Spotlight: ENG 469 Latino/a Literature

Check out ENG 469 Latino/a Literature with Professor Bill Johnson Gonzalez Tuesdays 6:00-9:15 pm.

This course provides an introduction to the history of Latino/a writing in the United States.  Examine texts by Mexican Americans/Chicano/as, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, and Central Americans to trace both how these communities have constructed their individual identities, as well as how they have collectively interrogated the historical amnesia and exclusions of U.S. nationalist scripts.  Special emphasis will be placed on acquiring the historical and cultural contexts necessary for teaching these texts.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Trans-American origins of “American” writing
  • Literature of the civil rights movement
  • Bilingualism
  • Gender and sexuality in Latinidad
  • The literature of immigration

The course fulfills MAE 20th/21st century requirement, MAWP elective.

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