ENGL428A Afro-Latinx Literature
This course examines poetry, songs, music, stories, (auto)-biographical accounts and novels produced by Afro-Latinx persons, or persons and/or descendants of persons of African descent from the Caribbean and Latin America, in the US.
We will examine narratives that position race in relation to ethnicity, and consider these identities alongside gender, sexuality, and class. Texts will include: Nicolás Guillén’s Sóngoro consongo; Piri Tomas’s Down These Mean Streets; Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao; Elizabeth Acevedo’s spoken word, as well as her most recent novel, Clap When You Land; Aya de León’s poetry; the films Invisible Roots: Afro-Mexicans in Southern California and Nana Dijo: Irresolute Radiography of Black Consciousness; and much, much more.
0101 - Sharada Balachandran Orihuela