Asian Latino Encounters: Imagining Asia in Hispanic America|
Spring 2020 not offered
|Certificates: International Relations|
|Course Cluster: Caribbean Studies Minor|
In this course, students will analyze and discuss a variety of cultural productions (literary texts, films, songs, blogs, etc.) that reveal the overlooked connections between Asia and Latin America. We will begin examining views of Asian culture and Asian women of late 19th-century and early 20th-century Spanish American and Filipino writers (such as Darío, Tablada, Gómez Carrillo, Balmori, etc.). Then we will assess travel writings produced across the Pacific--from Mexico to India (Paz), from Chile to Southeast Asia (Neruda), from the Philippines to Chile (Medina), and from Mexico to Japan (Tinajero). Finally, we will examine diverse works by writers/artists of Asian descent in Hispanic America as well as Asian Latinos in the US. Some of the questions we will address are: How have the views towards Asia and Asians changed throughout the past century in Hispanic America? How does Philippine literature in Spanish produced during the US colonial period modify our conception of what is "Hispanic," "Asian," and "American"? 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 ambiguous political legacies of Spanish and US colonialism.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CBST-MN)(CIR)(HISP)(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.
|Examination 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.