Department of Foreign Languages
Fall 2009 SHN 3425 U.S Hispanic Literature
Dr. María Patricia Napiorski (
Office Hours: MWF 9-11 am. Or by appointment
Office: Sanford Hall 429
Phone: 262-7356
En otra voz: Antología de la literatura hispana de
los Estados Unidos. Ed. Nicolás Kanellos. Houston: Arte Público Press,
Napiorski’s webpage:
Antes de ser libres by Julia Álvarez.
Casi una mujer by Esmeralda Santiago
Soñar en cubano by Crtistina García
Film clips:
Miguel Piñero
In the Time of the Butterflies
Zoot Suit
Begore Night Falls
The student will study the evolutionary process of the literature produced by
Spanish Speaking authors in the territory of what today is known as the United
States. From mid 1500’s to the present, the Hispanic literary line has been an
important part of the cultural production of the American continent, though it is
considered to be a recent phenomenon that resulted from the Chicano
movement. In reality, this literary tradition has been present in North America
from pre-Hispanic times. We will follow the historical thread of such impressive
evolution throughout the works of a great diversity of writers, closing our course
with the novels of the most contemporary Latina writers. Students will develop a
critical thinking of such literary work, and hopefully, they will gain a better
understanding of the cultural intensity and richness of this literature, and its
impact on the history and politics of border (cultural) crossings.
CLASS REQUIREMENTS: The student is expected to have read the required
assignments before each class period. Participation and discussion is essential
during the class period. Also, students will be expected to work on assignments
and programs developed by the instructor and found in her home page.
ATTENDANCE: three unjustified absences will be permitted. After three
absences your grade will be lowed one letter for every absence. (For instance, if
your final grade is B but you have more than three absences your final grade will
result in B-).
Mid Term:
Class discussions
Essay Paper:
Final Exam:
Explanation of the above grading criteria:
Attendance and Participation: In this class students will be expected to attend
to class and to participate actively. To complete all their writing assignments on
time, and to use the office hours when the constraints of class-time do not allow
for any additional explanation that he/she might need.
Mid Term: Consist of a number of essay questions about the texts read thus far,
lectures, and class discussions
Presentation: The student must give a 10-15 minutes presentation to the class
about an author of the anthology that is NOT covered in class. The student will
present a literary work by this author, critically dissect such work, and present
his/her impressions and findings to the class. Previous approval of the professor
is mandatory
Essay Paper: A critical essay, 5-6 page (minimum), based on ONE of the novels
read. Due the last day of class which is the day of the round table discussions of
the novels.
Final Exam: Essay questions format
The Novels: Will be discussed in round table discussions the last day of class.
Students will be able to discuss their final essays that day.
Academic Honesty: I follow carefully the University and departmental
regulations in regards of academic dishonesty in exams, tests, homework etc.
Please remember that turning in another person’s work is considered plagiarism,
and it results in any appropriate action that I or other university authority deem
necessary. If I suspect that a student has committed plagiarism, before taking a
disciplinary action I would ask him or her to defend his/her paper, exam or test to
the class. I have the liberty to invite to this defense other Spanish faculty
members if I deem it necessary. Please read below this syllabus for more
Important Explanatory Information:
If you are unable to attend class on a day that you have to turn in an assignment,
and/or a presentation, homework, etc., you must inform me beforehand or your
grade will be zero.
Cell phones must be off during class. MANDATORY. Under ASU classroom
regulations, professors have the right to confiscated cell phones, when used in
annoyingly and disruptively in the classroom.
No make up quizzes or examination, and no late assignments. I DO MEAN
THIS. You are expected to be present in class at the time of the quiz or
examination. If an assignment is due the day you are absent, you cannot ask a
classmate to turn in for you, or to place it in my mail box. All work due should be
turned in directly to me, unless otherwise stated. Nevertheless, if you are
excused to be absent for class you can turn in your work the following class, but
no later. Students who turned in assignments for their classmates or friends will
have a reduction of 2% of their grade in their own assignments.
Three late arrivals will count as 1 absence.
Calendario Tentativo
Introducción. Presentaciones.
Panorama de la literatura hispana de los Estados Unidos
Politica de Identidad: Los periódicos y la literatura.
