Hispanic Caribbean Literature

Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Hispanic Caribbean Literature

  • Host University

    Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra

  • Location

    Santiago, Dominican Republic

  • Area of Study

    History, Latin American Studies, Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

     

     

     

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

    45
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    Hispanic Caribbean Literature


    DESCRIPTION:

    This course offers a panoramic vision of Hispanic Caribbean literature from the colonial era until the contemporary literature with emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. Representative works will be read, analyzed and presented from each era corresponding to Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. The analyses will be complimented with secondary readings of a diverse nature.

    OBJECTIVES:

    At the end of the course, the students should have:
     
    1.    Obtained an integrated vision of the sociocultural reality of the Caribbean through the     history of its literature.
    2.    Recognized the most prominent authors of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic in each genre.
    3.  Analyzed the most representative literary productions of the Hispanic Caribbean.
    4.  Distinguished the characteristics of the diverse literary movements that have occurred
        (or impacted) literature through/until this century.
    5.  Acquired positive attitudes for the enjoyment and valuing of literary work, as an
         expression of the intellectual work of the Hispanic American groups (of people).
    6.  Developed an interpretive and critical attitude of literary work.

    CONTENTS:

    Unit 1: The formation of a Homeland/Patriotism
    1.1     Historical-literary panorama of the 16th to the 18th centuries, outstanding features.
    1.2     Intellectual independence: Neoclassical Period.

    Unit II: The 19th Century: The formation of a National Identity
    2.1    Poetry of the Romantic period.
    2.2    ‘Costumbrista’ prose.
    2.3    Novels and novelists in the Romantic period.
    2.4    Essays and Romantic criticism.
    2.5   Theater in the Romantic Period.

    Unit III: Modernism
    3.1      Modernist poetry: the precursers, straggling Romantics, great modernist poets, other
            poets.
    3.2      Prose: persistence of ‘Costumbrismo’, the Realist novel and short story, the
      historical-‘costumbrista’ novel, the artistic-psychological narration, other narrators.
    3.3      Critique and essays.
    3.4      Theater.

    Unit IV: The Contemporary Period (1910-1945)
    4.1      Vanguard poetry, poetry about purity and serenity, Black poetry, social poetry,
            transcendentalism and metaphysics.
    4.2      Realist social narratives, psychological novel and short story: other narrators.
    4.3      The critique and the essay, literary journals.

    Unit V: Panorama of Current Literature
    5.1      Cuba before and after the Revolution.
    5.2      Puerto Rico or the agony of the dream of independence.
    5.3      Dominican Republic before and after the fall of Trujillo.
    5.4      Diaspora literature

     

    Exams Units to Evaluate  
    Analysis Modernist and Afro Antillean Poetry 10%
    Analysis Short stories 10%
      Readings report and short essays 10%
    First midterm exam Unit 1 and the novel

    15%

    Second midterm exam  Units II and III and the novel “The Red of your Shadow”

    15%

    Final exam

    Units IV, V and the novel “The House and the Lagoon” by Rosario Ferré

    30%
    Participation   10%
    Total   100%


    Bibliography:

    n/a. (1967). Cuban Poetry: 1959-1966. Havana: Book Institute.

    Ashcroft, B., Griffiths, G., & Tiffin, H. (1989). The Empire Writes Back: Theory and practice in post-colonial literatures. New York: Routledge (pdf).

