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NEGRISMO & NEGRITUDE:

POETRY AND ART IN THE HISPANO- AND FRANCOPHONE CARIBBEAN 1920-45

Instructor: Prof. Gerard Aching

ASRC 4151 - Monday 12:20-2:15 (October 15 to December 4, 2018)

This 2-credit course examines the works of major poets and artists from the Spanish and French-speaking Caribbean from roughly 1925-1945. During this period, two movements—Negrismo and Négritude—emerged, on the one hand, as anticolonial and countercultural efforts at Black self-expression in the Caribbean and, on the other, as engagements with European avant-garde movements such as Cubism and Surrealism. This course will examine canonical works by Luis Palés Matos and Julia de Burgos from Puerto Rico, Aída Cartagena Portalatín from the Dominican Republic, Nicolás Guillén, Wifredo Lam, and Amelia Peláez from Cuba, Aimé Césaire from Martinique, Léon Gontran Damas from Guyane, and Hector Hyppolite from Haiti. Reading knowledge of Spanish or French or both is recommended but not required.