Spring 2007 not offered
AMST 225, LAST 231|
In this course, we will be reading literature by Chicano/a, Puerto Rican American and Dominican American authors and exploring such issues as the connection between history and the mythic. We will begin by examining how U.S. expansionism and colonialism has affected Latino literary production. As a result of expansionist policies of the United States in 1848 and 1898, respectively, part or all of Mexican and Puerto Rican national territory was confiscated and due to the 1965 U.S. invasion of Dominican Republic, Dominican migration to the U.S. increased dramatically. How have Latino and Latina authors documented this experience in their writings by infusing history with the mythic through such entities as the Puerto Rican American "Borinquen" and the Chicano/a "Aztlan"? How do Latinos and Latinas' experiences of assimilation, marginalization, and imprisonment both inhibit and strengthen a literary Latinidad?
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
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Julia Alvarez, HOW THE GARCIA GIRLS LOST THEIR ACCENTS (1992)
Graciela Limon, THE DAY OF THE MOON (1999)
Luis Rodriguez, ALWAYS RUNNING (1993)
Esmeralda Santiago, WHEN I WAS PUERTO RICAN (1993)
Piri Thomas, DOWN THESE MEAN STREETS (1967)
Mariano Barroso, IN THE TIME OF THE BUTTERFLIES (2001), Film
ALL TEXTS ARE IN ENGLISH
A COURSE READER WITH A SELECTION OF SHORTER READINGS
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Three very short reaction papers (1 pp.); two papers (6-7 pp; and 10-13 pp.); class participation.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Research paper option.
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