Welcome to Fall 2013!


Hi everyone,

First a few housekeeping things before we get to the assignment itself.

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    For Tuesday 9/3, read Juan Flores’s “The Structuring of Puerto Rican Identity in the US”, from his book Divided Borders. The PDF is on the Readings page. (Password hint: what year is it?)

    Also watch this Youtube video of poet Tato Laviera reading his classic poem AmeRican, thich Flores references on the last page. (The audio quality isn’t great, so you’ll have to listen carefully.)

    Also listen to Felipe Luciano read his poem “Jibaro, My Pretty Nigger”.

    Things to think about while reading/ watching:

  • How do these begin to define Nuyorican identity and carve out a specific space in the city landscape?
  • What’s the language used in the poems and who might it appeal to?
  • What are the points of contact that Flores identifies in his essay?

    Thursday 9/5: Lehman’s closed for Rosh HaShanah. L’Shanah Tovah! Check back for next week’s assignments…