CWR 316/AAS 336/AMS 396/LAO 316
Special Topics in Poetry: Race, Identity and Innovation
This workshop explores the link between racial identity and poetic innovation in work by contemporary poets of color. Experimental or avant-garde poetry in the American literary tradition has often defined itself as "impersonal," "against expression" or "post-identity." Unfortunately, this mindset has tended to exclude or downplay poems that engage issues of racial identity. This course explores works where poets of color have treated racial identity as a means to destabilize literary ideals of beauty, mastery and the autonomy of the text while at the same time engaging in poetic practices that subvert conceptions of identity or authenticity.
Enrollment by Application or Interview. Departmental Permission Required. For LAO credit, students must write about the US Latino population.
Monica Y. Youn. Schedule: C01 1:30 pm – 3:50 pm
ENG 354/LAO 354/AMS 454
We Out Here: An Introduction to Latino Literature
This introduction to Latino literature will situate the long history of Latino writing in a network of linguistic and literary influences across race, geographics, and histories. We will read texts like Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burtón's The Squatter and the Don, Gloria Anzaldúa's Borderlands, and Junot Diaz's The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.
Monica Huerta. Schedule: S01 1:30 pm – 2:50 pm
HIS 465/LAO 465
Latino Urban History
Using the cities of Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Miami as case studies, this course seeks to understand the history of Latinos in urban places. Casting a geographically broad net and focusing largely on the 20th century, this course will comparatively analyze Latinos of different national origins (e.g. Mexican Americans, Cuban Americans, Puerto Ricans, Dominican Americans). In addition, the course will look at a broad cross-section of the Latino community to get at changing understandings of gender, class, race, and immigration status. This course will include readings from traditional historical monographs and autobiographies.
Rosina A. Lozano. Schedule: S01 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm T
SOC 210/LAS 210/URB 210/LAO 210
Urban Sociology: The City and Social Change in the Americas
By taking a comparative approach, this course examines the role of social, economic, and political factors in the emergence and transformation of modern cities in the United States and selected areas of Latin America. We consider the city in its dual image: both as a center of progress and as a redoubt of social problems, especially poverty. Attention is given to spatial processes that have resulted in the aggregation and desegregation of populations differentiated by social class and race. For LAO credit, students must write about the US Latino population.
Patricia Fernandez Kelly. Schedule: L01 10:00 am – 10:50 am M W
SPA 222/LAS 222/LAO 222
Introduction to Latin American Cultures
An introduction to Latin American cultures and its symbolic and political configurations through a wide spectrum of materials (essays, film, art, photography, fiction). Students will study relevant issues in Latin American cultural, political, and social history, including the legacy of European colonialism, national fictions, modernity, memory, and gender politics. Among others, we will analyze and discuss works by Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, Patricio Guzmán and Claudia Llosa, Gabriel García Márquez and Pablo Neruda, and Frida Kahlo and Rosangela Rennô. For LAO credit, students must write about the US Latino population.
Maria Gabriela Nouzeilles. Schedule: L01 11:00 am – 12:20 pm T
Courses of Interest
SOCIAL SCIENCE COURSES
- SOC 227 Race and Ethnicity
ARTS AND HUMANITIES COURSES
- SPA 319/LAS 319 Topics in Cinema and Culture
Note: For a topics course to count towards a certificate in Latino Studies, students must write about a subject concerning the Latino population. Please consult the Program with any questions for pre-approval of courses not devoted specifically to Latinos.
Courses with a pound sign [#] are one-time-only courses. Should these be approved by the home department for cross-listing with the Latino Studies Program, the course listing will be appended.