Synopsis 332

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


Synopsis:
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 https://span-port.rutgers.edu/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.

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