WOMENSTD 243 - Latina Women in the U.S.
Section: 001 Latina Women in the US
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Women's Studies (WOMENSTD)
Department: LSA Women's Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

  • Who are Latina women?
  • What is unique about them in relation to other women with different backgrounds and men, including Latinos?
  • What kinds of unique ways of thinking and approaches to life they have develop to succeed and move forward?
  • How race, class and gender intersect in their lives?
  • What are some of their many intellectual, artistic and activist contributions in the United States?
  • How can we read women history without oppress them?

This course is an exploration of the history, literature, art and culture of Latina women in the United States. We will focus especially on Chicana, Nuyorican/Puerto Rican, Cuban American, and Caribbean texts, as well as Central American and South American issues as they relate to the experiences and struggles of women in the United States. The class has a comparative race and ethnic studies framework and significantly addresses issues of racism, class, sexuality, sexual diversity, misogyny, and homophobia. Class materials will include art, historiographic and expository essays, novels, narrative, documentary films, and autobiographical/ethnographic writing.

Some of the texts that we will discuss in class include fragments from:

  • Maya Chinchilla, The Cha Cha Files: A Chapina Poética
  • Adelina Anhony, Las Hociconas
  • Gloria Anzaldua, La Frontera
  • Demetria Martinez, Mother Tongue
  • Sonia Sotomayor, My Beloved World
  • Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street
  • The Latina Feminist Group, Telling to Live: Latina Feminist Testimonios
  • Cherríe Moraga, Loving in the War Years: lo que nunca pasó por sus labios
  • Vicki L. Ruiz, and Virginia Sánchez Korrol, eds., Latina Legacies: Identity, Biography, and Community
  • María Amparo Ruiz de Burton, The Squatter and the Don

We will also analyze the art works of Alma Lopez, Yolanda Lopez, and Liliana Wilson, as well as films by Ana María García, Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Lourdes Portillo, Helena Solberg, and Ela Troyano.

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WOMENSTD 243 - Latina Women in the U.S.
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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