SPANISH 440 - Literatures and Cultures of the Borderlands: The Politics of Language
Fall 2019, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Spanish (SPANISH)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
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Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
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.
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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)
 In Person
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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