Faculty Profile

Jorge Sagastume

Professor of Spanish (2003)

Contact Information


Bosler Hall Room 126


Jorge R. G. Sagastume received his doctorate from Vanderbilt University in 2002. His main area of research is the intersection of literature and philosophy, particularly the philosophy of language and ethics. He has published eight books and numerous articles on Spanish and Spanish American authors, especially on Jorge Luis Borges. Jorge has also published fiction and poetry and founded and edited Sirena: Poetry, Art, and Criticism (Johns Hopkins U.P.). He is also the editor of The Pasticheur: Literature, Art, & Ideas, (the-pasticheur.com ISSN 2837-2395.


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

2023-2024 Academic Year

Fall 2023

CRWR 219 Creative Writing in Spanish
Cross-listed with SPAN 380-01.

LALC 239 Span for the Health Profession
Cross-listed with SPAN 239-01.

SPAN 239 Span for the Health Profession
Cross-listed with LALC 239-01.

SPAN 380 Creative Writing in Spanish
Cross-listed with CRWR 219-04.

SPAN 500 Independent Study

Spring 2024

SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II
The primary goal of this course is to develop students' formal knowledge of Spanish by reviewing and studying the more challenging grammatical structures. The course will also work on development of skills in reading, oral expression, and vocabulary development. The purpose of the course is to equip students with the formal grammatical background necessary to be successful in courses on Hispanic literatures, linguistics and cultures. Prerequisite: 201 or the equivalent.

SPAN 231 Spanish Composition
The primary goal of this course is to develop students' writing skills in Spanish. Course topics will consist of a focused cultural theme chosen by the professor. Examples of possible topics include: Hispanic Cultures through Film: Students will learn about the current culture and history of Spanish-speaking countries through discussion of films. This course will emphasize acquisition of the critical skills necessary to analyze Spanish-language cinema within the context of its country of origin. Hispanic Cultures through Painting: This course will analyze major themes in Hispanic cultures through the lens of painting. Readings that illuminate social, political, and cultural contexts will prepare students to better appreciate the historical significance of a wide variety of well-known painters. Hispanic Cultures through Literature: Students will learn the literary tradition of selected countries through novels, poems, and short plays by representative writers. Emphasis will be on tracing the development of the culture of the country studied. Hispanic Cultures through Media: Students will learn the values, mores and traditions of selected Spanish-speaking countries through popular media and its portrayal of current events. Emphasis will be on analyzing Spanish-language newspapers, magazines and television in order to understand their imagined audience. Prerequisite: 202 or 205.

SPAN 500 Independent Study