Introduction to Latino/a Literatures and Cultures|
This course serves as an introduction to the many discourses that structure and challenge Latinidad--the feeling of being Latino/a. Through historically situated critical analysis of Latino/a cultural production, including theoretical essays, literature, and film, we will meditate on the major issues that shape the Latino/a U.S. experience. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, while primarily focusing on literary analysis, we will study how Latinidad is constructed as an identity and how that identity varies across origin, place, and time. We will engage in close readings to ascertain how the formal aesthetic choices of Latino/a cultural producers theorize on the Latino/a experience, as well as broaden our historical understanding. Major themes we will explore include the legacy of U.S. colonialism; the legacy of civil rights movements; nationalism; citizenship, immigration, and exile; labor and class; race and ethnicity; and gender and sexuality.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(CBST-MN)(ENGL)(ENGL-Amer Lit)(ENGL-Race&Ethn)(LAST)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Alvarez, Julia, HOW THE GARCIA GIRLS LOST THEIR ACCENTS
Anzaldúa, Gloria, BORDERLANDS/LA FRONTERA
Arenas, Reinaldo, BEFORE NIGHT FALLS
Díaz, Junot, THE BRIEF AND WONDEROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO
González, Juan, HARVEST OF EMPIRE
Hernandez, Gilbert, SLOTH
Moraga, Cherríe, HEROES AND SAINT AND OTHER PLAYS
Piri, Thomas, DOWN THESE MEAN STREETS
Rivera, Tomás, ...Y NO SE LO TRAGO LA TIERRA/...AND THE EARTH DID NOT DEVOUR HIM
Rodriguez, Richard, HUNGER OF MEMORY
Santiago, Esmeralda, WHEN I WAS PUERTO RICAN
Additional readings containing critical essays, poetry, and short stories will be available in PDF form.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Grades will be based on attendance and participation, 5 one-page response papers on a given prompt, an oral presentation in which students will guide discussion, and a midterm (4-5 pages) and final paper (8-10 pages).
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the Literatures of Difference requirement and contributes to the Race and Ethnicity concentration in the English major. It also helps satisfy the Comparative Americas requirement for American Studies majors.
|Instructor(s): Alvarado,Leticia Times: .....F. 01:10PM-04:00PM; Location: DWNY100; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 3||JR major: 3|| || |
|Seats Available: 5||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 1||JR non-major: 1||SO: 6||FR: 5|