From the Bronx to the Supreme Court: My Beloved World, a memoir by Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Damaris Otero-Torres (Spanish and Portuguese)

In My Beloved World (2013) Justice Sonia Sotomayor offers a candid reflection of her experiences as the daughter of Puerto Rican immigrants in the South Bronx. In studying the genre of the memoir, this seminar provides a critical and literary platform for discussing the convergence of the personal and the political. What are the most compelling events of Justice Sotomayor’s life? Do these experiences matter for a deeper and fuller understanding of the law in the highest court of the United States? This seminar will closely examine how Justice Sotomayor’s narrative leads her readers into the complex landscape of gender and social inequality, academic privilege, minority cultures, cultural identity, corporate politics, political activism, affirmative action, civil rights, language, literacy, and poverty, among others.

Course Number: 
01:090:101 section 54 index 06151