LATS 313
Gender, Race, and the Power of Personal Aesthetics Spring 2023
Division II
Cross-listed WGSS 313 / AFR 326 / AMST 313 / LATS 313

Class Details

This course focuses on the politics of personal style among women of color in the digital era. With a comparative, transnational emphasis on the ways in which gender, sexuality, ethno-racial identity, neoliberal capitalism and class inform standards of beauty and ideas about the body, we will examine a variety of materials including commercial websites, podcasts, histories, personal narratives, ethnographies, and sociological case studies. Departing from the assumption that personal aesthetics are intimately tied to issues of power and privilege, we will engage the following questions among others: What are some of the everyday functions of personal style among women of color in the US and globally? How do Latina/x, Black, Arab American and Asian American female aesthetics reflect the specific circumstances of their creation? What role do transnational media and popular culture play in the development and circulation of gendered and raced aesthetic forms? How might the belief in personal style as activist strategy complicate traditional understandings of feminist political activity?
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 3664
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: participation, one student-led discussion period, two written essays of 5-7 pages, final written reflection.
Prerequisites: LATS 105, AMST 201, AFR 200, WGSS 101 or permission of instructor; first year students are not permitted to take this course.
Enrollment Preferences: Latina/o Studies concentrators, American Studies majors, Africana Studies majors, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies majors by seniority. If the class is overenrolled students may be asked to submit a brief writing sample.
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
WGSS 313 Division II AFR 326 Division II AMST 313 Division II LATS 313 Division II
Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
ASAM Related Courses
LATS Core Electives
WGSS Racial Sexual + Cultural Diversity Courses
WGSS Theory Courses

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