CMLT277 - Literatures of the Americas

Comparative study of several North, South, and Central American culture with a focus on the specificities, similarities, and divergences of their literary and cultural texts.

For the Fall 2016 version of CMLT 277, we will study art and literature from the Americas – the U.S., Mexico, Caribbean, Central and South America – and will focus primarily on the post-WWII period (1945-present). We will read novels, short stories, poetry and drama – probably a graphic novel and some films as well. We will cross-examine the literature (questions of language, form, genre and style) as well as the relevant historical, cultural and political issues from the period, which have their roots in the colonial and postcolonial past. Possible writers include: William Faulkner, Julia de Burgos, Alejo Carpentier, Aime Cesaire, Derek Walcott, Carmen Boullosa, Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, Carlos Fuentes, Ishmael Reed, Leslie Marmon Silko, Clarice Lispector, Toni Morrison, Ana Castillo, Maryce Conde, Junot Diaz, Michelle Cliff, Salvador Plascencia, Horacio Castellanos Moya, the Hermandez brothers, among others.