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SPAN 060: Hispanic Literatures in the United States

Barbara Simerka

(Submission #155)

Course Description

An overview of the literary production of Latinos in the United States. The course will focus on selected works of fictional and autobiographical prose, written by Mexican-, Puerto Rican-, Dominican-, Colombian- and Cuban-Americans, among others. This course fulfills PLAS requirements for Reading Literature. Students will learn to read, discuss and write about texts in fulfillment of the norms of literature as a discipline. Students will study the role of US Latino literature and culture within Liberal Arts disciplines, analyzing: bilingualism and biculturalism; migration and “crossing” borderlands; the concepts of “return” and “home”; community, culture, and nation; assimilation vs. the politics of identity; the position of each group with regards to the literary and political discourses and practices of the Latino movement; creating a space between the North American and the Spanish American literary traditions; relations with other global “minority” literary traditions and postcolonial discourses.


Area of Knowledge and Inquiry: Reading Literature (RL)
Context of Experience: United States (US)
Extended Requirement: Not Applicable

Additional Course information

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Eng 110
Existing Course: Existing
Existing Course Number: span 060
Course Anticipated to be offered: Every Semester
Other (if specified): 
Number of Sections: 1
Number of Seats: 25


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