LATS 332
Latinx Biography & Memoir Fall 2024
Division II

Class Details

This course reads widely and deeply in the art and practice of biography and memoir by Latinx authors and historical figures. We shall learn and revisit important historical moments and cultural experiences through the lens of well-known and lesser known figures in Latinx history, art, culture, and religiosity. Our readings will include memoirs by such key figures as Piri Thomas, Esmeralda Santiago, Julia Alvarez, Reyna Grande, Octavio Solis and recent critical biographies about Sor Juana Ines de La Cruz, Jose Marti, and Roberto Clemente. The goal in these and/or other selected readings will be to understand Latinx culture, the search for identity and self-actualization, and spiritual/religious dimensions of individual growth and development in US Latinx communities, especially in the 20th and 21st centuries.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 15
Class#: 1580
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Attendance, participation, online discussion forums, two short essays and a longer research paper, plus oral presentations are expected in this intense reading course.
Prerequisites: A previous course in LATS is preferred.
Enrollment Preferences: Latina/o/x Studies concentrators; if still overenrolled, seniors, then juniors, then sophomores
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: LATS Core Electives

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