Spanish and Portuguese | Topics in U.S. Latino &/or Caribbean Literature
S688 | 26479 | E. Maguire
Professor Emily Maguire
S688 Topics in U.S. Latino &/or Caribbean Literature
Topic: Gender and Sexuality in Caribbean Narrative
W 1:00pm – 3:30pm/section# 26479/3cr./Location TBA
This course seeks to examine the changing representations of gender
and sexuality in literature of the Hispanic Caribbean, questioning
as it does so the relationship that has developed between particular
constructions of gender and sexuality and national identity. Our
investigation will center on novels and short stories from Puerto
Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic, but we will also watch
several films, both narrative and documentary. We will begin our
reading at the fin de siècle, a period of crisis and change in which
emerging new formations of gender and sexual identity come into
conflict with more traditional models. Proceeding in a more or
less chronological fashion, we will interrogate discourses (both
national and scientific) that attempt to classify, normalize, and
legislate gender and sexuality, as well as the representation of
discourses and practices that contest these normalizing impulses.
We will look at the treatment of homosexuality in these narratives,
as well as at the ways in which issues of gender and sexuality
intersect with race and class in these particular national contexts.
We will end by exploring how diaspora and globalization have
affected constructions of gender and sexuality in the Caribbean
Primary texts will include:
Alejandro Tapia y Rivero, "Póstumo el transmigrado"
Miguel de Carrión, "Las impuras"
Ofelia Rodríguez Acosta, "La vida manda"
Carlos Montenegro, "Hombres sin mujer"
Aida Cartagena Portalatín, "Escalera para Electra"
Virigilio Piñera, "La carne de René"
Reinaldo Arenas, A"ntes que anochezca"
Luis Rafael Sánchez, "La importancia de llamarse Daniel Santos"
Manuel Ramos Otero, "Página en blanco y staccato", "Cuentos de buena
Mayra Santos Febrés, "Sirena Selena vestida de Pena"
Pedro Juan Gutiérrez, "El Rey de La Habana"
Ángel Lozada, "No quiero quedarme sola y vacía"
Rita Indiana Hernández, "La estrategia de Chochueca"
“Fresa y chocolate” (Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, dir.)
“Brincando el charco” (Frances Negrón Montaner, dir.)
“Seres extravagantes” (Manuel Zayas, dir.)
Critical and theoretical readings will be drawn from the work of:
Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan, Michel Foucault, Eve Kosofsky
Sedgewick, Judith Butler, Rita Felski, Jean Riviere, Severo Sarduy,
Ann Laura Stoler, Sylvia Molloy, Félix Jiménez, Gabriel Giorgi,
Rubén Ríos Ávila, Emilio Bejel, and José Quiroga, among others.