SPN 352 • Topics in Spanish and Spanish American Literature
This course will analyze the representations of mulatta and mulatto characters in Spanish Caribbean and Brazilian literatures from the Nineteenth Century. Usually represented as "tragic" or negative in psychological ways mulatto characters embody what is negative or positive of their respective national cultures. This course will analyze literary representations from Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Brazil to analyze the complexities of "mulatto identities" in nineteenth century Latin America. We will discuss, identity politics (race, gender, sexuality), national discourses, the body politic and the histories of slavery in Brazil and the Spanish Caribbean. The class will focus on Nineteenth century canonical novels and poems from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil and the Dominican Republic (Class in Spanish, papers in Spanish).
Students will write three essays from 6-7 pages each. Essays themes will be provided by Professor Arroyo (From two essay questions students chose one). Oral participation and presence in class is required. Late essays will loose 10 points of the final grade. Please inform long absences.
GRADE DISTRIBUTION: ESSAYS- 3 (25%) 75% Oral participation/other written assignments 25%
A course pack of readings Cecilia Valdes, Cirilo Villaverde La esclava Isaura, Bernardo de Guimãraes El mulato, Aluísio de Azevedo