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This World Literature course, Latino/a Border Literatures focuses on the dynamics of borders and identities in regard to literatures in Latin America, where we will examine such contemporary issues as: culture, gender, race/ethnicity, violence, labor/economics, ordinariness, desperation, and displacement
David Buyze ()
Winter Session Online course Dates: 12/26/12-1/11/13 Open to both CE and Undergraduate students
This winter session World Literature course focuses on the dynamics of borders and identities in regard to literatures in Latin America, where we will examine such contemporary issues as: culture, gender, race/ethnicity, violence, labor/economics, ordinariness, desperation, and displacement. We will focus on short stories, critical literary essays, a memoir, and films as varied textual approaches to Latino/a Border Literatures. The Latino/a writers under our analyses will allow us to simultaneously examine internal and external perspectives on the theme of borders within varied comparative approaches to the Latino/a experience in Latin America in the study of world literatures. The course dates are December 26-28, January 2-4 (December 31st and January 1st are university holidays), and January 7-11 (with January 8th as a reading day), so there will be time for both the course and relaxation during your break.
This is a two-week online course. Order the book by Irene Vilar, The Ladies Gallery: A Memoir of Family Secrets so that you have it well before the December 26th start date of this course. You will also need to have immediate access to the following films: Sin Nombre by Cary Fukunaga, Bordertown by Gregory Nava, and Maria Full of Grace/Maria llena eres de gracia by Joshua Marston. The films are available at UVM library and most other public libraries. I would also highly recommend ordering the films, as they are available very inexpensively on Amazon for instance. All other readings will be directly available online in Blackboard. Communication expectations and policies: 1. Four weekly posts in response to assignments that I will pose for a forum on the discussion board. 2. Pose at least two carefully considered questions in response to two different student posts per day. 3. Respond with at least two critically well-thought critical commentaries to two different posts or questions per day. 4. Weekly 500 word (minimum) private journal entries. Please see the online syllabus for further details. Required Text: 1. Irene Vilar - The Ladies Gallery: A Memoir of Family Secrets (ISBN-10: 1590513231), Required Essays & Short Stories (available directly online in Blackboard): Selections from: 1. Debra A. Castillo & Maria-Socorro Tabuenca Cordoba, Border Women: Writing from La Frontera, 2. Carlos Fuentes - The Crystal Frontier, 3. Rosario Sanmiguel, Under the Bridge/Bajo el puente: Stories from the Border/Relatos desde la frontera, Required Films: 1. Cary Fukunaga, Sin Nombre (ASIN: B002FHGESI), 2. Gregory Nava, Bordertown (ASIN: B000VUFJ0K), 3. Joshua Marston, Maria Full of Grace/Maria llena eres de gracia (ASIN: B0002TT0MI)
Grading Policy 100% of your grade will be based on: 1. Your independence in how you establish the strength of your presence in the discussion board, and your contribution to creating a dynamic classroom community. 2. Your particular use of language in posts, comments, and questions, and how this is indicative and reflective of your skills of textual interpretation and critical thought in establishing clear relations between the readings of texts and perspectives on nationalism and world literatures. 3. Your abilities of textual analysis in how you assess and address the readings in critical discussion and argument with your colleagues. 4. The caliber and degree of reflection in your weekly private journal entries. Please see the online syllabus for further details.
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