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Raquel Albarran
SPAN 395
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Latin American Literature

Focuses on an individual Latin American author or a special topic in Latin American literature. May be repeated once. Prerequisite: either SPAN 301, SPAN 302, SPAN 303, SPAN 310, SPAN 314, SPAN 315, SPAN 316, or SPAN 330.

Class description

"Islands of Desire: Coloniality and the Invention of the Hispanic Caribbean"

Student learning goals

Discuss the ruptures and continuities between the two major waves of colonial intervention in the Hispanic Caribbean using a variety of written texts and cultural artifacts.

Identify and explain some of the conceptual vocabulary (such as colonialism, coloniality, transculturation) used to frame different cultural productions.

Demonstrate familiarity with the following methodological approaches: close reading and historical analysis.

Conduct independent research to connect class readings and discussions to a range of personal academic interests.

General method of instruction

Through a combination of lectures, student presentations, class discussions, and writing exercises, we will explore a variety of discursive formations (personal accounts, histories, poetry, and theater), music, images, and material expressions.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Students will be evaluated according to the following requirements:

brief reflexiones; 1 moderated discussion; a paper proposal; a final essay; attendance and participation


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Raquel Albarran
Date: 02/16/2014