Latina Feminisms: (Re)presenting the Latina Body|
Spring 2014 not offered
FGSS 335, AMST 357|
|Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
This course will function as a focused exploration of Latina feminisms. Through historically situated critical analysis of novels, short stories, poetry, film, and performance art, we will meditate on how the Latina body has been constructed and mobilized within both dominant culture and social justice movements. We will situate Latina cultural production and theorizing in relation to ethnic studies and feminist, gender, and sexuality studies to ascertain the contributions and challenges that Latina feminists bring to dominant discourses of race, gender, sexuality, nationalism, labor, and class. Close readings of weekly texts elicit questions on form, style, and genre that formally probe at the constitution of subjects both at the level of self-narration and as externally constructed by social and historical processes and events. Our aim is to develop an understanding of minoritarian political identities that are unbounded, strategic, and relational. Previous coursework in Latino studies or feminist, gender and sexuality studies is recommended.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)
Cisneros, Sandra. WOMAN HOLLERING CREEK
Gaspar de Alba, Alicia. DESERT BLOOD
Lopez, Erika. FLAMING IGUANAS
Lopez, Josefina. REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES
Moraga, Cherie and Gloria Anzaldua, eds. THIS BRIDGE CALLED MY BACK
Troyano, Alina. I, CARMELITA TROPICANA: PERFROMING BETWEEN CULTURES
Trujillo, Carla. WHAT NIGHT BRINGS
Vega, Marta Moreno. WHEN THE SPIRITS DACE MAMBO: GROWING UP NUYORICAN IN EL BARRIO
Additional readings containing critical essays, poetry, and short stories will be available in PDF form.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Grades will be based on attendance and participation, five 1-2 page response papers, a midterm (4-5 pages) and final paper (8-10 pages).
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the Literatures of Difference requirement and contributes to the Race and Ethnicity concentration in the English major. It also helps satisfy the Comparative Americas requirement for American Studies majors.
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