LATS 240 Spring 2013 Latina/o Language Politics: Hybrid Voices (D)

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,LATS Core Electives
Enrollment Limit: 12
Expected Enrollment: 12
Class Number: 3632
LATS240-01(S) SEM Latina/o Language Politics (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Maria Elena Cepeda
TF 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Hollander 140 3632
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