Literatura de exploración y colonización
Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca (P. 2)
Fray Marcos de Niza (P. 9)
Fray Francisco de Escobar (P. 28)
Literatura Nativa:
Antonio José Martinez (P. 39)
Anónimo La indita Placida Romero (p. 45)
Eulalia Pérez (P. 51)
Apolinaria Lorenzana (P. 55)
Pablo de la Guerra (P. 67)
Juan Nepomuceno Cortina (P. 69)
Anónimo Joaquín Murieta, Gregorio Cortez (P. 83)
Eusebio Chacón (P. 87)
Jovita Idar (P. 95)
La Defensa (P. 99)
Anónimo Luisa Moreno (P. 114)
Américo Paredes (P. 153)
Gloria Anzaldúa (P. 166)
Pat Mora (P. 168)
Tomas Rivera (P. 174)
Rosaura Sáchez (P. 178)
Literatura de inmigración:
José Martí (P. 194)
Alirio Díaz Guerra (P. 206)
Guillermo Cotto-Thorner (P. 222)
Wenceslao Gálvez (P. 227)
Gustavo Alemán Bolaños (P. 229)
Conrado Espinosa (P. 232)
Dolores Prida (p.361).
Militancia en la literatura:
Daniel Vanegas (P. 239)
Anónimo El lavaplatos (P. 255)
Anónimo Lamento de un jíbaro (P. 258)
Américo Meana (P. 260)
René Marqués (P. 261)
Ramón “Tianguis” Pérez (P. 289)
Mario Bencastro (p. 293)
Octubre 20: Mid Term Exam
Luisa Capetillo (P. 298)
María Luisa Garza (P. 303)
Netty y Jesús Rodríguez (P. 308)
Consuelo Lee Tapia (P. 313)
Literatura del exilio:
Pedro Santicilla (P. 445)
Francisco Gonzalo Pachín Marín (P. 451).
Reinaldo Arenas (P. 495)
Luisa Valenzuela (P. 501)
Juan Armando Epple (P. 504)
Presentaciones: Noviembre 5, 12, & 19. Diciembre 1,3 & 8.
Thanksgiving: Noviembre 25-29
Ultimo día de clases: Diciembre 8. Este día se llevarán a cabo las mesad
redondas y las discusiones de sus ensayos finales sobre la novela que leyeron y
Final Exam Tuesday December 15 at Noon.
Note: As a community of learners at Appalachian State University, we must
create an atmosphere of honesty, fairness, and responsibility, without
which we cannot earn the trust and respect of each other. Furthermore,
we recognize that academic dishonesty detracts from the value of an
Appalachian degree. Therefore, we shall not tolerate lying, cheating, or
stealing in any form and will oppose any instance of academic
dishonesty. This course will follow the provisions of the Academic
Integrity Code, which can be found on the Office of Student Conduct Web
Site: /
Academic integrity continues to be an important issue, especially given
students’ various interpretations of intellectual property rights and
the ease of downloading material from the Web. Here are some things you
might do in your classes to promote academic integrity, in addition to a
statement on your syllabi and course web sites:
* Lead discussions about academic integrity during class.
* Create multiple versions of quizzes and exams.
* Provide a space for students to reaffirm the Academic Integrity
Honor Pledge on assignments, quizzes and exams (“I pledge on my
honor that I have not violated the Appalachian State University
Academic Integrity Code”).
* Use current events to illustrate, discuss and reaffirm the value
of integrity.
* Contact the Office of Student Conduct in all appropriate cases of
academic dishonesty.
*2. Accommodations for Students with Disabilities*
The Americans with Disabilities Act requires that we make reasonable
accommodations for students with documented disabilities. It is
important for faculty members to understand what we are and are not
obliged to do when providing accommodations for students, so please
familiarize yourself with the ODS web site and contact the office if you
have questions about a request for accommodation. Please respect
students’ rights to confidentiality and privacy when discussing
disability accommodations with them. If you have questions, please
contact Maranda Maxey, Director of the Office of Disability Services, at
extension 3056 or
The Office of Disability Services recommends including the following
text on syllabi and course web sites:
/Appalachian State University is committed to making reasonable
accommodations for individuals with documented qualifying disabilities
in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Those seeking
accommodations based on a substantially limiting disability must contact
and register with The Office of Disability Services (ODS) at or 828-262-3056. Once registration is
complete, individuals will meet with ODS staff to discuss eligibility
and appropriate accommodations./