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Fall 2017-2018
* ENG 354 / AMS 454 / LAO 354 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

An Introduction to Latino Literature and Culture - Latina/o Literary Worlds

Christina A. Leon

Latina/os have long been present in the story of the United States. Yet, contemporary media headlines often report an increasing, and often alarmist, "browning" of America. These headlines often rely upon stereotypes of Latina/os--morphing them into a static and falsely unified identity category. We will examine to Latina/o literature and art to note how such headlines leave out many stories. Looking at Latina/o narratives, we will consider the uniqueness of each piece in relation to place, history, and gender. Attention will be paid to how these aesthetic pieces perform modes of resistance.

Sample reading list:
Luis Alberto Urrea, The Water Museum
Cristina Garcia, Dreaming in Cuban
Dolores Dorantes, Style
Justin Torres, We the Animals
Cristina Henríquez, The Book of Unknown Americans
Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Regular reading responses, three close readings (2-3 pages), final paper proposal, final paper (10 pages).

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 25%
Papers - 20%
Term Paper(s) - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Other information:
Distribution: Diasporas

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22202 L01 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm T Th   Wallace Hall   004   Enrolled:12 Limit:20
23893 P01 10:00 am - 10:50 am F        Enrolled:12 Limit:20