SPAN 388: Introduction to Latina/o Studies

SPAN 388-DL1: Introduction to Latinx Studies
(Fall 2023)


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Section Information for Fall 2023

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 introduces the field of Latinx/a/o Studies, presenting the main questions raised in this emerging field (What do “Latinx” and “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 texts include novels, short stories, drama, and poetry. They will be supplemented by close studies of movies, documentaries, music, and other artistic representations. Although the materials will reflect bilingualism as one of the main identity markers of Latinxs/as/os, 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 Latinxs/as/os 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.


Mason Core SYNTHESIS course

SPAN 335 or 336, or SPAN 370, or permission of instructor. 


SPAN 388-DL1 is an online asynchronous section.


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Interdisciplinary approach to the study of U.S. Latina/o cultural production, designed to promote critical thinking in understanding Latina/o histories, literatures, and cultures. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Synthesis
Recommended Prerequisite: SPAN 335 or 336, or SPAN 370, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
Additional Course Details: Taught in Spanish

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