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CMLT277 - Literatures of the Americas

In this course, we will examine the formation of North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean, beginning from the colonial period to our present times. Since this is a course about the formation of America, we will also be covering the transatlantic slave trade from Africa to America and the Indian slave trade from Asia to the Caribbean. 

We will learn the history of American countries and their Native American inhabitants by examining novels, travel logs, diaries, and letters from Native American writers and Spanish, French, and Portuguese colonists. All works will be available in English. 

At the end of this course, we will understand how a national body—a "real" Mexican, Salvadoran, American, etc.—are wholly constructed concepts and not essential identities as they are presented to be.

To demonstrate proficiency in these topics, students can choose to demonstrate their understanding through different communication forms: essays, poems, podcasts, illustrative cartoons, collaborative writing projects, book reviews, blog entries, social media posts, Wikipedia article edits, or other creative projects. 

0101 - Nancy Vera

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