LATS 347
Feeling Latinx Cinema: No Popcorn Included Spring 2022
Division II
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When we consider going to the movies to be pure entertainment and escapism, we may be wrong. This course will introduce students to Latinx films through a critical practice showcasing the experience of feeling, especially when matters of Latinidades, identity formation, and transculturation are at stake. If watching a film constitutes an affective and ideological transaction for spectators in the domain of the national cultural imaginary, how does the actual viewing materialize a lived and felt experience through interpellation and reception? Students will embark on a film festival to examine the history of Latinx representation and structures of feeling on the silver screen from the silent era to In the Heights and Spielberg’s West Side Story. Each film will be approached and tackled from specific points of entry and theoretical frames, such as border crossing and migration, education and assimilation, hegemonic stereotyping and cultural citizenship, fiction and history, race and ethnicity, the geo-politics of emplacement in the barrio and gentrification, feminist and queer subjectivity, and fame and the American Dream. Among the films to be analyzed in class are: El Norte, Coco, Sleep Dealer, La Ofrenda, La Mission, Popi, Chicago Boricua, Selena, Nothing Like the Holidays, and Vivo.
The Class: Format: seminar; discussion
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 3967
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Evaluation will be based on attendance, class participation; short writing assignments; individual presentations and group discussions; a 12 page final paper.
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: LATS concentrators
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: LATS Core Electives

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