-5:00 p.m.
             Or by Appt.


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