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RLL Diversity-related Courses

Fall 2019

French 270.003: Disease and Community

Instructor: David Caron  |  Tu/Th 2:30PM-4:00PM

What is health? How do we define illness? Are these only personal matters or do they somehow concern the ways on which we associate with others? In this course, we will look at how diseases not only have a long scientific history but have also been entangled in issues of culture and representation. Reading texts from different historical moments, we will try to address the following questions: How have we thought of health and illness? What is normal? What is deviant? What are the links that tie medicine and literature together? How do we use metaphors in order to make sense of our reality?How has science been mobilized to produce modern notions of race and sexuality? If a disease may be used to exclude people, can it also be used to form communities? If so, how and for what purpose?


French 379: Families: Stories of Sex and Violence

Instructor: David Caron  |  Tu/Th 11:30AM-1:00PM

If you were to choose between your family and your friends, who would you choose, and why? When is the family an oppressive structure? When is it a recourse against social and political oppression? What are the links between heterosexuality and capitalism? Is homosexuality inherently subversive? How are the private and the public spheres articulated, and for what purpose? The focus of the course is the twentieth century and the modern family. In addition to short theoretical texts dealing with the construction of the modern bourgeois family, we will examine a variety of literary texts and visual media that challenge existing models and/or propose alternative ones.


Italian 270: Letteratura della migrazione

Instructor: Jim Carter  |  Mo/We/Fr 9:00AM-10:00AM

A partire dagli anni ’90, la migrazione in Italia ha portato un contributo decisivo alla culturanazionale, ma l’ha anche contestato, spingendo il dibattito pubblico verso una prospettivatransnazionale. In questo corso, studieremo l’impatto della migrazione sulla letteratura italiana,prendendo in esame romanzi contemporanei scritti in italiano da autori nati oltre i confini dellapenisola. Con l’aiuto della teoria culturale e dei diaspora studies, faremo considerazioni delrapporto tra lingua e territorio, scrittura e identità, e altro. Saranno praticate le quattro competenze essenziali per l’apprendimento della lingua: lettura, scrittura, ascolto, parlato.


Italian 415: Italy and the Muslim world

Instructor: Karla Mallette  |  Mo/We 2:30PM - 4:00PM  

In this course, we will study the long, entangled history that links Italians and Muslims, in the Italian peninsula and beyond. We’ll start with the history of Sicily as Muslim state and Italian trade with Muslim cities throughout the Mediterranean. The course will cover the Crusades in the eastern Mediterranean – as conflict and as a period of intensified cultural and commercial exchange. And we’ll study contemporary topics like the migration crisis that has brought hundreds of thousands of Muslim migrants to Italian shores; mosques in Italy; films made by Italians about the Muslim Mediterranean and made by Muslims about Italy; and Italian clothing designers’ collections of hijabs and modest clothes for the modern Muslim woman.


SPANISH 280.001: Conversation Through Spanish/Latin American Film - Otras Voces: Visibilidad y Representación. Cine Afro-Latino del Siglo XXI

Instructor: Marisol Fila  |  Mo/We/Fr 9:00AM - 10:00AM

Esta clase ofrece a los estudiantes la oportunidad de desarrollar su competencia conversacional en español a través del estudio de una selección de la producción fílmica sobre Afrodescendientes en América Latina en el siglo XXI. Los filmes discuten temáticas de representación, visibilidad, racismo e historia de las poblaciones Afro-Latinas. A través de las películas, documentales y cortometrajes escogidos, el curso busca dar espacio a voces y experiencias silenciadas a lo largo del pasado y el presente de América Latina, así como contribuir al debate crítico sobre mecanismos de inclusión y representación de comunidades marginalizadas. This course counts as elective credit toward the Spanish minor.


