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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Spring 2007

E 395M • Contemporary Latina/o Narrative

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35005 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
PAR 8C
Gonzalez

Course Description

This course will consider the emergence of Latina/o literature during the 1990s as a diasporic literature formed within the context of globalization. Despite the multiple and disparate origins of this literature, its formation in the cruicble of US hegemony over Latin America during the twentieth century will ground discussions of its development, its import, and its future. How does Latino/a narrative map out the terrain of social relations in the United States by rewriting canonical "American" texts? How might it function as a critical history of Latino/a communities in the absence of other institutional forms of knowledge? Topics will include: the articulations of cultural forms through racial, gender, and class ideologies; the publishing industry's role in creating the category of "Latina/o literature"; Latino/a narrative as a critique of NAFTA; migration and exile within the Latino/a imaginary; the urban Latino/a experience; cultural hybridity in the borderlands; feminist examinations of power and sexuality; tropicalization; aesthetic form and the experience of postmodernity.

Texts

Tentative Reading List:

Oscar Hijuelos, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love
Julia Alvarez, How the Garcia Girls lost Their Accents
Christina Garcia, Dreaming in Cuban
Esmerelda Santiago, America's Dream
Ernesto Quiñonez, Chango's Fire
Francisco Goldman, The Ordinary Seaman
Loida Maritza PĂ©rez, Geographies of Home
Sandra Cisneros, Caramelo
Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, The Dirty Girls Social Club

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