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From its beginning as a plantation crop on the island of Hispaniola in the 1490’s, sugar has played a major role in the historical development of the societies, cultures, and literatures of the Spanish Caribbean. Through the reading of influential historical studies and documents in conjunction with important essays, slave testimonies, novels, poetry, music and paintings, this course will examine the discourses of nation and national identity in the Spanish Caribbean of the 19th and 20th centuries. Close attention will be paid to the ways that sugar production and consumption has helped shape the languages of race, gender, culture and citizenship on the island nations of Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Unofficial Transcript – High School Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, or progress towards a Bachelor’s Degree – 3.0 GPA

Instructor Approval: Not required

Remission Eligible: Yes, first day of term; all university policies apply

Refund Policy: For-Credit 3+ Weeks

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School of Arts & Sciences