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American Tropics: Literature from the U.S. Colonies - Hawaii, the Philippines and Puerto Rico
ENGL 340
Fall 2006
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: IBST 302

By extending its borders to incorporate tropical lands and peoples through its neo-colonial adventures at the turn of the 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 re-write and re-imagine "America" from these colonial outposts?

Essential Capabilities: Speaking
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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