Vested Interests: the Place of Spanish in Australian Academia

Alfredo Martínez-Expósito

Abstract


The history of Spanish departments in Australian universities can be traced back to the 1960s, when a number of British hispanistas relocated to Australia and created a small number of successful teaching programs that reproduced the British model. A second generation of Spanish scholars arrived in the 1980s and 1990s, mainly from Latin American countries, in a migration wave that is still current. The transition from a British understanding of the Spanish discipline, with a strong focus on (canonical) literary studies, to current curricula that emphasise communicative skills and a loose notion of cultural studies, is symptomatic of deeper changes in the way the discipline has sought to reposition itself in the context of the Modern Languages debate.

Keywords


Spanish in Australia; Teaching of Spanish; Discipline of Spanish

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1344/co20141374-86

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