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American Tropics: Literature from the U.S. Colonies--Hawaii, the Philippines, and Puerto Rico
ENGL 340
Spring 2009 not offered
Crosslisting: IBST 302

By extending its borders to incorporate tropical lands and peoples through its neocolonial adventures at the turn of the 20th century, the U.S. nation-state created an American tropics as part of its national identity. How does America imagine the tropics and, in turn, how do the tropics incorporate America? As colonized spaces, the islands of Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines, among others, also imagine and write America, turning and distending America's borders upon itself. The class shall read novels by authors from each area or its diaspora (Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Philippines) and make connections across these American tropics. We will explore the texts' relationship to its aesthetic, historical, and cultural connection with each other, the United States, and the idea of America. We will then ask how we begin to rewrite and reimagine America from these colonial outposts.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

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