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

Spring 2008

SPN 349 • Literature in Translation

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Course Description

May no be counted toward a major in Spanish. Millions of Africans from different cultural, religious and philosophical backgrounds~ Nagó, 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 the islands of the Caribbean (Cuba, Puerto Rico and Saint Domingue (Dominican Republic, Haiti). 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-Creòle 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. The class will be conducted in English, papers will be in English (Arroyo-Martínez).

Grading Policy

Students will write four 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.



Manzano, Juan Francisco. Autobiografía de un esclavo/ Autobiography of a Slave. Iván Schulmann, and Evelyn Picón Gardfield Eds. Wayne UP. Grillo, Evelio. Black Cuban/ Black American (A Memoir) Arte Público P. Danticat Edwidge. The Farming of Bones Moreno Vega, Marta. When the Spirits Dance Mambo. Growing Up Nuyorican in El Barrio. A course pack of readings


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