AMST 339
Theorizing Popular Culture: Latinas/os and the Dynamics of the Everyday Fall 2009
Division II Writing Skills Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed LATS 338 / COMP 338
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Via the critical analysis of select musical, cinematic, literary, and popular media texts, we will investigate the primary approaches to the study of popular expression and identity, with particular emphasis on Latina/o popular cultural production. This course will focus on the following questions: How is Latina/o identity expressed through the “popular” or the everyday? In which ways does the study of Latina/o popular culture illuminate our understanding of the Latina/o community’s history and culture? What methodologies or theoretical approaches are best suited to the analysis of the “here and now”? Employing a broad range of current Cultural Studies theories and methods, students will conduct an original semester-long research project and complete various ethnographic exercises in this analysis of the historical, socio-political, and artistic uses of popular culture among Latinas/os.
The Class: Format: discussion
Limit: 19
Expected: 10
Class#: 1359
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, several short writing assignments (1- 3 pages each), oral presentation, and a final paper (15-20 pages)
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Latina/o Studies concentrators and Comparative Literature majors
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under LATS or AMST; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
LATS 338 Division II AMST 339 Division II COMP 338 Division I
Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives
INST Borders, Exiles + Diaspora Studies Electives
LATS Core Electives

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