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Concord, New Hampshire
Professor Kristina Lucas


Office: White Hall

Spring 2012




DESCRIPTION: Images and examples of Latin American culture in literature are traced from historical to contemporary times, with an emphasis on contemporary selections, through a study of selected works in fiction, poetry, film, and drama.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: As students, you will learn to:
1. Respond thoughtfully and analytically to the wealth of literature written by and about

Latin Americans and Latin American culture in response journals, Blackboard class discussion and essay exams;

2. Identify stereotypes and archetypes of Latin Americans in literature, and recognize the history of Latin American involvement in literature.
3. Recognize universal human traits as they are represented in literature;
4. Broaden your awareness of experiences and concepts which differ from your own;
5. Recognize the way in which a work of literature mirrors social, political, and cultural

forces of its era;

6. Write comprehensive essays supporting your analysis of literary work;
7. Demonstrate comfort and competence in basic communication skills in class


8. Approach an unfamiliar work of literature with the basic tools and concepts of literary interpretation.
CLASS METHODS: Close reading, exploration, and discussion seminar.


Latino Boom: An Anthology of U. S. Latino Literature. Christie and Gonzalez (Eds.). ISBN 0-321-09383-6

Contemporary Latin American Literature. Pearson Custom Library. ISBN 0-536238456

Handbook of Literary Terms. Kennedy, Gioia, Bauerlein, Eds.

2005. Pearson Longman: New York.

Ordering Information: NHTI Bookstore

Call 224-8231, or email our Bookstore Manager at

Discussion Board: I expect that most of you will be logging in daily. Your minimum twice weekly logins to Blackboard will include

* at least three hours of virtual classroom discussion,

* at least three meaningful postings to the weekly discussion boards based on the questions posted, and

* at least two responses to ideas of your classmates, and

* checking your email for class notes and updates

Please note these are minimal requirements for passing the course. Students working for A and B grades will significantly surpass the minimum requirements.

A meaningful posting –at least one substantial paragraph- considers and responds to a previous post, brings up a new thread or questions for discussion, supports with new thoughts the previous discussion or changes the directions of the discussion. To respond meaningfully to the ongoing discussion, it is imperative that you read all previous postings. Avoid perfunctory agreements or disagreements such as “I couldn’t agree more” or “you are so wrong.” Explain why. Students should use quotations from the readings to support their ideas

The most successful discussion board strategy is to post early and often. Avoid antagonizing your classmates by procrastinating to the last day.

In this class you will be graded on quantity and quality. You need to fulfill the minimum number of online appearances each week to be eligible for full credit for that week. Blackboard keeps track of quantity of logins, and I evaluate quality.
Course Documents: Your logins will also include retrieving assignments, reading class announcements, reading lectures and course documents, submitting journals, and taking quizzes and exams.

As new components will be added to Blackboard frequently, it is essential that everyone keep up with the work.

Participation Expectations/Attendance in a 100% Online Course: All NH Community Technical Colleges have the following attendance policies:

a. Registration for any course presupposes that the student will attend/fully participate in all online activities. Each student is responsible for meeting all course requirements.

b. In addition to academic issues relative to attendance, Veterans and students receiving financial aid from some sources are expected to regularly attend/fully participate as a condition of receiving such aid.

c. If a student does not participate in online course activities/assignments for 2 consecutive weeks, the student may be suspended from the course at the discretion of the Instructor.

d. Any student who has been suspended or dropped from a course my appeal to the Academic Standards Committee through the Vice President of Academic Affairs.


Research Paper: Select a narrowly focused literature topic that you research, document, and communicate to an audience. This informative project may be an investigation or an explanation, a biography study of an author, or a critical analysis that arises from the discussion. Your paper will be three to five polished typewritten pages, with three to five references, using the APA format. Specifics are posted under Assignments; be sure to review topic examples.
Novel Project: Choose a novel or a film from the Novel Project Options list to research and share with the class. This informative project may also be an investigation or an explanation. Review the Novel Project Guidelines under Course Documents and determine which format you will post for the class on the Discussion Board.
Journals: As a reading quiz, in addition to Discussion Board submissions, you will write a 1 1/2 to 2 page double-spaced detailed response to one of the stories or poems every other week for the first ten weeks for a total of five journals. Your responses should incorporate your growing knowledge of literary analysis using literary terms.
Writing assignments will be graded primarily on quality of content, including thoughtful and clear explanation of ideas, understanding of concepts, and examples and elaboration that support ideas. Grammar, including complete sentences and correct punctuation, and organization, including paragraphing and transitions, and spelling and proofreading will be taken into consideration. Papers will be rewritten if the number of errors is distracting to the piece as a whole.

These must be taken by the posted dates, or you will not receive credit for them

Midterm Exam: Your midterm exam will have two parts.

Part A: By Week 8 you will have submitted four 1 1/2 to 2 page journals. For your Midterm Exam, you will choose two to expand to 3-page essays, incorporating main points from the discussion, identifying images, stereotypes and archetypes as well as universal human traits represented in literature, and applying as many of the literary terms and tools of literary interpretation as you can, as per the course objectives. See the student example essay exam under Course Documents.

Part B: You will be asked to give examples from the reading of your knowledge of literary terms.


During the course I will be evaluating your class performance and posting feedback grades on our Blackboard gradebook. You will find rubrics for grading under Course Documents, and I encourage you to review these frequently as you plan for the grade you expect at the end of the course.

