Introduction to Latino Literatures and Cultures|
AMST 278, LAST 279|
In this course, we will be reading literature by Chicano/a, Puerto Rican American and Cuban American authors and exploring such issues as the connection between history, politics and the ways in which authors creatively manipulate language and image to intervene in and disrupt dominant discourses that define America. We will begin by examining late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century histories of U.S. expansionism / colonialism as well as ongoing immigration politics (later twentieth century to today) beside Latino literary production to study the artistic forms of engagement, paying special attention to the roles that colonialism, political and economic displacement, immigration, assimilation, and nationalism have played in the shaping of contemporary discourses of identity and nation.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(CBST-MN)(ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Ilan Stavans, LATINO USA: A CARTOON HISTORY (2007)
Roberto Santiago, ed., BORICUAS: INFLUENTIAL PUERTO RICAN WRITINGS, AN ANTHOLOGY (1995)
Judith Ortiz Cofer, THE MEANING OF CONSUELO: A NOVEL (2004)
Tomás Rivera, ...Y NO SE LO TRAGO LA TIERRA/...AND THE EARTH DID NOT DEVOUR HIM (1971)
Helena María Viramontes, THE MOTHS AND OTHER STORIES (1995)
Cristina García, DREAMING IN CUBAN (1992)
Achy Obejas, WE CAME ALL THE WAY FROM CUBA SO YOU COULD DRESS LIKE THIS?: STORIES (1994)
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly writings; three short papers; one oral presentation; one final exam.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
In this course students will practice their interpretation skills through the consideration and analysis of literary texts, in particular in relationship to their historical and political contexts. Being that it is an introductory course, part of the course will specifically address the work of literary "interpretation" as a formal lesson, through lecture, discussion, and writing activities (in-class and take-home).
|Instructor(s): Pritchard,Démian Times: ...W.F. 11:00AM-12:20PM; Location: SCIE109; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 36||SR major: 5||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: -3||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 3||SO: 10||FR: 10|
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