Spring 2019

The Latin American Philippines

Listed in: Spanish, as SPAN-346


Sony Coranez Bolton (Section 01)


[RC] This course will explore the Hispanic cultures of Asia, with particular emphasis on the Latin American Philippines as a case study of how colonialism systematically represents the native as physically and cognitively disabled. We will familiarize ourselves with a routinely understudied archive of mestizo nationalist writing in Spanish, which developed in the Philippines from roughly 1872–1950, and relate this archive to Spanish colonialism (1565–1898), US imperialism (1899–1934), and Japanese occupation (1942–1945) in the Philippines. We will then trace connections between this archive on the one hand, and Filipino American, Latin American and US Latinx cultural production, on the other. Some of the authors we will discuss include Filipinos José Rizal and Teodoro Kalaw, José Martí (Cuba), Gloria Anzaldúa (US Chicana), Frantz Fanon (Martinica), and Benedict Anderson (United Kingdom). The final project of this course will involve original archival research of digital repositories. While some class materials will be in English, the course will be conducted in Spanish.  

Requisite: SPAN 211 or consent of the instructor. Spring semester. Professor Coráñez Bolton.

If Overenrolled: Spanish majors have priority. I’ll speak with waitlisted students and allow them in the class depending on their interest in the class, progress toward major(s), career-goals, etc.


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Research, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing, Languages Other Than English, Writing Intensive


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2019