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01:940:332 Literature & Culture of the Hispanic Caribbean (3 credits)
Prerequisite: 01:940:215 or permission of Department.

Critical approaches to the representation of historical, political, ideological issues in contemporary cultural texts, documents, films and video clips from Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic.   Emphasis will be placed on representative works of major literary figures from Puerto Rico (Julia de Burgos, Luis Palés Matos, René Marqués, Rosario Ferré, Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá); Cuba (Nicolás Guillén, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Nancy Morejón, Virgilio Piñera, Reinaldo Arenas), the Dominican Republic (Andrés L. Mateo, Aída Cartagena Portalatín).  


Learning Goals*:

  • To become familiar with the literary production of Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic
  • to increase students’ appreciation of different literary genres such as the historical novel, the short story, poetry, the essay
  • to examine literature as a site of convergence of different types of discourse -cultural, social, philosophical, political, ideological
  • to analyze the writer’s craft, his style and use of figurative language -symbol, metaphor, simile, personification, etc.-, as well as the structure, themes and settings of his literary product
  • to illuminate the possible ways in which literature enriches our awareness and knowledge of ourselves and of contemporary Caribbean societies
  • to engage students in critical discussions and in in-depth analyses of representations of self-other relationships, race and class conflicts, and gender construction in Caribbean texts
  • to improve written and oral proficiency in Spanish through literary analysis, class participation, exams, compositions and assignments

*Refer to our Departmental learning goals


Required Texts*:
Anthology of poetry, short stories, essays, and a short novel.
***Required texts may vary from semester to semester


Method of Evaluation*:
Two written exams (in situ): 30% (15% each)
Written assignments: 20%
Oral presentation: 10%
Class participation and punctual attendance: 20%
Final research essay: 20%
*Evaluation may vary from semester to semester.

Upcoming Events

07 May 2020;
08:00AM - 05:00PM
Course 435: 19th Century Spanish Literature
01 Sep 2020;
Face the Music: Fall 2020 Portuguese Course
01 Sep 2020;
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Disorientations: Spanish Colonialism in Africa and the Performance of Identity - Susan Martin-Márquez
The Structure of Coordination: Conjunction and Agreement Phenomena in Spanish and Other Languages - José Camacho (2003)
Romance Linguistics 2006 - J. Camacho, N. Flores, L. Sánchez, V. Déprez and M. Cabrera (eds) (2007)
Information Structure in Languages of the Americas. J. Camacho, R. Gutiérrez-Bravo and L. Sánchez (eds) (2010)
The Family Album: Histories, Subjectivities and Immigration in Contemporary Spanish Culture.  Yeon-Soo Kim (2005)
La oralidad escrita. Sobre la reivindicación y re-inscripción del discurso oral. Jorge Marcone (1997)
Vientre, manos y espíritu: hacia la construcción del sujeto femenino en el Siglo de Oro. Dámaris Otero-Torres (2000)
Quechua-Spanish Bilingualism. Interference and Convergence in Functional Categories. Liliana Sánchez (2003)
The Morphology and Syntax of Topic and Focus: Minimalist Inquiries in the Quechua Periphery. Liliana Sánchez (2010)
Photography and Writing in Latin America: Double Exposures. Marcy Schwartz (Co-edited with Mary Beth Tierney-Tello, 2006)
Invenciones urbanas: Ficción y ciudad latinoamericanas. Marcy Schwartz  (2010)
A Game of Mirrors: The Changing Face of Ethno-racial Constructs and Language in the Americas. Thomas M. Stephens (2003)
Dictionary of Latin American Racial and Ethnic Terminology. Thomas M. Stephens (1999)
Family and Identity in Contemporary Cuban and Puerto Rican Drama. Camilla Stevens (2004)

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