Place, Belonging, and Sound in the 20th c. Latina/o/x, Black, & Caribbean Imaginations--NYC|
Spring 2021 not offered
AMST 238, FGSS 225|
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Queer Studies, Caribbean Studies Minor|
Throughout the latter 20th century, various aesthetic renderings of New York City have positioned it as a site of voyeuristic allure and racialized excess and pleasure--simultaneously posh, unfriendly, tourist-trapped, "seedy," "gritty," and segregated. Through select literary, cinematic, and performance optics of Latina/o/x, black, and Caribbean writers and artists, especially queer and bisexual writers and artists, this course will focus on memory, representation, form, sound, and the imagination in the layered and shifting site of mid-20th- to 21st-century New York City--and even more specifically, of Harlem, the Bronx, the Lower East Side, Brooklyn, and Elizabeth, N.J. Fictionalizations, poetizations, and performances of first-person memories and reimaginings of overheard stories from older generations about life in the U.S. South and life in the Caribbean will feature in the works that we will study in this course.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CBST-MN)(ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)
Readings and viewings may consist of: James Baldwin, Hilton Als, Loida Maritza Pérez, Samuel Delany, Miguel Piñero, Martin Wong, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, José E. Muñoz, Roy Pérez, the films Midnight Cowboy (1969), Mean Streets (1973), Taxi Driver (1976), Short Eyes (1977), Do the Right Thing (1989), Paris is Burning (1990), Leguizamo's Freak (1998), Radiant Child (2010), and Public Speaking (2010).
|Examinations and Assignments: |
A couple short papers, a research-based assignment, a performance-based collaborative project, and attendance of a few relevant aesthetic events on campus (TBD).
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the Literatures of Difference and Theory major requirements and contributes to the American Literature, Race & Ethnicity, and Theory & Literary Forms concentrations of the English major.
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