ENG 347 Latino/a Literature is an overview and introduction to important works and ideas that have shaped and influenced the emerging field of Latino/a Literature. The class maps some of the major genres, periods, and trends in U.S. Latino/a literatures, beginning with the Spanish presence in the Americas, 16th-19th centuries, and then concentrating on the 20th and 21st centuries and the emergence of a transamerican Hispanic literary tradition. We will read poetry, novels, short stories, essays, and contemporary cultural criticism, as we explore the principal genealogies of Latina/o literatures in U.S. ethnic writing and in relation to Latin American and Caribbean traditions and cultural contacts. We will also address the questions and controversies that have developed from this dual heritage in both the United States and in the Americas more broadly. Some of the writers we will read include: José Martí, Cristina Garcia, Piri Thomas, Pedro Pietri, Junot Díaz, and Sandra Cisneros.
- Introduce Latino/a Literature as a period and special category of U.S. literature (1800s-present) in various genres including poetry, essay, short story, and the novel.
- Emphasis and introduction to the critical contextualization of this literature in U.S. society and its relation to the long history of Latina/os in, and with, the United States
- Introduction to the conceptual and methodological questions involved in the study of minority literature in the U.S., including exposure to cultural studies theories and interpretations.
- Practice applying both close reading and cultural studies methodologies and archives to your writing about literature
- Practice and improvement of your critical writing about literature, particularly a focus on the analytical essay form.
Prerequisites: ENG 298, or permission of instructor for non-majors.