AMST 240
Latina/o Language and Literature: Hybrid Voices in Contemporary Context
Last Offered Spring 2008
Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed LING 254 / LATS 240 / AMST 240 / COMP 210
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

In this course we will focus on issues of language and identity in the contemporary literary production and lived experiences of various Latina/o communities. As such, 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? Departing from an overview of common linguistic phenomena such as code-switching (popularly known as”Spanglish”) and Latina/o English, we will examine bilingual education, recent linguistic legislation, and the English Only movement. Throughout the course we will survey texts culled from a variety of literary and performance genres, ranging from the poetry of the Chicano and Puerto Rican Movements of the 1960s and 1970s to more recent theatrical pieces, novels, poetry, and short stories by writers such as Sandra Cisneros, Junot Díaz, Martín Espada, Víctor Hernández Cruz, Jaime Manrique, Dolores Prida, Michelle Serros, and Helena María Viramontes, among others. Both directly and/or indirectly, these texts address Latina/o language politics, as well as the broader themes of identity, power, community, race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, and hybridity.
The Class: Format: discussion
Limit: none
Expected: 15
Class#: 3392
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, several short writing assignments (1-5 pages each), an oral presentation, and a final exam
Prerequisites: none
Distributions: Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under LATS or AMST; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under LING or COMP
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
LING 254 Division II LATS 240 Division II AMST 240 Division II COMP 210 Division II
Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives
LATS Core Electives

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