Course Description

  • Instructor: Omaris Z. Zamora, Ph.D.
  • Description:

    SAS Core Code: ARTS AND HUMANITIES, Philosophical and Theoretical Issues (AHo)

    Survey of Latino/a literary voices drawn from the Mexican, Puerto Rican, Dominican, Cuban and other Latin American migrations to the U.S. Analysis of the relationship between literary and cultural representation and exile, resistance and assimilation; political presence and identity formation; race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality. Theorization of the links between literary modes and genres (autobiography, poetry, novel, film, music) in the cultural representation of U.S. Latinidad.

  • Learning Goals:

    Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

    • Understand what is Latino literature and distinguish between Hispanic Caribbean and Chicano literature.
    • Address key topics and questions that distinguish Chicano and Hispanic Caribbean cultural expressions in the U.S., such as conceptualizations of the border and hybrid identities; mestizaje, indigeneity, “la raza” and racialization; Spanglish and the limits of transculturation; the transformation of Latino gender and sexuality; and the subversion of internal colonialism in the
      creation of a new notion of American identity.
    • Conduct discursive literary analysis by working on their close-­‐reading skills.
    • Improve writing skills, through essay exams written in class, workshops conducted during class time to work on peer-­‐editing of their essays, and by writing and re-­‐writing two short “reflexiones” on the primary texts analyzed in class.
    • Understand a basic chronology of the immigration and incorporation of Latino populations into the United States.
    • Critically evaluate philosophical and theoretical issues concerning the role of literature and cultural production in the articulation of a U.S. Latino ethnic identity and discourse. This fulfills the Arts and Humanities requirement of the SAS Core curriculum (AHo).
  • Required Reading:
    • Frederick Aldama, The Routledge Concise History of Latino/a Literature. ISBN-­‐13: 978 0415667883
    • Sandra Cisneros, House on Mango Street. ISBN-­‐13: 9780679734772
    • Richard Rodríguez, Hunger of Memory. 9780553272932
    • Piri Thomas, Down These Mean Streets. ISBN-­‐13: 9780679781424
    • Cristina García, Dreaming in Cuban. ISBN-­‐13: 9780345381439
    • Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. ISBN-­‐13: 9781594489587

    Most readings will be available by PDF on Sakai.

    Consult Rutgers Barnes and Noble for current books ordered for the course.

  • Evaluation:
    • Class attendance and participation 10%
    • 2 “reflexiones” or 500-­‐650 words reaction papers 30%
    • Midterm (take home) 15%
    • 2 essay exams written in class (open book) 20%
    • Pop quizzes 10%
    • Partial exam on the day of the final exam (take home) 15%
  • Credits: 3
  • SAS Core Certified: AHo, WCR
  • Disclaimer: The information in this course description is subject to change. For up-to-date course information, please refer to the syllabus on your course site (e.g. Canvas).