AMST 240 Spring 2015 Latina/o Language Politics: Hybrid Voices (D)

Cross Listed as LATS240, COMP210
In this course we will focus on issues of language and identity in the contemporary linguistic practices and literary production of various Latina/o communities. We will ask: How are cultural values and material conditions expressed through Latina/o language and literature? How does Latina/o identity challenge traditional notions of the relationship between language, culture, and nation? In what ways might Latina/o literary and linguistic practices serve as tools for social change? Building on an overview of common linguistic phenomena such as code-switching (popularly known as "Spanglish") and Latina/o English, we will also examine bilingual education, recent linguistic legislation, and the English Only movement. Throughout the course we will survey texts culled from a variety of literary genres, including theatre, autobiography, novels, and poetry by writers such as Sandra Cisneros, Junot Díaz, Martín Espada, Víctor Hernández Cruz, Dolores Prida, Richard Rodríguez, and Michele Serros, among others. Both directly and/or indirectly, these texts 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: 3393
AMST 240 - 01 (S) SEM Latina/o Language Politics (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Maria Elena Cepeda
MR 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Pareksy 220 3393
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