ENGL358E - Special Topics in U.S. Latina/o Literature; Transgression and Experimentation in Latinx Literature
In this course we will be taking up the purpose and the meanings of transgression and experimentation in a range of Latinx literature. This course asks: what do narratives about transgressions (bodily, nationally, racially) help us understand about Latinx lives in the U.S. and abroad? What is the role of experimentation and transgression in Latinx literature? In this course you will read works that transgress in both content and form. To this end, we will read works in mixed genres including fiction, science fiction, drama, and graphic novels; in queer Latinx fiction; literature about border crossings;
among a number of different works. Finally, you will learn to critically analyze a literary text, write persuasively, and communicate the importance of studying Latinx literature in the
college classroom. Course assignments will include a midterm, final, and two short papers. Together we will read texts including:
1.     Borderlands by Gloria AnzaldĂșa
2.     Drown by Junot Diaz
3.     Shadow of a Man by Cherrie Moraga
4.     City of Night by John Rechy
5.     Deporting the Divas by Guillermo Reyes
6.     For Colored Boys Who Speak Softly by Yosimar Reyes
7.     Down These Mean Streets by Piri Thomas
8.     The Tattooed Soldier by Hector Tobar
9.     We the Animals by Justin Torres
10.  El Iluminado by Ilan Stavans, Steve Sheinkin
11.  Lunar Braceros 2125-2148 by Rosaura Sanchez and Beatrice Pita