SPA 352 / LAS 356 / AAS 363 (LA) No Pass/D/Fail
Topics in the Politics of Writing and Difference - Cuban Literature of Slavery
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
Two papers. Approximately 80-100 pages reading per week.
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 30%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Not Open to Freshmen.
Prerequisites and Restrictions:
One 200-level SPA course on literature or culture or instructor's permission..
Sophomores Only 2
Juniors Only 2
Seniors Only 3
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