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

Fall 2008


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35760 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
CAL 22

Course Description

Contemporary Latina/o Narrative John M Gonzalez This course will consider the emergence of Latina/o literature during the past two decades 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. Tentative Reading List in addition to the course reader: Oscar Hijuelos The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love Julia Alvarez How the Garcia Girls lost Their Accents Dagoberto Gilb The Last Known Residence of Mickey Acuña Esmerelda Santiago Americas Dream Ernesto Quiñonez Bodega Dreams Francisco Goldman The Ordinary Seaman Nina Marie Martinez ¡Caramba! Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez The Dirty Girls Social Club


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