Spanish and Portuguese | Topics in Hispanic American National/Regional Literature
S481 | 28319 | Professor Deborah Cohn
HISP-S 481 Topics in Hispanic American National/Regional
Literature (3 credits) LITERATURE
Prerequisite: For students who matriculated prior to fall 2010:
Two courses completed from: HISP-S 328, S331, S332, S333, or S334.
For students who matriculated summer 2010 or after: (S328 and S324)
OR (S328 and S326) AND any other 300-level Spanish class.
Topic: Literature of the Hispanic Caribbean
This course studies the work of authors from Cuba, the Dominican
Republic, Puerto Rico, and their respective diasporas in the U.S.
While we situate texts within their national contexts, we also will
focus our attention on their transnational dimension, exploring
questions of diaspora, exile, and U.S. imperialism in the Caribbean,
as well as notions of Caribbean identity. We will also examine
movements and issues such as POESIA NEGRA and race, respectively,
which undercut notions of nations. How do these issues and
questions affect the representation of these three nations, and what
role do they play in the writers’ efforts to construct individual,
collective, and national identities in their works?
We will read and analyze novels, short stories, and poems by authors
such as Julia Álvarez, Alejo Carpentier, Junot Díaz, Rosario Ferré,
Cristina García, José Luis González, Nicolás Guillén, Luis Palés
Matos, Nancy Morejón, Luis Rafael Sánchez, and Ana Lydia Vega. We
will also analyze films and political speeches. Students will be
evaluated on the basis of class participation, presentations,
writing assignments (including a final research project), and exams.
HISP-S 481 #28319 9:30A-10:45A TR BH 137 Prof. Deborah Cohn
Note: This class meets jointly with HISP-S 498, #8316, Readings for
Honors. This course carries A & H credit.