Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - AML6630
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Submission Type: New
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Comments: Elective for MA/PhD English: Lit Concentration. Objectives are topic outline; need to rework. Emailed 12/5/13. Updated. Approved pending repeatable info. Emailed 3/4/14. Apprd 3/28/14. Rptble 1 time. To USF Sys 4/23/14; to SCNS 5/1/14. Apprd eff 11/1/14
- Department and Contact Information
Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted 3048 2012-12-06 Department College Budget Account Number English AS 122300 Contact Person Phone Nicole Guenther Discenza 8130741887 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Course Information
Prefix Number Full Title AML 6630 Studies in US Latina/o Literatures Is the course title variable? N Is a permit required for registration? N Are the credit hours variable? N Is this course repeatable? If repeatable, how many times? 0 Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option 3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum) Studies in US Latina/o Lit Course Online? Percentage Online C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0
Students will explore the major strands of US Latina/o Literatures including immigration narratives, auto ethnography, and historical fiction from or about the perspective of US Latinas/os.
A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.
Needed to compete with national trends
B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?
This course is needed to serve our graduate students, particularly our Americanists. The topic is particularly relevant in Florida, with our large Latina/o population. Each time we have offered it as a selected topics course, it enrolled ten graduate students.
C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?
Yes, 2 times
D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)
PhD in English or related field with expertise in Latina/o literatures.
- Other Course Information
Learn the primary literary developments of distinct US Latina/o communities.
Identify the historical and cultural characteristics of Exile, Native, and Immigrant narratives.
Develop an understanding of the theoretical perspectives used to analyze US Latina/o literatures.
Master literary studies vocabulary relevant to US Latina/o literatures.
B. Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, students will
-trace the development of themes and techniques in US Latina/o literatures.
-position the texts within one or more generic and/or culturally specific traditions.
-identify the literatures’ employment of primary theoretical discourses including multiculturalism, feminism, revisionist writing, neocolonialism, queer theory, and ecocriticism.
-perform forms of oral and written analysis typical to the literary studies profession.
C. Major Topics
Major course topics include immigration, acculturation, ethnic identity, educational disparities, political agency, gender construction, and syncretic spirituality.
Cruz, Angie. Soledad
Benitiez-Rojo, Antonio. Sea of Lentils
Ferre, Rosario. The House on the Lagoon
García, Cristina. The Agüero Sisters
Díaz, Junot. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Montero, Mayra. In the Palm of Darkness
Muñoz, Elias Miguel. The Greatest Performance
Rosario, Nelly. Song of the Water Saints
Quiñonez, Ernesto. Bodega Dreams
E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases
Barak, Julie. "Navigating the Swamp: Fact and Fiction in Rosario Ferré's The House on the Lagoon." Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association 31.2, 1998: 31-38.
Christian, Karen. Show and Tell: Identity as Performance in US Latina/o Fiction.
Albuquerque: New Mexico UP, 1997.
Dalleo, Raphael, and Elena Machado Sáez. The Latino/a Canon and the Emergence of Post-Sixties Literature. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
Dwyer, June. "When Willie Met Gatsby: The Critical Implications of Ernesto Quiñonez's Bodega Dreams." LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory: 14.2, 2003: 165-78.
Flores-Rodriguez, Daynali. "Addressing the Fukú in Us: Junot Díaz and the New Novel of
Dictatorship." Antipodas XX, 2009: 91-106.
Irizarry, Ylce. "Doubly Troubling Narratives: Writing 'the Oppression of Possibility' in Puerto Rico and Cuba." Comparative American Studies 4.2, 2006: 197-217.
Luis, William. Dance between Two Cultures: Latino Caribbean Literature Written in the
United States. Nashville: Vanderbilt UP, 1997.
Muñoz, Jose Esteban and Jack Plunger. Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics Cultural Studies of the Americas. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 1999. Minneapolis, MN: U of Minnesota P, 1999.
Rivera, Angel A. "Silence, Voodoo, and Haiti in Mayra Montero's In the Palm of Darkness." Ciberletras: Revista de crítica literaria y de cultura, 4, 2001
Rohrleitner, Marion. "Looming Prairies and Blooming Orchids: The Politics of Sex and Race in Nelly Rosario’s Song of the Water Saints." Antípodas XX, 2009: 235-51.
F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy
15 percent Discussion Lead
10 Journal Report
15 Annotated Bibliography
15 Conference Style Paper
10 Conference Style Presentation
35 Research Paper
G. Assignments, Exams and Tests
Assignments: lead one class discussion; one journal report; one 3-4 page annotated bibliography; one conference paper of 8-10 pages, one conference presentation of 15 minutes, and one research paper of 15-20 pages
No exams or tests
H. Attendance Policy
Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,
Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (http://usfweb2.usf.edu/usfgc/gc_pp/acadaf/gc10-045.htm)
In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.
University excused absences include 1) death of an immediate family member; 2) observation of religious holidays; and 3) participation in authorized university activities. Excused absences #2 and #3 require advanced notice. You are still responsible for completing assignments. Graduate seminars meet weekly and thus students should expect to be present for every seminar meeting. Recognizing that there may be illness or some other situation that may prevent a student from attending class, students are allowed 1 unexcused absence. Any unexcused absence those beyond that 1, reduces your course grade by a whole letter grade per absence. If you have 3 or more unexcused absences, you cannot pass the course.
I. Policy on Make-up Work
Assignments missed due to unexcused absence cannot be made up. Late assignments – unless required due to an excused absence -- will not be accepted.
J. Program This Course Supports
MA and PhD in literature
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