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 has published eight books and numerous essays on Spanish and Spanish American authors (most recently on Borges and Cantor’s hypothesis of the continuum, on Borges and language and identity, and on Federico Andahazi and epistemological systems). He is currently working on the topic of the ethics of identity in the work of Puerto Rican author René Marqués; his article titled "René Marqués: sobre la formation de una identidad autónoma en La víspera del hombre" will be published in Bulletin of Hispanic Studies in 2018. 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 Writing About Different Arts
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 Writing About Different Arts
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 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.

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.