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Introduction to Latino/a Literatures and Cultures
ENGL 279
Fall 2011
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: AMST 278

This course serves as an introduction to the many discourses that structure and challenge Latinidad--the feeling of being Latino/a. Through historically situated critical analysis of Latino/a cultural production, including theoretical essays, literature, and film, we will meditate on the major issues that shape the Latino/a U.S. experience. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, while primarily focusing on literary analysis, we will study how Latinidad is constructed as an identity and how that identity varies across origin, place, and time. We will engage in close readings to ascertain how the formal aesthetic choices of Latino/a cultural producers theorize on the Latino/a experience, as well as broaden our historical understanding. Major themes we will explore include the legacy of U.S. colonialism; the legacy of civil rights movements; nationalism; citizenship, immigration, and exile; labor and class; race and ethnicity; and gender and sexuality.

Essential Capabilities: Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
Intercultural Literacy and Interpretation.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(ENGL)(ENGL-Amer Lit)(ENGL-Race&Ethn)(LAST)
Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%

Last Updated on APR-23-2014
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