    Benítez-Rojo, A. (2002). Creolization and Nation Building in the Hispanic Caribbean.  In T. J. Reiss (Ed.), Sisyphus and ElDorado: Magical and Other Realisms in Caribbean Literature, p. 201-210. Trenton, NJ (U.S.): Africa World Press. (pdf)

    Cocco de Filippis, D. (2000). Dominican writers at the crossroads: Reflections on a conversation in progress. In C. James & J. Perivolaris, The Cultures of the Hispanic Caribbean, p. 149-160. Gainesville: University Press of Florida. SCANNED

    Courtman, S. & Knepper, W. (Eds.) (2013). Introduction. In Entertext: Special Issue on Caribbean Literature and Culture “Opening out the ways to the future”, 10. Retrieved  at https://www.brunel.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/345520/SpecialIssue_2013.pdf on January 12, 2016. (in Special Issue)

    Donnell, Alison. (2006). Twentieth-century Caribbean literature: critical moments in Anglophone literary history. London: Routledge. CSTA

    Foster, D. W. (1993). Popular Culture, the Roots of Literary Tradition. In H. Ryan-Ranson (Ed.), Imagination, Emblems and Expressions: Essays on Latin American, Caribbean, and Continental Culture and Identity, p. 3-26. Bowling Green, OH (U.S.): Bowling Green State University Popular Press. (pdf)

    Fuchs, Rebecca. (2013). Plátanos and Perejil: Border Thinking in Contemporary Caribbean Literature. In Sandra Courtman and Wendy Knepper,(Eds), EnterText, “Special Issue on Caribbean Literature and Culture: ‘Opening Out the Way(s) to the Future,’”, (10), 58-72. Retrieved  at https://www.brunel.ac.uk/data/assets/pdf_file/0019/345520/SpecialIssue_2013.pdf on January 12, 2016. (In Special Issue)

    Guiness, G. (1993). Contemporary Puerto Rican Fiction. In G. Guiness, Here and Elsewhere: Essays on Caribbean Literature, p. 27-42. San Juan, PR: Editorial de la Universidad de Puerto Rico.

    Hennessy, A. (Ed.). (1992). Intellectuals in the Twentieth-Century Caribbean: Volume II Unity in Variety: the Hispanic and Francophone Caribbean. London: MacMillan.

    Hoffnung-Garskof, J. (2001). The Migrations of Arturo Schomburg: On Being Antillano, Negro, and Puerto Rican in New York 1891-1938. Journal of American Ethnic History, 21(1), 3-49.

    Irele, F. Abiola, & Gikandi, Simon (Eds). (2004). The Cambridge history of African and Caribbean literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. CSTA

    Lewis, G. K. (2004). Main Currents in Caribbean Thought: The historical evolution of Caribbean Society its ideology aspects, 1492-1900. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.

    Mack, Sheree. (2013). “Trees and All: Poem II” and “Untitled”. In Sandra Courtman and Wendy Knepper,(Eds), EnterText, “Special Issue on Caribbean Literature and Culture: ‘Opening Out the Way(s) to the Future,’”, (10), 90-91. Retrieved  at https://www.brunel.ac.uk/data/assets/pdf_file/0019/345520/SpecialIssue_2013.pdf on January 12, 2016. (In Special Issue)
    May, Shirley. (2013). “Philosopher and Father,” “My mother’s journal left us strict instructions” and “In her suitcase (Mother B’s)”. In Sandra Courtman and Wendy Knepper,(Eds), EnterText, “Special Issue on Caribbean Literature and Culture: ‘Opening Out the Way(s) to the Future,’”, (10), 94-98. Retrieved  at https://www.brunel.ac.uk/data/assets/pdf_file/0019/345520/SpecialIssue_2013.pdf on January 12, 2016. (In Special issue)
    Menton, S. (1975). Prose Fiction of the Cuban Revolution. Austin, TX (U.S.): University of Texas Press.

    Niblett, M. (2012). The Caribbean Novel since 1945: Cultural Practice, Form, and the Nation-State. Jackson, MS: The University Press of Mississippi.

