SPANISH 440 - Literatures and Cultures of the Borderlands: The Politics of Language
Section: 001
Term: FA 2019
Subject: Spanish (SPANISH)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
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Enforced Prerequisites:
Nine credits chosen between SPANISH 279 and 399; or two RCLANG 324 and six credits chosen between SPANISH 279 and 399.
Other Course Info:
Conducted in Spanish.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

This course is an exploration of Latinx literature and culture in the United States, with a special focus on the Chicanx or Mexican-American, Nuyorican/Puerto Rican, Dominican-American, Cuban-American, and Central American-American experience. What role does language play in Latinx culture? What is Latinx and how is it different from Latina/o? How is a language a part of different communities and cultural productions? How do Latinx artists and writers use language in their work? In this class, we will examine film, literature, music, performance, and video, and see the use of Spanish, English, Spanglish, Pachuco Caló, and other language varieties, and how language proficiency affects the 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 Miguel Algarín, Gloria Anzaldúa, Julia Alvarez, Josefina Báez, Maya Chinchilla, Sandra María Esteves, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Tato Laviera, Dolores Prida, Raquel Salas Rivera, Luis Valdez, and others. .

This course counts as a literature requirement for the Spanish minor.

Course Requirements:

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

Class Format:

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

SPANISH 440 - Literatures and Cultures of the Borderlands: The Politics of Language
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 1558850260
Beautiful se?oritas & other plays, Author: Dolores Prida ; edited and introduced by Judith Weiss., Publisher: Arte Publico Press 1991
ISBN: 1879960575
Borderlands = La frontera, Author: Gloria Anzaldua ; with an introduction by Sonia Saldivar-Hull., Publisher: Aunt Lute Books 2nd ed. 1999
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9781400096947
Como Las Muchachas Garcia Perdieron Su Acento., Author: Julia Alvarez ; trad. de Mercedes Guhl., Publisher: Random House Espanol 1. ed. Vin 2007
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0934770018
La carreta made a u-turn, Author: by Tato Laviera, Publisher: Arte pub?lico press 3. ed. 1984
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: 1558850481
Zoot suit and other plays, Author: Luis Valdez., Publisher: Arte Publico Press [Nachdr.] 1992
ISBN: 9780988967380
The cha cha files : a Chapina poe?tica, Author: Chinchilla, Maya,
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