Section Information for Fall 2020
This course offers a representative overview of Latinx history, literatures, and cultures in the United States by engaging students in discussions of literary works and cultural practices in connection with interdisciplinary approaches to equality, inclusivity, accountability, and social justice. The course gives an introduction to the field of Latinx/a/o Studies, presenting main questions raised in this emerging field (What do “Latinx," "Latinidades," define? What are the differences and interconnections between Latinx Studies and Latin American Studies?...), and providing useful sources for further inquiry.
Beyond strict generic categorizations, literary analyses include novels, short stories, drama, and poetry; and they will be supplemented by close studies of movies, documentaries and other artistic representations. Although the materials will reflect bilingualism as one of the main identity markers of Latinas/os/xs, special attention will be given to a tradition of texts and cultural practices in the Spanish language.
The class is structured in units according to recent debates and issues in U.S. Latinx Studies. Topics and works are meant to serve as points of entry into the analysis of more general issues about Latino identity and its representations, historical roots, immigration, and the formation of Latino communities across the U.S. Overall, the objective is to provide students with a solid introduction to the history of Latinas/os/xs in the U.S. in connection with Latin American history, and a basic foundation in the analysis of U.S. Latinx literatures and cultures not only for academic purposes but also for possible implementations in their everyday lives.
SPAN 388-DL1 is a distance education section.