COMP 210
Latinx Language Politics: Hybrid Voices Spring 2025
Division I
Cross-listed LATS 240 / AMST 240

Class Details

In this interdisciplinary course we focus on questions of language and identity in the contemporary cultural production and lived experience of various Latinx communities. We consider the following questions and more: In what ways does Spanish shift as it crosses over to the US from Latin America and the Caribbean? How does Latinx identity challenge traditional notions of the relationship between language, culture, and nation? How does careful attention to language elucidate the dynamics of gender and sexuality in the Latinx community? How are cultural values and material conditions expressed through Latinx linguistic practices? In what ways might Latinx literary and linguistic practices serve as tools for social change? Departing from an overview of common linguistic ideologies, we will examine code-switching or Spanglish, bilingual education, linguistic public policy, the English Only movement, and Latinx linguistic attitudes and creative responses to linguistic colonialism. In addition to a consideration of language and identity grounded in sociolinguistics, anthropolitical linguistics, Latinx studies, and cultural studies, we will survey a variety of literary genres including memoir, novel, and poetry. Both directly and/or indirectly, these texts address Latinx language politics, as well as the broader themes of power, difference, and hybridity.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 3495
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: participation, two essays, final written reflection
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Latina/o Studies concentrators, then American Studies majors and Comparative Literature majors by seniority
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
LATS 240 Division II AMST 240 Division II COMP 210 Division I
Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives
AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
LATS Core Electives

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