The Department of English and the English as a Second Language (ESL) Committee would like this e-course to serve as an innovative, interactive, and practical multimedia resource for our INGL 3201 and 3202 (English Composition and Reading I and II) instructors. This e-course will make all materials for the two courses accessible, including an orientation video, a teaching handbook, readings, sample lessons, checklists, and rubrics. It is designed to provide information and guidance when assigned a single section or multiple sections of either course. 

In this course, we will examine the literary production of Puerto Rican authors/artists in English in the 20th and 21st centuries whose works have primarily been published in the United States, and who are generally, but not exclusively, first or second generation descendants of individuals who migrated to the United States during the Puerto Rican diaspora of the 1950s. At this time, due to Operation Bootstrap policies instituted in Puerto Rico in the period Luis Muñoz Marín served as governor, Puerto Ricans were actively encouraged and frequently compelled to migrate to the United States in order to secure enhanced economic opportunities.  We will therefore examine the various textual productions of these authors/artists in the United States in order to consider the ways in which these texts communicate the particular contexts of Puerto Rican lives lived outside of Puerto Rico, and how Puerto Rican identities were – and continue to be – shaped in this context, as well as by dynamic patterns of circular migration.