LATINOAM 204 - Themes in Latina/o Studies
Winter 2022, Section 001 - Introduction to Latinx Literature
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Latina/o American Studies (LATINOAM)
Department: LSA American Culture
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Requirements & Distribution:
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 1/5/22 - 4/19/22 (see other Sections below)
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In this course, we will consider the unique literary, rhetorical, and aesthetic innovations of Latinx writers and artists—primarily in the United States, from 1960 to the present. How have Latinx writers, artists, and fictional characters navigated diverse experiences of labor, migration, and code-switching? In what ways have they joined, depicted, and critiqued major political movements? What might be the benefits (or limitations) of particular group identifications (“Latina/o/x” vs. “Hispanic” vs. “Chicana/o/x” vs. “Mexican American” vs. “Puerto Rican,” and so on)? How has Latinx literature portrayed the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, class, and religion in Latinx communities?

We will address these questions by reading novels, poems, plays, short stories, essays, and manifestoes by Elizabeth Acevedo, Gloria Anzaldúa, Nilo Cruz, Ariel Dorfman, Roberto “Corky” Gonzales, Achy Obejas, John Rechy, Tomás Rivera, Justin Torres, and Helena María Viramontes, among others. We also will watch a few films (West Side Story and Stand and Deliver) and episodes of TV shows (I Love Lucy, Jane the Virgin, and One Day at a Time). 

Course Requirements:

Major assignments will include a short essay (3–5 pages), a take-home midterm exam, and a final project (an essay of 7–9 pages, a video of 10–12 minutes, or some other project of equivalent length and substance). All readings will be in English, though students who are interested may elect to read Spanish-language versions of certain texts.


LATINOAM 204 - Themes in Latina/o Studies
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
1/5/22 - 4/19/22
Note: This is a meet-together with English 201.001

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