AMST 412
Latina/o Collectivities: Family, Community, Nation Fall 2014
Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed LATS 412 / AMST 412
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This seminar will interrogate the three scales of belonging and un-belonging that are the family, the community, and the nation. Each of these, as social constructions, are sights of contestation and cooperation. Students endeavor to understand the everyday identifications made by the Latina/o subject through these scales. The central questions of the course will be: How has the family, the community, and the nation been utilized by Latina/o subjects and towards what ends? What are the social, political, economic, and affective possibilities and limitations within such practices of belonging? How do these possibilities and limitations emerge within the Latina/o condition? What alternative modes of Latina/o social belonging and/or political collectivity can we imagine? As a senior seminar, emphasis will be placed on students generating and leading discussion of a range of both foundational texts as well as current monographs. Readings will include primary writings from José Martí, José Vasconcelos, and Elizabeth Martínez; theoretical foundations from Benedict Anderson, Miranda Joseph, Kath Weston, Paul Gilroy, Patricia Hill Collins, and Friedrich Engels; and contemporary, critical Latina/o scholarship with an emphasis on literary, sociological, and cultural analyses from Richard T. Rodriguez, Marisel C. Moreno, Gilda L. Ochoa, and David J. Vázquez. This course will be of particular interest and use to those students engaged with Latina/o Studies, American Studies, Literary Studies, and/or Queer Theory. It also falls under the critical theorization theme for the Exploring Diversity Initiative through its comparative analysis of collectivities across differences within and beyond Latina/o peoples.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 12
Class#: 1949
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: students will be evaluated based on weekly write-ups on the readings, co-leading discussion twice during the semester, participation, and a final seminar paper
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: LATS and AMST seniors followed by LATS and AMST juniors
Distributions: Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
LATS 412 Division II AMST 412 Division II

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