American Tropics: Literature from the U.S. Colonies--Hawaii, the Philippines, and Puerto Rico|
Fall 2008 not offered
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.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
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Anderson, IMAGINED COMMUNITIES
Stephanson, MANIFEST DESTINY
Films: Act of War, Savage Acts, Palante Siempre Palante
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Students will submit weekly brief 6 2-page inquiry papers on the assigned films or readings. Each student will present an aspect of the class session's reading assignment, distributing a 4-6 page written version to other students. Grades will be based on one 12-page final paper, inquiry papers, presentations and active listening and participation in class discussion.
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