Faculty Profile

Jorge Sagastume

Associate Professor of Spanish (2003)

Contact Information

sagastuj@dickinson.edu

Bosler Hall Room 126
717.245.1722

Bio

Jorge’s main area of research is the intersection of literature and philosophy, in particular philosophy of language. He is the author of Responsabilidad ética en la lectura del texto teatral, a book focusing on the semiotics of theatre, six annotated volumes of poetry in translation with scholarly studies, an edited volume on Cervantes’s Las novelas ejemplares as well as numerous essays on Spanish American authors. He has recently published on Borges and Cantor’s hypothesis of the continuum (Bulletin of Hispanic Studies), on Borges and language and identity (Aisthesis), and on Federico Andahazi and epistemological systems (Anales de Literatura Hispanoamericana). He is currently working the topic of the ethics of identity in the work of Puerto Rican author René Marqués, and on a book in collaboration with Prof. Rodriguez on the reception of Cervantes in Latin America. He also founded and edited Sirena: Poetry, Art and Criticism (Johns Hopkins U.P.) from 2004 until 2010.

Education

  • B.A., University of Utah, 1997
  • M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1998
  • Ph.D., 2002

2016-2017 Academic Year

Fall 2016

SPAN 231 Spanish Composition
This course will focus on acquiring the necessary tools to write, in Spanish, for academic purposes. Students will read short fiction and poetry, view films and study photographic images to later interpret these artistic forms and produce the type of academic writing necessary to succeed in upper-level courses in the field. The main goal of the class, however, will be to help students develop their ability to observe critically the world that surrounds us and be able to express their finding to others in a convincing way, yet realizing that their opinions will and should become points of departure for further debate, thus perpetuating intellectual dialogue.

SPAN 231 Spanish Composition
This course will focus on acquiring the necessary tools to write, in Spanish, for academic purposes. Students will read short fiction and poetry, view films and study photographic images to later interpret these artistic forms and produce the type of academic writing necessary to succeed in upper-level courses in the field. The main goal of the class, however, will be to help students develop their ability to observe critically the world that surrounds us and be able to express their finding to others in a convincing way, yet realizing that their opinions will and should become points of departure for further debate, thus perpetuating intellectual dialogue.

SPAN 305 Intro Literary Analysis/Theory
This course introduces students to different methods of reading and analyzing literary and non-literary texts. These may include - among others-formalist, psychoanalytic, feminist, semiotic, and postructuralist approaches. Students will read both primary texts and theoretical studies, and they will be required to analyze texts themselves. Prerequisite: 231.

Spring 2017

SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish
This course is a continuation of Spanish 102. The course focuses on all four langage skills: listening, reading, writing, speaking, with increasing emphasis on writing and speaking. Prerequisite: 102 or placement by department. This course fulfills the language graduation requirement.

LALC 390 Do Your Friends Like You?
Cross-listed with SPAN 410-01.

SPAN 410 Do Your Friends Like You?
Cross-listed with LALC 390-01.