AMCULT 205 - American Cultures
Section: 002 Latina/o Religions and Cultures
Term: WN 2012
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
Requirements & Distribution:
SophInit, Theme
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Class Misc Info:
Taught in English.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Until recently, standard surveys of religious history in North America have given short shrift to Latina/o religions (even shorter shrift to Latina/o Protestantism) and have forced most Latina/o religious history into the flow of events westward from Plymouth Rock or northward from New Spain. Most mainstream religious history has treated religious experience and identity in the Borderlands as additive and not as complementary or constitutive of or contestatory to mainstream religious history, whether U.S. Protestant or Spanish/Mexican Catholic. (The narrative begins with missionary agency and convert adaptation.) In 1997, in an important anthology, Re-Telling U.S. Religious History, Thomas Tweed, a leading religion theorist, noted the need for new “sights”, “cites”, and “sites;” in other words, in other words that religious historians should deconstruct and reconstruct the meta-narrative, taking into account such factors as gender, body and region.

This course moves in the direction signaled by Tweed et al. In it we will examine the role of religion in the development of U.S. Latina/o identities, studying the complexity of contact between Christian and non-Christian (indigenous, African, etc.) traditions and practices in Mesoamerica, in the Caribbean, and in the expansive borderlands of the northernmost “nation” of Latin America, Latino U.S.A. Our interdisciplinary approach and close attention to issues of institutional power, social stratification, and marginalization will prompt questions of race, gender, and class, of the recovery of social history, and of how the margins often shape the center. The new sightings of “American” religious topography—viewed through the prism and experience of these linguistic and cultural minority populations — will also include an exploration of the soundscapes of religious musical culture (thereby adding a fourth variable, one that even Tweed ignored: the sonic and musical one).

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AMCULT 205 - American Cultures
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: AMCULT 205.001 (meets with SPANISH 373.001) will be taught in Spanish.
002 (SEM)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: AMCULT 205.002 will be taught in English.
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ISBN: 1558615989
The answer : including sor Filotea's letter and new selected poems = La respuesta, Author: Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz ; second critical edition and translation by Electa Arenal and Amanda Powell., Publisher: Feminist Press at the City University of New York Expanded e 2009
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9781577660064
Religions of Mesoamerica : cosmovision and ceremonial centers, Author: Carrasco, David., Publisher: Waveland Press 1998
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780804734837
The story of Guadalupe : Luis Laso de la Vega's Huei tlamahuic?oltica of 1649, Author: Lasso de la Vega, Luis., Publisher: Stanford Univ. Pr 1998
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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