AMCULT 301 - Topics in American Culture
Section: 002 Codeswitch
Term: FA 2007
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Class Misc Info:
This course meets the “Transnationalism, Diaspora, and/or Empire” breadth requirement for American Culture concentrators.
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In Chicano Poetics: Heterotexts and Hybridities, Alfred Arteaga suggests, “for [Octavio] Paz, the border is a thin one and across it ‘Even the birds speak English’ […] What is difficult for Paz is to consider a thick border.” In this course, itself an “experiment” in hybridity—something in-between an academic and creative writing seminar—we will explore “thick descriptions” of thickening borders of the Americas. We will address the possibility of a bilingual poetics—laterally—examining written, visual, digital, and cinematic representations of bi- or multicultural subjectivities. Central to our discussion will be the conceit of codeswitching, a linguistic term, which designates a speaker or writer’s facility to move between languages. We will approach codeswitching literally to acquaint ourselves with work that shuttles between Spanish and English. We will approach the term metaphorically to address the hybridity of twentieth/twenty-first century poetry as a genre. Finally, as we map an emerging canon of “thick borders,” we also will attempt to create alternative cartographies, our own renditions of codeswitching.

AMCULT 301 - Topics in American Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
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29456
Open
9
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Meets with JUDAIC 317.001.
002 (REC)
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28125
Closed
0
 
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Tu 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Meets with ENGLISH 317.004.
003 (LEC)
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28551
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Students will automatically be enrolled in lab 004 when they elect lecture 003.
004 (LAB)
 
28553
Closed
0
 
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Th 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Note: Laboratory section 004 is for film screenings.
005 (LEC)
 
28554
Open
22
 
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Tu 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Students will be auto enrolled in lecture 005 when they elect a discussion section (sections 006-008). Meets with HISTORY 393.001 and CAAS 358.004.
006 (DIS)
P
28555
Open
4
 
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Tu 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: Meets with HISTORY 393.002 and CAAS 358.005.
007 (DIS)
P
28556
Open
15
 
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W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: Meets with HISTORY 393.003 and CAAS 358.006.
008 (DIS)
P
28557
Open
2
 
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Th 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Meets with HISTORY 393.004 and CAAS 358.007.
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