Diaspora, Border, Migration: Contemporary Latina/o Politics and Culture|
Spring 2015 not offered
|Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
This course employs concepts of diaspora, border, and migration to consider the ways in which Latinas/os become legible as subjects in contemporary U.S. political thought and cultural life. We will consider struggles for Latina/o legal rights, the relationships between the Latina/o workforce and issues of global labor patterns and economic exploitation, and popular cultural narratives depicting Latinas/os and U.S.-Latin America relations.
The course will explore the terms diaspora, border, and migration in-depth, both to contend with these concepts as important ideas in the fields of Latina/o studies and American studies, and, also, to use these terms to interpret, analyze, and decipher the role(s) Latinas/os play in a world built from a legacy of a colonial past and heading toward a neoliberal, globalized future. We will utilize an interdisciplinary approach, addressing a range of texts from different scholarly disciplines, including history, cultural studies, postcolonial theory, American studies, and political science, as well as popular cultural texts, such as films, comics, and music.
In this course, we will interrogate the ways in which people, ideas, and resources fluctuate, ebb, and flow, to track the consequences of such shifts. In trying to understand Latinas/os as a people(s), and Latinidad as an identity, we will question the nation-state as a regulatory force, try to unravel the significance of cultural hybridity, and discuss the effects of globalization and global capital in the contemporary world.
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Alicia Schmidt Camacho, Migrant Imaginaries: Latino Cultural Politics in the US-Mexico Borderlands
Leo Chavez, The Latino Threat: Constructing Immigrants, Citizens, and the Nation
Jean Franco, Cruel Modernity
A selection of articles and excerpted texts on Moodle will include:
Stuart Hall, "CULTURAL IDENTITY AND DIASPORA"
Rodolfo Acuna, OCCUPIED AMERICA: A HISTORY OF CHICANOS
Ilan Stavans, LATINO USA
Robert J.C. Young, "COLONIAL DESIRE: HYBRIDITY IN THEORY, CULTURE, AND RACE"
Alicia Schmidt Camacho, MIGRANT IMAGINARIES: LATINO CULTURAL POLITICS IN THE U.S.-MEXICO BORDERLANDS
Leo Chavez, THE LATINO THREAT: CONSTRUCTING IMMIGRANTS, CITIZENS, AND THE NATION
William Perez, WE ARE AMERICANS: UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS PURSUING THE AMERICAN DREAM
Cherie Moraga, A XICANA CODEX OF CHANGING CONSCIOUSNESS: WRITINGS, 2000-2010 Gloria Anzaldua, BORDERLANDS/LA FRONTERA: THE NEW MESTIZA
Pablo Vila, "THE LIMITS OF AMERICAN BORDER THEORY"
Rosario San Miguel, UNDER THE BRIDGE: STORIES FROM THE BORDER
Caren Kaplan, Norma Alarcon, and Minoo Moallem (Eds), BETWEEN WOMAN AND NATION: NATIONALISMS, TRANSNATIONAL FEMINISMS, AND THE STATE
Emma Perez, THE DECOLONIAL IMAGINARY: WRITING CHICANAS INTO HISTORY
Richard T. Rodriguez, NEXT OF KIN: THE FAMILY IN CHICANO/A CULTURAL POLITICS LIONEL CANTU, THE SEXUALITY OF MIGRATION: BORDER CROSSINGS AND MEXICAN IMMIGRANT MEN
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Each student will take responsibility for introducing and leading one class discussion. Written work includes a midterm paper and a 15 pp. final paper.
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