AMST 240
Latina/o Language Politics: Hybrid Voices Spring 2015
Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed LATS 240 / AMST 240 / COMP 210
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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.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 3393
Grading: OPG
Requirements/Evaluation: participation, two essays, final take-home examination
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Latina/o Studies concentrators, American Studies majors, Comparative Literature majors by seniority
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 COMP
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
LATS 240 Division II AMST 240 Division II COMP 210 Division II
Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives
AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
LATS Core Electives

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