This course is an exploration of select cultural texts (film, literature, essay, performance, cartoons) from the insular Hispanic Caribbean (Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico) and its U.S. diaspora that present issues of lesbianism, homosexuality, bisexuality, transvestism, and transgender identities and practices. We will also look at some social science research (especially on sexuality and migration) to understand varied cultural productions. Some of the main issues explored will be: How do Hispanic Caribbean paradigms of sexuality differ from those dominant in the U.S.? What is the role and effect of migration on sexual expression? How does homophobia manifest itself in Hispanic Caribbean communities? What has been the impact of the Cuban Revolution on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community? How do gender, class, and race affect this framework? How has activism affected this situation? How are these issues explored in cultural productions? What aesthetic strategies do artists employ in their representations of this issue? Readings will include works by Rey Emmanuel Andújar, Reinaldo Arenas, Rane Arroyo, Junot Díaz, Magali García Ramis, Rita Indiana Hernández, Erika López, Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Achy Obejas, Juanita Ramos, Manuel Ramos Otero, Sonia Rivera-Valdés, Luis Rafael Sánchez, Mayra Santos-Febres, Carmelita Tropicana, and Luz María Umpierre. We will also see a number of documentary and narrative (fiction) films.
COURSE IS TAUGHT IN SPANISH.