COM-LIT CL 391R: Hispanic New York

Academic Year:
Spring 2014
Day and Time:
Tuesday & Thursday 9:30 -10:45 a.m

This course will provide a panoramic survey of the literature produced in New York by Hispanic writers as well as literary representations of New York in the Hispanic imaginary in a variety of genres (poetry, novel, memoir, and travel writing). From the late nineteenth century to the present, we will focus on key moments in this diverse corpus of literature and explore topics such as crisis, immigration, community, tourism, exile, language and translation, and artistic relations among several national groups. While we will mainly focus on literary texts, film and other visual media will also be considered. Authors include José Martí (Cuba), Federico García Lorca (Spain), Julia de Burgos (Puerto Rico), Frida Kahlo (Mexico), Salvador Dalí (Spain/Catalunya), Miguel Piñero (Cuba), Reinaldo Arenas (Cuba), Miguel Barnet (Cuba), Tato Laviera (Puerto Rico/Nuyorican), Carmen Martín Gaite (Spain), and Antonio Muñoz Molina (Spain). Students will participate in class discussion, lead discussions, occasionally take quizzes, complete writing assignments, make an in-class presentation, and complete a final assignment, which may include a literary translation or other creative or scholarly project approved by the instructor. Knowledge of Spanish is useful but not necessary. This course may count as an elective for Spanish majors and all literature can be read in Spanish and written work done in Spanish. Percentage of Latin American, Caribbean and/or Latino content: 75% 

Percentage of Latin American, Caribbean, or Latino Content: