Class 19415 AMST 3559 - 005 (Lecture)
New Course in American Studies
Topic Hemispheric Latinx Lit
Instructor Carmen Lamas
Carmen LamasTuTh 9:30AM - 10:45AMWilson Hall 238
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Enrollment: (Show Graph) 18 students (capacity 20)
Status: Open, Waitlist Available When Full
Combined With: ENAM 3559-001 LEC (18719)
Combined Enrollment: 28 students (capacity 35)
Combined Status: Open, Waitlist Available When Full
Units: 3
Meeting Dates: 08/22/2017 - 12/05/2017
Class Components: Lecture Required
Enrollment Requirements: None
Requirement Designation: None
Class Attributes: Artistic, Interpretive, & Philosophical Inquiry
Historical Perspectives
Grading: Student Option
SIS Description: New Course in the subject of American Studies
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Description This course offers a survey of Latinx literature and film from a hemispheric perspective. Engaging texts from colonial times to the present day, we will ask ourselves how the histories of the US, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia come together to produce novels, poems, essays and films that are now referred to as distinctly Latinx. In addition to exploring the integrated global histories that produce Latinidades, we will analyze how race, class, gender and sexuality impact Latinx literature, film and other artistic forms. All readings, writing, and discussions are in English.
Syllabus We will read the following novels: Who Would Have Thought It? (1872) by María Amparo Ruiz de Burton (Californio/Spano-American); The Rain God (1984) by Arturo Islas (Texas/Mexico); Monkey Hunting (2003) by Cristina García (Miami/Cuba); American Chica (2001) by Marie Arana (New Jersey/Peru); Erzulie's Skirt (2006) by Ana-Maurine Lara (Haiti/Dominican Republic/Puerto Rico); Mother Tongue (1994) by Demetria Martínez (Arizona/El Salvador); The Deportation of Wopper Barraza (2014) by Maceo Montoya (Texas/Mexico).
We will watch such films as The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (dir. Robert M. Young, 1982); Casa Vieja (Lester Hamlet, 2010); My American Girls: A Dominican Story (dir. Aaron Matthews, 2001); Gringuito (dir. Segio Castilla, 1998/Chile); Romero (Born in East LA (dir. Cheech Marin, 1987).
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