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AMST 240
Latina/o Language Politics: Hybrid Voices Fall 2019
Division II
Cross-listed COMP 210 / AMST 240 / LATS 240

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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.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 1476
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: participation, two essays, final take-home examination
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Latina/o Studies concentrators, American Studies majors, Comparative Literature majors by seniority
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
COMP 210 Division II AMST 240 Division II LATS 240 Division II
Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives
AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
LATS Core Electives

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