Junot Díaz: Fiesta, 1980

Research Paper (Due on Friday 5/4) Steps Start by choosing a topic. (Example: parties in Junot Díaz’s “Aguantando” and “Fiesta, 1980”) Then narrow your topic in the form of a question. (What is the function of parties in Diaz’s fiction?) Draft a central claim or thesis statement. (Parties allows Diaz to expose family secrets, tensions, …

Junot Díaz: Aguantando & Watching Spider Man in Santo Domingo

Historical Context U.S. Intervention & Dominican Migration, New Jersey’s Afro-Latino Suburbs Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a …

Pedro Pietri & The Masses Are Asses (Pages 56-79)

Intermission From Monday A poet reflects on the heaviness of city life, scarcity, the mental health of Latinos living in poverty and the lack of representation in the publishing industry. Have you wanted to leave the city, why?   Revising “Puerto Rican Obituary” (Pages 4-7) PedroPietriSelectedPoetryExcerptCL   The Masses Are Asses Groups of five people …

Pedro Pietri & The Masses are Asses (Pages 27-55)

“Beware of Signs”– Performance Poetry Trying to replicate the speech of a con salesman, in this poem, Pietri presents how Latino people that are not fluent in English are at times fooled with rigged offers at department stores. Thinking they got a good deal, the clients end up with unpayable debts. PedroPietriSelectedPoetryExcerptCL   The Masses …

Pedro Pietri & The Masses Are Asses (Pages 1-26)

Pedro Pietri Pietri was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico. However, his family moved to New York City in 1947, when he was only three years old. They settled on the west side (Manhattanville) section of Manhattan. Pedro was greatly influenced by his aunt, who often recited poetry and on occasions put on theatrical plays in …

Necropolis: The Bronx and the Politics of Abandonment

Abandonment 1. To withdraw one’s support or help from, especially in spite of duty, allegiance, or responsibility; desert 2. To give up by leaving or ceasing to operate or inhabit, mainly as a result of danger or other impending threat In your own words, what do you think are “the politics of abandonment”?   Necropolis: …

Welcome: Syllabus

English 102 5604 (35945) Writing Through Literature: The Power of Latinx Voices Course meets on: Fridays at 5:45-9:05 PM Room: E Building E-107 Instructor: Rojo Robles Office Hours: Before or after class and by appointment Email: rroblesmejias@lagcc.cuny.edu Course Site URL: http://cunyhumanitiesalliance.org/powerfuerza Course Description: “Writing Through Literature: The Power of Latinx Voices” will explore the resistance of …

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