LATS 240 Latina/o Language Politics: Hybrid Voices (D)

Last offered Spring 2013

Cross Listed as AMST240, COMP210
In this course we will focus on issues of language and identity in the contemporary lived experience of various U.S. Latina/o communities. We will ask: How are cultural values and material conditions expressed through Latina/o linguistic practices? How do Latina/o identities challenge traditional notions of the relationship between language, culture, and nation? In what ways might Latina/o linguistic practices serve as tools for social change? Building on a discussion of issues such as Standard American English, code-switching (popularly known as "Spanglish"), and Latina/o English, we will also examine bilingual education, recent linguistic legislation, and the English Only movement. We will survey texts taken from a variety of (inter)disciplines, including sociolinguistics, anthropological linguistics, literature, and education. Both directly and/or indirectly, these works address Latina/o language politics, as well as the broader themes of power, community, ethno-racial identity, gender, sexuality, class, and hybridity.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: participation, two essays, final take-home examination
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: Latina/o Studies concentrators, American Studies majors, Comparative Literature majors by seniority
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under LATS or AMST; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP
Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives,AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora,LATS Core Electives
Enrollment Limit: 12
Expected Enrollment: 12
Class Number: 3632
LATS 240 SEM Latina/o Language Politics (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Maria Elena Cepeda
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