The Spanish Section is committed to the study of literature and culture in their material and political context. The faculty encourages the use of a dialectical method that combines formal analysis with a discussion of broader social issues. Following in the footsteps of section founders such as Carlos Blanco-Aguinaga, the Spanish Section continues its rich history of scholarship and teaching in all areas of Spanish peninsular cultures ranging from medieval to the early modern and contemporary periods. The section is especially strong in its coverage of Latin American and U.S. Latino topics (see Areas of Concentration). It is recommended that students conduct research across disciplines and national boundaries, e.g. literatures of the Americas or transatlantic studies. All students in the section will gain a broad knowledge of a diverse range of Spanish-speaking traditions. Because of the unique structure of the graduate program, seminars will expose students to the latest trends in Latin American and European cultural theory.