Prerequisite: Spanish 25
How have islands been depicted in literature, historical narratives, film, and popular culture? How have empires, from the Spanish conquest to Guantánamo, reinvented the Caribbean islands as tropical paradises or as real prisons? This course will focus on islands in modern Latin American and Caribbean fiction, poetry, historical accounts and film. We consider the ways in which utopian ideals, colonialism, piracy, nationhood, revolution, militarization, and tourism have shaped collective memory in the “sugar islands.” Works by Cristóbal Colón, Bartolomé de Las Casas, Exquemelin, Luis Palés Matos, José Martí, María Zambrano, Antonio S. Pedreira, José Lezama Lima, Guillermo Cabrera-Infante, Antonio Benítez Rojo, Edouard Glissant, Jamaica Kincaid and Edwidge Danticat, among others.