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

Spring 2007

SPN 375 • National Literature of Spanish America

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
47940 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
MEZ 1.120

Course Description

Millions of Africans from different cultural, religious and philosophical backgrounds Nago, Bantu, Ashanti, Malé, Fula, Arara, Calabar, Yoruba - survive the violence and terror of the Atlantic middle passage and came to the Américas. This course analyzes the socio-cultural contexts of the African Diaspora in the Américas with a specific focus on the African Diaspora in Brazil and the islands of the Caribbean (Cuba, Puerto Rico and Saint Domingue (Dominican Republic, Haiti). Brazil is the country with the major concentration of African population in the Americas, and it shares with the Caribbean a long tradition of cultural, religious and social struggles for blacks. One of the main goals of the course is to analyze the cultural, social and philosophical contributions of these diasporic populations, and the ways they build social and cultural agency in their specific national or diasporic contexts.

The course starts with the Haitian Revolution as a historic/social point of departure which influenced black struggles in the Américas. Later it will focus on specific national contexts and cultural representations moving from specific national white-Creôle imaginings of black and mulatto cultures and populations to contemporary depictions of Afro diasporic and Afro-Latino identities in the United States. Themes such as gender, sexualities and identity politics, socio-political agency, resistance and negotiation will be analyzed in a realm of cultural texts such as narrative, ethnography, film, documentary and contemporary music. Course and papers will be in Spanish.

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Course pack at Paradigm 24t Street and Guadalupe Carpentier, Alejo. El reino de este mundo. Manzano, Juan F. Autobiografëa de un esclavo Moreno Vega Marta. When the Spirits dance Mambo Carolina de Jesus. Child of the Dark. The Diary of Carolina de Jesus.


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