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Latina/o Language Politics: Hybrid Voices
/ AMST 240
/ LATS 240
In this course we will focus on issues of language and identity in the contemporary cultural production and lived experience of various Latina/o/x communities. As such, how are cultural values and material conditions expressed through Latina/o/x language and literature? How does Latina/o/x identity challenge traditional notions of the relationship between language, culture, and nation? In what ways might Latina/o/x literary and linguistic practices serve as tools for social change? Departing from an overview of common linguistic ideologies, we will examine code-switching, bilingual education, recent linguistic legislation, and the English Only movement. Throughout the course we will survey texts culled from a variety of literary genres as well, including autobiography, novels, and poetry. Both directly and/or indirectly, these texts address Latina/o/x language politics, as well as the broader themes of power, community, ethno-racial identity, gender, sexuality, class, and hybridity.
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
participation, two essays, final take-home examination
Latina/o Studies concentrators, American Studies majors, Comparative Literature majors by seniority
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST Arts in Context Electives
AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
LATS Core Electives