Asian Latino Encounters: Imagining Asia in Hispanic America|
Spring 2018 not offered
|Certificates: International Relations|
|Course Cluster: Caribbean Studies Minor|
This course will explore the distinctive, and overlooked, Asian connection in Hispanic-American cultures: the fascinating literatures, songs, paintings, and films about "Asian Latinos" in Spanish America, the U.S., and the Philippines, a Spanish colony for more than three centuries that developed its own Spanish-language literature after 1898--in part as a response to the subsequent Americanization of the Philippines. We will begin examining "Orientalist," or exoticizing, views of Asian culture and Asian women of early 20th-century Spanish American and Filipino writers (such as Darío, Tablada, and Jesús Balmori). Then, we will assess travel writings produced across the Pacific--from Mexico to India (Paz), from Chile to Southeast Asia (Neruda), and from the Philippines to Chile (Elizabeth Medina). Finally, we will examine diverse works by writers/artists of Asian descent in Hispanic America. Some of the questions we will address are, How has the view of Asia or Asians changed throughout the past century in Hispanic America? How does Philippine literature in Spanish change our conception of Latinidad? By looking at the trans-Pacific reach of the Hispanic, we will be in a better position to appreciate the complexity of the cultural, social, and political legacies of Spanish and U.S. colonialism.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CGST-MN)(HISP)(LAST)(RMST)
Octavio Paz, VISLUMBRES DE LA INDIA (1996) Mexico
Santiago Gamboa, LOS IMPOSTORES (2003) Colombia
Zoé Valdés, LA ETERNIDAD DEL INSTANTE (2004) Cuba
Manolo Núñez Negrón, BARRA CHINA (2012) Puerto Rico
Course reader with poems, short stories or essays by Rubén Darío, José Juan Tablada, Jesús Balmori, Adelina Gurrea, Doris Moromisato, José Watanabe, Alfonso Hernández Catá, Antonio Ortega, Jorge Luis Borges, Pablo Neruda, Severo Sarduy, Mu-Kien Adriana Sang, Elizabeth Medina and Junot Díaz, among others.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two short essays, three tests, class participation and one final essay.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
SPAN 285 is intended for students who have completed SPAN 221 with a B- or better. Students who have not done so should consult with the professor before preregistering. Readings, written assignments, and class discussions will be in Spanish. Only COL students may take this course CR/U. Reading and writing are the best ways for adult learners to improve their spoken Spanish. You will therefore improve all of your language skills in this course.
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