This is the update for the DAYTIME 3:30-4:45 Section. See the other post if you’re in the NIGHT class
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For Thursday 2/1, 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, which 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?
- How do these points of contact explain how we interact with the urban space?