Fall 2008

HUMS 651
Exile and Immigration in Latino and Hispanic Literatures

Conn,Robert T.

09/08/2008 - 12/12/2008
Tuesday 06:30 PM - 09:00 PM

During the past two centuries, Latin American writers and intellectuals have produced important works while living outside their countries of birth, whether in Latin America, Europe, or in the United States. Recently, a good deal of writing has been produced by Hispanic authors in the United States in particular; they explore viewpoints both from the temporary position of exile and from the more stable position of belonging. This course will examine these issues, paying special attention to the ways in which exile, immigration, and shifting national borders have informed, both as reality and discourse, Latino and Spanish-American writings.

Readings for this course will include Americo Paredes (Mexican-American), With His Pistol in His Hand; Ana Castillo (Mexican-American), The Mixquihuala Letters; Richard Rodriguez (Mexican-American), Days of Obligation, An Argument with My Mexican Father; John Sayles (U.S.). Lone Star; Jorge Castañeda (Mexican), Ex Mex: From Migrants to Immigrants; Jose Marti (Cuban) Coney Island, Brooklyn Bridge; Rene Marques (Puerto Rican), The Oxcart; Tato Laviera (Nuyorican), La Carreta Made a U-Turn; Rosario Ferre (Puerto Rican), The Youngest Doll; Julia Alvarez (Dominican-American), How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents; Junot Diaz (Dominican-American), Drown; Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Colombian), Strange Pilgrims; Hans Magnus Enzensberger (German), The Great Migration

Required course work includes three 4-5 page papers in addition to one final paper of 10-15 pages. All assignments will involve close reading of texts and contextualization.

This course is open to auditors.

Robert Conn (B.A., Dartmouth College, Ph.D. Princeton University) is associate professor of Romance languages and literatures and author of The Politics of Philology: Alfonso Reyes and the Invention of the Latin American Literary Tradition (Bucknell University Press, 2002). Click here for more information about Robert Conn.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

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