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

Spring 2005

E 370W • Gender, Sexuality, and Migration

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
32390 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
PAR 306
CVETKOVICH

Course Description

E 370W (Cultures of Immigration and Dislocation) may not also be counted.

The history and culture of the United States and the larger Americas have been profoundly shaped by migrations. Although migration is sometimes represented as a threat to the integrity of the nation, it is, in fact, at the center of it. We will explore the impact of this history by reading contemporary literature by women, with particular attention to how migration is shaped by gender and sexuality. We will consider how literature (and film), with its attention to the relation between personal and historical experience, provides an especially valuable document of migration and intervenes in public discourse about it. The course will also provide students with an opportunity to reflect critically on the their own national identities as residents, and in some cases, citizens of the U.S. – what does it mean, and what can it mean, to be “American”?

Grading Policy

Short (1-2-page) papers every other week 50%
Two longer (5-page) papers 30%
Attendance and class participation 20%

Texts

Sui-Sin Far, from Mrs. Spring Fragrance and other Stories
Anzia Yezierska, America and I
Edwige Danticat, Breath, Eyes, Memory
Sandra Cisneros, Caramelo
Zadie Smith, White Teeth
Jhumpa Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies
Shani Mootoo, Cereus Blooms at Night
Monique Truong, The Book of Salt
Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis
Course packet of essays by Lisa Lowe, David Eng, Chandra Mohanty, and others

Films:
Julie Dash, Daughters of the Dust
Frances Negron-Muntaner, Brincando el Charco: Diary of A Puerto Rican

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