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John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Course Prefix: LIT                                     Course Number: 357                                    
Course Title: Violence of Language: U.S. Latino/A Street Literature
Subject: Literature
Minimum Credits: 3.0                                     Maximum Credits: 3.0                                     Hours per week: 3.0


This course will explore the ways in which ?street life? creates avenues for self, social, and historical knowledge through literary expression. The narrative challenge for U.S. Latino/a writers is to take a language of the everyday and reshape it into a literary form. Several questions will impel and inform our readings: How does street language translate into a poetics? What constitutes knowledge in and of the street? Where does street literature fit within canonical American aesthetics?

Prerequisite: ENG 201
Start Date:    01/30/2013                         End Date: