COMP 342
Transnational Approaches to Latina/o and Indigenous Literature Spring 2015
Division I
Cross-listed COMP 342 / ENGL 365 / LATS 336
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Transnational approaches in literature, history, and cultural studies have become increasingly popular in the last two decades. This course will focus on transnational studies in literature. We will begin by studying the transnational turn in American studies and cultural studies, including cultural criticism and representations of border cultures. We will transition into the influence of transnationalism in literary criticism including its accompanying critiques, particularly from Native American and indigenous scholars on the perceived erasure of indigenous alterity and sovereignty. Students will gain an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of critical transnational approaches; the influence of transnationalism in de-centering the nation as a unit of analysis, while remaining attune to how the local remains anchored in nationalistic discourse; and how this turn has influenced literary criticism. The second half of the course will focus on reading and discussing Latina/o and indigenous literatures through the lens of transnationalism. Texts may include works by Sandra Benitez, Junot Diaz, Craig Santo Perez, and Leslie Marmon Silko, as well as critical work by Shelley Fisher Fishkin, Shari Huhndorf, Anibal Quijano, and Ramón Saldívar.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 14
Class#: 4093
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: students will be evaluated based on participation, submissions to an online learning community, and a seminar paper that will require the submission of an annotated bibliography, proposal, and abstract
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: junior and senior LATS concentrators
Distributions: Division I
Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP or ENGL; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under LATS
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
COMP 342 Division I ENGL 365 Division I LATS 336 Division II
Attributes: LATS Core Electives

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