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Spring 2012-2013
SPA 352 / LAS 356 / AAS 363 (LA)   No Pass/D/Fail

Topics in the Politics of Writing and Difference - Cuban Literature of Slavery

Rachel L. Price

A course on the relationship between Cuban literature and slavery. Explicitly "Cuban" literature emerged from the literary salon of Domingo del Monte, a 19th century reformist with ties to British abolitionism, and early works focused on the island's massive slave industry. We will read several anti-slavery novels, emphasizing ties to transatlantic Romanticism and sentimental literature, and generic conventions more generally. Also: the only known Spanish-language slave autobiography; an oral history from an ex-slave; the diary of a bounty-hunter; psychoanalysis, and modern Cuban representations of slavery, including films.

Sample reading list:
Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, Sab
Anselmo Suárez y Romero, Francisco. El Ingenio o las delicias del campo
Esteban Montejo, ed. Miguel Barnet, Biografía de un cimarrón
Manzano, Autobiografía de un esclavo
Cirilo Villaverde, Diaro de un rancheador
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Two papers. Approximately 80-100 pages reading per week.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 30%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
One 200-level SPA course on literature or culture or instructor's permission..

Reserved Seats:
Sophomores Only 2
Juniors Only 2
Seniors Only 3

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41638 C01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm M W   East Pyne Building   039   Enrolled:7 Limit:20