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Fall 2013-2014
LAS 401 / SPA 412 / LAO 401 (LA)   na, npdf

Latin American Studies Seminar - Islands, Literature and History in Latin America and the Caribbean

Arcadio Díaz-Quiñones

How have islands been depicted in literature, historical narratives, film, and popular culture? How have empires, from the Spanish conquest to Guantánamo, reinvented the Caribbean islands as tropical paradises or as very real prisons? We consider the ways in which nationalist discourse, slavery and marronage, revolutions, military occupations, and tourism have shaped collective memory in the sugar islands. We will also explore questions of exit, voice and loyalty in Caribbean diasporic communities. "The Tempest", More's "Utopia" and "Robinson Crusoe" will provide starting points for rethinking key poetic and political traditions at play.

Sample reading list:
Bartolomé de Las Casas, Brevísima relación de la destrucción de Indias
José Martí, El presidio político en Cuba
Antonio S. Pedreira, Insularismo
Julia de Burgos, El mar y tú
Fernando Ortiz, El huracán: su mitología y sus símbolos
C. L. R. James, The Black Jacobins
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Readings: approximately 150 pages per week. Writing assignments: midterm paper, 10-12 pages; final paper, 15-20 pages. Three or four evening film screenings. In-class oral presentation.

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

Other Requirements:
Open to Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students Only.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
200-level Spanish class or permission of Instructor. Open to juniors and seniors. Graduate students are encouraged to enroll..

Other information:
The course will be taught in Spanish. Readings and discussion in Spanish and English. Participation in seminar discussion is important. Papers may be written in English but Spanish concentrators wishing to count the course as a departmental must do the readings and written work in Spanish. Program in Latino Studies certificate students must write their papers on topics that engage the US perspective and provide copies of the papers to LAO in order to receive certificate credit.

Reserved Seats:
Juniors Only 5
Open to Graduate Students Only 8
Open to Graduate Students Only 5

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20472 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Aaron Burr Hall   216   Enrolled:11 Limit:20