Course Details

050:240:01 - Latino Literature and Culture

  • Course ID: 050:240:01
  • Credits: 3
  • Instructor Name: Zamora
  • SAS Core Curriculum Goals: AHo, WCr
  • Minor: CCRES Minor

Read texts by Mexican American, Chicano and Hispanic Caribbean Diasporic writers from the 1960s until 2010. Begins with the PBS documentary “Latinos in America” and Juan Flores’s work. Then focuses on close-reading of a selection of well-known texts from the Chicano tradition and of Nuyorican, Dominican American and Cuban American texts.

Topics addressed: border and hybrid identities, mestizaje, indigeneity, “la raza” and racialization, Spanglish and the limits of transculturation, the transformation of Latino gender and sexuality, and the subversion of internal colonialism in the creation of a new notion of American identity.

We will also watch the following films: Selena (1997), Quinceañera (2006), Precious Knowledge (2012), Gun Hill Road (2013).

Cross-listed with 01:595:240:02