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Fall 2013-2014
* ENG 402 / AAS 408 / LAO 402 (LA)   na, npdf

Forms of Literature - Introduction to U.S. Latina/o Literature

Alexandra T. Vazquez

This course introduces key readings and developments in U.S. Latina/o literature from the early twentieth century to the present. With a focus on Nuyorican, Cuban, Dominican, Chicana/o and Tejana/o populations, students will examine how literature both mirrors and informs conditions of migration; debates about race, gender, and sexuality; issues of language; myths of assimilation; and oral-literary traditions.

Sample reading list:
Jesus Colon, A Puerto Rican in New York and Other Sketches
Maria Irene Fornes, Fefu and Her Friends
Junot Diaz, This How You Lose Her
Richard Rodriguez, Brown: The Last Discovery of America
Arturo Islas, The Rain God
Nelly Rosario, Song of the Water Saints
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students will read approximately 150-200 pages per week and are responsible for one class presentation.

Requirements/Grading:
Take Home Mid term Exam - 30%
Take Home Final Exam - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other information:
The interdisciplinary structure of the course utilizes Latina/o aesthetic practices found in other expressive cultural forms such as comic books, poster art, solo performance, and music as provocative counterpoints to the readings. Distribution Requirement: Diaspora

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21087 S01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm T Th   McCosh Hall   24   Enrolled:10 Limit:18