Contemporary Puerto Rican Art and Literature|
|Course Cluster: Caribbean Studies Minor|
This course studies the works of contemporary Puerto Rican filmmakers, performance artists, poets, novelists, painters, conceptual artists, musicians and sound artists. Puerto Rico continues to be one of the U.S. military's and its corporate guises' favorite laboratories; its beauty and complexity are part of what filmmaker Beatriz Santiago Muñoz calls a "chimerical ecology." In this course, we will think with this key phrase, "chimerical ecology," and many aesthetic survival strategies generated by contemporary Puerto Rican literature and art. We will consider the many forms of camouflage set into play in this "chimerical ecology," which reveal the multiple forms of destruction at work by the U.S. war machine, the debt crisis, tourism, and other forces, and the forms of resistance, transformation, and life that only art help us sense. How do you prepare to see what is camouflaged? How do you get ready for what you don't know? Can we reshape our sensorium to feel out and make possibilities that capitalism and settler colonialism render impossible? We will study what appears to hide out in language and visual codes, along with the disidentifying discourses, counter-discourses, aesthetics, poetics, and live art forms that transform the sensorial experiences of space. Students who do not read and think in Caribbean Spanishes are very welcome to take this course, but a minimally playfully bilingual attitude is encouraged.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CBST-MN)(ENGL)(ENGL-Amer Lit)(ENGL-Race&Ethn)(ENGL-TLF Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Readings will include works by Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Chemi Rosado-Seijo, Héctor Lavoe, Ismael Rivera, Bubu Negrón, Michael Linares, Mima, Alegría Rampante, Macha Colón y los Okapí, Reggaetón (varios), Awilda Sterling, Viveca Vázquez, Manuel Ramos Otero, Angelmaría Dávila, José Pepe Liboy, Urayoán Noel, Raquel Salas Rivera, Nibia Pastrana, Pablo Guardiola, Joel Rodriguez, Pedro Pietri, Larry La Fountain-Stokes, Lucecita Benítez, & others.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Short written assignment, in-class presentation (collaborative), sound recording project, research paper (8-10 pages). Students will attend some events on campus relevant to theories and practices in the course, TBA first day of class.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the Literatures of Difference major requirement and contributes to the American Literature, Race & Ethnicity, and Theory and Literary Forms concentrations of the English major.
|Instructor(s): Ellis Neyra,Rachel Times: ..T.R.. 02:50PM-04:10PM; Location: BOGH110; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 4||JR major: 4|| || |
|Seats Available: 2||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 3||SO: 5||FR: 0|