Spanish 280.005: Conversation Through Spanish/Latin American Film - Fantasía y realidad: usos del cine fantástico hispano

Instructor: Jaime Hernández-Vargas  |  Tu/Th: 1:00PM-2:30PM

The objective of this course is for students to develop their language skills to communicate in Spanish. This objective will be achieved through the study of films from Latin America and Spain that belong to the fantasy genre whose stories are framed in the real world. The course is divided into three modules where the concepts of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are key to understanding the films. 1) In “The Fantastic in the War Context,” students will see how directors use the fantasy genre to represent justness and injustice in revolutions, migrations due to war, and social movements. 2) In “The Fantastic and Popular Culture,” we are going to discuss the diverse forms in which minority groups relate the supernatural to music, food, and celebrations. 3) Finally, in “The Fantastic and Diseases” students will see how directors include characters with disabilities as their protagonists and how the fantastic is used to explain some diseases, such as HIV, cancer, trauma, mutism or blindness.


Spanish 385: Race and Ethnicity in the Spanish-speaking World: The Language of Reggaetón

Instructor: Teresa Satterfield  |  Tu/Th 10:00AM-11:30AM

This course will explore reggaetón culture through the study of language. A background in linguistics is not required (though it will be helpful) and enthusiasm for reggaetón music is also helpful. We will be examining this Latino-street-culture-turned-global-culture through various lenses of linguistic analysis. We will seek to answer: What is the relationship between language, ethnicity, and identity in the reggaetón community? How does language use within the reggaetón community confirm or challenge our knowledge of Spanish Language and race? How have other global languages and cultures been impacted by reggaetón culture?  What can we gain by examining the communicative modes and codes of this dynamic cultural community?


SPANISH 440: Literatures and Cultures of the Borderlands: The Politics of Language

Instructor: Larry La Fountain-Stokes  |  Mo/We 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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.


Spanish 442: Historical Memory and Testimony: Fascism and Neo-Fascism in Latin America

Instructor: Sergio Villalobos-Ruminott  |  Mo/We 10:00AM-11:30AM

This senior seminar would be focused on the impact historical fascism and neo-fascism movements have had on Latin America. From extreme right-wing ideologies of racial pureness, nationalism, racism, and anti-liberal corporativism to the recent rise of religious fundamentalist movements and their rejection of modernity and globalization. Through historical and textual analyses, literary texts, movies and current political discourses, we will understand the nuances and dimensions of neo-fascism and its difference with its historical inception. The class will also interrogate nationalist movements and their complicated relationship with anti-imperialist politics. This curse fulfills the literary requirements for minors.


Spanish 475: Latin American/Spanish narratives: Narrating the queer

Instructor: Sergio Villalobos-Ruminott  |  Mo/We 1:00PM-2:30PM

This senior seminar is concerned with the narratives associated with neo-baroque, post-boom, and post-moderns novels, which main topic is the sexual proliferation of identities and the problematization of heteronormative and binary sexuation processes and theories, official in Latin American discourses. Through the reading of crucial literary authors (such as Severo Sarduy, Pedro Lemebel, Rita Indiana, Osvaldo Lamborghini, among many others), and some essayists (such as Nelly Richards, Carlos Monsiváis, Néstor Perlongher, and others), we will problematize the canonical heterosexual and Catholic representations of Latin American culture from the point of view of these queer interventions. This course fulfills the literary requirements for minors.


SPANISH 855: Special Topics Seminar: Histories of Architecture Against

Meets together with HA 689 and ARCH 823
Instructor: Ana María León  |  Tu 1:00PM-4:00PM

This course focuses on the challenges of writing histories of architecture, the built environment, and its representation in opposition to capital, the state, and other types of power. We will examine the ways in which power is exerted over territories and subjects, the work of agents within, against, or outside these systems, and the challenges of writing about these spatial struggles. Readings complicate art and architecture historiography with the work of Postcolonialism, the Black Radical Tradition, Latin American Marxism, Decolonization theory, intersectional feminism, and other groups.


HISTART 216: Contested Spaces: Art, Architecture, Politics

Cross-listed with Women Studies 215.001
Instructor: Ana María León  |  Mo/We 1:00PM-2:30PM

This course unpacks spaces of contestation and encourages students to think critically about how specific sites and objects have participated in the construction of class, race, and gender. Building on the histories of art and architecture, the course proposes the category of "space" as an alternative to the geographic, aesthetic, and analytic categories that have shaped the canons of these two disciplines. Fulfills LSA Humanities and LSA Race & Ethnicity Distribution