Latinidad: The Worlds of Latina/o Studies|
This course will introduce major themes within the field of Latina/o studies, using an interdisciplinary approach to analyze the experiences of Latinas/os within the United States and throughout the Americas. Employing a range of historical, theoretical, political, and cultural texts, this class will ask students to think about a number of issues central to the field of Latina/o studies, including migration, language, nationalism, indigeneity, education, labor, assimilation, and cultural imperialism. This course will also look at the ways in which intersectional identifications, including race, sexuality, and gender, operate within frameworks of Latinidad.
Methodologically, this course will draw from such diverse fields as ethnic studies, history, political science, border studies, gender theory, sexuality studies, critical race theory, and urban studies. As we utilize a broad range of texts and synthesize diverse perspectives and ideas, students will be asked to interrogate formative concepts, such as the border, America(s), and the nation. Central class queries will probe the boundaries of Latina/o identity, the working of intersectional identities, patterns of migration, and the ways in which institutional power shapes the contemporary Latina/o experience.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Ana Castillo, MASSACRE OF THE DREAMERS
Greg Grandin, EMPIRE'S WORKSHOP: LATIN AMERICA, THE UNITED STATES, AND THE RISE OF THE NEW IMPERIALISM
John Charles Chasteen, BORN IN BLOOD AND FIRE: A CONCISE HISTORY OF LATIN AMERICA
A selection of articles and excerpted texts on Moodle will include:
Rodolfo Acuna, "Occupied America"
Tomas Almaguer, CHICANO MEN: A CARTOGRAPHY OF HOMOSEXUAL IDENTITY AND BEHAVIOR
Gloria Anzaldua, BORDERLANDS/LA FRONTERA
Justin Akers Chacon and Mike Davis, NO ONE IS ILLEGAL: FIGHTING RACISM AND STATE VIOLENCE ON THE US-MEXICO BORDER
Arlene Davila, Culture WORKS: SPACE, VALUE, AND MOBILITY ACROSS THE NEOLIBERAL AMERICAS
Jorge Duany, "Reconstructing Racial Identity"
Ian Haney Lopez, "Race and Erasure: The Salience of Race to Latinos/as"
Richard Rodriguez, "A Scholarship Boy"
Juan Perea, "American Languages, Cultural Pluralism, and Official English" and "Death By English"
Lesley Gill, THE SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS: MILITARY TRAINING AND POLITICAL VIOLENCE IN THE AMERICAS
Ilan Stavans, "The Latin Phallus"
Susan Cheever, "The Nanny Dilemma"
Frances Negron-Muntaner, "Barbie's Hair: Selling Out Puerto Rican Identity in the Global Market"
Raquel Rivera, "Hip Hop and New York Puerto Ricans"
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Assignments include a midterm papers, 1 final research paper, and 1 class presentation.
Attendance and participation in class discussion are expected.
|Instructor(s): Grappo,Laura Times: ..T.R.. 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: FISK210; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 30||SR major: 7||JR major: 7|| || |
|Seats Available: 4||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 3||SO: 6||FR: 4|
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