American Tropics: Literature from the U.S. Colonies - Hawaii, the Philippines and Puerto Rico|
By extending its borders to incorporate tropical lands and peoples through its neo-colonial adventures at the turn of the century, the U.S. nation-state created an "American Tropics" as part of its national identity. How does America imagine the tropics and, in turn, how do the tropics incorporate "America"? As colonized spaces, the islands of Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Philippines, among others, also imagine and write "America," turning and distending America's borders upon itself. The class shall read novels by authors from each area or its diaspora (Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Philippines) and make connections across these American tropics. We will explore the texts' relationship to its aesthetic, historical and cultural connection with each other, the United States and the idea of "America." We will then ask, How we begin to re-write and re-imagine "America" from these colonial outposts?
||Gen Ed Area Dept:
|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Anderson, IMAGINED COMMUNITIES
Stephanson, MANIFEST DESTINY
Films: Act of War, Savage Acts, Palante Siempre Palante
|Examination and Assignments: |
Students will submit weekly brief 6 2-page inquiry papers on the assigned films or readings. Each student will present an aspect of the class session's reading assignment, distributing a 4-6 page written version to other students. Grades will be based on one 12-page final paper, inquiry papers, presentations and active listening and participation in class discussion.
|Instructor(s): Isaac,Allan Punzalan Times: ...W... 07:00PM-09:50PM; Location: FISK413; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 20||SR major: 5||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: 3||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: 5||JR non-major: 5||SO: X||FR: X|