E 395M • Contemporary Latina/o Narrative
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
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 industrys 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. Authors might include Ana Castillo, Julia Alvarez, Cristina Garcia, Esmerelda Santiago, Loida Maritza Perez, Francisco Goldman, Ernesto Quiñonez, Michael Nava, Oscar Hijuelos, and Helena María Viramontes.
Tentative Reading List: All texts are available at the Campus Coop. They are also on one-day reserve at the library. Francisco Goldman The Ordinary Seaman Micheal Nava The Burning Plain Nava & Dawidoff Created Equal: Why Gay Rights Matter to America Ana Castillo So Far From God Helena Viramontes Under the Feet of Jesus Oscar Hijuelos The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love Christina Garcia Dreaming in Cuban Julia Alvarez How the Garcia Girls lost Their Accents Loida Perez Geographies of Home Esmerelda Santiago Americas Dream Ernesto Quiñonez Bodega Dreams The required course reader is available from Speedway Printing in Dobie Mall.