2017 marks one hundred years since the ratification of the act that made Puerto Ricans U.S. citizens. This, together with the fact that Puerto Rico is currently experiencing what is arguable the worst economic and humanitarian crises in its recent history, has required a critical rethinking of the island's political and cultural identity. This course aims to understand the cultural, political and social complexities of Puerto Rico through the study of a wide-ranging body of works that includes literature, cinema, history and politics. Students will seek answers to how national identity is articulated in a colonial context, how migration to the mainland has altered the cultural landscape, and what kinds of collective political movements have emerged in response to the island's socio-economic and political problems. Among other concerns, this course will highlight LGBTQ communities, reproductive justice, and the use of the arts in anti-colonial struggle. Students who successfully complete this seminar will satisfy the Communities & Identities core requirement.
Danny Barreto is an Assistant Professor of LGBTQ Studies program and regularly teaches courses on masculinity, gender and sexuality in Latin America and Spain. His research is on issues of sexuality, language, nationalism and migration in Galicia, a territory in northwest Spain.