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RLL Diversity-related Courses


RLL Diversity-related Courses, Winter 2018


French 270 002: Black France
People of African descent have played crucial roles in the making of France as a modern republic. In this course, we will study the contributions made by people who self-identify or are identified as Black, to the shaping of French cultural and political identity. How has the Black diaspora in France impacted ideas of nation? How have Black writers, artists, and intellectuals asserted their humanity and citizenship in France? How have definitions of blackness, race, and belonging changed or remained the same throughout France’s political history? We will examine these questions through literature and film from the 18th century to our contemporary moment.

French 270 003: Disease and Community
This course focuses on the links between discourses of health/illness and the construction of social identities, with a special emphasis on HIV/AIDS.

French 374 002: Unequal Lives
On the practical ways in which people carve out a space for themselves within a hostile system that sees them as less than fully human, with emphasis on economic disparities, gender, sexuality, immigration, and health.

French 375 001: Cinema and Society in the Francophone World: Home
The purpose of this course is to examine the multiple and complex representations of home in francophone cinema. From West Africa to the Maghreb to the Antilles and the “outer-cities” of Paris, we will explore the stories that films tell about race, language, religion and postcolonial politics through the primary lens of what it means to call a place home. How have French and francophone filmmakers used cinematic innovations to give their spectators a different view of the French-speaking world? What relationship do these films foster between subject and spectator? Metropole and (former) colony? Home and exile? Films by Ousmane Sembène, Euzhan Palcy, Raoul Peck, Houda Benyamina and others.

Spanish 280 006: Migración e identidades en el cine español
This course is centered around filmic representations of migration to and from Spain after 1990. The film selection provides an overview of the problematization of regional, racial and religious difference within Spain. By watching and discussing migrants' experience in films, students will become familiar with the construction of discourses towards diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Spanish context.

Spanish 296 001: Hombres necios, mujeres varoniles y autores atrevidas
When, in the late 1600s, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz wrote a poem about double standards surrounding women’s sexuality, she may not have suspected that her words would resonate with readers centuries later. Her works, and those of her contemporaries, pose a series of questions for twenty-first century readers. How does a scene from Cervantes’ Don Quijote foresee today’s discussions of rape culture? How might we approach gender-bending historical figures from a time with a different conceptualization of gender? How do early modern Spanish depictions of women, men, and others anticipate conversations today about gender and sexuality? In this class, we will use the study of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spanish texts to increase our understanding of literature more broadly. We will explore both historical and literary sources, considering the rhetorical and literary devices employed by their authors. Students are encouraged to connect the readings to contemporary issues.

Spanish 373 001: Bilingualism in the Spanish-speaking World
This course is an undergraduate-level introduction to bilingualism, and the study of bilingualism in the Spanish-speaking world. The primary goal is to survey a broad range of linguistic, social, psychological and cultural issues that underlie much of the discussion in the extensive literature on bilingualism, with a focus on bilinguals who as minority language speakers, have Spanish as one of their languages. Various descriptions and definitions of bilingualism will be considered.

Spanish 821 001: Trans Latinx American Drag
What are the specificities of drag performance and trans experience in Latin America and the Caribbean and among U.S. Latinas/os? This course will focus on ethnographic, literary, film, performance, and cultural studies approaches to the analysis of drag and trans, broadly conceived (including loca, muxe, travesti, transformista, transsexual, transgender, cross-dressing, drag queen, and drag king identities and practices) in a culturally-specific context that does not necessarily correspond to dominant (hegemonic, mainstream) categories in the United States. 

Spanish 881 001: Marxism from Marx to Marcos 
This course will offer an advanced survey of Marxist theory. The first half of the course will focus on canonical figures (e.g. Marx, Luxemburg, Lenin, Mao, Gramsci, Althusser), while the second half will turn to Marxist theoreticians from Latin America and the Caribbean (e.g. Mariátegui, Arguedas, Césaire, Fanon, García Linera, Marcos).

History of Art 216 001: Contested Spaces: Art, Architecture, Politics
Taught by RLL Professor Ana María León
This lecture looks at the history of space and its representation as it reveals and informs the production of race, class, and gender. Each week we look at a different type of space: the kitchen, the school, the prison, etc. through a series of case studies in art and architecture, with special focus in the Americas.