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Introduction to Latina/o Literature: Border, Citizen, Body
ENGL 279
Fall 2013
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: AMST 278

The heterogeneous group of 50 million migrants, exiles, dual- and split citizens, refugees, documented and undocumented peoples of Spanish Caribbean and Latin American descent living in the US are all Latinos. At least three threads hold these many "Latinos" together: an immigrant relation to the English language through Spanish; the experience of displacement into el norte from former colonies of Spain with longstanding and ongoing conflicted relations to the United States; and cultural, aesthetic, and economic connections to the departed place. This course will examine Latina/o aesthetics in relation to contradictory phenomena that raise questions today about borders, citizenship, and embodiment. By engaging the Latina/o imaginary in fiction and other arts, we will read the emergence today of "Dreamers" and "The Minuteman Militia"--that is, of consumer drives towards representations of "spicy" and "exotic" brown bodies as well as laws in Arizona, Texas, and California that endow police with the power to discern visually whether a brown body is "illegal" or "not." Several questions and themes will come into view in our readings of literature, cinema, and music: How does the Latina/o artisitic imaginary depict distinct migrant journeys and rural or urban forms of labor? How do discussions of race, ethnicity, and sexuality in relation to Latina/o aesthetics complicate the existing definitions of these terms in the US? How do artists interrogate heteronormativity in Latina/o and dominant US cultures? How do they conceive of their specific crises of representation, which include the demand for realism and personal narratives by critics and mainstream readers?
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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