Faculty Profile

Toni Rivas Bonillo

Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese (2014)

Contact Information

rivasa@dickinson.edu

Bosler Hall Room 123
717.254.5152

Office Hours for Fall 2017: Tuesdays 10-12, or by appointment

Education

  • B.A., Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, 2001
  • Ph.D., Universite de Neuchatel, 2008
  • Ph.D., 2008

2017-2018 Academic Year

Fall 2017

SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish
This course is a continuation of Spanish 101. The course focuses on all four langage skills: listening, reading, writing, speaking, with increasing emphasis on speaking. Prerequisite: 101. Upon completion, students go to 201.

SPAN 380 Contemporary Theater in Spain
This course will focus on contemporary theatrical productions from Spain. Specifically, we will study the ways in which plays, representations, and even theatrical spaces interact with societal and political issues. Besides analyzing the thematic intricacies of the texts, we will pay attention to other aspects of the theatrical phenomenon. Therefore, when possible, we will examine representations and adaptations in order to ascertain ways in which actual productions interpret, adapt, or shape the meaning of a given play. Furthermore, we will explore the idea of theaters as a place of social encounter, debate, and even political activism and protest. Works to be discussed may include classics such as Lorca’s La Casa de Bernarda Alba, Buero Vallejo’s Historia de una escalera, and more recent plays by Paloma Cebrero, Juan Mayorga, and José Moreno Arenas’ Micro-theatre. This course may include attending a play in New York (if possible).

Spring 2018

SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish
This course is designed for students who have never taken Spanish previously. The course focuses on all four language skills: listening, reading, writing, speaking, with an emphasis on vocabulary development and listening comprehension development. Prerequisite: No prior study of Spanish and permission of department.

SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish
This course is designed for students who have never taken Spanish previously. The course focuses on all four language skills: listening, reading, writing, speaking, with an emphasis on vocabulary development and listening comprehension development. Prerequisite: No prior study of Spanish and permission of department.

SPAN 305 Intro Literary/Cultural Analys
This course introduces students to different methods of reading and analyzing cultural products of the Spanish-speaking world. Strong emphasis is placed on expanding and honing strategies for close reading and/or interpretation, a practice that requires paying careful attention to the formal features of cultural products as well as their thematic content and generic conventions. Students will develop the necessary methodological skills and vocabulary enabling them to produce writing for academic purposes, which includes conducting advanced research and incorporating secondary sources to strengthen students’ own written arguments. This course prepares students for upper-level Spanish courses by fostering their abilities to examine discourses, analyze arguments, and construct arguments of their own. Prerequisite: 231.