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Jill Robbins, Chair 150 W 21st Street, Stop B3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4936

Fall 2006

SPN 378H • Honors Seminar

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
49190 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
WEL 3.266

Course Description

What is the relationship between exile and literature in the Caribbean? Could exile -as a political, economic and cultural realitybe a common link for understanding Caribbean literatures and cultures? The purpose of this course is to analyze representations of exile in various literary texts from the Spanish Caribbean (poetry, novel, crïnica, short story) to explore themes such as: the relationship of exile literature with colonialism, definitions of nationality (nation/transnation/ post-nationalism) notions of subjectivity, politics of identity (race, gender, sexuality) and writing. The course is a survey of authors and historical periods that addresses the specificities of exile since Nineteenth century to contemporary authors. Some of the authors selected are: José Martð, Eugenio Ma. De Hostos, Evelio Grillo and Achy Obejas among others.

Grading Policy

Final paper (15 pages) - 50% Critical responses, written assignments - 30% Oral presentation and participation - 20%


Hostos, Eugenio Marëa. La peregrinaciñn de Bayoán. Rio Piedras: Editorial Edil. Fernández, Roberto. Raining Backwards. Grillo, Evelio. Black Cuban/Black American (A Memoir). Arte Pþblico Press. Obejas, Achy. Days of Awe. (A Novel)


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