E423 – Latino/a Literature
Prerequisite: CO 150; E 270.
Description: Latino/a writing on themes of settlement, expropriation, resistance, conquest, immigration, exile, hybridity and transnationalism. This course focuses on fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction by Latino/a writers. Our readings will include works from the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries allowing us to examine a range of historical contexts for the production of Latino/a literature including U.S. expansionism, policies of Americanization, the civil rights era, and contemporary debates around immigration and ethnic studies. In addition to Mexican American writing, we will also study works by authors with roots in the Caribbean, Central and South America. We will see how both nation of origin and geography have combined to create divisions within Latino/a literature such as the divide between the American Southwest, where Mexican American writing is the dominant form, and the urban Northeast, where Puerto Rican and Dominican authors are at the forefront. In the process of the course we will explore ideas about conquest and U.S. imperialism, cultural nationalism, border culture, exile and immigration, gender and sexuality, and transnationalism. Readings from major critics and theorists such as José David Saldívar, Norma Alarcon, José Esteban Muñoz, and Mañuel Martín-Rodríguez will help to guide our discussion. Authors studied will include recovered figures like Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton, recognized writers like Gloria Anzaldua and Miguel Piñero, and recent authors like Junot Díaz.