    Ocasio,  (1993). In Search of a Socialist Identity in Revolutionary Cuban Children’s Literature. In H. Ryan-Ranson (Ed.), Imagination, Emblems and Expressions: Essays on Latin American, Caribbean, and Continental Culture and Identity, p. 89-98. Bowling Green, OH (U.S.): Bowling Green State University Popular Press. (pdf)

    Pérez Rosario, V. (2010). Hispanic Caribbean Literature of Migration: Narratives of Displacement. New York: Palgrave MacMillan. (scan intro)

    Rodriguez Castro, M. E. (1994). Listening to the Reader: The Working-Class Cultural Project in Cuba and Puerto Rico. In A. J. Arnold (Ed.), A History of Literature in the Caribbean: Volume 1 Hispanic and Francophone Regions, p. 35-48. Philadelphia (U.S.): John Benjamins Publishing Company.

    Schulman, I.A. (1994). The Poetic Production of Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic in the Nineteenth Century. In A. J. Arnold (Ed.), A History of Literature in the Caribbean: Volume 1 Hispanic and Francophone Regions, p. 155-176. Philadelphia (U.S.): John Benjamins Publishing Company.

    Scott, D. S. (2004). Conscripts of Modernity: The tragedy of Colonial Enlightenment. Durham: Duke University Press. (scanned intro)

    Smith, Lou. (2013). Beyond the Horizon, Out at Sea, A New Day Breaks: Memory and Identity in Ingrid Pollard’s The Boy Who Watches the Ships Go By. In Sandra Courtman and Wendy Knepper,(Eds), EnterText, “Special Issue on Caribbean Literature and Culture: ‘Opening Out the Way(s) to the Future,’”, (10), 6-24. Retrieved  at https://www.brunel.ac.uk/data/assets/pdf_file/0019/345520/SpecialIssue_2013.pdf on January 12, 2016. (In Special Issue)

    Smith, Lou. (2013). “On Walking to See the Exhibition London, Sugar & Slavery” and “Apothecary”. In Sandra Courtman and Wendy Knepper,(Eds), EnterText, “Special Issue on Caribbean Literature and Culture: ‘Opening Out the Way(s) to the Future,’”, (10), 92-93. Retrieved  at https://www.brunel.ac.uk/data/assets/pdf_file/0019/345520/SpecialIssue_2013.pdf on January 12, 2016. (In Special Issue)
    Stinchcomb, D. F. (2004). The Development of Literary Blackness in the Dominican Republic. Gainesville: University Press of Florida. (scan intro)

    Torres-Saillant: S. (1994). Dominican Literature and Its Criticism: Anatomy of a Troubled Identity. In A. J. Arnold (Ed.), A History of Literature in the Caribbean: Volume 1 Hispanic and Francophone Regions, p. 49-64. Philadelphia (U.S.): John Benjamins Publishing Company.

    Welch, M.J. (2013). “One. .....Drop”. In Sandra Courtman and Wendy Knepper,(Eds), EnterText, “Special Issue on Caribbean Literature and Culture: ‘Opening Out the Way(s) to the Future,’”, (10), 99-112. Retrieved  at https://www.brunel.ac.uk/data/assets/pdf_file/0019/345520/SpecialIssue_2013.pdf on January 12, 2016.
    Welsh, S.L. (2013). “A Table of Plenty.” Representations of Food and Social Order in Caribbean Writing: Some Early Accounts, Caryl Phillips’s Cambridge, and Andrea Levy’s The Long Song. In Sandra Courtman and Wendy Knepper,(Eds), EnterText, “Special Issue on Caribbean Literature and Culture: ‘Opening Out the Way(s) to the Future,’”, (10), 73-89. Retrieved  at https://www.brunel.ac.uk/data/assets/pdf_file/0019/345520/SpecialIssue_2013.pdf on January 12, 2016. (In Special Issue)

    Woolard, Penny. (2013). The Politics of Slavery and Commemoration: Derek Walcott’s Walker. In Sandra Courtman and Wendy Knepper,(Eds), EnterText, “Special Issue on Caribbean Literature and Culture: ‘Opening Out the Way(s) to the Future,’”, (10), 44-57. Retrieved  at https://www.brunel.ac.uk/data/assets/pdf_file/0019/345520/SpecialIssue_2013.pdf on January 12, 2016. (the play is from 2002) (In Special Issue)


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