COMPLIT 280 - America and Its Others
Section: 002 Women of Color and the American Dream
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
Requirements & Distribution:
May be elected twice for credit.
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This course will explore issues of gender and sexuality in the context of late-twentieth century Mexican and Caribbean immigration to the U.S. More specifically, we will investigate the American Dream, its realities and representations in literary narratives, with exclusive attention to the unique migrational experience of women. We will consider the diverse economic and political circumstances that shape the migration of women to the U.S. at the same time that we investigate these immigrant women’s relationship to the U.S. nation-state and its institutions. Particular discussions in the class will revolve around women of color in the U.S. labor force, as maquila, sweatshop, and domestic workers; women’s legal status in immigration and asylum laws; as well as their civil roles as community members and activists. We will read Jamaica Kincaid’s Lucy (1990), Cristina Garcia’s Dreaming in Cuban (1992), Michelle Cliff’s No Telephone to Heaven (1996), Edwidge Danticat’s The Butterfly’s Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States (2001), Susan Straight’s Highwire Moon (2001), and Sandra Cisneros’s Caramelo (2002). We will also watch the documentaries Maquilopolis (2006) and Borderless (2006). Requirements include two five-page response papers, one annotated bibliography, and one final ten-to-twelve-page research paper. Students are also responsible for class presentations on one reading of their choice.

COMPLIT 280 - America and Its Others
Schedule Listing
002 (SEM)
MWF 3:00PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 9780679408833
Dreaming in Cuban, Author: Garci?a, Cristina, 1958-, Publisher: Knopf 1992
ISBN: 9780452273870
Under the feet of Jesus, Author: Viramontes, Helena Mari?a., Publisher: Plume 1996
ISBN: 0452275695
No telephone to heaven, Author: Cliff, Michelle., Publisher: Penguin Group 1996
Documentary films (on reserve at Askwith Media Library) Borderless. Dir. Min Sook Lee. DVD. Canada, 2006. Life and Debt. Dir. Stephanie Black. DVD. 2001. Maquilopolis. Dir. Vicky Funari and Sergio de la Torre. DVD. 2006
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