Spanish 135W: Islands & Literature in Latin America and the Caribbean

TuTh 12:30-2P, Dwinelle 205 | Instructor: Dominguez | CCN: 26207

Units: 4

Course restricted to declared Spanish & Portuguese majors at the end of their program

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 and historical accounts. 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, Luis Palés Matos, María Zambrano, Antonio S. Pedreira, Guillermo Cabrera-Infante, Antonio Benítez Rojo among others.