Latin American Studies
Fall 2017 Courses
ECON 361 - Economic Development of Latin America
DANC 119-001 Dance Pop Culture: Afro-Latino
GGS 316 - Geography of Latin America
HIST 271 - Survey of Latin American History
HIST 365 - Conquest and Colonization in Latin America
HIST 387-004: Brazilian Cinema
RELI 235-003 Religion and Literature Tue/Thur 1:30pm-2:45pm
SPAN 325 - Major Hispanic Writers
SPAN 390 - Introduction to Hispanic Literary Analysis
SPAN 430 Spanish in the US
This course offers a representative overview of the history, literatures, and cultural practices of Latinas/os/x in the United States by engaging students in interdisciplinary discussions of cultural production. SPAN 388 introduces students to the field of Latina/o/x Studies, and provides useful resources for further inquiry. It is structured in units according to recent debates and issues in the field. Topics and representative works are meant to serve as points of entry into the analysis of more general issues about Latina/o/x identity and its representations, and about the history and cultural practices of Latino communities across the U.S.
Using a comparative and interdisciplinary approach, this seminar will analyze fictional narratives related to the immigration experience of Hispanics/Latinos in the United States, and of Moroccan/African immigrants in Spain. In the context of Comparative Border Studies, i.e. considering the borderlands as an overarching metaphor of intercultural exchange, we will study immigration narratives with a focus on border crossings, mobility, settlement, and adaptation. To contextualize our discussions, we will consider the convergence of grassroots activism, scholarship, and creativity in a variety of texts and representations including fiction, poetry, essays, memoirs, films, and documentaries. The main goals of this course include fostering comparative critical thinking, transdisciplinary research, and ethical commitment in the study of immigration in relation to creativity and imagination.