This class will introduce students to four fundamental literary and ideological periods of Dominican letters: late nineteenth-century nation formation essays, twentieth-century writing under the Trujillo dictatorship, mid-century women's poetry, and contemporary diaspora fiction. By examining a select series of essays, poetry, short stories, and fiction, we will explore the political construction of race, the implications of a brutal dictatorship, the impact of traumatic memory, and the calls for human rights action. The class will be conducted in Spanish (readings, assignments, and discussion).
Requisite: SPAN 199, 211 or 212 or consent of the instructor. Limited to 25 students. Fall semester. Professor Suárez.
If Overenrolled: Preference given according to seniority and level of Spanish proficiency