Fall 2007

Themes from the Dominican Republic and Its Diaspora: Merengue, Bachata y Ron

Listed in: Spanish, as SPAN-51


Lucia M. Suarez (Section 01)


This course will engage in readings from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to explore the major political and economic movements that have shaped Dominican identity and incited its massive diasporic communities. Between novels and music, we will discover the complex factors that have forged theDominican nation and its diaspora.Students will learn about the relationships that have been forged between Dominicans in the U.S. and their homeland, Dominicans and other Caribbean migrants (Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Haitians), and Dominicans as an important minority group within the United States. This class will focus on close readings of texts. Themes covered include violence, dictatorship, state terror, memory, and trauma, legal and illegal migrations.This course will be taught as a Senior Seminar. Conducted in Spanish. Requisite: Spanish 7 or equivalent. Underclass students will be admitted with consent of the instructor. First semester. Professor Suarez.