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Latina/o Literary Cultures and Counter-Cultures
ENGL 348
Spring 2011
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: FGSS 348, THEA 347

In this course we will examine instances of counter-cultural expression in Latina/o literature, performance, and popular media. Counter-culture in this context refers to a variable set of subject positions and aesthetic forms that include feminist and queer art and criticism, socialist political movements, punk, the avant-garde, sexual cultures, and the paraliterary (comic books, zines, speculative fiction). We will approach latinidad--the feeling of being Latina/o--as a having a fluctuating sense of value from text to text, appearing and disappearing according to the exigencies of the artist situated at a particular historical, political and cultural juncture. We will encounter moments in major Latina/o texts where to be Latina/o is a concrete experience, placed at the center of the subject's encounters with the world and built up strategically to enable protest, recognition, and inclusion. In other, minor moments in Latina/o writing, latinidad will seem deconstructed down to subtle transmissions of linguistic style, poetics, humor and feeling. We will also consider Latina/o literature's relationship to major American literary movements, such as realism, the Beat generation, and postmodernism. Texts will include novels, plays, poems, graphic novels, scholarly monographs, art, film and performance footage. We will draw insights from the fields of queer studies, performance studies, and literary theory and history. We will also maintain a blog on which you will post your own critical ventures into Latina/o counter-culture.

Essential Capabilities: Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Race&Ethn)(FGSS)(THEA)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

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