AMST 207 Fall 2014 Introduction to Latina/o Literatures (D)

Cross Listed as ENGL251, LATS208, COMP211
This discussion course serves as an introduction; the reading list is not meant to be exhaustive or comprehensive, but will rather provide a sampling or range of texts for students to engage. We will explore a number of readings across different genres (the novel, play, poem, short story, graphic novel). Students will endeavor to understand how each author defines Latinidad. What characterizes Latina/os for each of these writers and how do their works articulate the historical conditions out of which they emerge? How is Latina/o literature marked by notions of language, nationality, gender, sexuality, class, race, politics, form, and genre? The readings will provide both a survey of general ideas in the study of Latina/o literatures as well as specific case studies and historical examples from which we will extrapolate about the larger field. Readings include works by Tómas Rivera, Cristina García, Cristy C. Road, Oscar Zeta Acosta, Junot Díaz, Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, and more. This course fulfills the Exploring Diversity Initiative requirements as it offers students a comparative study of cultures and societies by examining the U.S. racial project of constructing a Latina/o people out of various peoples. Additional attention is given, under the rubric of power and privilege, to the specific economic and political institutions that structure Latina/o cultural production.
Class Format: lecture
Requirements/Evaluation: students will be evaluated based on weekly online discussion forum posts, two short papers, a midterm exam, a final comprehensive project, as well as classroom participation
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: LATS concentrators, AMST and Comp Lit majors
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP or ENGL; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AMST or LATS
Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: LATS Core Electives
Enrollment Limit: 30
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 1946
AMST 207 - 01 (F) LEC Intro to Latina/o Literatures (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Jesús J. Hernández
TR 09:55 AM-11:10 AM Greylock A 1946
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