Spanish and Portuguese | Readings in Honors
S498 | 8316 | Professor Deborah Cohn

HISP-S 498  Readings for Honors (3 credits)            LITERATURE
Prerequisite:  By permission only.  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.

This course is for majors who are doing Honors in Spanish.  This
HISP-S 498, #8316 meets with HISP-S 481 Topics in Hispanic American
National/Regional Literature.  If you are leaning toward literature
for your background on your honors thesis, you may want to consider
taking this HISP-S 498 course.

HISP-S498  #8316  Permission only  9:30A-10:45A  TR   BH 137
Prof. Deborah Cohn

Note:  Contact Karla Allgood in BH 844 for permission or e-mail

Description for HISP-S 481 follows:

HISP-S 481  Topics in Hispanic American National/Regional
Literature  (3 credits)  LITERATURE

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.