The following information describes the NHTI grading system. In this course, letter grades are computed on a ten-point scale (e.g. 80-82 = B-, 83-86 = B, 87-89 = B+). What follows is a copy of the grading scale and descriptions of other possible grade outcomes as outlined in your Student Handbook:

New Hampshire Technical Institute has implemented a letter grade system in which each grade reflects a level of achievement measured against specific course objectives.

Letter Grade Definition

A 4.0 pts An honor grade representing achievement of a level of

A- 3.7 pts understanding and ability which is excellent and distinctive.

B+ 3.3 pts Represents achievement of a level of understanding

B 3.0 pts and ability of consistently high quality.

B- 2.7 pts
C+ 2.3 pts Represents achievement of a level of understanding and

C 2.0 pts ability consistent with those levels required for successful entry

C- 1.7 pts into the student’s chosen career field.

D+ 1.3 pts Represents some evidence of achievement,

D 1.0 pts but substantially below the level required for

D- 0.7 pts. successful entry into the student’s chosen career field.

F 0.0 pts Represents negligible academic achievement. A student

who receives an “F” grade in a course that is a prerequisite to other courses must repeat the failed course with a passing grade before being eligible to continue with the course sequence.



Discussion Board submissions 20%

Journals 15%

Midterm Exam 15%

Research Paper 15%

Novel Project 15%

Final Exam 20%


All written work and submissions are due when assigned.

Each week’s work begins on Wednesday; each week’s assignments may be submitted any time throughout that week, with a deadline of the following Tuesday by 5:00 p.m.

For example, Week 1 begins on Wednesday, 1/25, you need to read through the posted class material, submit your survey, post your introduction on your home page, and respond to the first set of discussion questions as soon as possible and no later than Tuesday, 2/1 at 5:00.


WB=Websites and CD=Course Documents button

Boom=Latino Boom anthology and LAL=Pearson Library LA Literature text
Week 1: Class Introduction and Intro Survey due
Week 2: Latino Narrative * Latino Poetry

Boom: pp. 9-24

CD: Neruda-Poetry

WB:Roque Dalton - Como Tu

WB:Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales - I am Joaquin

LAL: Neruda, pp-94-99

Mora – Sonrisas
Week 3: Literary Conversations & Connections

LAL: Abeyta - thirteen ways of looking at a tortilla, pp. 1-8

WB: Stevens - Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

WB: Williams - This is Just to Say

Boom:Villanueva - Variation on a Theme by William Carlos Williams , p. 542

Boom: Gonzalez - Blake in the Tropics, p. 174
Week 4: Folklore /Legends & Myths

WB: Taino Folkore

Boom: Anaya - In Search of Epifano, pp. 50-56, Cisneros - One Holy Night, pp. 67-71

LAL: Garcia Lorca - Blood Wedding, pp. 194-238

Week 5: Gender Roles/Curandera & Warrior

Boom: Mora - Curandera, p. 103

LAL: Castellanoes - Chess p. 93

Castillo- Women are Not Roses

Valdez- Bernabe

Week 6: Latino Landscapes

Boom: Cervantes - Freeway 280, pp. 230-231

WB: Cantu - Living on the Border

LAL: Anzaldua - Borderlands, How to Tame a Wild Tongue

Garcia – Dreaming in Cuban

Suarez- La Ceiba
Week 7: The Lost Worlds: Once Upon a Latin Moon

Boom: pp. 47-71

pp.97-99 Baca "Roots"

Cofer - The Latin Deli: An Ars Poetica, pp. 105

Pearson: Baca - pp. 87-93

Medina – The Birthmark

Prida – Beautiful Senoritas
Week 8: Oral Tradition

Corrido, Plena, Dichos

WBs: Smithsonian

Course Documents: Ortiz Cofer- The Line of the Sun

Santiago – When I was Puerto Rican

***Midterm Exam due no later than 5:00
Week 9: The Working World: Sweating under a New Sun

Research Topics due

Boom: Latino Worker pp. 121-129



Alvarez - Woman's Work, pp. 168-169

Santiago Baca - Work We Hate and Dreams We Love, p. 169

Espada - Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper & Jorge the Janitor Finally Quits, pp. 169-171

Gonzalez - Because No One Should Say "Chavez Who?" pp. 173-174

LAL: Pietri – Puerto Rican Obituary

Hernandez Cruz – African Things, Bi-Ligual Education

Week 10: The Urban World: Weaving through City Streets

LAL: Valdez - Zoot Suit, pp. 9-86

WB: More on Zoot Suits

Boom: Viramontes - Neighbors, p. 127

Pietri - Puerto Rican Obituatuary, pp. 245-250
Week 11: Allusion & Metaphor

LAL: Borges - Book of Sand

The Garden of Forking Paths, pp. 158-177

Cortazar - Blow-Up, pp.178-190

Espada - pp. 191-193

Research Outlines Due

Week 12: Love & Lust

Neruda - Night on the Island

If You Forget Me

References Pages Due

Week 13: Families/Patterns of Relationships/Culture Clashes

Boom: Mora - Elana, p. 369

LAL: Paredes - Hammon & Beans, pp. 97-103

Rene Aloma – A Little Something to Ease the Pain

Research Project due

Week 14: : Beyond Worlds: Beyond the Boom

Boom: Serros, Annie Says, p. 539

Castillo - Woman are not Roses, p. 534
Week 15: Novel Projects Due


Images of Latinos/Discussion of Novel Projects
Week 16: Final Exam

Opens 5/7 at 5:00. Due by 5:00 on 5/9.

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