AMCULT 405 - Topics in American Culture
Section: 002 Literature and Culture of the Borderlands
Term: WN 2012
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Class Misc Info:
Class taught in Spanish, with readings and writing assignments in Spanish. This course is suitable to be taken in conjunction with SPANISH 308. This course counts as a literature requirement for the Spanish concentration or academic minor.
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

This course is an exploration of politics of language as they are reflected in Latino/a literature and culture in the United States, with a special focus on the Chicano/a or Mexican-American, Nuyorican/Puerto Rican, Dominican-American, and Cuban-American experience. What role does language play in U.S. Latino/a culture? How is language a part of different communities and cultural productions? In this class, we will examine film, literature, music, performance, and video, and see how they employ Spanish, English, Spanglish, Pachuco Caló, and other language varieties, and how language proficiency affects social experience. Practices such as code-switching will receive particular attention. Analysis will focus on the role of age, class, ethnicity, family, gender, generational differences, geographical location, historical period, immigrant status, place of birth, race, and sexual orientation as these relate to linguistic usage in the works studied, and on the specific effects and uses of language in cultural productions. Consideration will be given to the ways in which each particular cultural medium produces meaning.

Readings will include works by Gloria Anzaldúa, Julia Alvarez, Josefina Baez, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Tato Laviera, Dolores Prida, Luz María Umpierre, Luis Valdez, and others.

Course Requirements:

Course requirements include two exams and two papers (a 4-5 page midterm essay and an 8-10 page final research essay).

Intended Audience:

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Class Format:

Class taught in Spanish, with readings and writing assignments in Spanish.

AMCULT 405 - Topics in American Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Please contact the instructor for permission to enroll in this course.
002 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: AMCULT 405, Section 002 with Professor La Fountain-Stokes is taught in Spanish.
003 (SEM)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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Coursepack Location:
Dollar Bill Copying, Church Street
Books will be available at Common Language Bookstore in Ann Arbor (in Kerrytown), 
ADDITIONAL BOOK: Baez, Josefina. Dramaturgia Ay Ombe I. New York: Ay Ombe Theatre, 2011. TO PURCHASE:
ISBN: 1879960745
Borderlands : the new mestiza = La frontera, Author: Gloria Anzaldua., Publisher: Aunt Lute Books 3rd ed. 2007
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0872863131
The new world border : prophecies, poems & loqueras for the end of the century, Author: Guillermo Gomez-Pe?a., Publisher: City Lights 1996
ISBN: 0934770018
La carreta made a u-turn, Author: by Tato Laviera, Publisher: Arte pub?lico press 3. ed. 1984
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 1558850260
Beautiful se?oritas & other plays, Author: Dolores Prida ; edited and introduced by Judith Weiss., Publisher: Arte Publico Press 1991
ISBN: 1558850481
Zoot suit and other plays, Author: Luis Valdez., Publisher: Arte Publico Press [Nachdr.] 1992
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 1400096944
Como Las Muchachas Garcia Perdieron Su Acento., Author: Julia Alvarez ; trad. de Mercedes Guhl., Publisher: Random House Espanol 1. edicion 2007
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0982040415
Las facultades = The faculties, Author: Aravind Enrique Adyanthaya., Publisher: Concepcion 8 2010
ISBN: 0307475190
Tierra de todos : nuestro momento para crear una nacion de iguales, Author: Jorge Ramos., Publisher: Vintage Espa?ol 1. ed. 2009
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